The Gender Gap in African-American Graduate School Enrollments

The Council of Graduate Schools has released new data on enrollments for the 2010-11 academic year. That year, there were 1,476,674 American citizens or permanent U.S. residents enrolled in U.S. graduate schools. Of these, 176,836, or 12 percent, were African Americans. So, in relation to relative percentages of the U.S. population, African-Americans have reached parity with whites in total enrollments in graduate school.

Of the more than 176,000 African Americans enrolled in graduate school during the 2010-11 academic year, a whopping 71.6 percent were women. There were 126,488 black women enrolled in graduate school compared to only 50,254 black men. For whites, 60 percent of all students enrolled in graduate programs were women.

 


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