• American Indian/Alaska Native enrollment increased from 70,000 to 176,000, a 151 percent increase.

  • Black enrollment increased from 943,000 to 2,269,000, a 140 percent increase.

The enrollment for each minority group rose at a faster rate than that of whites, which increased from 7,740,000 to 10,339,000, a 34 percent increase during this period. The increase in Hispanic enrollment, in particular, reflects a significant growth in the Hispanic segment of the population generally and is projected to continue strong into the future.

Similarly, females of all groups showed an enrollment increase and actually surpassed the percentage of males enrolled as undergraduates in 1980. Black students had the largest difference between male and female enrollments. Black females accounted for 64 percent of the total undergraduate black enrollment. American Indian/Alaska Native females made up 60 percent of the total American Indian/Alaska Native student enrollment, and Hispanic females made up 58 percent of the total Hispanic student enrollment. White females made up 56 percent of the white student enrollment.

FIGURE 4-1 Fall undergraduate enrollment in postsecondary institutions, by race/ethnicity, 1976-2004.

FIGURE 4-1 Fall undergraduate enrollment in postsecondary institutions, by race/ethnicity, 1976-2004.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities (NCES 2007-039), Table A23.1, September 2007.



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