Racial Equity
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?

Black and Latino students may be more likely to attend under-resourced secondary schools that do not adequately prepare them for college or encourage them to aspire to advanced education.

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 LatinoTotalWhite
Massachusetts16%16%17%17%19%
Region23%16%19%20%22%
Middlesex22%15%17%19%21%
Worcester24%18%24%24%26%

Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education




Number of College Applicants Accepted & Enrolled, 2021
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoTotalWhite
Massachusetts2,0262,3353,26622,94013,009
Region5186159455,7973,294
Middlesex4424156153,8372,049
Worcester762003301,9601,245

Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education




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Reports of Domestic Violence
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Average Charitable Contribution
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Population by Age
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People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity
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Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity
Median Household Income
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity
Living Wage
80/20 Income Ratio
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity
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Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity
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Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity
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Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity
Business Ownership by Race/Ethnicity
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity
Share of Workers who are Professionals, by Race/Ethnicity
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Group
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People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity


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