List of Historical Black Colleges and Universities
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Alabama A&M University
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is one of the land-grant Black Colleges providing baccalaureate and graduate studies to individuals interested in developing scholastic, professional, and technical skills.
It is one of two four-year public universities in Alabama on the White House Initiative on Historical Black Colleges and Universities List of HBCUs. It provides excellent education to capable students with previously limited educational access by fully integrating technology into university life.
Alabama State University
Alabama State University
Alabama State University is one of two public four-year historically black colleges in Alabama. Nine freed slaves known as the "Marion Nine" created this school almost a century and a half ago. The university offers 31 bachelor's degrees and 11 master's degrees.
Well-respected among Historical Black Colleges and Universities, they are known for their Marching Hornets band. Like other HBCU colleges and African American Universities, they offer a unique learning environment.
Albany State University
Founded in 1903, Albany State University is one of three historical black colleges & universities in Georgia. With over 4,000 students, Albany State University is a 1st tier school among Black Colleges and African American Universities. Emphasizing liberal arts programs, this four-year, public HBCU was started by Joseph Winthrop Holley, inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois. Albany State's primary mission of creating outstanding citizens is reflected in their motto: "Potential. Realized."
Alcorn State University
Founded in 1871, Alcorn State University ranks 26th, nationwide, among historical black colleges & universities. With over 2,900 students, Alcorn State University offers degrees in liberal arts and sciences and is a top choice among HBCU and African American Universities. Additional campuses located in Natchez and Vicksburg offer MBA and Nursing concentrations. Alcorn State University has quickly become known among black colleges for creating leaders in fields including education, human services and nursing.
Columbia, South Carolina
Founded in 1870 to provide an education for freed slaves, Allen University is a small, private HBCU in South Carolina. With just over 600 students, Allen University's original focus was on training ministers and teachers, but now it offers baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts and other professional programs. Being one of two black colleges in Columbia, Allen University has developed close ties with the African-American community and other historical black colleges & universities.
Arkansas Baptist College
Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas Baptist College is dedicated to integrating quality academic and Christian principles common among African American Universities. Started in 1884, Arkansas Baptist College is the only HBCU west of the Mississippi River. Like many Historical Black Colleges & Universities, ABC is small, at just over 600 students. With strong religious roots and popular Associate and Bachelor of Arts degree programs, Arkansas Baptist College is a top choice among black colleges in the region.
Concord, North Carolina
Located in central North Carolina, Barber-Scotia College is a small, HBCU college founded originally as an African American women's college in 1867. Like other black colleges and African American Universities, Barber-Scotia was established to develop a pool of leaders among former slaves and their families. Popular among historical black colleges & universities, Barber-Scotia has close ties to the Presbyterian Church and offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Business and Renewable Energy.
Columbia, South Carolina
Benedict College is one the largest private, HBCU in the region. It was started in 1870 by a Baptist mission society to help educate former slaves from the Civil War era. Among historical black colleges & universities, it offers numerous degree programs in a wide range of studies including liberal arts, education, science, and engineering. With several black colleges in the South Carolina region, Benedict College has built a reputation among African American Universities.
Greensboro, North Carolina
One of only a few private women's colleges in the region, Bennett College serves over 600 female students. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, Bennett College is a four-year, HBCU liberal arts school offering 24 degree programs. Ranking 16th among other black colleges and African American universities, Bennett College prides itself on the academic achievements its students and faculty have accomplished. Bennett College began by educating newly freed slaves.
Daytona Beach, Florida
Started in 1904 as a training school for African American females, Bethune-Cookman University has grown into a large student body HBCU. Like other Black Colleges and African American universities in the region, it has a long tradition of providing academic excellence by offering over 35 undergraduate degree programs in a wide range of studies. Among historical black colleges & universities, Bethune-Cookman is known for its ability to produce high quality educators and community leaders.
Bishop State Community College
Bishop State Community College is a two-year, public HBCU. Started in 1927 to offer additional courses for teachers, this school has grown into one of the top black colleges in the region. Now providing both technical and academic programs, Bishop State Community College is a popular alternative to other larger African American universities. Students often move onto other historical black colleges & universities to pursue a four-year undergraduate degree program.
Bluefield State College
Established in 1895, Bluefield State College is dedicated to providing an excellent learning experience for all students in the area. Like other historical black colleges & universities, it wasn't integrated until the 1950's but has always prided itself on its core values of excellence, community diversity and growth. As an HBCU, Bluefield State College stands out not just amongst African American universities and black colleges, but all venues of higher education.
Bowie State University
Since its 1865 trailblazing beginning as one of America's few Black colleges, Bowie State University has evolved into a multi-level degree school. As an HBCU, or historical black colleges & universities, it has an ethnically varied faculty and student population. As part of the network of African American universities, it gives students of color in-depth tools for exploring their own culture while preparing them to work in America's diverse society.
Central State University
One of the oldest HBCU in America, Central State University has a long tradition of extra-curricular and academic excellence. Like many other historical black colleges & universities, CSU began as a center for teacher education. As one of many African American universities in the country, CSU stands out as a leader in the field of urban education. Also, CSU is one of few black colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the oldest of the Black Colleges and African American Universities on the list of Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) in America. It was founded in 1837 by Richard Humphreys.
Cheyney offers baccalaureate degrees in over 30 disciplines and a Master's Degree in education. Graduates of Cheyney have assumed leadership roles in the fields of government, education, law, science, and journalism, as well as other areas.
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Claflin University, one of many traditionally African American Universities and Black Colleges on the list of Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU), is affiliated with The United Methodist Church and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Undergraduate degrees provide a foundation in the liberal arts, while the graduate program allows students to increase their specialization in specific fields of study as they prepare to take roles of leadership in their communities and chosen fields.
Clark Atlanta University
SW Atlanta, Georgia
Clark Atlanta University is one of many African American Universities on the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) list. Atlanta University was one of the original Black Colleges providing teachers and librarians to southern schools. In 1988, Clark College and Atlanta University merged forming Clark Atlanta University.
Clark Atlanta University is dedicated to developing students intellectually and personally, preparing them to be leaders in their communities and fields of study.
Clinton Junior College
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Established in 1894 and listed as one of many historical black colleges & universities, Clinton Junior College offers students higher education with spiritual development. One of many HBCUs founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, its original mission was to give education to descendants of slaves. Today, of all black colleges, it has distinguished itself among other African American universities by having a primary focus in Liberal Arts studies.
Coahoma Community College
Coahoma Community College is one of the Black Colleges and African American Universities on the Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) list. It began as an Agricultural High School for Negroes in 1924. The Junior College curriculum was added in 1949. In 1989 it became Coahoma Community College and provides educational services to a five-county service area.
Coahoma offers 2-year associate's degrees, community classes and GED and online testing services.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the first HBCU in Arkansas, has a rich history among Black Colleges in Arkansas. Over 3,000 students, UAPB is one of the most popular African American Universities in the region. UAPB has one of the top aquaculture programs among historical black colleges & universities. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers Mathematics and Sciences degrees emphasizing computer science and industrial technology.