New statistics from the U.S. Department of Education show there were 3,811,079 Black or African American students enrolled in degree-granting institutions of higher education during the 2014-15 academic year. Blacks made up 13.9 percent of all students enrolled in degree-granting institutions.
Last year the same data report showed there were 3,954,120 Black or African American students who were enrolled in higher education during the 2013-14 academic year. The same report issued two years ago found 4,082,004 African Americans enrolled in higher education. Thus, over the past two years, African American enrollments in higher education have decreased by more than 270,000, or 6.6 percent. The Black percentage of total enrollments has dropped from 14.4 percent to 13.9 percent over the past two years.
In the 2014-15 academic year, Black enrollments in graduate school declined, but only by a slight margin. There were 449,149 Black or African American students enrolled in graduate school in the 2014-15 academic year, compared to 451,257 the previous year. Blacks were 11.8 percent of all graduate enrollments, compared to 11.9 percent the previous year.