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HBCU Listing

Considering Historically Black Colleges and Universities

When it comes to finding your best-fit college, a school's atmosphere is very important. It determines whether you'll feel comfortable and whether you'll find your niche. Let's be real: college is very different from high school. Many African-American students consider attending an Historically Black College or University (a school originally founded to serve black students) or one that is more racially mixed. You can be successful at either; it's an individual choice.

There are 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States—you may already be familiar with some well-known campuses like Morehouse, Howard, Spelman, and Fisk. From class offerings and student organizations to career services and alumni networks, HBCUs offer supportive environments that are rooted in the African-American experience. But this is not say these campuses aren’t diverse: HBCUs admit students from all races and walks of life.

Predominantly black institutions (PBIs) have a student body that is more than 50 percent black (most HBCUs are predominantly black, but not all predominantly black institutions are HBCUs). Medgar Evers College in New York and Bloomfield College in New Jersey are examples of PBIs. There are also schools that have plurality of black students, meaning the largest segment of the student population is black, though black students do not make up the majority (such as Cambridge College in Massachusetts, Georgia State University, or City Tech in New York).

If your goal is to be around other African–American students, you are not obliged to attend an HBCU. Even campuses with smaller black populations may have all-black fraternities or sororities, Black Student Unions, and African-American residential communities.

You should consider the campus culture at any college before you apply. Don't rely solely on the materials sent to you by the admissions office— ask questions of current students, faculty and alumni. You can find demographic information for many schools: a great resource is the U.S. Department of Education that tracks statistics about minority students. Finally, visit your prospective colleges and talk to plenty of students. Spending the day on campus is the best way to get a feel for a school and determine whether it could be your future home.


Alabama A&M University

Alabama State University

Albany State University

Alcorn State University

Allen University

Arkansas Baptist College

Barber-Scotia College 

Benedict College

Bethune-Cookman College

Bishop State Community College

Bluefield State College

Bowie State University

Central State University

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Claflin University

Clark Atlanta University

Clinton Junior College

Coahoma Community College

Concordia College (closed in 2018)

Coppin State University

Delaware State University

Denmark Technical College

Dillard University

Edward Waters College

Elizabeth City State University

Fayetteville State University

Fisk University

Florida A&M University

Florida Memorial University

Fort Valley State University

Grambling State University

Hampton University

Harris-Stowe State University

Hinds Community College

Howard University

Huston-Tillotson University

Interdenominational Theological Center

J.F. Drake State Technical College

Jackson State University

Jarvis Christian College

Johnson C. Smith University

Kentucky State University

Knoxville College

Lane College

Langston University

Lawson State Community College

LeMoyne-Owen College

Lewis College of Business

Lincoln University, MO

Lincoln University(Pennsylvania)

Livingstone College

Mary Holmes College (closed in 2005)

Meharry Medical College

Miles College

Mississippi Valley State University

Morehouse College

Morehouse School of Medicine

Morgan State University

Morris Brown College

Norfolk State University

North Carolina A&T University

North Carolina Central University

Oakwood College

Paine College

Paul Quinn College

Philander Smith College

Prairie View A&M University

Rust College

Savannah State University

Selma University

Shaw University

Shorter College

South Carolina State University

Southern University A&M College

Southern University at New Orleans

Southern University at Shreveport

Southwestern Christian College

Spelman College

St. Augustine's College

St. Paul's College

St. Philip's College

Stillman College

Talladega College

Tennessee State University

Texas College

Texas Southern University

Tougaloo College

Trenholm State Technical College

Tuskegee University

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of the District of Columbia

University of the Virgin Islands

Virginia State University

Virginia Union University

Voorhees College

West Virginia State University

Wilberforce University

Wiley College

Winston-Salem State University

Xavier University of Louisiana