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The Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) Guide

Here is a list of the colleges/universities by state.

Alabama A&M University
Established: 1863
Undergoing a "renaissance," the university is enjoying an increasingly racially and ethnically diverse student body while it strengthens its academic programs and expands its infrastructure.

Alabama State University
Established: 1867
Designated its state's official black institution of higher learning after the Civil War, ASU has modernized itself into a progressive university dedicated to preparing students to play a productive role in American society.

Bishop State Community College
Established: 1965
With four campuses scattered around the Mobile area, this community college prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions or earn terminal technical education degrees.

Drake Technical College
Established: 1961
Offering health, business, technical and industrial curricula, Drake prepare its students to become highly skilled professionals in the workforce.

Gadsden State Community College: Valley Street Campus
Established: February 28, 1985
With three campuses in the Anniston area, Gadsden offers the lowest tuition rates in the state.

Lawson State Community College
Established: 1949
Lawson is a standard community college with a campus atmosphere that feels less like a two-year school and more like a traditional HBCU.

Miles College
Established: 1905
Located in the heart of the Birmingham-Fairfield metropolitan area, Miles is a socially and politically involved campus run by the Christian Methodist Church.

Oakwood College
Established: 1896
Located in the space Capital of America and the birthplace of Alabama, this Seventh Day Adventist college prides itself on the social, intellectual and spiritual development of its students.

Shelton State Community College
Established: 1979
Shelton is the one HBCU among a chain of quickly improving technical and vocational community colleges in the state.

Stillman College
Established: 1874
Founded and operated by the Presbyterian church, this historically liberal arts college is revamping itself by augmenting its technological programs and building state-of-the art campus facilities.

Talladega College
Established: 1865
Founded by two freed slaves with a historical mission to create an educated class of African Americans in the south, Talladega is still leading this charge with an eye on building its endowment and improving its programs.

Trenholm State Technical College
Established: 1962
Trenholm is dedicated to improving the lives of Alabamans by providing an accessible education that prepares students for careers in their communities.

Tuskegee University
Established: 1881
Founded by industrialist Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee remains one of the most respected HBCUs for science and technology programs, even as it augments its liberal arts and other professional curricula.

Arkansas Baptist College
Established: 1884
ABC is a small liberal-arts-focused college with a religiously inspired curriculum and academic approach.

Philander Smith College
Established: 1877
Located in a historic section of downtown Little Rock, Philander Smith prides itself on being a small liberal arts college where students can gain a large perspective of the world and themselves.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Established: 1875
This state run institution boasts a high tech fisheries and aquaculture center.

Delaware State University
Established: 1891
An ever-expanding university that has gone through several names -- from The State College for Colored Students to Delaware State College -- the university encourages students to apply during their junior year of high school.

Howard University
Established: 1867
Often called "The Harvard of HBCUs," Howard boasts the largest endowment of black colleges and continues to lead in research and innovation among historically black institutions.

University of the District of Columbia
Established: 1976
Having survived financially and academically troubled years in the early 1990s, UDC has adapted a rigorous fiscal management plan and now actively aligns itself with the educational goals of the city of Washington.

Bethune-Cookman College
Established: 1904
Originally founded by Mary McLeod Bethune to train African American women, the school now prides itself on its growing gender, ethnic and racial diversity, along with its strong African American intellectual and spiritual roots.

Edward Waters College
Established: 1866
The oldest independent institution in Florida, the college has a rolling enrollment policy and celebrates its personable, familial learning atmosphere.

Florida A and M University
Established: 1887
Known for its high academic standards and rigorous curriculum, FAMU stands out from the pack of HBCUs as one of the best and most affordable educations money can buy.

Florida Memorial University
Established: 1879
Florida memorial dedicates itself to preparing students in liberal arts and technical programs with a rapidly changing global marketplace and a strong sense of African American history in mind.

Albany State University
Established: 1903
A state institution with the intimate feel of a small private college, Albany offers an education that is "customizable" to each student's needs.

Carver Bible College
Established: 1943
With a strong focus on biblical instruction, this small school has prepared black religious leaders who now serve throughout the US, the Caribbean and Africa.

Clark Atlanta University
Established: 1869
Part of the Atlanta University Center, Clark is the only HBCU in the nation classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Fort Valley State College
Established: 1895
Fort Valley has rapidly expanded into a large state-run institution but has maintained a strong sense of community and an equally firm dedication to African American history and cultural preservation.

Morehouse College
Established: 1867
The only all-male college in North America, Morehouse upholds a strong legacy of black leadership and intellectualism and continues to challenge itself to define the standards of African American manhood.

Morris Brown College
Established: 1867
A venerated Atlanta institution, Morris Brown officially lost its accreditation and eligibility for federal financial aid this year. The school, affiliated with the African American Episcopal Church, however, still plans to open its doors in the fall.

Paine College
Established: 1882
Currently involved in a number of small-scale campus improvement programs, the school remains a close-knit college with a defined mission to prepare young people to think critically and lead viable professional lives.

