University of Texas at Austin No Longer in White Majority

By: ralphbarrera

Sep 15 2010

Category: Photojournalism

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Aperture:f/6.3
Focal Length:200mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/320 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

For the first time in the history of the University of Texas at Austin fewer than half of the first-time freshmen are white students. That figure reflect changes in the demographics of Texas. Students stroll along Guadalupe Street as they head to class Tuesday afternoon on the forty acres.

This from reporter Ralph Haurwitz:

Of the 7,277 first-time freshmen, 47.6 percent identified themselves as white, compared with 51.1 percent a year ago. White enrollment universitywide also dipped, although it continued to make up more than half — 52.1 percent — of the students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

The decline in the number and proportion of white students, coupled with an increase in Hispanic students, reflects the state’s changing demographics and, to a “very slight” degree, new federally mandated racial and ethnic reporting categories, including provisions that allow students to specify more than one race, said Kristi Fisher, associate vice provost and director of information management and analysis.

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Photo by Ralph Barrera

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