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Two Top-Rated Liberal Arts College Report Large Number of Black Early Applicants

Williams College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in Williamstown, Massachusetts, reports that 728 students applied under its binding early admissions program. This was a 25 percent increase from a year ago and is the largest number of early applicants in the college’s history.

Williams College admitted 257 students from the pool of 728 early applicants. Thus, more than 35 percent of all early applicants were accepted for admission. During the 2016 admissions cycle, the overall admission rate at Williams College was 17.6 percent.

Of the 257 students accepted for early admission, 27 self-identify as African American. Thus, African Americans are 10.5 percent of all early admits at Williams College this year.

At Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, there were a record 742 early applicants, a 16.6 percent increase from a year ago. There was a whopping 56 percent increase in African American early applicants.


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