The table below shows the race, ethnicity, and gender of students at 3,924 colleges and universities for fall 2020, the most recent statistics available from the U.S. Department of Education.

About data

The figures come from the Ministry of Education’s Comprehensive Post-Secondary Education Data System. They include full-time and part-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Only degree-granting institutions eligible to participate in Title IV are included.

The full names 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 . These categories include U.S. citizens and permanent residents. “Non-resident alien” includes international students of any race. A person can only be counted in one category; Hispanics can be of any race.

Classification from the 2018 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Universities defined as “associate degrees” may award some bachelor’s degrees, but mostly associate degrees. Likewise, universities classified as “bachelor’s degrees” may award associate degrees, but primarily bachelor’s degrees.

“Minority” refers to the percentage of all students who are not classified as white, racially unknown, or non-resident. The percentage of all groups except women, nonresident aliens and unknowns is the portion of the group that excludes nonresident aliens and unknowns in the total. Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100. Some colleges report large numbers of students in the “race/ethnicity unknown” category. In these cases, all other numbers should be interpreted with caution.