The Black Excel Newsletter

                             November, 2001

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(1) The HBCUs: Where Do Our Students Apply?
(2) Princeton University Open House for Students of Color (Nov. 9th, 2001)
(3) Spelman President Announces Retirement (After Enhancing School's Legacy)
(4) South Carolina State Leads HBCUs  in Graduating Student-Athletes
(5) The 2001 Hurston/Wright Award  (for Fiction Writing)
(6) Wellesley College Overnight Visits
(7) Boston University's "Law School Experience" Help Session
(8) Gates Millennium Scholarships: 2002
(9) American Library Association Scholarships (Spectrum Scholarship Initiative)
(10) National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) November 2001 College Fairs
(11) New York Urban League Black College Fair (New York, Harlem USA)

    The HBCUs: Where Do Our Students Apply?

*applications/accepts based on 2000-2001 year

Hampton University -- 6,107 (accepted 2,914)
Morgan State University -- 6,148 (accepted 2,812)
Howard University -- 5,810 (accepted 3,262)
Florida A&M University -- 5,751 (accepted 3,790)
Clark-Atlanta University -- 5,624 (accepted 3,055)
Alcorn State University -- 5,193 (accepted 1,458)
North Carolina A&T University -- 4,756 (accepted 3,403)
Norfolk State University (VA) -- 4,072 (accepted 3,355)
Morris Brown College (GA) -- 3,950 (accepted 2,303)
Xavier University (LA) -- 3,556 (accepted 3,002)
Southern University & A&M (LA) -- 3,526 (accepted 2,520)
Spelman College (GA) -- 3,266 (accepted 1,721)
Johnson C. Smith University (NC) -- 3,228 (accepted 1,323)
Bethune-Cookman University (FL) -- 3,019 (accepted 2224)
Lincoln University (PA) -- 2,985 (accepted 1,310)
Virginia State University -- 2,917 (accepted 2,596)
Dillard University (LA) -- 2,225 (accepted 1,540)
U. of Maryland at Eastern Shore -- 2,221 (accepted 1,562)
Morehouse College (GA) -- 2,079 (accepted 1,562)
Tuskegee University -- 2,078 (accepted 1,475)
North Carolina Central University -- 1,891 (accepted 1,407)
Fisk University (TN) -- 1,888 (accepted 773)
Claflin University (SC) -- 1,772 (accepted 758)

**The above applied/accept list for HBCUs was
created by Black Excel based on data presented
by US News & College Report (College Edition 2002)

Princeton University Open House for Students of Color
                                 (Nov. 9th, 2001)

The Princeton Admission Office is sponsoring an Open House for students of color from the local tri-state area (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania) on Friday, November 9, 2001.  Note: if you live outside of the tri-state area, you are also welcome. The day's activities begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Senate Chambers of Whig Hall and conclude at 4:30 p.m. The schedule will include a general introduction to the university, a campus tour, lunch with students and faculty, as well as a session on aid and the admission process. If you are interested in attending, you must either call Rachel Cederberg, associate director, at (609) 258-6158, or email her at Please include in the email your name, address, telephone number and high school. Your parents and/or siblings are also welcome (please let Ms. Cederberg know how many of your family will be attending at the time you register).  There's an interactive map and info at http:

               (After Enhancing School's Legacy)

Dr. Audrey Forbes Manley, the 8th president of Spelman, announced her retirement on October 11th.  She enhanced the school's legacy after a five-year tenure to end in July of 2002.  During Manley's tenure, the Spelman endowment grew by over $63 million in four years and physical plant growth by more than $50 million.  The College renovated several buildings, recruited the largest class in its history, and completed fundraising for a $30.8 million Spelman Science Complex. Manley has served as Acting Surgeon General of the United States as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health. For more info visit:

                 South Carolina State Leads HBCUs in
                      Graduating Student-Athletes

