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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 2015, students of color comprised 26 percent of undergraduate and 18 percent (5,909 students) of graduate enrollment. Percent varies by institution.

Undergraduates of color increased from 37,838 in fall 2006 to 62,745 in fall 2015.


Minnesota Undergraduate Enrollment Trends, Fall 2006 to 2015

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*In 2009 new race classification categories were implemented. Does not include high school students or students enrolled at Capella and Walden Universities.

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Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Minnesota Undergraduates of Color Enrollment Trends, Fall 2006 to 2015

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*In 2009 new race classification categories were implemented.

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Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


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Enrollment by Type of Minnesota Postsecondary Institution,Fall 2005 to Fall 2014*
Includes both undergraduate and graduate students
State Colleges
American IndianAsianBlackHispanicPacific IslanderTwo or More RacesTotal
Minority No.
PercentWhite No.PercentTotal No.Percent
20061,7784,5818,6532,11517,12716%88,85984%105,986100%
20071,9495,51810,4902,37720,33418%92,06882%112,402100%
20081,9365,96011,4102,76822,07419%94,87081%116,944100%
20092,1806,49014,2023,36221826,45220%103,86780%130,319100%
20101,4746,17713,6356,0631245,54133,01425%101,42975%134,443100%
20111,4816,52214,3416,4771405,42234,38326%97,40574%131,788100%
20121,3556,78515,1786,8141525,42235,70627%95,17673%130,882100%
20131,2527,11814,8287,0471425,50335,89028%91,00172%126,891100%
20141,2327,32514,7367,2161445,22535,87830%85,40570%121,283100%
20151,1267,41414,6197,8081424,77035,87931%81,63569%117,514100%
State Universities
American IndianAsianBlackHispanicPacific IslanderTwo or More RacesTotal
Minority No.
PercentWhite No.PercentTotal No.Percent
20065941,5641,7606344,5528%50,07592%54,627100%
20076111,7522,1187195,2009%51,90991%57,109100%
20086121,9132,3517545,63010%53,01490%58,644100%
20096372,0352,872870876,50110%56,77390%63,274100%
20103661,8862,8581,628561,6438,43713%56,49287%64,929100%
20113642,1023,0681,727501,6348,94514%55,90486%64,849100%
20123512,1873,1331,847511,6739,24215%54,27385%63,515100%
20133582,4853,3911,927441,7129,91716%52,59484%62,511100%
20143662,6593,5611,973361,72010,31517%50,73783%61,052100%
20153512,8543,8002,123351,78810,95118%49,87282%60,823100%
University of MN
American IndianAsianBlackHispanicPacific IslanderTwo or More RacesTotal
Minority No.
PercentWhite No.PercentTotal No.Percent
20067534,4042,1951,1358,48715%49,29985%57,786100%
20077674,3802,2831,2158,64515%48,82285%57,467100%
20087834,4432,3021,2238,75115%48,51885%57,269100%
20096644,2722,2621,387686049,25716%48,93984%58,196100%
20106004,2522,2451,488631,0019,64917%48,80183%58,450100%
20115314,2052,1611,595661,3459,90317%48,98283%58,885100%
20124794,2332,1331,648581,59710,14818%47,83182%57,979100%
20134324,3852,1421,788451,85110,64318%47,09282%57,735100%
20144154,4712,1811,918441,88910,91819%46,07781%56,995100%
20153894,4462,2622,084332,02211,23620%45,15480%56,390100%
Private Colleges & Universities
American IndianAsianBlackHispanicPacific IslanderTwo or More RacesTotal
Minority No.
PercentWhite No.PercentTotal No.Percent
20063632,4542,1741,2126,20311%51,48589%57,688100%
20073632,5882,3091,0606,32011%52,11189%58,431100%
