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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007


Table A23.1.

Undergraduate fall enrollment in degree-granting institutions, by race/ethnicity and sex: Selected years, 19762004


Year White Total minority Black Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/Alaska Native
Total
1976 7,740,485 1,535,268 943,355 352,893 169,291 69,729
1980 8,480,661 1,778,526 1,018,840 433,075 248,711 77,900
1990 9,272,630 2,467,741 1,147,220 724,561 500,486 95,474
2000 8,983,455 3,883,969 1,548,893 1,351,025 845,545 138,506
2001 9,278,682 4,130,231 1,657,141 1,444,414 883,902 144,774
2002 9,564,851 4,376,233 1,763,778 1,533,278 927,434 151,743
2003 9,662,515 4,498,325 1,838,199 1,579,571 922,718 157,837
2004 9,771,283 4,695,524 1,918,465 1,666,859 949,882 160,318
 
Male
1976 4,052,162 748,221 430,669 191,653 91,078 34,821
1980 4,054,858 802,736 428,215 211,238 128,527 34,756
1990 4,184,394 1,069,272 447,972 326,912 254,459 39,929
2000 4,010,109 1,617,985 576,996 582,627 401,942 56,420
2001 4,139,637 1,705,865 611,710 618,526 417,165 58,464
2002 4,245,583 1,787,099 642,154 649,160 435,436 60,349
2003 4,262,027 1,806,455 660,447 656,638 427,876 61,494
2004 4,309,906 1,877,024 684,697 690,544 439,107 62,676
 
Female
1976 3,688,323 787,047 512,686 161,240 78,213 34,908
1980 4,425,803 975,790 590,625 221,837 120,184 43,144
1990 5,088,236 1,398,469 699,248 397,649 246,027 55,545
2000 4,973,346 2,265,984 971,897 768,398 443,603 82,086
2001 5,139,045 2,424,366 1,045,431 825,888 466,737 86,310
2002 5,319,268 2,589,134 1,121,624 884,118 491,998 91,394
2003 5,400,488 2,691,870 1,177,752 922,933 494,842 96,343
2004 5,461,377 2,818,500 1,233,768 976,315 510,775 97,642
NOTE: Data from 1976 to 1990 are for institutions of higher education that were accredited by an agency or association that was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or recognized directly by the Secretary of Education. Later data are for degree-granting institutions. The new degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, except that it includes some additional institutions, primarily 2-year colleges, and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not award associate or higher degrees. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2005 (NCES 2006-030), table 205, data from the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Colleges and Universities" surveys, 1976 and 1980, and 1990 through 2004 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment" survey, 1990, and Spring 2001 through Spring 2005.
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