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Race/Ethnicity


 

Enrollment statistics at a glance

Students of color make up a growing proportion of postsecondary enrollments, which is consistent with trends in the general population. In fall 2012, students of color comprised 24 percent of undergraduate and 39 percent of graduate enrollment.

Minnesota Undergraduate Enrollment Trends, Fall 2003 to 2012

Minnesota Undergraduate Enrollment Trends, Fall 2003 to 2012

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


All Students Enrolled in Minnesota Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity, Fall 2012

Undergraduate Graduate Total
American Indian 3,110 1% 877 1% 3,987 1%
Asian 15,744 5% 3,318 4% 19,062 5%
Black or African American* 30,121 10% 26,826 29% 56,947 14%
Hispanic/Latino 13,237 4% 4,191 4% 17,428 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 360 0% 132 0% 492 0%
Two or more races 10,469 3% 1,344 1% 11,813 3%
Total Students of Color 73,041 23% 36,688 39% 109,729 26%
White 241,313 77% 57,422 61% 305,722 74%
Total Race/Ethnicity Reported 314,354 100% 93,793 100% 415,451 100%
International Students** 8,883 6,906 16,642
Race not reported 15,444 13,410 28,471

*Capella and Walden Universities, two online institutions with national enrollments and predominately out-of-state students, are included. There were 85,862 students enrolled (16,673 undergraduates and 69,289 graduates). Students of color comprised 6,972 undergraduates and 31,256 graduates; 80 percent were Black or African American.

**The race/ethnicity of international students is not reported.


Minnesota Undergraduates of Color Enrollment Trends, Fall 2003 to 2012

Minnesota Undergraduates of Color Enrollment Trends, Fall 2003 to 2012

Does not include high school students or students enrolled at Capella and Walden Universities.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Minnesota Undergraduate Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity, Enrollment Intensity and Type of Institution Attended, Fall 2012

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


About Race/Ethnicity Data

Race/ethnic categories are used to describe groups to which individuals belong, identify with, or belong in the eyes of the community. The categories do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins.

Starting in fall 2009 the categories used to identify a student's race/ethnic background were changed in line with federal reporting requirements. Students who are "Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander" are now a separate race from the "Asian" category; students of Hispanic ethnicity are given priority over other races, and students may identify more than one race with which they belong.

Students are asked to first designate ethnicity as:

  • Hispanic or Latino or (if this ethnicity is chosen then the student is placed in this category regardless of race chosen below)
  • Not Hispanic or Latino

Second, individuals are asked to indicate all races that apply among the following (if more than one race category is indicated the student is reported in the "Two or More Races" category:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • White

Changing how data are collected has shifted previous trend categories. See State Postsecondary Enrollment Distributions by Race/Ethnicity Before and After Changes to Reporting Categories: Fall 2004, 2007, and 2010 from the U.S. Department of Education.

 

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