The Black Excel Newsletter

                              April, 2001

The Black Excel African American Student's College Guide is now on sale at for $15.95. "This book will have a rallying impact on our aspiring college students." --Isaac Black,         Black Excel Founder and Author


(1) Harvard Acceptance Rate Hits All-Time Low
      of 10.7%
(2) HBCU Engineering Schools
(3) Pitt/Mellon Jazz Scholarship
(4) More African-American DOCTORATES
     in the house
(5) MIT to Offer Free On-Line Courses over the Internet
(6) Believe! HAMPTON wins in UPSET
(7) Two New York College Fairs on April 28th
(8) Ivy League & "Sister Schools" College Fair
(9) Tuskegee University Shoutout
(10) NACAC College Fairs

                Harvard Acceptance Rate Hits
                      All-Time Low of 10.7%

Harvard University sent out more rejection letters than ever in April. The university only accepted 10.7 percent of the record
19,009 applicants for a place in the class of 2005. Students
of color should note that over half of the class of 2005 (53.4%)
was admitted under the early-action process. They should also be aware the extracurricular activity cited by most students is music (26 percent), followed by creative writing,  journalism and drama, dance, and other arts (22 percent). The African-American accept rate held firm at 9 percent.

                HBCU Engineering Schools

Nine HBCU schools of engineering are the nationís largest
producers of African-American engineers: (1) Morgan State
University; (2) North Carolina A&T State University;
(3) Tuskegee University; (4) Howard University; (5) Tennessee State University; (6) Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, Florida); (7) Hampton University; (8) Southern University; and (9) Prairie View A&M University.

               Pitt/Mellon Jazz Scholarship

The University of Pittsburgh is accepting applications through
Friday, April 27 for the Pitt/Mellon Jazz Scholarship. This one-year $5,000 scholarship is awarded on the basis of musical ability as demonstrated by an audition tape. Any  student who will be enrolled at Pitt during the fall 2001 semester is eligible. The deadline: April 27.  For more info call Pitt's Music Department at (412) 624-4187 or write to: Jazz Scholarship, 130 Music Building, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

More African-American Doctorates in the House

(Excerpt info from a recent article by Eric St. John.)

"The upward trend for African American postgraduate degree
attainment remains constant. From 1992-93 through 1997-98,
African American master's degree attainment rose 8.6 percent
overall and 9.7 percent at historically Black colleges and universities.

"Degree attainment for African Americans at the professional level rose 5.4 percent overall--7.7 percent at HBCUs. And at the
doctoral level, the overall increase among Blacks mirrors the
master's level at 8.6 percent.  African Americans are increasingly
opting for HBCUs as the institutions to attend for doctorate
completion. Between 1992-93 and 1997-98, HBCUs increased
their number of doctoral graduates by 15.2 percent."

          MIT to Offer Free On-Line Courses
                        Over the Internet

MIT has just announced that it intends to make materials for
nearly all its courses available through the Internet to the general public--at no charge. The 10-year project is called "MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)" The project goes far beyond the scope of most distance learning programs--none of which are offering full courses to the general public without a fee. The project will feature lecture notes, course outlines, reading lists and assignments for each of MIT's nearly 2,000 courses. Stay tuned for developing news!

           Believe! Hampton Wins in Upset

Hampton (25-7), one of our top HBCUs, somehow upset No. 2 seed Iowa State in a first-round game.  To be sure, the Pirates put on a miraculous performance. To win (58-57), senior forward Tarvis Williams made a shot with six seconds left.  There was pandemonium. Hampton was only the fourth No. 15 seed to advance past the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  The game was one of the most exciting I've experience from an emotional standpoint. Wow! Thanks Pirates!

    Two New York College Fairs on April 28th

The Urban League will again sponsor an Historically Black College Fair, while also reaching out to the Latino Community with the help of ASPIRA and the NYC Board of Education. Over one thousand youths, parents, and friends are expected at the 168th Street Armory on April 28. The affair will be held between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Abyssinian Baptist Church Women's and Men's Day Committees will sponsor their 15th Annual College/Career Emphasis Day event on April 28 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Over 400 students will meet college representatives, talk about financial aid, and more.  The famed church of the late Adam Clayton Powell is located at 132 W. 138 street (now called Odell Clarke Place) in Harlem.

 Ivy League and "Sister Schools" College Fair

The Association of Black Admissions and Financial Aid
Officers in the Ivy League and Sister Schools, Inc. will give a College Fair in May in New York at the Columbia University campus. ABAFAOILSS member schools as well as other colleges will participate. Member Institutions include Barnard, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Mt. Holyoke, Princeton, Smith, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Vassar, Wellesley, and Yale.Black Excel will report the exact date in a later newsletter.

             Tuskegee University Shoutout

Tuskegee is the only HBCU with a fully accredited College of Veterinary Medicine that offers that doctoral degree, and produces over 75 percent of the African-American veterinarians in the world.

And produced of one of our greatest writers?  That's right. Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

                      NACAC College Fairs

Montgomery Co. Nat'l College Fair 2001

Tuesday, April 24 - Wednesday, April 25, 2001
Montgomery County Maryland Agricultural Center
Gaithersburg, MD
Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

San Diego Nat'l College Fair 2001

Tuesday, April 24, 2001
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Metro Detriot Nat'l College Fair 2001

Tuesday, April 24, 2001
Novi Expo Center
Novi, MI
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Inland Empire Nat'l College Fair 2001

Wednesday, April 25 - Thursday, April 26, 2001
Ontario Convention Center
Ontario, CA
Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Orange County Nat'l College Fair 2001

Sunday, April 29, 2001
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Boston Nat'l College Fair 2001

Monday, April 30 - Tuesday, May 1, 2001
World Trade Center
Boston, MA
Monday: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Los Angeles Nat'l College Fair 2001

Monday, April 30 - Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Pasadena Center
Pasadena, CA
Monday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(Information provided by Isaac Black, Founder, Black Excel:  The College Help Network.)
The Black Excel African American Student's College Guide, by Black Excel Founder Isaac Black, is now on sale at for $15.95. "This book will have rallying impact on our aspiring college students."