February 22, 2011 3:29 PM

Can universities keep the minority students they woo?

Lehigh University did a good job wooing Nezy Smith here. A Lehigh admissions officer met the African-American honor-roll student at her high school in Lebanon, Pa., then kept in touch for a year, urging her to visit the campus and helping her to fill out complex financial-aid forms. By her second year, she was gone, joining the roughly 25 percent to 40 percent of black and Hispanic students who start at Lehigh but don't finish, depending on the year

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