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  • Total fall enrollment in HBCUs was about 290,000 in 2001 (table 1). For the past four decades, women have made up a larger proportion of enrollment in these institutions than men (figure 1); in 2001, women made up 61 percent of enrollment.
  • In 2001, 90 percent of HBCU students attended 4-year institutions and 10 percent attended 2-year institutions. HBCU students were more likely to attend public institutions than private, not-for-profit institutions (72 vs. 28 percent) (derived from table A-2).
  • Two percent of all college students were enrolled in HBCUs in 2001. Black enrollment at HBCUs accounted for 13 percent of all Black enrollment (table 1).
  • In 2001, Blacks constituted 82 percent of all those enrolled in HBCUs and in 1976, they made up 85 percent (table A-7).

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