Black Freshman Enrollments Surge at Colby College

While many high-ranking colleges are making slow progress in increasing black enrollments (see lead story in left column), Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is on a roll. In 2008 there were eight black first-year students at the college. They made up a mere 1.8 percent of the freshman class.

A year ago in 2009 there were 18 black freshmen, an increase of 125 percent. That year blacks were 3.8 percent of entering students.

This year black applicants to Colby College increased to 181 compared to 124 a year ago. This fall 36 black students are entering Colby College, double the number of a year ago. Black student yield increased from 32.7 percent to 43.9 percent. Blacks make up 7.3 percent of entering students.

Over the course of the past two years the number of black freshmen at Colby increased from eight to 36, a rise of 350 percent.