African-American Enrollments in Free Fall at the University of South Carolina

In 1999 blacks were a whopping 19 percent of all undergraduate enrollments at the University of South Carolina. This was the highest percentage of blacks in the student body of any of the nation’s flagship state universities. Since that time the number of students enrolled at the university has grown by about 3,000. But black enrollments are down by nearly 500 students. Today blacks make up just 14 percent of the undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina.

According to university officials, there are several factors that have contributed to the decline in black enrollments.