A new report from the Council on Graduate Schools offers a look at enrollments in graduate schools in the United States after the onset of the global pandemic. While enrollments in undergraduate colleges and universities and most notably enrollments in two-year colleges dropped after the onset of the pandemic, graduate enrollments increased by 2.5 percent from 2019 to 2020.
In the fall of 2020, 53,754 African Americans enrolled in graduate school for the first time. African Americans made up 12.3 percent of all first-time graduate enrollees from the United States in 2020. Of these, 69.4 percent were women.
Blacks were 17.4 percent of total first-time enrollments in graduate programs in public administration. But Blacks were only 4.4 percent of first-time graduate enrollment in physical sciences and 6.2 percent in engineering.
In 2019, there were 185,116 African Americans enrolled in all levels of U.S. graduate schools. Of these more than 70 percent were women.
The full report, Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2010 to 2020, may be downloaded by clicking here.