Historically Black Colleges and Universities – GradPlan


Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Learn about Historically Black Colleges and Universities and why some students choose them

What is an HBCU?

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are any accredited college or university established before 1964 whose primary mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans. These schools are highly prestigious and have a number of benefits.

Why Choose an HBCU?

Students find attending an HBCU rewarding for many reasons. Here are some examples

  • The emphasis on Black culture is uplifting and necessary. From the fraternities and sororities to homecoming to learning the Black national anthem, HBCUs put Black pride and the experience of Black students at the center of the college experience.
  • The teaching of Black history is prioritized. Every student is required to take at least one full semester course on African-American history as an undergrad
  • HBCUs provide a quality college education. As fully accredited colleges and universities, HBCUs uphold standards of academic rigor and excellence on par with other accredited colleges and universities in the US.

Tip! – The atmosphere of HBCUs is hard to capture through articles or webpages, so the best way to understand it is to see it for yourself. Visit the school’s website to schedule a visit.

Where are HBCUs located?

This Map highlights where 107 HBCUs are located.
Click on the school location to learn more about each one

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