5 Schools With Higher Black Grad Rates

At some predominantly white colleges, black students graduate at higher rates than whites.

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(The Root) — There’s been a lot of talk about the lack of black student success at our nation’s colleges. Nationwide, the black college graduation rate is a dismal 42 percent. But what about schools that are graduating high rates of black students? For the last seven years, college-completion rates of black students at high-ranked schools have increased with a significant uptick over the last 25 years. Moreover, there are five elite schools where black graduation rates outpace those of white students. 

1. Mount Holyoke College

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Located in Mount Holyoke, Mass., it’s one of three Seven Sister colleges (women’s colleges founded to be the female Ivies) on this list. Mount Holyoke graduates 82 percent of its black students, compared with 78 percent of white students. MoHo continues to graduate “Women of Influence.”

2. Smith College

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Located in Northampton, Mass., Smith graduates 87 percent of its black students — a rate 4 percent higher than its white students. Back in 1998, that rate was 70 percent. How’s that for “Women for the World”?