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Large Racial Gaps Remain in Graduate School Enrollments in Some STEM Fields

graduate-enrollment-degrees-fall-2015-final-copyA new report from the Council of Graduate Schools offers data on enrollments by racial and ethnic groups at U.S. graduate schools.

A total of 506,927 graduate students enrolled for the first time in graduate programs in the fall of 2015. Blacks made up 11.8 percent of all first-time graduate school enrollees. Women were more than 69 percent of all African American first-time enrollees in graduate programs.

Racial differences in first-time enrollments in graduate School differed across academic disciplines. Blacks made up nearly 18 percent of new graduate enrollments in public administration and 12 percent in education, business, and social and behavioral sciences. But Blacks were just 3.2 percent of all new graduate enrollments in physical sciences and 5.7 percent of all new graduate enrollments in engineering. An encouraging statistic is that Black were 11.1 percent of new graduate enrollments in mathematics and computer science.

Similar data is presented for overall graduate enrollments with the data generally mirroring the racial gaps shown above for first-time graduate school enrollments.

The full report, Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2005 to 2015, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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