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New Data Shows the Effect of the Pandemic of Black Enrollments in Higher Education

New Data Shows the Effect of the Pandemic of Black Enrollments in Higher Education

There were 2,331,529 Black or African American students enrolled in higher education last fall. In the fall of 2019, there were 2,474,200 Black students enrolled. Thus, Black enrollments were down nearly 6 percent. This is four times the drop for students as a whole. In 2010, more than 3 million Black students were enrolled in higher education.

Blacks More Likely to Take Advantage of Optional Test-Score Reporting During the Pandemic

Blacks More Likely to Take Advantage of Optional Test-Score Reporting During the Pandemic

Most colleges and universities were test-optional this past year due to the pandemic but some students still reported their scores. Only 31 percent of students from underrepresented minority groups reported test scores this past year, compared to 43 percent of all students who used the Common App.

Caltech Has Climbed Aboard the Diversity Bandwagon and Has the Numbers to Prove It

Caltech Has Climbed Aboard the Diversity Bandwagon and Has the Numbers to Prove It

JBHE has conducted an annual survey on the number of Black students in the entering classes of the nation’s top-ranked research universities for nearly 30 years. On many occasions, the number of Black students in the first-year class at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena could have been counted on one hand. Not anymore.

How African American Undergraduate Students Were Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

How African American Undergraduate Students Were Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that some 7.2 percent of Black undergraduates said they withdrew from their college or university during the first few months of the pandemic, more than double the rate for Whites. Another 5.6 percent of all Black undergraduates took a leave of absence, almost double the rate for Whites.

Purdue University Looks to Boost its Commitment to African American Students

Purdue University Looks to Boost its Commitment to African American Students

The Equity Task Force at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has defined concrete goals and plans to invest more than $75 million into the support of Black students and programs over the course of the next five years. Among the goals are to double the number of Black undergraduate students at the university.

Report Finds De Facto Racial Segregation in Virginia's Public Universities

Report Finds De Facto Racial Segregation in Virginia’s Public Universities

At the University of Virginia, just 13 percent of undergraduates identified as Black or Hispanic; that share is 60 percent lower than the state’s population ages 18 to 24. The College of William & Mary and Christopher Newport University are near large Black population centers but each of their student bodies is just 7 percent Black.

Blacks Make Up 18 Percent of Admitted Students at Harvard University

Blacks Make Up 18 Percent of Admitted Students at Harvard University

Harvard College accepted 3.43 percent of applicants to the Class of 2025. Blacks or African Americans make up 18 percent of all admitted students.

Black Students in STEM and Health Graduate Programs Increase But a Large Racial Gap Remains

Black Students in STEM and Health Graduate Programs Increase But a Large Racial Gap Remains

New data from the National Science Foundation show that in pre-pandemic America enrollments in graduate programs in science, engineering, and health fields at U.S. academic institutions were increasing. The increase in Black enrollments in these disciplines increased faster than the rate for enrollments as a whole.

The Racial Gap in College Enrollments of Recent High School Graduates

The Racial Gap in College Enrollments of Recent High School Graduates

For non-Hispanic White high school graduates in 2019, 47.9 percent had enrolled in four-year colleges and universities by October of that year. For 2019 Black high school graduates, less than 32 percent had enrolled in four-year colleges and universities by the ensuing fall.

A Significant Increase in the Number of Black Applicants to the University of California

A Significant Increase in the Number of Black Applicants to the University of California

Black applicants to the flagship Berkeley campus are up by more than 35 percent from a year ago, while overall applicants to Berkley are up by 23.8 percent. At the University of California, Los Angeles, the number of Black applicants surged by nearly 37 percent.

Large Group of Black Students Admitted Early to Harvard University

Large Group of Black Students Admitted Early to Harvard University

Harvard University accepted 747 students who applied early from a pool of more than 10,000 early applicants. African Americans constitute 16.6 percent of those admitted early, compared to 12.7 percent last year.

