States With the Most African-American College Students

New figures from the U.S. Department of Education show that 2.2 million black students are enrolled in colleges and universities throughout the United States. This data includes all two-year and four-year institutions.

California has the most black students enrolled in college with 185,659. There are 160,007 black students enrolled in higher educational institutions in New York State. Florida ranks third with 155,357 black students. Texas, Georgia, Illinois, and North Carolina each have more than 100,000 black students enrolled in college.

On a percentage basis, blacks make up 12.7 percent of all college students nationwide. In Mississippi, blacks are 39.1 percent of all students enrolled in college, the highest rate in the nation. In Georgia, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia, blacks are more than 30 percent of all students enrolled in college. 

New Jersey has the highest percentage of blacks among all college students of any non-southern or border state.