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UGA NAACP President Mansur Buffins mentors a Clarke Central Middle School class.

Diverse Dawgs: Minority Enrollment Rises at UGA

he University of Georgia has made slow but steady strides to increase minority enrollment since Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter integrated the school in 1961, and UGA just welcomed its most diverse freshman class ever. However, diversity at UGA lags far behind the diversity of the state as a whole.

More than 1,700 of the 5,400 members of the class of 2020 identify as nonwhite, up 10 percent over last year, according to the university. “UGA has seen growth in the enrollment of underrepresented students over that time [I’ve worked here]. For example, 32 percent of first-year students in 2015 identified as something other than Caucasian,” says Patrick Winter, the associate vice president for admissions and enrollment for the past 10 years. “In 2005, only 20 percent of the first-year students identified as something other than Caucasian.”

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