Student Diversity Improves At Edgewood College, But Officials Say More Work Needed

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Ten years ago, Edgewood College officials struggled to bring minorities to the small liberal arts college.

Only one student showed up for the Madison school's first minority recruitment day in 2000. The next fall, only 11 students of color were part of the roughly 300-student freshman class.

But over the past decade that has changed. In the fall, 55 minorities were part of Edgewood College's freshman class, almost 20 percent of the total.

Ariana Silva, a Mexican-American freshman from Madison, said she was attracted to Edgewood for its small size and proximity to home, but diversity also was a factor.

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