The Association of American Medical College reports that during the 2011-12 academic year there were 5,580 African Americans enrolled in U.S. medical schools. They were 6.9 percent of all medical school enrollments.
While the number of African American enrollments in U.S. medical schools increased by nearly 8 percent over the past decade, the Black percentage of all medical school enrollments has decreased. A decade ago, Blacks were 7.4 percent of all medical school enrollments.
In 2011, 1,129 African Americans graduated from U.S. medical schools. Blacks were 6.5 percent of all medical school graduates. This is the lowest percentage since 1996. In 1998, Blacks were 7.5 percent of all medical school graduates, the highest level in history.