Non-Black Enrollment At HBCUs Continues To Grow
Posted March 2, 2005 5:44 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — Schools associated with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association are historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), but the enrollment of whites and other minorities is growing on many of the campuses.
"It's important to have diversity. I think every institution wants diversity. HBCUs have never closed their doors to what we consider to be minority students," said Jocelyn Foy, of the undergraduate admissions department at North Carolina Central University.
White student enrollment at North Carolina Central has grown every year since 2000. Last fall, it was 1097 or 14 percent. It is also growing at Fayetteville State, where whites make up 18 percent of the student body.
Last fall, Shaw University had only 46 white students, just more than 1 percent. Right now, St. Augustine's College only has four, all from eastern Europe.
Officials at HBCUs said they pay special attention to their non-black students to make sure they are adjusting to the environment.