A Check on the Status of Black Enrollments in U.S. Graduate Schools

GEDA new report from the Council on Graduate Schools shows that in 2013 there were 1.7 million students enrolled in graduate education programs in the United States in 2013. This was down slightly from 2012. Blacks made up 12.1 percent of all U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents who were enrolled in the American graduate schools.

The report stated that first-time enrollments in graduate programs in the fall of 2013 stood at more than 459,000 students. This was up slightly from the previous year. The report found that 40,584 African Americans enrolled in graduate programs for the first time in the fall of 2013. They made up 11.2 percent of all first-time graduate students that year. Of all first-time Black enrollees in graduate school in the fall of 2013, 69 percent were women.

Of all Black first-time enrollees in graduate programs in 2013, 25 percent were seeking degrees in the field of education. Only 9 percent were enrolled in graduate programs in the natural sciences or engineering. For Whites, 17 percent of first-time graduate students were enrolled in science or engineering degree programs.

The full report, Graduate Enrollment and Degrees, 2003 to 2013, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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