20083752,6222,5051,3736,87512%51,93088%58,805100%
20093892,7512,5051,517113707,54313%50,38887%57,931100%
20103602,6812,7351,737291,0258,56715%50,27085%58,837100%
20113482,7612,8801,828421,0978,95615%48,86185%57,817100%
20123322,7122,8302,086581,4599,47716%47,98384%57,460100%
20132993,0123,0692,299521,41010,14118%47,14282%57,283100%
20142913,1103,1262,483391,29110,34018%47,57882%57,918100%
20153053,1053,2942,724461,73211,20619%47,55681%58,762100%
Private Career Schools
American IndianAsianBlackHispanicPacific IslanderTwo or More RacesTotal
Minority No.
PercentWhite No.PercentTotal No.Percent
2006**2841,0781,6654813,50819%15,09181%18,599100%
20073591,0991,8354923,78520%15,57780%19,362100%
20086271,4592,3505685,00422%17,67578%22,679100%
20096701,3572,424631177235,82223%19,45477%25,276100%
20106811,5453,186803406436,89824%21,94676%28,844100%
20116251,3582,963833465816,40625%18,93875%25,344100%
20127091,1992,826774705566,13427%16,38973%22,523100%
20136039642,399642534305,09128%13,39172%18,482100%
20145057401,918577473694,15631%9,03969%13,195100%
20155256501,621454372173,50433%7,19567%10,699100%
Private Graduate & Professional
American IndianAsianBlackHispanicPacific IslanderTwo or More RacesTotal
Minority No.
PercentWhite No.PercentTotal No.Percent
2006181801748345514%2,83186%3,286100%
2007181471565437512%2,71988%3,094100%
2008241451494736512%2,60688%2,971100%
2009211131193428711%2,35189%2,638100%
20101899815013228112%2,10388%2,384100%
20111198715013826911%2,10889%2,377100%
201213102985314230912%2,20888%2,517100%
2013131121055125033313%2,16487%2,497100%
2014121101175515034515%2,03185%2,376100%
2015151021206135835917%1,77783%2,136100%
Total All Minnesota
American IndianAsianBlackHispanicPacific IslanderTwo or More RacesTotal
Minority No.
PercentWhite No.PercentTotal No.Percent
20064,07514,95724,8407,20651,07815%280,14885%331,226100%
20074,43816,33030,7307,80159,29917%288,23083%347,529100%
20084,84817,57336,4608,93567,81619%296,81381%364,629100%
20095,14718,18245,56710,4854011,96581,74721%313,90779%395,654100%
20104,23318,10754,41315,39435410,409102,91025%316,44575%419,355100%
20114,12318,58456,03516,36041410,842106,35826%305,72274%412,080100%
20123,97418,82056,47017,29349111,767108,81527%298,22373%407,038100%
20132,95718,07625,93413,75433810,95672,01522%253,38478%325,399100%
20142,82118,41525,63914,22231110,54471,95223%240,86777%312,819100%
20152,71118,57125,71615,25429610,58773,13524%233,18976%306,324100%
Private Career Online Schools Only*
American IndianAsianBlackHispanicPacific IslanderTwo or More RacesTotal
Minority No.
PercentWhite No.PercentTotal No.Percent
20062856968,2191,54610,74632%22,50868%33,254100%
200737184611,5391,88414,64037%25,02463%39,664100%
20084911,03115,3932,20219,11740%28,20060%47,317100%
20095861,16421,1832,68426825,88545%32,13555%58,020100%
20107341,46729,6733,6254152436,06450%35,40450%71,468100%
20117631,53829,8223,8506972536,76752%34,25848%71,025100%
20127351,60230,2924,07110187937,68053%33,81447%71,494100%
20137711,98730,6024,69914298239,18354%33,90546%73,088100%
20144631,85031,2153,9922573,06040,83754%34,16946%75,006100%
20154561,97431,1323,5582893,28540,69454%33,97446%74,668100%

Does not include students whose racial/ethnic group was not reported and international students.

*Includes Capella and Walden University. These online only institutions have headquarters in Minnesota but report their nation-wide enrollment. The majority of their students are enrolled from out of state.

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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