Black Enrollments Down Slightly at Two Ivy League Universities

Brown University and Cornell University have both reported slight declines in the number of entering black students this year compared to 2006.

At Brown, preliminary data shows that there will be 105 black freshmen on campus this year. This is down from 115 black first-year students in 2006. Blacks will make up 7 percent of this fall’s entering class. This is down from 7.8 percent a year ago.

At Cornell University, there will be 172 black freshmen this fall. That is down about 10 percent from the 192 black students who enrolled in the fall of 2006. Blacks are 5.6 percent of the incoming class at Cornell this year compared to 5.9 percent in 2006. This breaks a string of four consecutive years in which black freshman enrollments have increased at Cornell.