What is HBCU?

What is a Historically Black College or University?

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as institutions of higher education and learning have provided a haven of opportunities for African American educators, students, and graduates to achieve success, and impact lives throughout the United States and internationally.  Graduates have left there marks on the culture and politics in the United States and around the globe. Most notably are such graduates as the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Toni Morrison (Nobel Prize Winners), Oprah Winfrey (Billionaire, Media Mogul and Icon), the late Thurgood Marshall (first African American Supreme Court justice), Kwame Nkrumah (the first democratically elected President of Ghana),Yolanda Adams and Shirley Caesar (Gospel Recording Artists), and the list goes on. HBCU’s have produced doctors, dentists, lawyers, engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs, politicians, recording artists, actors, professional athletes, veterinarians etc. The first HBCU Cheyney University was established in Pennsylvania during 1837, prior to the 1964 Brown v. Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court outlawing the racial segregation of public education facilities. During 1837 and thereafter, establishing HBCUs provided an educational service to the African American community during a time in U.S. history when blacks were forbidden to receive an education. Today HBCUs are still playing a significant role in the education of African American students who are disproportionately impacted by the inability to gain admissions into non-African American institutions of higher learning. HBCUs still hold African American students in high esteem.

How many Historically Black Colleges and Universities are in the U.S.?

There are 100 historically black colleges in the U.S. today, including public and private, two-year and four year institutions.

Alabama A & M University Huntsville, Alabama www.aamu.edu
Alabama State University Montgomery, Alabama www.alasu.edu
Albany State University Albany, Georgia www.asurams.edu
Alcorn State University Alcorn State, Mississippi www.alcorn.edu
Allen University Columbia, South Carolina www.scicu.org/allen
Arkansas Baptist College Little Rock, Arkansas www.arkansasbaptist.edu
Barber-Scotia College Concord, North Carolina www.b-sc.edu
Benedict College Columbia, South Carolina www.Benedict.edu
Bennett College Greensboro, North Carolina www.bennett.edu
Bethune-Cookman College Daytona Beach, Florida www.bethune.cookman.edu
Bluefield State College Bluefield West Virginia www.bluefieldstate.edu
Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland www.bowiestate.edu
Central State University Wilberforce, Ohio www.centralstate.edu
Cheney University Cheney, Pennsylvania www.cheyney.edu
Claflin University Orangeburg, South Carolina www.claflin.edu
Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, Florida www.cau.edu
Concordia College Selma, Alabama www.concordiaselma.edu
Coppin State University Baltimore, Maryland www.coppin.edu
Delaware State University Dover, Delaware www.desu.edu
Dillard University New Orleans, Louisiana www.dillard.edu
Edward-Waters College Jacksonville, Florida www.ewc.edu
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, North Carolina www.ecsu.edu
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, North Carolina www.uncfsu.edu
Fisk University www.fisk.edu
Florida A&M University Tallahassee, Florida www.famu.edu
Florida Memorial University Miami Gardens, Florida www.fmuniv.edu
Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, Florida www.fvsu.edu
Grambling State University Grambling, Louisiana www.gram.edu
Hampton University Hampton, Virginia www.hampton.edu
Harris-Stowe State University St. Louis, Missouri www.hssu.edu
Howard University Washington, D.C www.howard.edu
Huston-Tilloston University Austin, Texas www.htu.edu
Jackson State University Jackson, Mississippi www.jsums.edu
Jarvis Christian College Hawkins, Texas www.jarvis.edu
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, North Carolina www.jcsu.edu
Kentucky State University Frankfort, Kentucky www.kysu.edu
Knoxville College Knoxville, Tennessee www.knoxvillecollege.edu
Lanes College Jackson, Tennessee www.lanecollege.edu
Langston University Langston, Oklahoma www.lunet.edu
LeMoyne-Owen University Memphis, Tennessee www.loc.edu
Lincoln University Jefferson City, Missouri www.lincolnu.edu
Lincoln University Lincoln University, Pennsylvania www.lincoln.edu
Livingstone College Salisbury, North Carolina www.livingstone.edu
Miles College Fairfield, Alabama www.miles.edu
Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena, Mississippi www.mvsu.edu
Morehouse College Atlanta, Florida www.morehouse.edu
Morgan State University Baltimore, Maryland www.morgan.edu
Morris Brown College Atlanta, Florida www.morrisbrown.edu
Morris College Sumter, South Carolina www.morris.edu
Norfolk State University Norfolk, Virginia www.nsu.edu
North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, North Carolina www.ncat.edu
North Carolina Central University Durham, North Carolina www.nccu.edu
Oakwood College Huntsville, Alabama www.oakwood.edu
Paine College Augusta, Georgia www.paine.edu
Paul Quinn College Dallas, Texas www.pqc.edu
Philander Smith College Little Rock, Arkansas www.philander.edu
Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, Texas www.pvamu.edu
Rust College Holly Springs, Mississippi www.rustcollege.edu
Saint Augustine’s College Raleigh, North Carolina www.st-aug.edu
Saint Paul’s College Lawrenceville, Virginia www.saintpauls.edu
Savannah State University Savannah, Georgia www.savstate.edu
Selma University Selma, Alabama www.selmauniversity.com
Shaw University Raleigh, North Carolina www.shawuniversity.edu
South Carolina State University Orangeburg, South Carolina www.scsu.edu
Southern University and A&M College Baton Rouge, Louisiana www.subr.edu
Southern University at New      Orleans New Orleans, www.suno.edu
Spelman College Atlanta, Georgia www.spelman.edu
Stillman College Tuscaloosa, Alabama www.stillman.edu
Talladega College Talladega, Alabama www.talladega.edu
Tennessee State University Nashville, Tennessee www.tnstate.edu
Texas College Tyler, Texas www.texascollege.edu
Texas Southern University Houston, Texas www.tsu.edu
Tougaloo College Tougaloo Mississippi www.tougaloo.edu
Tuskegee University Tuskegee Institute, Alabama www.tusk.edu
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, Arkansas www.uapb.edu
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, Maryland www.umes.edu
University of the District of Columbia Washington, D.C www.udc.edu
University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas, Virgin Islands www.uvi.edu
Virginia State University Petersburg, Virginia www.vsu.edu
Virginia Union University Richmond, Virginia www.vuu.edu
Voorhees College Denmark, South Carolina www.voorhees.edu
West Virginia State University Institute, West Virginia www.wvstateu.edu
Wilberforce University Wilberforce, Ohio www.wilberforce.edu
Wiley College Marshall, Texas www.wiley.edu
Winston-Salem State University Winston Salem, North Carolina www.wssu.edu
Xavier University New Orleans, Louisiana www.xula.edu


Why you should consider attending a Historically Black College or University?

  • Some HBCUs have minimum GPA and SAT requirements that are reachable for most students.
  • Cost for most HBCUs is between $11,000 and $16,000 per year.
  • Academic Scholarships start with GPAs as low as 2.50
  • Full Scholarships start at 1100 SAT & 3.50 GPA
  • Small schools (13,000 largest-FAMU & Howard)
  • Small Class sizes (12/1, 10/1, etc.)
  • High Graduation Rates/High Graduation Rate for Student Athletes
  • A large percentage of students receive financial aid
  • HBCUs are flexible and willing to work with families
  • Nurturing Environment
  • Mentoring/Role Models
  • Networking
  • Culture/History
  • Job Placement
  • Provides Positive Options for Students
  • Some HBCUs have special admission provisions for special cases.
  • Some students are accepted solely on the recommendation of the U-CAN President.