Investigating Ivy


Ivy League, Black Natives, Black Immigrants

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Scott, S., Johnson, J., Hardaway, A., & Galloway, T. (2021). Investigating Ivy: Black undergraduate students at selective universities. Journal of Postsecondary Student Success, 1(1). Retrieved from


This qualitative study examined how race and class shaped the college choice process and collegiate experiences of Black undergraduates attending Ivy League Institutions. Findings revealed that although social class did not play a significant role in participants’ college choice process, robust financial aid packaging significantly impacted their decision to attend a highly selective university. Racial identity was largely viewed by participants as a vehicle to admit more Black Immigrant students than Black Native students in order to achieve institutional diversity/affirmative action goals. Prevalent racialized incidents and institutional racism shaped participants’ collegiate experiences. The findings of this study are expected to have implications for minority recruitment, college choice, access and equity, as well as higher education diversity initiatives.

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Copyright (c) 2021 Sharron Scott, Jennifer Johnson, Ayana Hardaway, Dr, Tiffany Galloway