Educational Trajectories and Outcomes of Multiracial College Students


Mitchell, S. & Warren, E. (2022). Educational Trajectories and Outcomes of Multiracial College Students. Social Sciences. vol. 11 (3)


Although higher education research has identified racial/ethnic disparities in college enrollment and degree completion, few studies investigate the educational outcomes of multiracial students relative to monoracial student groups. This paper begins to fill this gap and aims to open a conversation about the precarious state of data collection and empirical research on the growing multiracial population. Using several waves from the Educational Longitudinal Study (ELS) and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), we center multiracial college students in our empirical analysis, which investigates the following questions: (1) how do enrollment rates and patterns of enrollment based on institutional type differ, if at all, for multiracial college students relative to monoracial college students? and (2) how does retention and overall degree attainment differ between multiracial and monoracial groups of college students? Our analyses identify several trends that suggest that multiracial people enroll in college at significantly lower rates, are more likely to enroll in private colleges and universities and four-year institutions, and are less likely to earn bachelor’s degrees relative to other racial groups. © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.



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Export Date: 19 April 2022; Cited By: 0; Correspondence Address: E. Warren; Department of Sociology, Columbus, 43223, United States; email:

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Social Sciences


Mitchell, S.
Warren, E.

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20760760 (ISSN)



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