Government Report Estimates That Blacks and Women Will Spur Future Growth in College Enrollments

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education estimates that by the year 2016 total enrollments in higher education will increase by 16.9 percent to 20.4 million students. Women will make up almost 60 percent of the total college enrollment by 2016 compared to 57 percent today.

The study estimates that in 2016 there will 2,855,000 African Americans enrolled in higher education in the United States. This is almost a 29 percent increase from today’s total. The Education Department report states that in 2016 blacks will make up 14 percent of all enrollments in higher education in the United States compared to 12.7 percent today.