Department of Education data compiled by the National Collegiate Athletic Association shows graduation rates for all students who entered college in 2013 and earned their degrees within six years at the same NCAA Division I institution at which they entered in 2013. These colleges and universities are among the largest in the nation. For all students who enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at these four-year institutions in 2013, 67 percent earned their degrees at the same institution by 2019.
But there were wide discrepancies when we compare the graduation rates of African Americans with those of other racial and ethnic groups. In fact, Blacks had the lowest graduation rate of any racial or ethnic group. Only 48 percent of all Black students who entered bachelor’s degree programs at four-year institutions in 2013 earned their degree within six years.
The Black student college graduation rate of 48 percent was 22 percentage points lower than the rate for Whites and 31 percentage points below the rate for Asian Americans. The Black student graduation rate trailed the rates for Hispanics by 13 percentage points.
For Black and African American students there was a 10 percentage point gap in graduation rates in favor of women. Some 52 percent of Black women who entered college in the fall of 2013 earned their degrees within six years at the same institution compared to 42 percent of Black men.