Black Student Graduation Rates at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, November 4, 2013

Last week JBHE reported a huge racial gap in graduation rates between Black and White students at our nation’s largest universities. But, here at JBHE, we have always been particularly interested in how Black students are succeeding at our nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities.

At these high-ranking colleges and universities, Black students generally do very well and in many cases have graduation rates that are very close to those of their White peers. At a few of the nation’s top-ranked schools, the Black graduation rate is actually higher than the rate for White students.

JBHE research has found 18 high-ranking colleges and universities that have Black student graduation rates that have averaged over 90 percent over the past four years. The highest rate is at Havard University, where 97 percent of entering Black students earn their degree within six years at Harvard. At Amherst College in Massachusetts, the Black student graduate rate is 95 percent. Blacks at Yale University and Swarthmore College graduate at a rate of 94 percent and Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania have Black student graduation rates of 93 percent.



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  • Curiously, three of the top four, Wellesley, Bryn Mawr and Mount Holyoke, are all women’s schools. Other “Seven Sisters” schools rank highly.

    • Pelagian

      Can you imagine one of these little 95-lb. WASP-y liberal women telling Laqueisha that she’s kicked out? Not going to happen! She’s going to say, “it must be the college’s fault.”

      • Or it could be the black women that go to women’s colleges are pretty close in intelligence to the white women that go to women’s colleges.

        Another theory: The black women lesbians who go to women’s lesbian schools are properly paired up with just the right white women lesbians, and they have protection.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Why is it so easy for me to picture Harvard, Yale, and all of the other Ivy League colleges turning into what the former Bennett College is now? I predict this picture of an abandoned college is what any Ivy League school will be within 50 years of becoming more than 51% minority.

    • Pelagian

      A lot of *ivy* on those walls. The “Stink Tree League”.

    • Yale2001

      I can tell you from an employers point of view that graduating from these Ivy leagues no longer carries the respect it used to.

  • bigone4u

    Blacks can cheat too. It’s not just an Asian thing. And don’t think the profs aren’t looking the other way. I was there. I know the truth.

    • JohnEngelman

      Asians don’t need to cheat. They’ve got the IQ power.

      • bigone4u

        If you think that IQ alone is sufficient to prevent cheating, there is a blind spot in your ability to think. Asians are quite famous for cheating. And, if you think all Asians have a high IQ, you have another blind spot. That lust for Asian women you have has blinded you, I’m afraid.

        • Gislia Jackson

          I think that Mr. Engleman and others conflate “clever” with “intelligent.” Big difference.

          • Katherine McChesney

            I think Engleman is getting something, a payoff or some special recognition, by kissing Asian butt. He’s kind of like Tim Wise who promotes blacks over Whites.

      • Garrett Brown

        That would depend on the Asian.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Stop it, John. There are dishonest Asians. They invent nothing. They steal other races inventions.

        • libertarian1234

          “They invent nothing.”
          That’s true, but it extends to other things as well.
          They were also plowing their fields with oxen when the US put a man on the moon.
          As regards John’s utilization of the term “Asian,” I don’t think he understands that by categorizing all Asians under one label, he’s including the entire race of Orientals….excluding non-Orientals…. who probably score a group average of about 89 to 94, if Hmong and other less intelligent groups are considered.
          If he wants to include all whites under one category he has to do the same for Asians. When he says Asian I.Q. is higher than whites that’s completely inaccurate. For example, he’s including Indians in that category and their group average is 81. Other Southeast Asians who can be classified as “Orientals…..” and are basically part of the same racial group….. are around 89.
          I don’t know if John is regarding Hong Kong and other Asian centers of highly educated people as typical of ‘Asians,” but they are not. The average I.Q. in places like that is high, but it’s no different than some of the business centers in the US that contain mostly professional people.
          Per Murray, on C-Span after his book, The Bell Curve, came out, he told Brian Lamb that Northeast Asians score, on average, 2 to 3 points higher than whites. He said they had an average math I.Q. that was higher than the group average for whites, but whites had a higher verbal I.Q. as a group.
          I’ll have to look it up, but one expert said that the group average I.Q. for Northeast Asians was higher, but they tended to “group,” while whites were on both sides of the Bell Curve.
          In the last analysis I’m pretty sure I.Q. figures are not inclusive enough to consider ALL true aspects of intelligence, because whites have been the most successful race on planet earth…bar none.
          I think John dislikes his fellow whites generally and delights in claiming anything that might denigrate them.
          But nobody can argue with success.

        • JohnEngelman

          They improve on “other races inventions.” That is why Japan is able to produce better automobiles and consumer electronics than the United States.

      • Blue-eyed Devil

        Asians are very smart, there’s no question about that.

        • JohnEngelman

          A race realist should have no hesitation to admit that.

          • GeneticsareDestiny

            Objectively speaking, East Asians have high average IQs. I agree with you 100% there. But that does not preclude them from cheating. Cheating is endemic and widespread in their home nations and I see no reason to assume it would stop when they come to America.

