Black Enrollments in Graduate School Remain Steady

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that during the 2016-17 academic year, 449,617 African Americans were enrolled in graduate programs at Title IV degree-granting educational institutions. They made up 11.7 percent of the more than 3.8 million students who were in enrolled in graduate studies at some point during that academic year.

Unlike African American enrollments in undergraduate programs which have dropped in recent years (see JBHE post), Black graduate school enrollments have remained steady. In the 2014-15 academic year, there were 449,149 Black or African American students enrolled in graduate school, slightly less than the figure for the 2016-17 academic year.

The full report, Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2017-18; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2016-17; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2016-17: First Look, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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