“Elite” Colleges Becoming Less Diverse

A new report by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis examined race, income and enrollment patterns at top-tier universities from 1982 to 2004. The study found that Latino and Black students remain significantly underrepresented at the most highly selective colleges and universities:

Black and Hispanic students are dramatically underrepresented in the most selective colleges, even after controlling for family income. The probability of enrolling in a highly selective college is five times greater for white students than black students. Even after controlling for income, white students are two to three times as likely as black students to gain admission to highly selective colleges.