Early Admission of African Americans to Leading Colleges and Universities

yesSeveral of the nation’s highest ranked colleges and universities have reported data on students they have accepted under early decision or early action admissions plans. Some of these selective educational institutions have provided data broken down by racial or ethnic group.

Williams College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in Williamstown, Massachusetts, admitted 244 students under its binding early admission plan. These students will make up approximately 44 percent of the Class of 2019 that will enter Williams in the fall of 2015. Among the students admitted early are 27 African Americans. They make up 11.1 percent of all students admitted early at Williams. A year ago, African Americans made up 8 percent of the students accepted early at Williams.

Harvard University has accepted 977 students in its non-binding early action admissions process. More than 5,900 students applied early to Harvard. African Americans make up 10.3 percent of all students who were accepted early at Harvard. This is up from 9.9 percent a year ago.


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