The university was integrated in 1961 with the admission of three African American students. The initial reaction was negative, resulting in the threat of a lawsuit. However, following this the university established a policy to admit all qualified applicants regardless of color. In 1967, Danny Hardaway, a football player, became the first black student to be offered an athletic scholarship. The first black student to earn a doctorate was Hortense W. Dixon, who graduated in 1970.