UMD Experiencing Low African-American Student Enrollment- How does UMBC compare?

From early in the semester, the University of Maryland, College Park has been in the news for its low African-American student enrollment. According to The Baltimore Sun and The Hechinger Report, College Park stands with the seventh highest gap between African American high school graduates and the university’s freshman class among other state flagship universities. Maryland’s percentage of high school graduates of African-American descent, 36 percent, is triple the percentage of African-American freshman students enrolled in the flagship institution.

UMD president, Wallace Loh wrote of several explanations for the disparity in his op-ed to the Baltimore Sun. Notably, Loh writes of the influence of historically black college universities, often referred to as HBCUs, and other…

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