Blacks Are Less Than Two Percent of All Applicants to Princeton’s Graduate Programs

princeton-university-logoPrinceton University announced that nearly 11,000 students applied for admission to its graduate programs for the 2014-15 academic year. More than half of all applicants to Princeton’s graduate programs were citizens of nations other than the United States.

Among all applicants, 574 were American students from underrepresented minority groups. Underrepresented minorities made up 5.2 percent of the applicant pool. There were 196 African Americans in the applicant pool, making up 1.8 percent of all applicants.

From the applicant pool of 10,964, Princeton admitted 1,231 students, producing an overall acceptance rate of 11.8 percent. Some 94 American students from all underrepresented minority groups were admitted. Thus, underrepresented minorities made up 7.6 percent of all accepted students.

Sanjeev Kulkarni, dean of the Graduate School at Princeton, stated that “the Graduate School’s outreach and efforts to recruit and retain U.S. students from historically underrepresented backgrounds continue to be very successful. Princeton is committed to increasing the diversity of its graduate student body, and we have made efforts on a variety of fronts. The Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, an eight-week program for promising students from a broad range of undergraduate institutions who express interest in pursuing doctoral degrees and hope to pursue a career in college or university teaching and research, continues to generate outstanding applicants.”

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