Young Adults With College Degrees

College Degrees Have Risen in the Past 20 Years, but Lag Among Blacks and Latinos

The share of 25-to-34-year-olds with at least a two-year college degree increased from 30 percent in 1992 to 45 percent in 2013. Although college degree completion rose among all young adults across this period, the gap between non-Hispanic whites and blacks and Latinos actually increased. Today, one-third of non-Hispanic blacks and almost one-fourth of Latinos in this age group have at least an associate’s degree, compared with more than half of non-Hispanic whites. Most new jobs will likely require some postsecondary education.