Graduate Enrollment Across Race and Ethnicity

The graduate student population continued to diversify between 1999–2000 and 2019–20; specifically, international student enrollment increased by 3.4 percentage points, Black or African American student enrollment increased by 3.2 percentage points, Hispanic or Latino student enrollment increased by 3.9 percentage points, and enrollment for students of more than one race increased by 4.6 percentage points. Although nearly half of graduate students were White in 2019–20 (49.3 percent), this share decreased by 18.9 percentage points (from 68.2 percent) between 1999–2000 and 2019–20.

Graduate Enrollment Across Race and Ethnicity: 1999–2000 to 2019–20


Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020

Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

Data for for the following should be interpreted with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native, All Degrees, 2011-2012

  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, All Degrees, 2003-2004