Two Michigan private colleges excel at boosting minority enrollment

By: | March 29, 2021

Of the 41 private colleges in Michigan, Kalamazoo and Albion have been noted as leaders in their efforts to improve the diversity of their campus, according to Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities.

Albion, located about 13 miles east of Marshall in southern Michigan, has more than doubled its enrollment of people of color in the past seven years.For the 2013-2014 school year, 18% of students identified as a person of color. During, 2019-2020, 41% of students identified as a minority. The incoming fall 2020 class consisted of 48% students of color.

The private college has been working to create a more inclusive environment for minority students both with financial aid and college programs, said Kelly Finn, the chief of staff to Albion’s president. Albion College offers free tuition for students below a certain family income threshold.

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