University of Michigan Has Bigger Freshman Class, Fewer Black Students
ANN ARBOR, Mich.
The number of Black students in the freshman class at University of Michigan fell 14.6 percent compared to last year due to a decrease in Black applicants following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the school’s undergraduate affirmative action policy, the university said in October.
At the same time, the overall class is 8.8 percent bigger than last year because more people accepted the university’s offer of admission.
New first-year students totaled 6,040, an increase of 487 students, the school said. But the number of Black freshmen is 350, compared with 410 last year. Officials said the decrease was due to a more than 25 percent decline in applications from Black students.
This was the first freshman class to apply to enter University of Michigan since the Supreme Court’s decision, but the third straight year the school reported a decline in the number of Black students in its freshman class. Black enrollment at the undergraduate level is 1,875, a drop of 85 students, or 4.3 percent, from 1,960 in 2003.
— Associated Press
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