While many Historically Black College & Universities (HBCUs) are struggling to stay open and increase enrollment, many other institutions of higher education have been working on diversifying their student populations.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recently published a list of what it says are the Top 30 Best Non-HBCU schools for minorities. The top five were:
- University of San Francisco. The private university has a high minority population—40 percent. “The school graduates 74 percent of Hispanic students, 51 percent of Black students, 71 percent of Asian and Pacific Islander students and 61 percent of White students,” reports Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The tuition is steep–$33,500 for both in and out-of-state students–but 59 percent of students receive grants from the university.
- Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn. This is the second-oldest private school specializing in engineering. It has satellite campuses in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, but the school’s main campus in Brooklyn is made up of 52 percent minority students and 99 percent of students receive financial aid. And 97 percent receive grant aid directly from the school. “In six years, the graduation rates are 40 percent for Black students, 37 percent for Hispanic students and 62 percent for Asian and Pacific Islanders,” reports the magazine.
- University of Hawaii, Manoa. The campus at Manoa has a population of 40 percent are Asian, 17.4 percent are native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders and another 14.2 percent of students claim two or more races. While Hispanic and black students represent less than four percent of the population combined, only 20 percent are white.
- Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Yes, Harvard made the list. In fact, the class of 2010 was declared the “most diverse” in Harvard’s history, reports the magazine. Harvard has aggressively been recruiting minority students through its undergraduate minority recruitment program. In 2010, the black student graduation rates as almost on par with that of whites— 78 percent of black students and 79.4 percent of white students graduated.
- Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. This public school boasts a minority population of 58 percent, with a 59 percent graduation rate of all students in six years. And 62 percent of students receiving Pell grants.
Would you consider a school’s racial makeup before enrolling?
[h/t Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), which made the list at number 19, credited for doubled its graduation rate for African American students -- from 12.6 to 24.8 percent -- between 2004 and 2010 through targeted programs developed by the campus.]