Students graduating from the School of Law cheer as they receive their degrees during the 364th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 28, 2015.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1EZC9

At Harvard, minority students are the majority for the first time in centuries

50.9%

For the first time in 380 years, the majority of Harvard’s students come from minority groups, at 50.9% in 2017, from 47.3% in 2016.

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Students graduating from the School of Law cheer as they receive their degrees during the 364th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 28, 2015.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1EZC9
50.9%

Harvard’s new freshman class

Students graduating from the School of Law cheer as they receive their degrees during the 364th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 28, 2015.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1EZC9
50.9%

Harvard started a task force to increase diversity last year, and made changes to the university anthem and to academic titles to remove racist connotations.

Students graduating from the School of Law cheer as they receive their degrees during the 364th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 28, 2015.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1EZC9
50.9%

Harvard is also improving diversity among the faculty. The share of teaching staff coming from minority groups increased from 17.6% in 2008 to 22.2% in 2017.

Students graduating from the School of Law cheer as they receive their degrees during the 364th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 28, 2015.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1EZC9
50.9%

Now, in another measure to improve equality, the school is considering ending all fraternities, sororities, and single-gender clubs.

Students graduating from the School of Law cheer as they receive their degrees during the 364th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 28, 2015.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1EZC9
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But that idea could face resistance. Last year, about 1,800 students out of about 3,000 voted against measures that targeted some of those groups.

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