Educational Aspirations by Race/Ethnicity

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About 87% of all 2012 ACT-tested high school graduates aspired to attain at least a 2-year postsecondary degree, regardless of race/ethnicity.

About 83% of Asian graduates aspired to earn at least a bachelor’s degree, with 54% aspiring to continue their formal education beyond a 4-year degree. American Indian graduates (30%) were the least likely to aspire to a graduate or professional degree; 34%–37% of African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or White graduates aspired to a graduate or professional degree.

Note: Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Race/ethnicity categories changed in 2011 to reflect updated US Department of Education reporting requirements.

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Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates by Race/Ethnicity and Educational Aspirations, 2012

Graph reads: In 2012, 34% of ACT-tested African American high school graduates aspired to a graduate or professional degree, 46% to a bachelor’s degree, 7% to an associate’s or voc-tech degree, and 13% to another degree type (or provided no response).

GoalAfrican AmericanAmerican IndianAsianHispanicPacific IslanderWhiteAll
Graduate/ Professional Degree34%30%54%36%37%37%37%
Bachelor's Degree46%48%29%42%44%48%45%
Associate's/ Voc-tech Degree7%10%2%6%4%5%5%
Other/ No Response13%12%15%16%15%9%12%