4-Year Colleges With the Biggest Increases in Percentages of Underrepresented Minorities

 November 11, 2018  PREMIUM
Doctoral, master’s, and liberal-arts colleges increased their representation of students who were American Indian, black, or Hispanic faster than the population of those three groups together grew in the United States from 2010 to 2016. Nevertheless, all categories of institutions below except public master’s institutions continued to collectively underrepresent those three groups. The growth in their representation over six years can be attributed predominantly to an increase in Hispanic students. American Indians lost ground in enrollment, and the number of African-Americans grew at a slower rate than did enrollment over all. Only 14 of the 75 institutions on this list ̶ among them New England College and Texas State University ̶̶ had higher increases in the number of black students than in the number of Hispanics.

Public doctoral institutions

Private nonprofit doctoral institutions

Public master’s institutions

Private nonprofit master’s institutions

Public bachelor’s: arts and sciences institutions

Private nonprofit bachelor’s: arts and sciences institutions


* The figure for the City University of New York Graduate Center includes enrollment at four administratively linked programs: the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (including the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies), the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Macaulay Honors College.

Note: “Underrepresented minorities” are defined as American Indians and Alaska Natives, blacks, and Hispanics, all of whom have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The percentage of underrepresented minorities for each year was calculated by dividing the total number of students from those three groups into the total number of students, minus those whose race or ethnicity was unknown or who were nonresident aliens. Institutions are ranked from highest to lowest percentage-point increases in representation of the three underrepresented groups. Data are for four-year public and private-nonprofit degree-granting institutions in the United States that are eligible to participate in federal Title IV financial-aid programs. Only four-year institutions that are classified as doctoral, master’s, or “baccalaureate colleges: arts and sciences focus” by the 2015 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and that had reported enrollment figures for both the fall of 2010 and 2016 were included. Colleges with fewer than 500 students were excluded from the rankings, but their data were considered in overall figures for each category. Enrollment figures include all full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate students. Percentages and percentage-point differences are rounded, but institutions were ranked before rounding. Questions or comments on the Chronicle List should be sent to Ruth Hammond.

Source: Chronicle analysis of U.S. Department of Education data