The eight Ivy League colleges are generally considered to be among the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the nation. All of these institutions have graduation rates for African Americans of 85 percent or better. Nationwide the college graduation for African Americans is 44 percent.
At Harvard, 96 percent of all African-American students earn their degree within six years. The graduation for African Americans at Princeton and Yale is 94 percent. Columbia University trails the Ivy League with a still very respectable 85 percent graduation rate for African Americans.
White students have a higher graduation rate than the rate for African-American students at all eight Ivy League colleges. The largest racial gaps are at Dartmouth and Columbia where the white graduation rate is 7 percentage points higher than the rate for African-American students. The smallest gap is two percentage points at both Harvard and Princeton.