African-American College Graduates Are More Likely Than Their White Peers to Earn a Graduate Degree

New data from the Department of Education shows that more than 53 percent of all African Americans who graduated from college in 1993 went on to earn an additional degree over the next decade. For whites, 47 percent of the 1993 college graduates earned another higher education degree.

More than 35 percent of African-American college graduates in 1993 earned master’s degrees over the next decade. More than 5 percent went on to complete a professional degree and another 5 percent earned doctorates. Another 7.5 percent earned another bachelor’s degree or certificate.