The Black Excel Newsletter

                                July, 2002

The Black Excel African American Student's College Guide is now on sale at for $13.96. "This book will have a rallying impact on our aspiring college students."  -Isaac Black,  Black Excel Founder and Author


1) Black Women and College Degrees (the Percentages)
2) HBCUs: Where Are the Black Males?
3) Debt of HBCU Graduates (Sample Listing)
4) Debt of Graduates at Predominately White Colleges and Universities (Sample Listing)
5) What Are the Majors that Medical Schools Look for?6) California Colleges and Affirmative Action: It's Bad News!
7) Reflections on 100,000 Admissions Decisions at Stanford
8) Black Excel has HELPED thousands of our students!
9) Law School Recruitment Forums for 2002

          Black Women And College Degrees
                         (The Percentages)

Percentage of all bachelor's degrees awarded to African
Americans that are earned by black women: 67%
Percentage of all master's degrees awarded to African
Americans that are earned by black women: 69%
Percentage of all professional degrees awarded to African
Americans that are earned by black women: 58%
Percentage of all doctoral degrees awarded to African
Americans that are earned by black women: 66%

Souce: U.S. Department of Education, National Research
Council.  Reported in the Journal of Blacks In Higher Education, Issue No. 35 (Spring 2002)

          HBCUs: Where Are The Black Males?

Howard University (Dist. Columbia) --Female (64%), Male (36%)
U. of District of Columbia --Female (63%), Male (38%)
Clark Atlanta University (GA) --Female (72%), Male (28%)
Albany State University (GA) --Female  (67%), Male (33%)
Fort Valley State University (GA) --Female (57%), Male (43%)
Morris Brown College (GA) --Female (59%), Male (41%)
Savannah State University (GA) --Female (59%), Male (41%) Claflin University (SC) --Female (66%), Male (34%)
South Carolina State University (SC) --Female (56%), Male (44%)
Voorhees College (SC) --Female (66%), Male (33%)
Fisk University (TN) --Female (68%), Male (32%)
Lemoyne-Owen College (TN) --Female (65%), Male (35%)
Lane College (TN) --Female (49%), Male (51%)
Tennessee State University (TN) --Female (62%), Male (38%) Hampton University (VA) --Female (61%), Male (39%)
Norfolk State University--Female (64%), Male (36%)
St. Paul's College (VA)--Female (63%), Male (37%)
Virginia State University (VA) --Female (56%), Male (44%)
Elizabeth City State University (NC) --Female (62%), Male (38%)
Johnson C. Smith University (NC) --Female (60%), Male (40%)
Livingstone College (NC) --Female (48%), Male (52%)
North Carolina A&T University (NC) --Female (53%), Male (47%)
North Carolina Central University (NC) --Female (64%), Male (36%)
Shaw University (NC) --Female (66%), Male (34%)
St. Augustine's College (NC) --Female (59%), Male (41%)
Florida A&M University (FL)--Female (57%), Male (43%)
Bethune-Cookman College (FL) --Female (57%), Male (43%)

List created using data from US. News & World Report
data (College Edition, 2002).

        Debt of HBCU Graduates (Sample Listing)

(2001 Period)

Spelman College  (GA)---$17,125
Morris Brown College (GA)---$34,825
Paine College---$20,920
Hampton University (VA)---$23,000
Lincoln University (PA)---$17,200
North Carolina A&T State University (NC)---$10,650
Morris College---$13,125
Morgan State University (MD)---$18,306
University of Maryland at Eastern Shore (MD)---$10,000
Alabama State University---$20,500
Stillman College---$19,000
Philander Smith College (AR)---$16,125
Bethune Cookman College (FL)---$25,500
Dillard University (LA)---$20,620
Southern University & A&M College (LA)---$10,000
Alcorn State University (MS)---$5,000
Tougaloo College (MS)---$17,000
Johnson C. Smith University (NC) ---$10,000
Winston-Salem State University (NC) --$10,900
Claflin College (SC)---$14,455
Fisk University (TN- --$20,000
Lane College (TN)---$17,862
Lemoyne-Owen College (TN)---$11,000
Tennessee State University (TN)---$9,347
Virginia State University (VA)---$18,500

Source: This list was created using data from the
US News & World Report (2002 College Edition).

       Debt of Graduates from Predominately
            White Institutions (a Sampling)

(Not race-specific)

Harvard University (MA)---$14,999
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA) --$29,194
University of Florida (FL)---$14,449
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill---$12,600
Johns Hopkins University (MD)---$16,900
Cornell University (NY)---$19,300
Hofstra University (NY)---$22,467
Swarthmore College (MA)--$13,390
University of Texas at Austin (TX) ---$16,800

Source: same as prior listing.

