Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 174–188 | Cite as

Sex Differences in Graduate School Choice for Black HBCU Bachelor’s Degree Recipients: A National Analysis

  • Terrell L. Strayhorn
  • Michael Steven WilliamsEmail author
  • Derrick Tillman-Kelly
  • Todd Suddeth


Data from the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study were analyzed to identify factors that historically Black colleges and universities graduates considered when choosing a graduate school; follow-up tests examined differences between Black men and women in the national sample. Interestingly, we found that Black men and women consider the same three factors most frequently when making graduate school decisions: reputation of school and faculty, proximity to home or work, and availability of an academic program. There were clear differences between men and women, however, in the extent to which they considered access to financial aid and costs of tuition and fees. Implications for theory, research, and practice are highlighted.


HBCU College choice Sex differences Race Secondary data analysis Black graduate students Graduate school choice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terrell L. Strayhorn
    • 1
  • Michael Steven Williams
    • 1
    Email author
  • Derrick Tillman-Kelly
    • 1
  • Todd Suddeth
    • 1
  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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