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More than 76 million students enrolled in U.S. schools

The U.S. Census Bureau announced it is releasing new data on the makeup of student bodies from kindergartens to universities across the country.

According to this latest data, 76.4 million students were enrolled in school in 2017.  Those enrollees make up 24.7 percent of the U.S. population, age 3 and older.

Data shows that since 2007, overall enrollment in high school has not significantly changed; however, more people are graduating from high school.  The number of high school graduates increased from 83.9 percent in 2007 to 87.5 percent in 2017.

Women continue to be a majority on college campuses. Female students makeup 54.9 percent of undergraduate students and 59.8 percent of graduate students. 29.3 percent of female undergraduate college students attend two-year institutions.

Non-Hispanic white students now make up 51.9 percent of all people enrolled in school, compared to 59.7 percent in 2007. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the current breakdown of undergraduate college student population is 52.9 percent non-Hispanic white, 20.9 percent Hispanic, 15.1 percent black and 7.6 percent Asian.

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