Colleges and Universities With the Nation’s Highest Black Student Graduation Rates

The latest data from the Department of Education states that Harvard University now has the highest graduation rates for black students. This year Harvard’s black student graduation rate has increased from 93 percent to 95 percent. Amherst College, a small liberal arts college in western Massachusetts, currently has a black student graduation rate of 94 percent, the second highest in the nation. Last year Amherst had bested Harvard by two percentage points. Princeton University ranks third in the nation with a black student graduation rate of 93 percent. Six other highly ranked colleges and universities in the United States posted a black student graduation rate of 90 percent or above. They are Wellesley College, Washington University, Brown University, Northwestern University, Wesleyan University, and Williams College.

Eleven other high-ranking institutions have a black student graduation above 85 percent. They are Stanford University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Columbia University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Smith College, Swarthmore College, the University of Virginia, and Wake Forest University.

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