Columbia University Leads the Ivy League in Black Freshman Enrollments

For the third year in a row Columbia University in New York City enrolled the highest percentage of black first-year students in the Ivy League. Since 2004 the percentage of blacks in the freshman class at Columbia has increased from 6.8 percent to 12.1 percent. There were 90 black freshmen at Columbia in 2004. This year there are 162, an increase of 80 percent.

Yale University ranked second among the eight Ivy League colleges. Ten percent of the freshman class at Yale is black. Blacks make up more than 9 percent of all first-year students at the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College.

For the first time in recent memory, Harvard University is in the bottom half of the Ivy League rankings of the percentage of black freshmen. This year, 8.4 percent of the freshman class at Harvard is black.

Cornell University, once again, has the lowest percentage of black freshmen. Despite considerable progress earlier in this decade, the number of black freshmen has dropped in each of the past two years. In 2006 there were 192 black first-year students at Cornell. This year there are 142, a drop of 26 percent in just two years.