            Also, within the context of Asians living in America, they might have even more incentive to cheat here. Affirmative action virtually guarantees that a black student with the same IQ as your average East Asian will be able to breeze into college, graduate without a problem (through a combination of actually being smart and being an AA beneficiary), and will have employers fighting to employ him upon his entrance into the job market.

            East Asians do not have that kind of certainty. They are the least sought-after demographic at top colleges and require even higher SAT scores and grades than white students.

            Thus, if you are an East Asian with an average IQ for your race, and you want to go to a good college, you have every incentive to do whatever it takes to get your scores and grades as high as possible, even if it means cheating to do so. The fact that you can score highly without cheating is irrelevant. For an East Asian living in America, simply scoring well is not enough. You must score better than the other East Asians around you, most of whom are close in intelligence level to yourself.

          • JohnEngelman

            I have never known an Oriental to cheat at anything. I think that is an alibi whites use for the superior performance of Orientals, just like blacks use white racism as an alibi for their deficiencies.

          • GeneticsareDestiny

            If East Asians don’t cheat, why did the SAT have to be canceled nationwide in South Korea? It’s never had to be canceled nationwide in any other country on Earth before. They found hard evidence of endemic, widespread cheating to the level that they could not trust any South Korean student to take it at that time.

            Also, 1/5 of all South Korean parents say they’ve bribed their child’s teacher. This is not a claim from a white person lying; it’s been admitted by the parents themselves.

            They cheat. It doesn’t mean they’re not smart; they certainly are. But being smart and having impeccable moral character are not synonymous.

            You can find the sources for my claims in my post above.

    • dukem1

      Probably not a student cheating thing..I’d say it’s a professor cheating thing.
      Hard to imagine there’s more than a handful of profs/instructors at these schools who would have the academic integrity to give all these NAMs the failing grades they earned..

      • Yale2001

        Another great point. A lot of these schools have vested interest in getting minorities to graduate from their school. This affects many schools finances and standings with other schools. I have seen “extra” time and tutors for blacks with no interest or offers for whites/Asians.

  • Baboon

    I would bet 8th grade white students are smarter than those blacks that are “graduating”

    • libertarian1234

      “I would bet 8th grade white students are smarter than those blacks that are “graduating”

      Not only smarter, but likely more qualified in some cases. Certainly the white seniors in high school would be.

      Blacks are natural liars as we see almost every day from the community organizer.
      I wouldn’t believe one bit of data they claim is accurate. Not one.

    • Garrett Brown

      You would win whatever you bet with. A study in 2007 in new york and new jersey showed that blacks still were on average at a 7th grade reading level when they graduated college. These studies were done at division one schools… They also couldn’t read a subway map.

  • I taught college undergrads in chemistry lab classes at both CU Boulder and UNSW Sydney. I had to give only three “F” grades, but the only African student dropped my class without saying why. Some of my better students wanted me as a lab teacher again. I loved teaching.

    • bigone4u

      The reason you loved teaching is because it is a constant challenge. You have to work hard to figure out how to motivate each student and what type of individualized help works best. At my former employer, the big public university in San Antonio, only research is rewarded and most of the faculty hate teaching, viewing it as a necessary evil. Thus, I admire your love of teaching. Is there anyway, you could get a pardon for your crime and thus be allowed to teach?

      • Only a Presidential pardon would help me. I received an offer as university professor in China in August. I wanted to get back into my old field, and when they wanted a police report on me, I explained everything. They then revoked the offer. Since Japanese and Chinese hate each other, my wife wouldn’t have been happy there, but we would have been closer to her parents and her brother.

    • Pelagian

      I guess I’ll get ridiculed here if I ask whether the dusky Egyptian girl was hot.

      • I would say she was “plain”. She worked hard; that’s all.

        • Katherine McChesney

          That last sentence was crude. Your crudeness crops up now and then in your comments.

  • MekongDelta69

    Have you seen some of their ‘majors’?

    Do I really need to list them?

  • libertarian1234

    In most everything, they wail and moan to have standards dropped or themselves excluded from the norm, then they follow their usual practice of lying and skewing the facts to make themselves out as being superior.

    Integration has been a total failure. We need these liars and incompetents out of lives for good.

    • Yale2001

      They want their cake and eat it too. Give me special treatment, not have to work as hard, then treat me with more respect and dignity than everyone else

  • Spartacus

    I can only imagine the things they graduate in…

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      His lips look like an eggplant.

  • Let’s do a real study and look at middle tier schools. High ranking schools have the “diversity” incentive to keep blacks from failing. Average schools don’t care.

  • Marlin B. Newburn

    Race-norming has been a standard practice at just about every public university in the U.S. It’s like gender-norming in the military where standards are lowered for females in order to get them into branches like the army airborne. In race-norming, standards are lowered in grading and expectations of performance among black students. That I’ve seen in my work.

    Then there are the guaranteed “A” majors such as Black Studies and Women Studies, or as I call both, “Resentment Studies”.

