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.
In 2013, there was a total of 20,847,787 students enrolled in high education. Of these 2,790,255 were Black or African American. Thus, Blacks made up 13.4 percent of all enrollments in higher education.
The same report issued a year ago found that in the fall of 2012 there were 2,864,723 African Americans enrolled in Title IV institutions in the United States. A year earlier, the same report listed 2,966,463 African Americans enrolled in these institutions. Thus in 2013, there were 176,208 fewer African American students enrolled in higher education than was the case in 2011.
In 2013, Blacks were 12.3 percent of all students enrolled in state-operated colleges and universities and 11.2 percent of total enrollments at private, nonprofit institutions. But Blacks made up 25.6 percent of all students enrolled at for-profit institutions of higher education.