Amherst College Admits a Record 180 Black Students This Spring

Amherst_College_SealIn seven of the past eight years, Amherst College in western Massachusetts, had led the JBHE Annual Survey on Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Highest Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges. This past fall, JBHE reported that Blacks made up 15.8 percent of all incoming students at Amherst.

Recently a JBHE post reported on the Black percentage of students accepted as some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities this spring. Amherst has now supplied similar data. There were 180 Black students accepted at Amherst this spring. They made up 15.3 percent of all students accepted. The 180 Black students admitted to Amherst ties the college’s all-time record.

Amherst College will face some tough competition in this coming fall’s rankings of Blacks in the incoming Class of 2019. As JBHE reported earlier, Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, accepted 195 Black students this spring. Blacks are 16.8 percent of all accepted students at Williams.


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  1. Adelaide Solomon-Jordan says:

    It is yield figures that I will await. After that, what is the four year graduation rate of African descent students and how does it compare with the overall four year graduation rate?

    Congratulations to those who have achieved and been offered admission.

    Historically, being “freed” from enslavement, with no way to support ones self and illiterate is not freedom, as we have lived and learned. Freedom is, in this case, completion of the degree allowing for viable employment.

    • Editor says:

      Amherst College has a very high Black student graduation rate that is close to the rate for students overall. In the most recent JBHE report, Amherst had a Black student graduation rate of 92 percent compared to a 97 percent rate for all students.

  2. Charlie says:

    Just saying, that is higher than the population of blacks in America. So is the percentage of African American students enrolled at American colleges. Not really “underrepresented” nowadays

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