South Carolina State University had the highest graduation rate of student-athletes among all Division I HBCUs over a six-year period (beginning with the 1993-94 school year), according to a special report in the April 26 issue of Black Issues in Higher Education.   S.C. State had a 69 percent graduation rate of student-athletes who received athletics aid for the entire time. Of 26 athletes meeting the criteria, 18 earned their degrees during the period.  Hampton was 2nd with 67 percent, Howard 3rd with 66 percent, Alabama A&M had 58 percent, Norfolk State had 31 percent, and Florida A&M had 30 percent.  The news report is available at

     The 2001 Hurston/Wright Award (for Fiction Writing)

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award has been established by novelist Marita Golden to honor excellence in fiction writing.  Students of African descent enrolled full-time at the undergraduate or graduate level are eligible. The first place award of $1,000 and second and third place awards of $500 will be presented at a ceremony in July to the writers of the best previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt. To apply for the 2002 Hurston/Wright Award you should submit two (2) copies of a typed (double space) manuscript of no more than twenty-five
(25) pages to: The Hurston/Wright Awards/P.O. Box
77287/Washington, D.C. 20013.  All entries must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2001. For more info call (301) 459-0142, email at or go to:

               Wellesley College Overnight Visits

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.  Overnight Visits will be hosted during the fall of 2001 (until December) for high school seniors.  Visits will occur on Monday through Thursday. Participants must pre-register with the Wellesley College Admissions Office at least three weeks prior to the intended overnight visit.  To receive greater detail or to register call the Admissions Office at (781) 283-2270.

   Boston University's "Law School Experience"
                                 Help Session

Come to Boston University on Thursday, November 8: (from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) and hear 6 minority law school students talk about their experiences in regard to law school and their experiences with the "admissions process." The discussion will be open for students to talk about whatever they want. This affair is sponsored by the AHANA Pre Law Society.  Location: Boston University/Room 326/College of Arts and Sciences/725 Commonwealth Avenue, MA.  For more information contact Marlayna Gardner at 617-356-5146 or email

               Gates Millennium Scholarships: 2002

The Gates Millennium Scholarships (for academic excellence) will continue to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with financial need. The scholarships will cover room, board and tuition for 4 years. Nominations for 2002-2003 can now be forwarded. Note that the United Negro College Fund  (UNCF) is the administrator of the GMS initiative. Go to:
for details.  Deadline:material must be postmarked before
February 2002.  Address: GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS P.O. Box 1434/Alexandria, Virginia 22313/Toll-Free Phone:
1-877-690-GMSP (4677).

         American Library Association Scholarships
                   (Spectrum Scholarship Initiative)

The "Spectrum Initiative" is to recruit applicants and award
scholarships to African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/
Pacific Islander and Native American/Alaskan Native students
for graduate programs in library and information studies. The
American Library Association has committed resources for 50
annual scholarships of $5,000 a year for the Initiative's first five years. Black Excel suggests that you review the lists of the
1998-2001 of Scholarship Recipients. Note that the winners,
go on to attend large state universities where there are graduate programs in library and information studies. The deadline for applying is March 1st, 2002!  The on-line application form is available at the Spectrum website:  For more info go to website or contact: Spectrum Inquiry Line 1.800.545.2433 ext. 4276 or email

           National Association for College Admission
    Counseling (NACAC) November 2001 College Fairs

Go to: for dates, locations, & times of November 2001  College fairs.

*Seattle Natl. College Fair (WA)
*Birmingham Natl. College Fair (AL)
*Philadelphia Natl. College Fair (PA)
*Baltimore Natl. College Fair (MD)

           New York Urban League Black College Fair
                         (New York, Harlem USA)

There will be a New York Urban League Black College Fair on Sat. November 17, 2001 at the Children's Aid Society's Dunlevy Milbank Center located at 14-32 118th street between 5th and Lenox avenues.  Many HBCUs and other colleges will be represented and fair goers will be treated to a seminar on "How to find resources on the InterNet'" which will present valuable college "help" and "resource" links on the Internet.  Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info contact Mr. Payne at (718)
624-5700 EXT. 305.

(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 $13.96.