A Snapshot of Pre-Pandemic Black Enrollments in U.S. Graduate Schools

A Snapshot of Pre-Pandemic Black Enrollments in U.S. Graduate Schools

In the fall of 2019, Blacks were more than 18 percent of total first-time enrollments in graduate programs in public administration but only 4.5 percent of first-time graduate enrollments in physical sciences and 5.8 percent in engineering.

Tracking Racial and Ethnic Enrollments in Higher Education During the Pandemic

Tracking Racial and Ethnic Enrollments in Higher Education During the Pandemic

The National Student Clearinghouse Center has released a preliminary report that shows that this fall Black enrollments in higher education are down by 6.3 percent compared to a year ago. But Black enrollments in graduate school are up by more than 8 percent.

Report Finds that "It's Time to Worry About College Enrollment Declines Among Blacks"

Report Finds that “It’s Time to Worry About College Enrollment Declines Among Blacks”

The percentage of young White Americans with at least an associate’s degree is 19 percentage points higher than for young Black adults. Absent significant increases in graduation rates, declines in the number of Black students in college will make it hard to shrink their attainment gap relative to White students.

Some HBCUs Are Bucking the Trend in Higher Education Enrollment Declines

Some HBCUs Are Bucking the Trend in Higher Education Enrollment Declines

At a time when many colleges and universities are struggling to maintain enrollments at levels of the past several years, many historically Black colleges and universities are seeing increases in enrollments with some schools achieving all-time records.

North Carolina A&T State University Reports Its Fifth Consecutive Year of Record Enrollments

North Carolina A&T State University Reports Its Fifth Consecutive Year of Record Enrollments

This fall there are 12,754 students enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University, continuing a growth trend that began in 2013, when it became the largest HBCU in the nation. It has held that status now for seven consecutive years.

Elizabeth City State University Shows Significant Enrollment Increases

Elizabeth City State University Shows Significant Enrollment Increases

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities are struggling to maintain enrollments at levels that existed a year or two ago. But Elizabeth City State University, a historically Black educational institution in North Carolina is bucking the trend.

A Snapshot of Enrollments at the Nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities

A Snapshot of Enrollments at the Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

In the fall of 2018, there were 291,767 students enrolled at the nation’s HBCUs. African Americans made up about 76.5 percent of the enrollments at HBCUs that year. This fall, undoubtedly many HBCUs will struggle to maintain enrollments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Students Admitted to Highly Selective Colleges and Universities

Black Students Admitted to Highly Selective Colleges and Universities

In an ear, when selective colleges and universities typically hold their admissions statistics for Black student close to their vests, a few have announced how many Black students were admitted to the Class of 2024.

Idaho Bans the Use of Affirmative Action in Admission Decisions at State Universities

Idaho Bans the Use of Affirmative Action in Admission Decisions at State Universities

Idaho governor Brad Little has signed into law a bill that prohibits the consideration of race in hiring and admissions decisions at state-operated colleges and universities in the state. Idaho becomes the ninth state to ban race-sensitive admissions at state colleges and universities.

Harvard Business School Alumni Seeks Greater Diversity at Their Alma Mater

Harvard Business School Alumni Seeks Greater Diversity at Their Alma Mater

There are currently 56 African Americans (6.2 percent) in the latest 900-member class at Harvard Business School. At the present time, only two of the 100 tenured faculty members are Black.

The Racial Gap in College Participation Rates in the United States

The Racial Gap in College Participation Rates in the United States

If we look only at those students who graduated from high school in the spring of 2018, we find that 64.1 percent of Black students had enrolled in postsecondary education by October 2018. For 2018 non-Hispanic White high school graduates, the college participation rate was 71.3 percent.

Black Enrollments at Ivy League Law Schools

Black Enrollments at Ivy League Law Schools

Black students make up at least 11 percent of total enrollments at all five Ivy League law schools. Leading the group is Columbia University in New York where there are 39 Black students out of a total enrollment of 124. Thus, Blacks are 31.2 percent of the total enrollments.

