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TEXAS A&M LOOKS TO TURN A NEW LEAF

Blacks are only 2.3 percent of the nearly 36,000 undergraduate students at Texas A&M University in College Station. The university, which did not admit black students until 1963, continues to have a reputation as not being a hospitable place for blacks.
Even after the Hopwood decision was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Grutter case, Texas A&M has declined to consider race in its admissions decisions. But the university declares that it is making an effort to increase black enrollments. More than $8 million has been allocated for scholarship programs targeted toward low-income students. The university has opened recruiting centers in predominantly black neighborhoods in major Texas cities. Its Very Important Prospects (VIP) program picks up prospective black students in SUVs across the state of Texas and drives them to College Station for recruiting sessions.

One black freshman on campus this year told the Houston Chronicle that a friend asked him, "Why go to school where the white folks go?" He responded, "Because they let me in and they paid me to go to school."
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