UI conducting survey to study drop in African-American enrollment

URBANA — The University of Illinois received 110 more applications from African-American students and admitted 22 more this fall than last year.

Still, fewer black students wound up enrolling: 475, compared with 501 in fall 2017 and 548 the year before, according to numbers announced last week — though the 2018 total doesn’t include 115 multiracial students who also identified as black.

Why the drop? UI officials hope to find out more through a survey of the 712 applicants who declined the UI’s offer.

Based on past experience, it likely has a lot to do with finances and a declining pool of Illinois high school students, both overall and African-Americans specifically, said UI Admissions…

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