The Large Racial Gap in Undergraduate Student Attrition Rates

The Large Racial Gap in Undergraduate Student Attrition Rates

In October 2018, there were 715,000 African American first-year students in all undergraduate institutions, 638,000 African Americans in their second year, 552,000 in their third year and 389,000 African Americans in their fourth year of college.

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2018-19

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2018-19

The Institute for International Education reports that in the 2018-19 academic year, there were 40,290 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States. They made up 3.7 percent of the 1,095,299 foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities that year.

Examining the Racial Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in the United States

Examining the Racial Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in the United States

If we look at total enrollments in U.S. graduate schools, we find that in 2018, there were 1,869,845 students. Of these, 190,224, or 10.2 percent were African Americans. Women made up 69.5 percent of all African American graduate school enrollments.

No Progress in the Number of Black Students Admitted to the University of California

No Progress in the Number of Black Students Admitted to the University of California

Three years ago, there was a major increase in the number of Black students admitted to the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California. Since that time progress has stagnated.

African Americans Accepted Into the Class of 2023 at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

African Americans Accepted Into the Class of 2023 at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, most of the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission into the Class of 2023. Some revealed the racial/ethnic breakdown of their admitted students.

Virginia Tech Reports 13 Percent Increase in Black Applicants

Virginia Tech Reports 13 Percent Increase in Black Applicants

In 2016, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands set a goal to have 40 percent of the student body come from underrepresented groups and first generation students by 2022.

Major New Report on the Status and Trends Relating to African American Education

Major New Report on the Status and Trends Relating to African American Education

Most of the information is contained in other federal reports, but the 228-page report is useful as it collects data on African American educational attainment at all levels in one place.

Sharp Drop in Black Enrollments at Public Colleges and Universities in Illinois

Sharp Drop in Black Enrollments at Public Colleges and Universities in Illinois

The number of African-American students enrolled at public colleges and universities in Illinois has fallen nearly 25.9 percent during the five-year period from 2013 to 2017. In contrast, enrollments are up for all other underrepresented groups.

Study Finds the Vast Majority of Americans Say Race Should Not Be a Factor in College Admissions

Study Finds the Vast Majority of Americans Say Race Should Not Be a Factor in College Admissions

A new survey from the Pew Research Center has found that 73 percent of Americans believe that colleges and universities should not consider race or ethnicity when making admissions decisions. Only 7 percent say race should be a major factor in admissions and 19 percent say it should be a minor factor.

New Census Data Shows a Large Racial Gap in Attrition Rates in College Enrollments

New Census Data Shows a Large Racial Gap in Attrition Rates in College Enrollments

In October 2017, there were 719,000 African American first-year students, 664,000 African Americans in their second year, 608,000 in their third year and 324,000 African Americans in their fourth year of college.

Black Students Show Some Progress in Medical School Enrollments

Black Students Show Some Progress in Medical School Enrollments

This academic year, 1,540 Black students enrolled at a U.S. medical school. They made up 7.1 percent of all medical school matriculants. The number of Black students enrolling in medical schools is up 14 percent from the 2015-16 academic year. Women were nearly 61 percent of all Black medical school matriculants.

Xavier University of Louisiana Experiences a Surge in Student Enrollments

Xavier University of Louisiana Experiences a Surge in Student Enrollments

The 2018 entering class includes 866 new first-year students and 71 new transfer students, making it the largest entering class since 2010. Total enrollment for Xavier University is now 3,231 students, which is the highest overall enrollment since 2011.

A Snapshot of African American Enrollments in Higher Education in the Fall of 2017

A Snapshot of African American Enrollments in Higher Education in the Fall of 2017

There were 20,135,159 students enrolled at Title IV institutions in the fall of 2017. Of these, there were 2,489,088 African Americans in this group. They made up 12.4 percent of the total enrollments. Blacks were 11.4 percent of the total enrollments in graduate programs.