Latest Data Shows More Than 2.2 Million African Americans Enrolled in All Levels of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education has released preliminary data on total enrollments in higher education in the fall of 2007. The data shows that in 2007 there were 1,052,166 African Americans enrolled in four-year college programs. Nearly 62 percent of all black students enrolled in four-year programs attended state-operated universities. For whites enrolled in four-year programs, 66.5 percent attended state-operated colleges and universities.

There were another 912,978 African Americans enrolled in two-year community college programs. More than 46 percent of all black undergraduate students were enrolled in two-year community colleges compared to 40 percent of white undergraduates.

In addition, 230,233 blacks were enrolled in graduate programs and another 25,043 blacks were enrolled in professional schools.

All told, there were more than 2.2 million African Americans enrolled in higher education in the fall of 2007.