Race and Ethnicity of U.S. Undergraduates

As the undergraduate student body has become more diverse over time, the share of White students as a proportion of total undergraduate enrollment has declined. In 2015–16, approximately 45 percent of all undergraduate students identified as being a race or ethnicity other than White, compared with 29.6 percent in 1995–96. Much of the growth in the student of color population can be attributed to the growth of Hispanic or Latino enrollment.

Undergraduate Enrollment, by Race and Ethnicity: 1995-96 and 2015-16


U.S. Department of Education, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 1996 and 2016

In 1995-96, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students was not an available category. These students were included in the category “Asian”.