A new report from the U.S. Department of Education offers preliminary data on higher education enrollments in the fall of 2013. The report includes data on all students enrolled at Title IV institutions. These are educational entities that are permitted to participate in federal student financial assistance programs. The new data shows that in the fall of 2013 there were 329,196 African Americans enrolled in U.S. graduate school degree programs. African Americans were 11.3 percent of the total graduate school enrollments.
A year earlier in 2012, there were 328,630 African Americans enrolled in graduate school. They made up 11.3 percent of all graduate school enrollments. African American graduate school enrollments were also up slightly between 2011 and 2012.
In 2013, there were 176,208 fewer African American students enrolled in all levels higher education than was the case in 2011. But in graduate schools, African American enrollments continue to edge upward.