Why Students Are Choosing HBCUs: ‘4 Years Being Seen as Family’


By Erica L. Green
June 11, 2022, 5 a.m. ET

SeKai Parker looked on last spring as her prep school classmates tearfully embraced and belted out in unison every word of a Kelly Clarkson song.

It was the senior farewell at Holton-Arms in Bethesda, Md., and many of the teens were making college plans that would have them trading one elite, mostly white setting for another. Ms. Parker intended to accept an offer from Yale, which she had fallen in love with on a recent visit. But as she scanned her school auditorium, a familiar sinking feeling washed over her.

“I was sitting there by myself, I didn’t know a single word and I had no one to hold onto,” she recalled. >> Read the full story here.

This article ran in the June 11, 2022, New York Times.  Note: This is a subscriber-only newsletter.