College? Where Are The Black Males?

The following list of Black female/male student enrollment ratios at Historically Black Colleges is telling. The figures are for the 1999-2000 year. We believe that the figures are probably representative of what is occurring at predominantly white colleges where Black students are enrolled. You don't have to be a mathematician to figure out why our critical thinkers are concerned. Check out the percentages below.

    Here's a sampling of the female/male enrollment percentages at some HBCUs:

Fisk University---72% female, 28% male
Tuskegee University---60% female, 40% male
Clark Atlanta University---72% female, 26% male
Morris Brown College---59% female, 41% male
Hampton University--60% female, 40% male
Florida A&M University---56% female, 44% male
St. Paul's College--63% female, 37% male
Virginia State University---58% female, 42% male
Virginia Union University---58% female, 42% male
North Carolina Central University--63% female, 37% male
North Carolina A&T University---51% female, 49% male
St. Augustine's College---58% female, 42% male
Bethune Cookman College--57% female, 43% male
Lincoln University--57% female, 43% male
Dillard University--78% female, 28% male
Xavier University---71% female, 29% male
Howard University---63% female, 37% male
Central State University---57% female, 43% male
South Carolina State University---58% female, 42% male
Voorhees College---65% female, 35% male
Bowie State University---62% female, 38% male
Morgan State University---59% female, 41% male
University of Maryland at Eastern Shore---58% female,
  42% male
Alcorn State University---60% female, 40% male
Jackson State University---59% female, 41% male
Rust College---58% female, 42% male
Toogaloo College---68% female, 32% male
Grambling State University---55% female, 45% male
Shaw University---63% female, 37% male
Winston-Salem State University---66% female, 33% male
LeMoyne-Owens---68% female, 32% male
Alabama State University---55% female, 45% male
Miles College---56% females, 44% male
Stillman College--66% female, 34% male
Southern University---67% female, 33% male
Elizabeth City State University--63% female, 37% male

The Others:

Of course, Spelman is all female, as well as Bennett. Morehouse is all male.

At Benedict College the ratio is 50/50. At Allen University,  with less than 300 students, it's 53% male. At Lane College, with less than 700 students, it's 51% male.

Oh, yes, the gender ratios is a major problem, with all kinds of implications for the near future and beyond. In a 1999 issue of the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, for
example, you'll find this note: "Black women earn nearly two thirds of all bachelor's degrees awarded to African Americans. This dominance by black women is now reflected in scientific disciplines as well." Comments? Strategic suggestions?

-Isaac Black
Isaac Black is the CEO of Black Excel: The College Help Network ( His book, The Black Excel African American Student's College Guide,  will be published
in August by John Wiley & Sons.