Elite Universities Are Closing Their Doors To Poor And Minority Students

Jun 20, 2016 by

Poor and black students are finding their route to success barred as elite universities are closing their doors to minority students.

Figures published today show that wealthy students are up to 16 times more likely to be offered a place at leading universities than teenagers from deprived backgrounds.

And black students are half as likely as their white classmates to be accepted into a top university, even when they have similar qualifications.

The figures, covering 132 U.K. universities, show that some of the most prestigious universities have some of the worst records in recruiting poor and black students.

Previous research has highlighted the gap between the most and least advantaged students in terms of university access, but this is the first time comparable data has been published for individual universities.

Cambridge University offered places to 1,260 students from the most privileged areas in 2015, compared with 65 from the most disadvantaged areas.

That works out at 4.6 students per 10,000 population offered places in the least advantaged areas, and 75.2 per 10,000 population in the most advantaged areas, 16 times as many.

Source: Elite Universities Are Closing Their Doors To Poor And Minority Students – Forbes

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