In 2010 There Were Nearly 3 Million Black Students Enrolled in Higher Education

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that in 2010 there were 2,902,749 Black students enrolled in Title IV institutions, those higher educational institutions that are eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs. Blacks were 13.4 percent of all students enrolled in these institutions in 2010.

Of the 2.9 million enrolled, 1.9 million, or 66 percent, were enrolled in state-operated colleges or universities. More than 427,000 Black students were enrolled in private, nonprofit institutions of higher education and 571,000 Black students were enrolled at for-profit educational schools.

Of the 2.9 million Black students enrolled at Title IV institutions, 1,337,325, or 46 percent, were enrolled at four-year institutions. In contrast, 51 percent of the total of nearly 12 million White students enrolled at these institutions, were in four-year programs.

The report also found 314,320 Black students enrolled in graduate programs at Title IV institutions. They made up 10.7 percent of all graduate students.

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  1. This is interesting information. The 13.4 per cent–of total higher education enrollment–that African Americans represent, is somewhat misleading. If you take HBCUs out of the equation, the percentage, I believe, drops to something below 5%. It would be interesting to know how many of these 2.9 million African American students–who are in higher education institutions–are at HBCUs.

    • There are about 275,000 Black students enrolled at HBCUs so eliminating them would still leave 2.6 million African Americans at all other colleges and universities. They would still make up 11 or 12 percent of all enrollments.

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