The Black Excel Newsletter
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1) The Percentage of African-American Students at "America's Leading Universities"
(2) HBCU Xavier U. is Still Ranked #1 in Placing African Americans in Medical Schools
(3) 10th Annual Spring Black College Tour (from Della Tours, San Jose, CA)
(4) Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program
(5) NACAC College Fairs for February & March 2003
(6) 2nd Annual Black College Tour (The Stone Mountain- Lithonia Alumnae Chapter--Atlanta, Georgia)
(7) 2003 Historically Black College Tour (Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pontiac Alumnae Chapter--
(8) "Avoiding Armageddon" Essay Contest Deadline:
March 14, 2003
(9) Howard University Students Rally Around Morris
(10) 2003 Black College Tour Links: Stay-Tuned! Coming Soon!
The Percentage of African-American Students
at "America's Leading Universities"
(2001-02 academic year)
(1) Duke University, 7.5%
(2) Emory University, 10.4%
(3) Princeton University, 5.8%
(4) Washington University, 5.8%
(5) Vanderbilt University, 5.3%
(6) Univ. of North Carolina at Chapell Hill, 9.7%
(7) Georgetown University, 9.2%
(8) Harvard University, 7.2%
(9) University of Virginia, 8.8%
(10) Brown University, 5.9%
(11) Columbia University, 7.3%
(12) Stanford University, 5.0%
(13) Yale University, 6.5%
(14) Rice University, 4.8%
(15) Cornell University, 4.4%
(16) Mass Inst. of Tech, 4.2%
(17) University of Pennsylvania, 5.6%
(18) Dartmouth University, 5.1%
(19) Univ. of Cal. at Berkeley, 5.6%
&Univ. of Michigan, 8.1% (tied in diversity ranking)
(21) Northwestern University, 5.9%
(22) University of Notre Dame, 3.2%
(23) Carnegie Mellon University, 4.3%
(24) Johns Hopkins University, 7.6%
(25) Calif. Inst. of Technology, 0.7%
(26) University of Chicago, 4.0%
The above enrollment stats were collected from a report by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. JBHE ranked schools on their "relative success in attracting, enrolling, and graduating AA students." The study resulted in a "Racial Diversity Ranking." Duke U., for example, was ranked #1 based on 13 quantitative measures. For an expansive overview go to: http://www.jbhe.com/features/36_leading_universities.html.
HBCU Xavier University is Still Ranked #1 in Placing
African Americans in Medical Schools
Each year the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) collects and distributes data about the undergraduate origin of students who enter medical school. HBCU Xavier University continues to be ranked #1 nationally in placing the number of AAs in medical schools. Right now, it looks like 2002 will mark the 10th consecutive year that Xavier has achieved #1 ranking, beating schools like Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and others. Also astounding is that HBCUs such as Spelman, Morehouse, Howard, and Hampton also have made the top placements lists over the years. Educators, counselors, and parents who have students who are interested in becoming doctors should take note.
Sample of #1 first-place totals:
2002--105 Students headed to medical school
2001--94 Students; 2000--73 Students; 1999--82 Students;
1998--95 Students; 1997--71 Students; 1996--77 Students
1995--81 Students. WOW!!
10th Annual Spring Black College Tour
(From Della Tours, San Jose CA)
Dates: April 3rd - April 6th, 2003
This tour originates from California, flying from San Jose to Atlanta. Colleges visited include Clark-Atlanta, Morehouse, Spelman College, Morris Brown, Alabama A&M, with a visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in AL. The cost is $895, including air fair. A valid picture ID and proof of medical insurance is REQUIRED. A $250.00 deposit due ASAP, with bal. due by Feb. 28. For Info, contact Carl Ray
at 408-259-6516 or 408-259-9470. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks to: DELLA TOURS/10123 Bon Vista Ct./San Jose, CA 95127.
Smith Summer Science and Engineering
Program For Women
Each summer, exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering, and medicine are selected to do hands-on research with Smith College faculty in the life, physical sciences, and engineering areas. Girls who will be in grades 9-12 in fall 2003 are eligible to apply for the program that will take place from June 29th - July 26th. For a brochure, application and financial aid information contact: Email:
email@example.com, or visit the website at:
(Black Excel note: This is expensive, but Smith offers some partial of full-tuition grants to students who demonstrate need. Also, in 2002 it is reported that nearly half of the enrolled students were students of color.)
NACAC College Fairs for February & March 2003
(For more info & dates & fairs, go to: http://www.nacac.com/exhibit/fair.cfm)
Pittsburgh National College Fair
Thursday, February 27 and Friday February 28, 2003
David Lawrence Convention Center
New York National College Fair
Sunday, March 23, 2003, 11:00am to 4:00pm
Jacob K Javits Convention Center
Rochester National College Fair
Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29, 2003
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Syracuse National College Fair
Sunday March 30 and Monday March 31, 2003
Onondaga County Convention Center
2nd Annual Black College Tour
The Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Starting Point: Atlanta, Georgia
When: Monday, April 7, 2003
This Black College Tour Program is a 5-day tour of HBCUs offered each year during spring break. The program also includes workshops leading up to the tour that will cover topics such as: The College Application Process, SAT/ACT Preparation, Aid, Selecting the Best College, and more. Cost: $600. Tennessee State, Fisk, Howard, Hampton, Shaw, Virginia State, and North Carolina A&T. For more info, go to: http://www.geocities.com/smlacbct/index.html
2003 Historically Black College Tour
By Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,
Pontiac Alumnae Chapter
Dates: April 20, 2003 - April 26, 2003
Starting Point: Pontiac, MI
This tour has a tentative tour route of North & South Carolina schools. Cost - $450.00 for transportation and housing. A $50.00 Non-
refundable deposit is required with application. To request or submit an application, send your inquiry or application to: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: Pontiac Alumnae Chapter/P.O. Box 431194/Pontiac, MI 48343, Attention: Mrs. Linda McAllister. For more info send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://188.8.131.52/
"Avoiding Armageddon" Essay Contest
Deadline: March 14, 2003
WETA, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation's capital, and U-WIRE announce a journalism contest surrounding a multi-part PBS documentary, "Avoiding Armageddon." Submissions of editorials and opinion pieces are sought from undergraduate students, focusing on weapons of mass destruction and terrorism (Deadline: March 14, 2003). The first-prize winner will receive $2,500 and travel to Washington, D.C. for the award presentation. Two honorable mention prizes of $500 each will also be awarded. Check out contest qualifications and online entry at Avoidingarmageddon.org.
Howard University Students Rally Around
Morris Brown College
Students at Howard U. have been rallying to help Morris Brown College, whose accreditation was revoked by SACS in Dec. 2002. The Graduate Student Council held a forum on Jan. 16, 2003, calling for a plan/effort to save the school. The forum launched a website to facilitate the campaign. The site is at www.howard.edu/savemorrisbrown and includes a letter that students from HBCUs all over the country can print, sign, and mail to the SACS. For more info, go to: www.howard.edu/newsevents/Capstone/news1.htm.
Our 2003 Black College Tour Links: Stay-Tuned!
Eventually a total 2003 Black College Tour List will be posted on the Black Excel website. In the meantime, please look at our prior college tour lists (links below) to find tours in specific areas of the country. Note that the listed groups usually offer their tours on a yearly basis and that phone numbers and email address are often still okay for contacts and updates. Our 2002 Black College Tour links are:
Black College Tours: PART I (2002)
Black College Tours: PART 2 (2002)
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