    There are most certainly some black students who can make the grade honestly, but I believe those are from middle and upper class professional families who depart from the liberal victim plantation.

    • John R

      “There are most certainly some black students who can make the grade honestly, but I believe those are from middle and upper class professional families who depart from the liberal victim plantation.”

      Also, I believe that most of those are probably West Indians, or blacks who immigrated legally from Africa. In any society, the immigrant is usually the hardest working and most ambitious personality type.

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      • Marlin B. Newburn

        True, that. I forgot that it’s common knowledge among U.S. blacks that there is the all encompassing sense of entitlement. That alone guarantees a lawsuit should they receive a low grade or even fail a course. I’ve seen this countless times now in my career.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      Race-norming is a key component of the Marxist approach to education, where such silly concepts as “level playing fields” and “survival of the fittest” are anathema. Now, repeat the mantra after me:

      “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

      • Katherine McChesney

        Marxist Socialism. Jesuitism.

  • John R

    Yeah, blacks at Harvard, BOTH of them! Yep, they graduated! 100% success! As to the other top schools? How do blacks get in? ATHLETIC scholarships! Yep. Can’t flunk out anyone on the basketball, or football teams.

  • Randall Ward

    This is a meaningless stat. That only thing that matters is the percentage, of the entire population of all blacks, that graduate from college.

  • deadindenver

    General graduation rates don’t mean that much, I’d like to see those stats broken down by degree type, how many of the grad’s had STEM degrees versus soft sciences, communications etc. and what percent majored in victim studies oops I mean African American studies….

  • haroldcrews

    For these numbers to be truly meaningful they need to be broken down according to major. If the Black students are disproportionately in the social sciences then higher graduation rates would be expected.

  • SirMe

    The Bell Curve do have Blacks at the far right hand side of the scale, I’m guessing they are the ones in these stats…

  • Reverend Bacon

    It turns out that the bastions of liberaldom raged against the dying of the non-white. Here’s how they implement their AA programs: they guarantee admission to the top 9% of all high schools, regardless of whether that’s in Atherton or Compton.
    It purports to be color blind, but it elevates the Henry Lambs of the world to allow them to get in.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    These top line schools probably really do get the curve blowers of the Black population. This, combined with some coddling for the lower grade curve blowers or whatevers and the above mentioned stats aren’t really that surprising to me.

    Who would have the nads to do a study on this topic? In my educator experience Whites cheated, Blacks cheated, Hispanics cheated, and Asians too. I used to cut eyeholes in a newspaper and settle back at my desk until someone noticed. Tension breaker. Every so often I’d say something like “Hey! No cheating!” and see who looked most guilty…

    Everyone cheats. Cat and mouse.

  • Yale2001

    Graduating from college does not really mean much if you have a useless degree. This goes for all races. Some of the “degrees” available are laughable. Many use tax payer dollars to avoid work, stay in school as long as possible, and reach for the lowest limb. I have seen a dramatic increase in this thinking over the past few years. When I started college, I had to think……..I’m going to spend a lot of money. I need a career that will make this time and money spent worthwhile. This is no longer the thought process. The new thought process is how long can I milk this college ride, graduate with a bragging degree, but work as little as possible for it. God bless those that are graduating with useful degrees and worked hard for it, but this is often not the case. Many are simply milking more time and getting financed to do it.

  • Yale2001

    I believe it, Will. We have people from all over the world working with our organization. Some are from several of these Ivy league schools and none of them stick out from the pack. This was not the case about 20 years ago.

  • Yale2001

    I can tell you many of these schools have financial vested interest in these blacks graduating. This often comes with special tutoring sessions and often special “reviews” that really narrow down what they will be tested on. I have personally witnessed this very unethical treatment only to find out it was coming from the top (not just one little class).

  • Yale2001

    yep, this becomes a good indicator of which colleges command more respect for potential employers.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Somebody is fudging the facts.

  • Defiant White

    Given that in gubmint reports, “white” includes mestizos and God-knows what else, there is absolutely no telling what is meant by “black.” I suspect the King Of Oompa-Loompa probably sends his chirruns to Yale. So do wealthy black famblys in the Caribbean and South America.

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      If you think American blacks are dumb, African blacks are even dumber. There average IQ is only 70 I believe. Possibly less. They make Sling Blade look like a rocket scientist by comparison. These people never evolved.

  • Katherine McChesney

    a child could pass those courses. probably meaningless drivel.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    The biggest one is Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    I do read educationrealist’s blog; it’s very good! I actually got the first three links in my post above from one of his posts about Asian cheating.

    And yeah, his stories ring true to me as well. I don’t have as much experience interacting with Asians as I do with blacks and Hispanics, but my impression of them (the East Asians at least) is that they’re very smart, but they also cheat.

    Other groups of Asians such as the Hmong, of which there are many where live, are a whole other story, of course. They tend, at least in my experience, to be more crime-prone, less intelligent, and less interested in education.