Black Enrollments in Higher Education Expected to Surge by More Than 21 Percent Over the Next Decade

The U.S. Department of Education has issued its annual report estimating student enrollments a decade down the road. This year’s report projects that in 2018 total enrollments in higher education will be about 20.6 million. In 2018 there will be nearly 3 million African Americans enrolled in higher education.

Black enrollments are expected to increase 21.6 percent over the next decade. Enrollments of students of all races are expected to increase by only 10.3 percent.

Today blacks make up close to 13 percent of total enrollments in higher education. By 2018 the black percentage of total enrollments is expected to be 14.5 percent.