Black Immigrant Students in American Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a report showing the college enrollments for immigrants and children of immigrants. In 2007-08, this group made up 23 percent of all undergraduate enrollments in U.S. higher education.

Fifteen percent of all immigrant students in American higher education in 2007-08 were Black. Seven percent of all children of immigrants enrolled in higher education in 2007-08 were Black.

Of all Black undergraduate students enrolled in American higher education, 10 percent were immigrants to this country. Another 7 percent of all Black undergraduate students were children of immigrants. In contrast, 55 percent of all Asian undergraduate students were immigrants to the U.S. and another 38 percent were second generation Americans. For Hispanics, 21 percent were immigrants and 45 percent children of immigrants.

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