Are More White Students Enrolling At Black Colleges?

May 24, 2013  |  

Purely coincidental (maybe it has something to do with all the graduations happening), but we’ve done a lot this week about college education and HBCUs. But here’s an interesting angle: more white students are enrolling at black colleges. Is this something you’re noticing?

According to The Root (by way of The Washington Post), “As more African-American students attend majority white institutions, there are more available slots open at HBCUs for non-black students and more possibilities for diversity on the campuses.”

A couple of Howard University students interviewed for the article (black students) express reservations about more white students going to HBCUs, while a white student interviewed said she thoroughly enjoyed being “unique” and felt like she learned a lot. One white freshman notes, however, “I would only suggest it to another white person if I knew they had a strong self-esteem and were outgoing enough to make friends easily. Being the minority is something ‘white people’ are not used to.”

The article notes that there are rules about encouraging diversity at HBCUs so that they can continue receiving certain funding. So, for example, at Howard, five percent of the student body is white, and at Delaware State University, it’s 13 percent.

So what do you think about more diversity at HBCUs? Are you OK with more white people at black colleges?

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