Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2011-12 academic year shows that there were 4,223,506 Blacks/African Americans enrolled in degree-granting institutions of higher education in the United States. Blacks made up 14.5 percent of all enrollments in degree-granting institutions. This is a slightly higher percentage of Blacks than the Black percentage of the U.S. population. Thus, in terms of overall enrollments in high education, Blacks have reached parity with Whites.
Although Blacks enroll in higher education at a rate equal to their share of the population, they are less successful in degree attainment. The figures show that Blacks earned 307,469 degrees at these higher education institutions during the 2011-12 academic year. Black made up 10.1 percent of all degree earners.
Blacks were 19.2 percent of all students who earned degrees at private, for-profit degree granting institutions but only 9.2 percent of all degree earners at private, not-for-profit degree-granting institutions.