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Minority students in New York City colleges are less likely to graduate than others

New York City students of all races are increasingly attending college, but there’s still a wide racial gap when it comes to enrolling and persisting in college.

That’s according to a recent study from researchers at New York University, which followed students who started 9th grade in 2003 and 2008 through high school and beyond. Roughly 48% of Latino students who started high school in 2003 enrolled in college, the lowest share of any racial group, compared with 73% of Asian students, the highest share of any racial group — a gap of about 25%. For students who entered high school in 2008 that gulf remained about the same, though the share of students of both races entering college increased.

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