*How refreshing it is to be able to acknowledge universities rising to meet the demand of accepting deserving students of color in their institutions. It is with much anticipation that one day, such recognition will no longer be necessary, because diversity in these colleges will be a given, and African American students especially, will be but one group amongst many who are accepted in the colleges of their choice based on the fact that they have done the work just like any other student and deserves to be there.
Recently, our article on students Avery Coffey a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C., who applied to and was accepted at five Ivy League universities including Harvard, and Chad Thomas who was accepted at 150 universities, offered encouraging reports of African-American students getting accepted to most or all of the Ivy League schools they applied to. Now comes new data suggesting that Harvard University may be leading the way on diversity.
According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, the highly ranked institution’s class of 2018 will be 12 percent black, the largest representation of that group in the university’s history.
That number, broken down, translates to roughly 170 new black students entering this coming fall. Overall, Harvard accepted around 2,000 students from a pool of over 34,000 applicants.
When thegrio asked 17-year-old Avery Coffey what he aspires to be, he responded, “I guess probably the CEO of an investment (or management consulting) firm. I guess pretty much overseeing acquisitions or transactions between large companies. Hopefully, Fortune 500 companies.”
Earlier this month, the publication also covered the exceptional Kwasi Enin of Shirley, N.Y., who managed to get accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.
He scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT. That places him in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam.
Neither student has revealed which university they are going to attend. But if they pick Harvard they will at least be a part of a growing minority.
Thanks to thegrio where this story originally appeared.