University of Chicago 3rd best university in America but only has 1% Black male enrollment


By The Black Star Project

The University of Chicago was recently announced as the third best university in America in the 2017 Rankings of the U.S. News and World Report. In a country, the United States, with 7% Black Males; in a state, Illinois, with 6% Black Males; in a city, Chicago, that is 35% Black; in a part of Chicago, the south side of Chicago, that is 80% Black; how can the University of Chicago only have one percent of Black males enrolled at their university. This is not acceptable.

The University of Chicago has studied Black violence, Black families, Black youth, Black education, Black economics, Black gangs, Black housing, Black politics and every other aspect of the Black community. The University of Chicago has helped to create policies and programs for Black people, some of them injurious to Black people, but they cannot figure out how to get more than 1% of Black male students on their campus. Are they trying?

The University of Chicago has also become the number one developer in poor, south side Chicago communities which includes land acquisition of and real estate development in those Black communities? How can the University of Chicago be the third best university in America and they can’t even figure out how to get more than 1% of Black males on their campus as students?

Please see listing below of Black males enrolled in the 21 largest Illinois universities and colleges for 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 according to the Illinois Board of Higher Education:

University/College Name 2015 2014 2012 2011
Bradley University 1.6 1.7 2.4 2.4
University of Chicago 1.8 1.9 1.8 2
Loyola University Chicago 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.4
University of Ill. Champaign 2 2 2.1 2
Northwestern University 2.2 2.1 2.1 1.9
Illinois Institute of Technology 2.3 2 2 2.1
University of Ill. Chicago 2.7 2.6 2.7 2.6
Illinois State University 3 2.9 2.5 2.3
Lewis University 3 3 3.3 3.3
DePaul University 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.2
Northeastern Ill. University 4 4.1 4 3.4
University of Ill. Springfield 4.4 4.1 4.3 3.8
Roosevelt University 4.8 5.4 5.6 5.5
Southern Ill. Univ. Edwardsville 4.9 4.8 4.6 4.2
Northern Illinois University 5.7 5.8 5.6 5.3
Columbia College 6.1 6.7 7.3 7
Eastern Illinois University 6.4 6.3 5.4 4.9
Western Illinois University 6.7 6.8 6 5.1
Southern Ill. Univ. Carbondale 7.1 7.4 8.2 8.1
Governors State University 8.6 8.7 7.8 7.5
Chicago State University* 18.5 18 20.4 20.9

*Chicago State University has one of the smallest student populations of the 21 largest universities in Illinois. Chicago State University is also in danger of closing because of lack of state and alumni support.

Please email University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer at
and let him know that you want the University of Chicago to use some of its $8 billion endowment to increase their Black male student enrollment to 10% by the 2018 academic year.

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  1. Chicago state university only enrolled 18%?!?! Substitute “Chicago State University” for University of Chicago and you’d have a real story here. Given the remarkably low percentage of University of Chicago students who hail from Chicago, your story absolutely misses the point.

  2. You are missing the point in another area as well:

    The University of Chicago is not only one of the hardest Universities in the world for one to academically qualify for admission, it is also financial need and diversity blind. All you have to do is walk around the campus to see significant numbers of students from every racial and religious group in the world.

    This is not a school that you can set racial quotas for. Your presence on campus is a direct result of who you are personally – not racially. no matter what race you are, you won’t be admitted unless you can score at least a 34 on the ACT. There is a reason for that – if you are not that sharp, you will fail at Chicago.

    This article would have been totally on point if you were referencing black students who were that sharp and still were denied admission.

    As is, your article is total nonsense.

  3. I am a Black alumni of U of C and I completely agree with Bubs. The University of Chicago is NOT for everyone Black, White or otherwise. Additionally, the majority of the Black students that would qualify don’t want to stay in Chicago. Unfortunately this article is not nonsense but skewed.


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