Much news coverage has been given to successful black high school boys and girls getting accepted into predominately white Ivy League schools, such as Harvard, Yale, and Cornell.
However, numerous studies have shown that black youths tend to flourish even more when they attend HBCUs after high school.
“Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) may hold a unique advantage in the nation’s efforts to bolster the participation of Black individuals in the STEM academic and workforce communities and might play an especially critical role in increasing the number of Black STEM PhD holders,” wrote Rachel Upton Courtney Tanenbaum.
Upton and Tanenbaum are the authors of an issue brief called The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities as Pathway Providers: Institutional Pathways to the STEM PhD Among Black Students . This issue brief contained information based on a study conducted by members of American Institutes for Research (AIR).
The 2014 study provides recent data, which gives credence to the theory that black youths fare better after a collegiate experience with students and professors who look like them. The latest black high school teen to experience the promising opportunity of being accepted into a HBCU is Ariyana Davis (pictured).
According to Jet Magazine, Davis, 18, got accepted into 23 HBCUs. She attends Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, an institution in the Chicago public school district. Davis is particularly happy about getting accepted into these HBCUs for personal reasons. She has also made a decision about where she will be attending this fall.
“I love the family-oriented environment and close-knitted community [of Alcorn State University ], and the opportunity they will provide to me when I join the honors courses,” Davis told a media outlet in an interview.
Congratulations to Ariyana Davis and as she begins her promising collegiate endeavors.