New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in October 2012 there were 11,918,000 African Americans enrolled in school at all levels of education. This was 31.4 percent of the entire Black population over the age of 3. For Whites, 22.7 percent of the population over the age of 3 was enrolled in school.
There were 2.7 million Black students in high school and 3 million in college or graduate school. Some 8 percent of the Black population over the age of 3 was enrolled in college or graduate school. For Whites the figures was 6.2 percent.
When the numbers are broken down by gender, we find that in high school there are only slightly more females than males. But the gender gap grows significantly in college and graduate school. In 2012, there were 1,886,000 Black women enrolled in colleges and universities compared to 1,152,000 Black men. Thus, Black women accounted for 62 percent of all higher educational enrollments of African Americans.