New Data Shows a Drop in African American Enrollments in Higher Education

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that in the fall of 2012 there were 2,864,723 African Americans enrolled in degree-granting institutions in the United States.

A year ago, an earlier edition of the same report listed 2,966,463 African Americans enrolled in degree-granting institutions. Thus, over theone-year period there was a decrease in African American enrollments of 101,740 students. This is a drop of 3.4 percent.

In 2012, African Americans made up 13.5 percent of the total enrollments at degree-granting institutions. This is down from 13.8 percent a year earlier.

In 2012 Blacks were 12.5 percent of all the students at state-operated colleges and universities, down from 12.7 percent a year earlier. In the fall of 2012, African Americans were 11.4 percent of all students at private, nonprofit institutions. This was just 0.1 percentage point lower than in 2011. But Blacks made up a whopping 24.9 percent, almost one quarter, of all students in private, for-profit higher education institutions in the fall of 2012. This was up from 24.2 percent in 2011.