Trinity Gains in African-American Admissions

Survey notes largest gain in first-year enrollment, up 111 percent over 2003

In a survey of black student enrollment at the nation’s top-ranked colleges and universities, published in the autumn 2004 edition of The Journal of Blacks In Higher Education (JBHE), Trinity leads other liberal arts colleges in the percentage gain of African-American students in the first-year class.

Among the highest-ranked liberal arts colleges surveyed by JBHE, Trinity posted the largest gain in black enrollments over those from a year ago. JBHE noted that African-American first-year enrollment at Trinity rose 111.1 percent, from 18 to 38 students, in 2004. With a total class percentage of blacks for the entering class in 2004 at 6.7 percent, Trinity is tied with Vassar College for seventh place in African-American enrollment. Trinity also ranked seventh in long-term gains of blacks in the first-year class, up 65.2 percent in the last decade.

According to Anthony Berry, associate director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment, there are a number of reasons for the increase. “We can assume that a wide variety of factors contributed to the increase in the racial diversity of this year’s first-year class,” he says. “But we believe a good measure of our success can be attributed to the continued sharing of responsibility among all staff members for recruiting students of color, increased efforts to develop productive relationships with national college access programs, and our commitment to fully finance a student’s demonstrated need.”

Berry adds that admissions personnel now visit more secondary schools in diverse urban areas, explaining, “Intensified efforts to recruit students of color have increased our visibility and enabled us to reach students who otherwise might not have considered Trinity as an option during their college search process.”

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