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 246 students under its binding early admission plan. These students will make up approximately 45 percent of the Class of 2020 that will enter Williams in the fall of 2016. Among the students admitted early are 20 African Americans. They make up 8.1 percent of all students admitted early at Williams. A year ago, African Americans made up 11.1 percent of the students accepted early at Williams.

Harvard University has accepted 918 students in its non-binding early action admissions process. Nearly 6,200 students applied early to Harvard. African Americans make up 9.4 percent of all students who were accepted early at Harvard. This is up from 10.3 percent a year ago.


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