    Q: What Are the Majors that Medical Schools
              Look for?  (from Eckerd College)

"Medical schools really don't care what your major is as long as you have taken the courses required for admission to medical school. Our advice is to major in whatever you want, and do well in it....if it is science, fine. If it is non-science that is fine. There is no advantage to any particular major.  According to Goldstein and Goldstein (The Definitive Guide to Medical School Admission, 1998) there is no ideal premedical major. At the same time there is no major that should, at all costs, be avoided. According to the AAMC, for the 1997 applicants entering American medical schools, 45.8% had majored in biological sciences and 17.8% majored in the physical sciences.  The rest majored in nonscience subjects.  More importantly, 34.9% of the accepted students majored in biological science and 40.7% majored in physical sciences.  Interestingly, 50% of those students whose major was philosophy were accepted (they have the highest acceptance rate of all majors)."  For more info, go to:

     California Colleges and Affirmative Action:
                            It's Bad News!

The following excerpts are from the Journal of Blacks In Higher Education (2002).

In 1997, prior to the ban on race-sensitive admissions, 515 black students were admitted to the University of California at Berkeley. This spring 290 black students were admitted to Berkeley. This number of African-American admits is more than 43 percent lower than was the case prior to the ban on affirmative action. This is a severe setback for African Americans aspiring to the best that the California system has to offer.

At the prestigious UCLA campus, the damage is almost as severe: 32 percent fewer black students were admitted this year than was the case in 1997 when race-sensitive admissions were still permitted in the University of California system.

Go to:

          Reflections on 100,000 Admissions
                      Decisions at Stanford

We like the book Questions and Answers, with the above subtitle, and its content, particularly the chapter called,
"Affirmative Action."

One excerpt: "Minority students from Stanford have distinguished accomplishments. Of the first four black Rhodes scholars from the United States, two were from Stanford; two of the black women astronauts are Stanford graduates."

Interesting facts, and more there. Published by Stanford University Press, 1995.

                     Black Excel Has Helped
                Thousands of Our Students!

A shoutout to my niece Shaina K, who was awarded her MD from Penn State Medical on May 19th, 2002.

Heartfelt thanks for the very kind notes from Jamaal Clue C. and Nicholas O. (both from California).

Jamaal is heading to Princeton, after accepts to Howard, Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Stanford, and other great schools. Nicholas (with merit and other scholarships), is heading to Pomona, after accepts to great schools like Purdue  (aviation), Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, and others.

Congratulations fellas!

Thanks to Cherise B., out of Hampton, for permission to publish her touching law school essay!

Help mentor an aspiring black student yourself! Purchase the Black Excel African American Student's College Guide at for $13.95. Provide Guidance, Inspiration, and Scholarships galore! (See our closing end note about the guide.)

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      Law School Recruitment Forums for 2002

Law School Forums are organized by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

Black Excel representatives have been to several Law School Forums. The Forums are highly recommended, and we suggest that you bring a snapsack to collect catalogs and law materials.  It you appear, you'll find reps from 80+ schools, who'll answer admissions, LSAT, and other law-school-related questions. Check the dates and locations of forums below.  For more info go to:

Washington, DC
Saturday, July 6: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW

Chicago, IL
Friday, September 20: Noon - 6 P.M.
Saturday, September 21: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Chicago Marriott Downtown
540 North Michigan Ave.

New York, NY
Saturday, September 28: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Sunday, September 29: Noon - 5 P.M.
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway

Atlanta, GA
Friday, October 11: Noon - 6 P.M.;
Saturday, October 12: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street

Dallas, TX (Fort Worth)
Saturday, October 19: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Renaissance Worthington
200 Main Street

Boston, MA
Saturday, November 2: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue

Bay Area, CA
Monday, November 11: Noon - 6 P.M.
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
222 Mason Street

Los Angeles, CA
Friday, November 15: Noon - 5:00 P.M.;
Saturday, November 16: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
5855 West Century Blvd.

         WHAT'S IN OUR GUIDE? (A Sampling)

  • Over 100 Top College Profiles (including historically BlackColleges). These are Black Excel originals.
  • A How-Get-the-Money Guide (Aid, Loans, 350+ Scholarships)
  • Black College vs. White College: Which Is Best for You?
  • Help for Super, Average, and "Need A Second Chance" Students
  • Colleges for Art, Film, & The Performing Arts
  • Fantastic Essay Samples & Guidance
  • Packaging Your Application (Beat the Odds: Tips, Secrets, & Strategies)

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                    --Isaac Black, author and Black Excel Founder.

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