College Enrollment for Black Women Hits Record High

BY: - 17 Jun '13 | Home

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EDUCATION | Black Women have surpassed all groups by race and gender for college entrance

By Janks Morton

College Enrollment

For the first time since the US Census has collected data around educational attainment and enrollment, in 2011 African-American women’s enrollment in colleges has hit a record high. According to the analysis of the most recent census data, nearly 1 in 10 of every African-American females are enrolled in colleges and universities, suggesting the prohibitive barriers to entry typically associated with women and minorities may be finally eroding in post-secondary settings.

The “enrollment status of the population”— an annual report from the US Census Bureau’s   CPS (current population survey) estimates the  percentage of a groups educational attainment by age, sex and racial categories—hit a record 9.7  percent in 2011  for Black Alone and Female metrics, according to the report.  This represents a 31 percent increase from 2000 reporting of 7.4 percent.

The average percentage enrollment for the U.S. population is 6.9 percent (6.3 percent for males, 7.5 percent for females.)

The college enrollment rate is one measure of a country, group and individual competitiveness. The rising enrollment rate over the past decade suggests that while factors as the economic downturn, and unemployment and underemployment rates for college graduates remains high 52 percent (Andrew Sum: The Nation’s underemployed in the “Great Recession” of 2007–09,)  increasing tuition costs and long-term student debt, most Americans still perceive college attendance as a value-added proposition to becoming competitive . The report shows enrollment for all groups increased 18.9 percent from 2000 to 2011.

African-American Women

The percentage difference between African-American Women and the next closest group is striking and now marks the first time this group (or any other group) has surpassed Asian Males. Black Female College Enrollment at 9.7 percent is a full percentage point above the next group which represents an 11.5 percent enrollment rate above Asian Females. This statistic is equally impressive in that in one year, Black Females and Asian Females surpassed Asian Males as the leading group in College enrollment (U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey: October 2010.)


In 2010, the annual report listed Asian Males leading at 9.8 percent and Black Females a close second at 9.6 percent. Asian Females followed in third at 9.5 percent. At the time of this report, no immediate details were available to explain the 10.3 percent drop in Asian Males and the 11.5 percent drop in enrollment data for Asian Females.

African-American Men

African-American Men have also realized significant gains over the 2000-2011 year periods. From the same data series in 2000, the Black Male College Enrollment rate was 5.2 percent and as of 2011, the rate was measured at 7.0 percent, representing a 34.6 percent increase. This is also a first as there is no longer a significant statistical difference between Black Male College Enrollment and White Female (7.1 percent.) From the Department of Education, iPEDS data reporting set in the academic year 2010-2011 there were 1,444,979 Black Males in post-secondary degree granting institutions (US Only/non-duplicated)

So what does this mean?

Overall and despite the never-ending narrative around the social, economic and educational disparities African-Americans may face in these tough times; despite the systemic barriers and the proverbial deck of cards being stacked against a community, the data and evidence provides a ray of hope in a plethora oppositional to the negative imagery and information constantly describing  Black culture. The facts make a case counter-intuitive to what “common sense” tells us about African-Americans. Fortunately, this group of resilient and resourceful people, who have always valued education, are once again proving “good sense” trumps the commons.

JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. He’s the founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, and has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. He is also the creator of the bestselling “Hoodwinked” documentary that challenges statistics about African-Americans and education. View the trailer for “Hoodwinked” by clicking here.

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16 WordPress comments on “College Enrollment for Black Women Hits Record High

  1. Alicen

    I love that we are making strides to move our culture forward! Let’s make sure to to motivate our men just as much as we do our women. I am so proud of our growth given our setbacks.

  2. Mrs. Jones

    This is awesome! We as black women have finally learn that we have to make it for ourselves and not wait on a man. I can’t wait until a couple of more years and we will be the largest group of females in graduate school. Black Women Rock !!!!!!

    1. Anonymous

      One must also look at the graduation/success rates. I’m proud of black women for achieving this mile stone but as a black male in college I’ve seen to many of my peers end up falling or holding themselves to low standards. Getting to college is one thing, we need to Excel in it too.

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  4. Anonymous

    Oooh, look at that graph. It seems like nearly half of White and Hispanic women and most Black women will not be able to pair with a man of their own race with a similar level of education. Sisters will have to be doing it for themselves whether or not they want to. Or rather, doing it for themselves and their cats.

    I suppose we’ll see some heightened intra-sexual competition between women. Have fun with that.

    1. Mrs. Jones


      As a black women, I can’t speak for any other race, but isn’t it a great milestone for black women to achieve this level of success in their pursuit of education. I would rather have my aunts, sisters, nieces, and female cousins educated instead of living in the projects having out of wedlock children name Shanika and Deontae, who will fall in the same cycle of of drug use/ drug dealing/ domestic violence / baby mother/baby father that we see our youth falling victim too everyday.

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  8. Anonymous

    I believe as long as the ghetto women and men are the level they are today, the progress will be less. Many black people in this country see themselves as victims instead as survivors. For decades, African Americans fought for equal opportunity, but today’s African American youths ignorant become the norm.

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  11. maliaa perry

    Been happily married 20 plus years and educated…and working on additional (dual) DEgree.I TOTALLY AGREE! With or with out a man..WOMEN still have PurpoSE and can live a good life.

  12. maliaa perry

    You know…I think the biggest bulies in this world are many .not all. Caucasian s…always in someone else’s conversation , under some one else’s MEN, someone else’s COUNTRY, someone else’s BUSINESS..worry about your SELF.!..maybe that’s why you are slacking because you are too busy minding other people’s, business. What ever BLACKS see themselves as…is their right to do so. Many Caucasian s see themselves as victems too…but I’m not on THAT BLOG…bc I don’t give a flying fluck about what you think about yourself! …always always finding some ignoramus commenting as ‘THE SpECIALIST ON BLACK THINKING. And how ‘BLACK or ANY OTHER race is’…….LIES YOU TELL!!……LIES! !!!!..Now, I may have made some gramatical errors because I’m not accustom to or comfortable with this lower level conversation…I could say more but I MUST GET BACK TO CLASS. .. (CLASS?…..and ALL points intended!)

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Feeling Loved on Father’s Day With King’s Hawaiian Bread

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Father’s day is one of my favorite days of the year. Ronnie and the kids pull out all of the stops to ensure I have an amazing day and feel totally loved. This year they achieved the task with food, food and more food.

In the late morning we went out to one of my favorite local breakfast spots to eat.

Then later that afternoon while I was chilling and watching a movie the girls prepared a delicious snack, fit for a king.

Then in the evening Ronnie and the girls went to work on my own personal cookout. There was grilled fish, hot dogs, hamburgers, green beans and pasta salad. My baby girls even baked daddy some pink lemonade cookies.

But the star of the show was definitely the hamburgers fresh off the grill with a special touch. Yesterday they were prepared with my favorite bread and I wasn’t even aware until recently that they had buns for burgers and hot dogs.

We often eat King’s Hawaiian Bread rolls alone with dinner, or with lunch meat as small sandwiches but now I can kick my grilled meats up a notch. And the flavor is exactly what you would expect if you’ve already been a fan of their products like we have.

BMWK dads, what did you do for Father’s Day? Did it involve food? What did you eat?

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