Student Diversity at More Than 4,600 Institutions

September 18, 2016

The table that follows shows the race, ethnicity, and gender of students at 4,605 colleges and universities in the fall of 2014, the latest year for which statistics are available from the U.S. Department of Education.

The figures are from the Education Department’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. They include undergraduate, graduate, and professional-school students attending full time and part time in the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The full titles of the categories are: American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; black or African-American; Hispanic or Latino; Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander; two or more races; and race/ethnicity unknown. Those categories include U.S. citizens and permanent residents. “Nonresident foreign” includes international students who could be of any race. A person can be counted in only one category; Hispanics can be of any race.

“Total minority” is the percentage of all students who are not categorized as white, race unknown, or nonresident. Because of rounding, percentages may not add up to 100. Some colleges reported a large number of students in the “race/ethnicity unknown” category. In those cases, all of the other figures should be interpreted with caution.

(Correction, Sept. 19, 10:50 a.m.: An earlier version of this table miscalculated the number and percentage of total minority students.)