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Although the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) accepted about the same number of minority applicants this spring as last year, recently released GSAS admissions figures show that a much greater proportion of admitted minority students this year were recruited by the GSAS admissions office.
Nina Hillgarth, GSAS director of special students and the unofficial head of minority recruitment and admissions at the school, said the GSAS was able to admit more recruited applicants because the Education Testing Service (ETS) this year improved its minority locator service, a program the GSAS admissions office uses in its minority recruiting.
The biggest shift in the composition of the admitted pool occurred among black applicants. Last year, none of the 18 admitted blacks were recruited by the GSAS. This year, of a total of 20 admitted black candidates, nine of them were recruited.
A total of 44 minority applicants were admitted this spring, compared to 43 last year.
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