More Than 5 Million Living African Americans Now Hold a Four-Year College Degree

gradsilhouette-postNew data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that there are now more than 5 million living African Americans who hold at least a four-year college degree. Some 21.2 percent of the African American population over 25 years now has at least a bachelor’s degree. For Whites over the age of 25, 34.5 percent of the population has obtained at least a bachelor’s degree.

For African Americans, 7.5 percent of the adult population has a graduate or professional degree. For Whites, 12.5 percent of the adult population holds an advanced degree.

Some 15.1 percent of Black adults do not have a high school diploma. This is more than twice the percentage for Whites.

If we break the figures down by gender, we find that 22.9 percent of African American women over the age of 25 are college educated compared to 19.2 percent of African American men. Some 8.5 percent of adult Black women have an advanced degree compared to 6.3 percent of Black men.


Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

American Students Studying Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa

In the 2021-22 academic year, there were 4,614 American students who studied at universities in sub-Saharan Africa. This is about one tenth of the number of students from sub-Saharan Africa studying at U.S. universities.

Marcus L. Thompson Named the Thirteenth President of Jackson State University

Dr. Thompson has more than 20 years of leadership experience in early childhood, K-12 education, and higher education. He has been serving as the deputy commissioner and chief administrative officer of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, where for over a decade he has been responsible for overseeing IHL staff.

U.S. Public Schools Remain Separate and Unequal

Approximately 522,400 students, or 1 percent of overall student enrollment, attended public schools where fewer than half of the teachers met all state certification requirements. Of the students attending those schools, 66 percent were Black and Latino students.

Featured Jobs