Black Enrollments Take a Dive at Indiana University

This past May the board of trustees at Indiana University passed an initiative calling for a doubling of black and other minority students by 2013. They have not gotten off to a very good start in achieving their goal.

This fall more than 7,250 freshmen enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington. This is the largest incoming class in the university’s history. Yet while overall enrollment is up, the number of black freshmen is down more than 16 percent. There are 345 black first-year students on campus this year, down from 412 a year ago. Blacks are 4.8 percent of the incoming class.