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Graduate School of the University of Washington Seeking to Boost Minority Enrollments

The Graduate School of the University of Washington recently released The Diversity Report outlining minority enrollments at the school. The report found that graduate enrollments make up about one quarter of the total enrollments at the university. However, there are fewer than 1,000 underrepresented minority students among the 10,297 U.S. residents who are enrolled in graduate programs. The report claims that the university is falling behind its peer institutions and that graduate student enrollments fail to reflect the minority population of the state of Washington. Minorities make up 24 percent of the population of Washington but less than 10 percent of all graduate students are members of minority groups.

The report states that the School of Social Work, the School of Dentistry, and the College of Education had minority enrollments that more closely mirrored the state’s minority population than other divisions of the Graduate School. The lack of money for scholarships was cited as the reason for the low percentage of minority students in the university’s graduate programs.

The report can be downloaded here.


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  1. Shay says:

    I think location is also a factor minority students outside of the state of Washington consider. Seattle is a great city and UW-Seattle campus has a very conscious and politically active Black community!! #ProudHuskyAlum

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