A new study by the Ohio Black Student Association finds that large numbers of Black students at colleges and universities in the state reported negative experiences relating to their race. The project surveyed students at nine public four-year universities and three private universities.
Among the findings were:
- 46% of Black respondents said that their racial identity led to added stress.
- 67% of Black respondents were either unsure or disagreed with the sentiment that their university valued Black students.
- 51% reported feeling like they belong, 30% were unsure, and 19% said they didn’t belong.
- Only 59% of respondents said they would recommend their school to a Black high school senior.
- 17% of Black students experienced a negative interaction with campus police.
- 60% of students, at some point, were worried about their enrollment because of financial aid/money concerns.
- 49% of students were worried about paying back student loans.
- 35% of students stated that they did not receive help from their institution to understand their financial aid packages.
- Only 13% of respondents gave their current institution an “A” grade on how they are doing to support Black students.
- Nearly 25% of students affirmed that there are indeed places that Black students should avoid on campus for their own safety.