African immigrants who arrive to the United States to bolster their education are the top academic achievers among non-natives. In an older study conducted using U.S. Census data, it was reported that 48.9 percent of African immigrants hold a college diploma.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education in 2001 and the Harvard Educational Review both studied past Census data in a study to determine where African immigrants fall on the educational spectrum in the States. And in recent times, the resurgence of those findings continue to champion Africans scholarly leaps. African immigrants obtain a diploma at a rate twice higher than U.S.-born White Americans and four times that when compared to African Americans.
Africans have the highest educational attainment rates of any immigrant group in the United States with higher levels of completion than the stereotyped Asian American model minority. It is not only the first generation that does well, as estimates indicate that a highly disproportionate percentage of black students at elite universities are African or the children of African immigrants.
In an an**ysis of Census Bureau data by the Journal of Blacks in higher education, African immigrants to the United States were found more likely to be college educated than any other immigrant group. African immigrantsto the U.S. are also more highly educated than any other native-born ethnic group including white Americans. Some 48.9 percent of all African immigrants hold a college diploma. This is slightly more than the percentage ofAsian immigrants to the U.S., nearly double the rate of native-born white Americans, and nearly four times the rate of native-born African Americans.
In 1997, 19.4 percent of all adult African immigrants in the United States held a graduate degree, compared to 8.1 percent of adult whites and 3.8 percent of adult blacks in the United States, respectively. This information suggests that America has an equally large achievement gap between whites and African/Asian immigrants as it does between white and black Americans.
Of the African-born population in the United States age 25 and older, 86.4% reported having a high school degree or higher, compared with 78. 9% of Asian born immigrants and 76.5% of European born immigrants, respectively. These figures contrast with 61.8% percent of the total foreign-born population.