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How America's Top Colleges Avoid Real Diversity

Aug 31, 2011 | Updated Oct 31, 2011

Back in March, as colleges began to herald their newly admitted classes for PR purposes, the Ivy League schools got to patting themselves on the back.

The Harvard Gazette bragged that Harvard's newest batch of accepted students included record numbers of blacks and Latinos. Brown said its admitted class was "the most racially ... diverse" in the school's centuries-long history. Dartmouth shared actual percentages, declaring that a full 44 percent of its newest class was composed of students of color. Coincidentally, that was the same percentage of minorities in Penn's freshman class.

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