The nation's largest minority group, Hispanics, is still behind in education despite rising figures, according to an article titled “Hispanics reaching higher” in the Oct. 27 Democrat and Chronicle. Four percent of Hobart and William Smith's full-time students are Hispanic. Other area enrollments range from slightly more than 2 percent at the State University colleges at Brockport and Geneseo to more than 3 percent at the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.
“Many Hispanic students at the area's four-year colleges come from the New York City area, largely because local colleges look to the same feeder schools that have a history of turning out academically strong black and Hispanic students,” said Joe Latimer, associate director of admissions. “We all know the same guidance counselors, the same community-based organizations, and while there are viable pools of potential students in upstate cities, the trick is establishing those same ties.”
Across New York state, Hispanics make up about 10 percent of the college student body, with the City University of New York accounting for 45,000 of the 100,000 Hispanic students, according to state Education Department statistics.