Enrollment Trends at the Nation’s Black Colleges

Total enrollments at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities stood at 303,512 in 2003. This was up 8.3 percent over the previous decade.

There were 245,494 African Americans enrolled at black colleges in 2003. Therefore, blacks were about 81 percent of the total enrollments at these colleges and universities.

Black enrollments at HBCUs were up 7.9 percent over the 1993 to 2003 period. Hispanic enrollments at black colleges were up 57 percent. But Hispanics were only 2.5 percent of all students at the black colleges. There are five times as many white students at the black colleges than there are students of Hispanic ethnicity.