This fall, the student body at York College is experiencing record minority enrollment, as 30 percent of students are non-white. According to Academic Dean Tracey Wyatt, that makes York College one of the most diverse campuses in the state.
In comparison, UNL is reporting 12 percent minority enrollment for the fall. Metro Community College in Omaha reports 27.1 percent minority enrollment.
Total enrollment has remained relatively flat last year to this year at York College, with the on-campus population resting at 459 students. (Online student numbers are not reflected in these enrollment figures.)
Two main ethnic groups make up the bulk of the minority numbers on campus at YC: 13 percent of the student body is Latino and an additional 13 percent is black.
The diversity of the campus is a boon to students, says YC President Steven Eckman. “As we prepare students for lives of service to God, family, and a global society, it is important that they learn how to work with people of all backgrounds. We hope to continue to increase diversity on our campus of more than just ethnicity. Diversity of thought, of socioeconomic status, and of geographic origin are also important.”
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