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The Best Colleges for Students of Color

While more than two-thirds of public colleges and universities have increased graduation rates over the last decade, the graduation gap grew by 19% between white students and underrepresented minorities1. College selection has more impact on a student's likelihood of graduating than any other factor in their college experience. 

 

To increase college graduation rates for its students, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools has identified 150 colleges with the highest minority graduation rates of 75% or higher among the 4,200 U.S. colleges and universities.  Armed with powerful insights from this analysis, Alliance counselors are better able to match students with the colleges and universities that will best support their post-secondary success.  To download a printable copy of the list, click here.

 

 

1

Ripon College

51

University of NC at Chapel Hill

101

University of Miami

2

Yale University

52

Cornell University

102

Sarah Lawrence College

3

Scripps College

53

Boston College

103

Centre College

4

Harvard University

54

Wesleyan University

104

Emerson College

5

Flagler College-St Aug.

55

College of the Holy Cross

105

Beloit College

6

Princeton University

56

Davidson College

106

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

7

Middlebury College

57

Swarthmore College

107

Univ. of California-Irvine

8

Northwestern Univ.

58

Rice University

108

Gonzaga University

9

Washington U. (St Louis)

59

Colgate University

109

Lawrence University

10

Pomona College

60

Kenyon College

110

University of Rochester

11

Amherst College

61

Grinnell College

111

Lewis & Clark College

12

Stanford University

62

Gettysburg College

112

Fordham University

13

Duke University

63

Colby College

113

Smith College

14

Univ. of Pennsylvania

64

Washington & Lee University

114

Univ. of Maryland-College Park

15

Univ. of Notre Dame

65

Carleton College

115

George Washington University

16

Univ. of Richmond

66

Oberlin College

116

Rhodes College

17

Brown University

67

Mass. Inst. of Tech. (MIT)

117

Bucknell University

18

St. Olaf College

68

U.S. Military Acad. West Point

118

Saint Johns University

19

Benedictine College

69

Univ. of California-Los Angeles

119

Willamette University

20

Villanova University

70

Wake Forest University

120

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

21

Haverford College

71

U.S. Air Force Academy

121

Misericordia University

22

Bryn Mawr College

72

Union College

122

University of Georgia

23

Williams College

73

Furman University

123

University of New Hampshire

24

New Engl. Cons. of Music

74

University of Florida

124

The Juilliard School

25

Wofford College

75

Hamilton College

125

United States Naval Academy

26

Minneapolis C. of Art & Design

76

Univ. of California-Berkeley

126

University of Connecticut

27

Vassar College

77

Whitman College

127

Cooper Union

28

Skidmore College

78

Trinity University

128

Fashion Inst. of Design & Merch. (LA)

29

Lafayette College

79

Sewanee-The Univ. of the South

129

Trinity College

30

Vanderbilt University

80

Santa Clara University

130

Southern Methodist University

31

Tufts University

81

Claremont McKenna College

131

Gustavus Adolphus College

32

Emory University

82

Dickinson College

132

Ringling College of Art and Design

33

Johns Hopkins University

83

Talladega College

133

Loyola Marymount University

34

Georgetown University

84

Transylvania University

134

University of Cal. - Santa Barbara

35

Univ. of Southern California

85

Carnegie Mellon University

135

Wheaton College

36

Harvey Mudd College

86

Bryant University

136

Franklin and Marshall College

37

Columbia University (New York)

87

Brandeis University

137

James Madison University

38

Pitzer College

88

Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor

138

Syracuse University

39

Babson College

89

Hobart William Smith Colleges

139

Rhode Island School of Design

40

Wellesley College

90

Boston University

140

Loyola University Maryland

41

College of William & Mary

91

Pepperdine University

141

Miami University-Oxford

42

Macalester College

92

Bentley University

142

Illinois Wesleyan University

43

Connecticut College

93

Denison University

143

Florida State University

44

Dartmouth College

94

Colorado College

144

Virginia Military Institute

45

Barnard College

95

Elon University

145

Champlain College

46

Occidental College

96

Niagara University

146

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

47

University of Virginia

97

Quinnipiac University

147

Fairfield University

48

University of Chicago

98

Clark University

148

University of Puget Sound

49

Eastern Nazarene College

99

New York University

149

University of Scranton

50

Bowdoin College

100

Agnes Scott College

150

Westmont College

Source: 2014 College Graduation Rates, National Center for Education Statistics

 

(1) Change in 6-Year Graduation Rates at 4-Year Public Institutions (2003-2013), The Education Trust, March 2016

 

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