Race and Gender Differences in College Degree Attainments

The Census Bureau’s 2005 American Community Survey offers new data on educational attainment in the United States by race and gender. According to the new statistics, 16.6 percent of all black men 25 years or over have obtained a bachelor’s degree. For black women, the figure is 17.8 percent.

For whites, men still are more likely to have completed a four-year college degree than women. In 2005, 31.7 percent of all white males over the age of 25 have earned a bachelor’s degree. For white women, 28.3 percent have earned a four-year college degree.