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Black Students Admitted to Highly Selective Colleges and Universities

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the admissions process for the Class of 2024 continues. Several of the nation’s leading colleges and universities have announced demographic data on the students accepted for admission. A few of these highly selective institutions offer statistics on the number of students who are members of underrepresented groups.

Harvard University admitted 1,980 students to its first-year class from an application pool of more than 40,000. African Americans make up 14.8 percent of all admitted students.

Pomona College in Claremont, California, offered admission to 745 students. Blacks make up 14.2 percent of the accepted student pool.

Wellesley College in Massachusetts reported that 57 percent of all accepted students are domestic students of color. The liberal arts college for women accepted 19 percent of all applicants.

Barnard College, a highly selective educational institution for women in New York City, accepted only 10.9 percent of its 9,411 applicants. This was the lowest acceptance rate in school history. Applications for admission to Barnard are up 60 percent over the past five years. Women of color make up 62 percent of all admits.

The University of Pennsylvania accepted 3,404 students to the Class of 2024 from an applicant pool of 42,205. Some 53 percent are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who self-identify as members of minority groups.

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