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Nassau County’s population is one of the most educated in the entire United States, with nearly 90% having completed high school and over 40% holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.

At the foundation of Nassau County’s education population is its public school system, consistently ranked among the best in the country. In fact, according to the 2011 “High School Challenge” listing published by The Washington Post, five of the top 100 U.S. public high schools are located in Nassau County. Additionally, two school districts made Forbes’ 2011 “America’s Best School Districts For Your Housing Buck.”

In recent years, the county has seen a dramatic increase in international populations: 18% of Nassau County residents are foreign-born and 23% speak multiple languages at home. Roughly 30% of residents are ethnic minorities. The strong work ethic of Nassau County’s diverse residents is reflected in the outstanding quality of its secondary education, which produces award-winning high school graduates that consistently attend the nation’s best universities. For example, 15% of the semifinalists for the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors, came from Nassau County schools in 2010 – more than any other county in the U.S.

Nassau County is also home to 138,000 students at nine colleges and universities, many of which are highly specialized and leaders in their respective fields. Nassau County’s higher education institutions include: