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How 8 Top U.S. Universities Fare in Minority Graduation Rates


Eight of the world's top 10 universities are in the United States. As racial and ethnic minorities continue to shift the demographic landscape of the nation, how well are these institutions helping these groups succeed? (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)

It’s well known that the United States is home to many world-class colleges and universities. A recent Huffington Post story featured the world’s top 10 universities, of which eight are on U.S. soil.

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The universities are ranked by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, a research center housed at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The institutions are judged on academic or research performance, such as the number of alumni winning Nobel Prizes in their fields and having highly cited research papers, among other criteria. Since 2007, American universities have dominated the top 10 list. The United Kingdom has consistently occupied two of those spots.

Here is a racial and ethnic breakdown of 2011 graduation rates of the top eight universities in the U.S. on that top 10 list. The figures represent the rates of those who obtained an undergraduate degree within six years. Student body figures are for fall 2011. 

1.  Harvard University: White 98%; Hispanic 95%; black 94%; Asian 99%. Enrollment: White 48.6%; Hispanic 8.3 %; black 6.1%; Asian 15.2%. 


2.  Stanford University: White 96%; Hispanic 95%; black 93%; Asian 98%. Enrollment: 36.7%; 16.5%; 7.3 %; 18%. 

3.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology: White 94%; Hispanic 88%; black 83%; Asian 98%. Enrollment: 36%; 14.8 %; 6.9 %; 24.1%.

4.  University of California (Berkeley): White 92%; Hispanic 81%; black 71%; Asian 93%. Enrollment: 30%; 12.3%; 2.7%; 36.8%. 

5.  University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


6.  California Institute of Technology: White 85%; Hispanic 80%; black 100%; Asian 93%. Enrollment: 35.1%; 8.3%; 1.2%; 38.8%.

7.  Princeton University: White 96%; Hispanic 91%; black 94%; Asian 98%. Enrollment: 49.1%; 8.4%; 7.3%; 17.6%.

8.  Columbia University: White 92%; Hispanic 92%; black 91%; 96%. Enrollment: 41.7%; 13.4%; 7.8%; 14.9%. 

9.  University of Chicago: White 92%; Hispanic 86%; black 80%; Asian 96%. Enrollment: 43.2%; 6.4%; 4.7%; 16.9%. 

10. University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Source: National Center for Education Statistics.

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