For the First Time, the Entering Class at the University of Texas Is Less Than Half White: But Black Enrollments Still Far From Parity With State’s Black Population

For the first time in its history, the University of Texas at Austin has an entering first-year class that is less than one half non-Hispanic white. This year, non-Hispanic whites make up 47.6 percent of the entering class. A year ago, whites were 51.1 percent of incoming students. Non-Hispanic whites make up about 45.1 percent of the population in Texas.

There are 372 black students in the first-year class. They make up 5.1 percent of the incoming students. A year ago, there were 354 black freshmen who made up 4.9 percent of the entering class. Blacks are 11.5 percent of the total population in Texas.