In seven of the past eight years, Amherst College in western Massachusetts, had led the JBHE Annual Survey on Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Highest Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges. This past fall, JBHE reported that Blacks made up 15.8 percent of all incoming students at Amherst.
Recently a JBHE post reported on the Black percentage of students accepted as some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities this spring. Amherst has now supplied similar data. There were 180 Black students accepted at Amherst this spring. They made up 15.3 percent of all students accepted. The 180 Black students admitted to Amherst ties the college’s all-time record.
Amherst College will face some tough competition in this coming fall’s rankings of Blacks in the incoming Class of 2019. As JBHE reported earlier, Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, accepted 195 Black students this spring. Blacks are 16.8 percent of all accepted students at Williams.