Skip Navigation
Digest of Education Statistics
2017 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest


Table 306.30. Fall enrollment of U.S. residents in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1976 through 2027
Year Enrollment (in thousands) Percentage distribution
Total White Black His- panic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/
Alaska
Native
Two or more races Total White Black His- panic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/
Alaska
Native
Two or more races
Total Asian Pacific Islander Total Asian Pacific Islander
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
1976 10,767 9,076 1,033 384 198 76 100.0 84.3 9.6 3.6 1.8 0.7
1980 11,782 9,833 1,107 472 286 84 100.0 83.5 9.4 4.0 2.4 0.7
1990 13,427 10,722 1,247 782 572 103 100.0 79.9 9.3 5.8 4.3 0.8
1994 13,823 10,427 1,449 1,046 774 127 100.0 75.4 10.5 7.6 5.6 0.9
1995 13,807 10,311 1,474 1,094 797 131 100.0 74.7 10.7 7.9 5.8 1.0
                                     
1996 13,901 10,264 1,506 1,166 828 138 100.0 73.8 10.8 8.4 6.0 1.0
1997 14,037 10,266 1,551 1,218 859 142 100.0 73.1 11.0 8.7 6.1 1.0
1998 14,063 10,179 1,583 1,257 900 144 100.0 72.4 11.3 8.9 6.4 1.0
1999 14,361 10,329 1,649 1,324 914 146 100.0 71.9 11.5 9.2 6.4 1.0
2000 14,784 10,462 1,730 1,462 978 151 100.0 70.8 11.7 9.9 6.6 1.0
                                     
2001 15,363 10,775 1,850 1,561 1,019 158 100.0 70.1 12.0 10.2 6.6 1.0
2002 16,021 11,140 1,979 1,662 1,074 166 100.0 69.5 12.4 10.4 6.7 1.0
2003 16,314 11,281 2,068 1,716 1,076 173 100.0 69.1 12.7 10.5 6.6 1.1
2004 16,682 11,423 2,165 1,810 1,109 176 100.0 68.5 13.0 10.8 6.6 1.1
2005 16,903 11,495 2,215 1,882 1,134 176 100.0 68.0 13.1 11.1 6.7 1.0
                                     
2006 17,163 11,572 2,280 1,964 1,165 181 100.0 67.4 13.3 11.4 6.8 1.1
2007 17,624 11,756 2,383 2,076 1,218 190 100.0 66.7 13.5 11.8 6.9 1.1
2008 18,442 12,089 2,584 2,273 1,303 193 100.0 65.5 14.0 12.3 7.1 1.0
2009 19,631 12,669 2,884 2,537 1,335 206 100.0 64.5 14.7 12.9 6.8 1.0
2010 20,312 12,721 3,039 2,749 1,282 1,218 64 196 325 100.0 62.6 15.0 13.5 6.3 6.0 0.3 1.0 1.6
                                     
2011 20,270 12,402 3,079 2,893 1,277 1,211 66 186 433 100.0 61.2 15.2 14.3 6.3 6.0 0.3 0.9 2.1
2012 19,861 11,982 2,962 2,980 1,258 1,195 64 173 505 100.0 60.3 14.9 15.0 6.3 6.0 0.3 0.9 2.5
2013 19,537 11,589 2,872 3,093 1,260 1,199 61 162 560 100.0 59.3 14.7 15.8 6.4 6.1 0.3 0.8 2.9
2014 19,291 11,239 2,793 3,192 1,272 1,214 58 153 642 100.0 58.3 14.5 16.5 6.6 6.3 0.3 0.8 3.3
2015 19,006 10,939 2,681 3,298 1,284 1,229 55 146 658 100.0 57.6 14.1 17.4 6.8 6.5 0.3 0.8 3.5
                                     
2016 18,843 10,713 2,588 3,427 1,306 1,253 53 142 666 100.0 56.9 13.7 18.2 6.9 6.7 0.3 0.8 3.5
20171 18,796 10,635 2,604 3,461 1,291 140 665 100.0 56.6 13.9 18.4 6.9 0.7 3.5
20181 18,833 10,617 2,625 3,478 1,307 140 666 100.0 56.4 13.9 18.5 6.9 0.7 3.5
20191 18,870 10,568 2,643 3,532 1,321 139 667 100.0 56.0 14.0 18.7 7.0 0.7 3.5
20201 18,850 10,477 2,656 3,581 1,332 138 667 100.0 55.6 14.1 19.0 7.1 0.7 3.5
                                     
20211 18,831 10,389 2,670 3,627 1,342 136 666 100.0 55.2 14.2 19.3 7.1 0.7 3.5
20221 18,815 10,310 2,681 3,670 1,353 135 665 100.0 54.8 14.2 19.5 7.2 0.7 3.5
20231 18,809 10,229 2,696 3,718 1,366 134 665 100.0 54.4 14.3 19.8 7.3 0.7 3.5
20241 18,814 10,153 2,712 3,772 1,379 133 665 100.0 54.0 14.4 20.0 7.3 0.7 3.5
20251 18,815 10,079 2,725 3,826 1,388 132 665 100.0 53.6 14.5 20.3 7.4 0.7 3.5
                                     
20261 18,822 10,006 2,743 3,881 1,397 130 666 100.0 53.2 14.6 20.6 7.4 0.7 3.5
20271 18,779 9,905 2,755 3,923 1,403 129 664 100.0 52.7 14.7 20.9 7.5 0.7 3.5
—Not available.
1 Projected.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Prior to 2010, institutions were not required to report separate data on Asians, Pacific Islanders, and students of Two or more races. Projections for Asian and Pacific Islander enrollment are not available due to the limited amount of historical data available upon which to base a projection model. Data through 1995 are for institutions of higher education, while later data are for degree-granting institutions. Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, but it includes more 2-year colleges and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not grant degrees. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Colleges and Universities" surveys, 1976 and 1980; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:90-99); IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2017, Fall Enrollment component; and Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions by Race/Ethnicity Projection Model, 1980 through 2027. (This table was prepared May 2018.)

2017 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest