sassybassy wrote:The top HBCUs are selective and admissions remain competitive. If you look at the list of alumni, it's obvious that people do not choose these institutions because they cannot get into top or other elite universities. We choose HBCUs because of the community, network, and the undergraduate experience that can only be had at a Spelhouse, at a Howard or a FAMU. So it would make sense that if you're looking for top Black applicants, you would give priority to students from these institutions because of their history of producing some of the best minds and leaders in history.
By what metric? The median SAT scores are around 550 per section, which isn't anything special. It seems ridiculous that these schools would get a boost compared to flagship state schools or even smaller privates, which I would argue engender more adverse environments for URM students.
FAMU's 75th%ile for each section is right around 520, what reason would Columbia have to give a student a boost from this school over, let's say the University of Florida?
I'm not arguing that HBCUs aren't excellent schools that produce excellent leaders, I just don't see where this idea that students would get a boost from these schools come from.