Compton College named a top institution for Hispanic students


Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine names Compton College among ‘Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics’ in US

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COMPTON (MNS) —Based on data from U.S. Department of Education surveys, Compton College is among the top 100 two-year colleges nationwide for Hispanic enrollment in 2018-19. 

“The Board of Trustees is pleased to receive this recognition that reflects our dedication to serving the diverse communities within our district,” said Compton Community College District Board President, Sonia Lopez. “Making a college education accessible and affordable to everyone is our primary goal, along with helping students succeed once they enroll.”

More than half of Compton College’s 5,386 students are Hispanic, according to 2019-20 enrollment figures, and many are the first in their family to attend college. Hispanic students represent the largest ethnic group on campus, comprising 63 percent of the student population in 2019-20, an 8 percent increase compared to five years earlier. Additionally, Hispanic students comprised approximately 60 percent of students who received a degree or certificate from Compton College in 2019-2020. Compton College offers 41 degree and 38 certificate programs for students who wish to transfer to a university or train for a career.

“We are excited about being included on the list highlighting the top 100 colleges for Hispanic enrollment in the nation,” said Compton College President/CEO Dr. Keith Curry. “However, we remain very disappointed with the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to deny Compton College the ability to apply for Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation as an independent college for fiscal year 2020-2021. 

“Regardless, we are proud to continue our commitment to provide quality services to our Latinx students to ensure they complete their educational goals and succeed at Compton College,” Curry said.

Compton College is dedicated to removing barriers to higher education. To that end, high school graduates from the Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount unified school districts who attend Compton College full time, enrolled for a minimum of 12 units, after graduation are eligible to have their enrollment fees paid for two years through Compton College’s Oliver W. Conner Promise program. In addition, students receive to up to $400 a year for textbooks, course materials, and supplies, as well as a free tablet/laptop if enrolled full-time at census for the third semester. With this program, students can realize a two-year savings of more than $3,680.

Compton College’s summer 2021 sessions begin June 21 and July 6, 2021; fall 2021 begins August 21, 2021. Apply online, 24 hours per day via the Compton College website

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