Education
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity

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Admission Rate for Four-Year Public Colleges and Universities, by Race/Ethnicity, 2021

What does this measure?

This indicator shows the combined admission rate (students who have been accepted and enrolled), by race/ethnicity, for the nine public state universities and four UMass locations in the MetroWest area.

Why is this important?

Higher education is key for the learning that produces a highly skilled workforce and leads to intergenerational social mobility. Rates by race/ethnicity provide an indication of the opportunity structure in the region - the extent to which people from different demographic groups are successfully accessing this education.

How is our region doing?

The data indicate that local colleges are becoming more selective. Since 2012, total admissions rates have declined by six percentage points, from accepting about 1 in 4 students to accepting approximately 1 in 5 students.

While white and Asian students have roughly similar rates of admission (22% and 23%, respectively), Black and Latino students have lower admissions rates (16% and 19%, respectively). Since 2012, admissions rates have fallen by 6 points for whites, 5 points for Asians, 4 points for Latinos and 1 point for Blacks.

Why do disparities exist?

Students of color face systemic barriers in the American education system, including exclusion, segregation, fewer resources, and lower familial wealth. As a result, students of color are more likely to attend-high poverty schools, have less access to core college preparatory classes, and fare worse on standardized admissions tests, making it harder for people of color to access institutes of higher education. Additionally, legacy admissions preferences perpetuate long-standing inequalities in college access. Family support and understanding of the college admission process and the willingness and/or capacity of institutions to support students from different backgrounds academically, socially, and financially are also important factors.

Notes about the data

This indicator the aggregate admission rates for different races / ethnicities for the public colleges/universities in Middlesex and Worcester. There are no four-year public institutions in Norfolk County. The statewide rates are for all four-year public institutions in Massachusetts.

Admission Rate for Four-Year Public Colleges and Universities, by Race/Ethnicity, 2021
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoWhiteTotal
Massachusetts16%16%17%19%17%
Region23%16%19%22%20%
Middlesex County22%15%17%21%19%
Worcester County24%18%24%26%24%

Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education




Number of College Applicants Accepted & Enrolled, 2021
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoWhiteTotal
Massachusetts2,0262,3353,26613,00922,940
Region5186159453,2945,797
Middlesex County4424156152,0493,837
Worcester County762003301,2451,960

Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education




Admission Rate for Four-Year Public Colleges and Universities, by Race/Ethnicity, 2012
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoWhiteTotal
Massachusetts21%19%20%25%23%
Region28%17%23%28%26%
Middlesex County27%16%22%27%25%
Worcester County29%19%26%29%28%

Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education




Number of College Applicants Accepted & Enrolled, 2012
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoWhiteTotal
Massachusetts1,3501,9042,01717,44324,955
Region3494446614,7706,669
Middlesex County2792974282,9294,235
Worcester County701472331,8412,434

Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education




INDICATORS REGIONAL TREND
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Contribution Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate Increasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Change in Total Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Business Ownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Share of Workers who are Professionals, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
School Spending Per Student Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Education Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
80/20 Income Ratio Maintaining
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Not Applicable
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homelessness Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Business Ownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Share of Workers who are Professionals, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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