The report followed a project carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
"It lays bare the decline of educational achievement among white British children compared with other groups," says the Daily Mail.
"It also found white teenagers had been overtaken by ethnic minorities in the race to win places at top higher education institutions."
For example, Bangladeshi children living in the UK have a nearly 49 percent higher chance on average of a university education than white British pupils, the IFS report said.
Black Caribbean youngsters have a 37.4 percent chance of higher education, Pakistani students a 44.7 percent chance, and the figure for Bangladeshis is 48.8 percent, the report said.
Indian youngsters have more than double the chance of going to university than white Britons, with 67.4 percent entering higher education.
At the top of the table are Chinese pupils, of whom more than three quarters – 75.4 per cent – go to university.
The researchers picked out 52 of the most selective institutions, and found pupils from most ethnic minority groups were more likely than white British teenagers to win places.
The report, commissioned and paid for by the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, did not examine the perceived stronger work ethic among immigrant families who have braved economic hardship.
Among the least well-off white Britons – those in the bottom fifth of the income scale – only just over one in eight pupils go to university, the report said.
Youngsters from the poorest Chinese families are five times more likely to go into higher education, the study said.
Dr Claire Crawford, assistant professor of economics at the University of Warwick, and one of the authors of the report, described the findings as 'staggering'.
“The differences in higher education participation between pupils from different ethnic groups are staggering," she said.
"We were particularly surprised to find that ethnic minority groups which have relatively low school attainment – such as those of black Caribbean, Pakistani or Bangladeshi ethnic origin – are, on average, more likely to continue into higher education than white British pupils."
The report said school performance did not appear to dictate which pupils went to university.
It just suggested non-white families may work harder to get children into higher education.
“There must be other factors that are more common among ethnic minority families than among white British families which are positively associated with university participation", the report said.