A new report from the U.S. Department of Education examines the status one year later of students who earned a bachelor’s degree in the 2015-16 academic year. Some of the data is broken down by race and ethnic group.
The data showed that 29.3 percent of Black students had applied to graduate school before completing their bachelor’s degree program. Only 22 percent of non-Hispanic Whites had done so. Some 27 percent of Black students had enrolled in some type of postbaccalaureate degree or certificate program within 12 months of earning their bachelor’s degree. For non-Hispanic White, 22.6 had enrolled in a postbaccalaureate program.
Of those who had enrolled in postbaccalaureate programs, about one third of Blacks and Whites were at private four-year institutions. More than 53 percent of Whites and 43 percent of Blacks had enrolled at public universities. Nearly 16 percent of Blacks and only 6 percent of Whites had enrolled at for-profit institutions for their postbaccalaureate programs.
For Blacks the most popular postbaccalaureate field of study was business. For Whites, health care was the most popular.
More than 84 percent of Black students took out loans to pay for their postbaccalaureate programs compared to 59.5 percent of Whites. On average, one year after graduating, African Americans owed more than the total amount they had borrowed.
More than 92 percent of Whites held at least one job in the 12 months after receiving their bachelor’s degree compared to 87 percent of Blacks.
The full report, One Year After a Bachelor’s Degree: A Profile of 2015–16 Graduates, may be downloaded by clicking here.