Savannah State University
Established: 1890
SSU boasts solid academic and athletic programs, small classes and a comfortable campus environment that fosters campus involvement and close relationships with professors.

Spelman College
Established: 1881
This renowned women's college is the official sister school to Morehouse College. Spelman regularly places well on rankings of HBCUs, liberal arts institutions in the south and America's women colleges.

Kentucky State University
Established: 1886
KSU is large by HBCU standards. It's an all-around active campus with vibrant academic, athletic, social and cultural programs and initiatives.

Dillard University
The most visually charming HBCU campus, Dillard boasts a treasured history and sophisticated orientation even as it modernizes and expands its study of varied academic areas.

Grambling State University
Established: 1901
With its motto "Where Everybody is Somebody," Grambling says it's committed to empowering the communities it serves with diversified academic and social programs, which includes specialized ROTC, strong athletic programs, a renowned marching band and a special college for honors students.

Southern University and A&M College
Established: 1880
Part of the only land-grant system of HBCUs in the country, Southern offers bachelors through doctoral degrees and a wide range of extracurricular activities, including its famous marching band.

Southern University, New Orleans
Established: 1956
Founded as a part of the Southern University system, SUNO graduated its first class in 1963, but is quickly differentiating itself with its own specialized programs like the recently installed African and African American studies program.

Southern University, Shreveport
Established: 1967
Southern University in Shreveport, founded in 1967, is a college with strong ties to the city of Shreveport. It offers terminal diploma and certificate programs, but also prepares students to transfer to four year institutions.

Xavier University
Established: 1915
The only black and catholic university in the Western Hemisphere, Xavier has a mission to serve that demographic. The school highlights its diversity: 50 percent of its students are of other religious affiliations, and close to 10 percent are of other races.

Bowie State University
Established: 1865
Bowie State stresses local community involvement, but its secluded, wooded campus is easily accessible from the metropolises of Washington, DC, Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland.

Coppin State College
Established: 1900
Serving a mostly inner-city student body from the Baltimore area, Coppin offers programs that expose students to the cultural life of the city and prepare them to enter its political and corporate worlds.

Morgan State University
Established: 1867
Founded as a college dedicate to educating Maryland's African American students, Morgan now prides itself on its multiethnic, multiracial make up and diverse cultural and academic programs.

Univ of Maryland/Eastern Shore
Established: 1886
Located on Maryland's scenic eastern shore as the black alternative to the college park campus, UMES is a rapidly expanding and developing university that maintains strong natural science and agricultural programs.

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Alcorn State University
Established: 1871
1000 ASU Drive #359 Located in scenic rural Mississippi, Alcorn offers a well-rounded curriculum but places emphases on its science programs and primarily serves students from southwest Mississippi.

Coahoma Community College
Established: 1949
Besides offering technical and vocational training, Coahoma has an active career development center that provides services from helping students prepare resumes to job placement programs.

Hinds Community College, Utica Campus
Established: 1917
The Utica campus is the predominantly black branch among Hind's six community college campuses.

Jackson State University
Established: 1877
Designated the "urban" campus of the Mississippi's university system by its board of trustees, Jackson State hails its macro status as a research institution and its micro function as a nurturer and developer of its students basic learning skills and character.

Mississippi Valley State University
Established: 1946
Established as a teacher training college, Mississippi Valley now has a comprehensive curriculum and focuses on serving students from the Mississippi delta.

Rust College
Established: 1866
Rust College holds several distinctions: the oldest of the eleven HBCUs related to the United Methodist Church; the second oldest private college in Mississippi; the oldest historically black college in the state; and one of the first five historically black colleges.

Tougaloo College
Established: 1869
Founded by the American Missionary Association, Tougaloo was a rallying center for 1960s Civil Rights Movement protests. The school became a target of 1960s violence including drive-by shootings.

Harris-Stowe State University
Established: 1857
Harris-Stowe State College, 3026 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Note: The only HBCU serving the needs of students in St. Louis, the school founded as a teacher's training center allows high school students to take courses that count towards their college credits.

Lincoln University of Missouri
Established: 1866
Located in Jefferson City, Missouri, Lincoln University supports its open enrollment policy of relaxed admission with its Student Success Program, a service that provides extra instruction and tutoring to students in need of it.

Barber-Scotia College
Established: 1867
Founded as a theological seminary, the college is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and now focuses on the full development of the student -- spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and social.

Bennett College
Established: 1873
Founded as a coeducational institution, Bennett didn't become one of two all-women HBCUs until 1926.

Elizabeth City State University
Established: 1891
ECSU takes pride in its comprehensive curriculum and scenic campus setting only miles away from the Atlantic coast.

Fayetteville State University
Established. 1867
With the university's predominantly African American population significantly changing, activists are challenging North Carolina legislators who want to change the school's name to The University of North Carolina at Fayetteville, fearing the school will lose its HBCU heritage.

Johnson C. Smith University
Established: 1867
JCSU, emphasizing computer-intensified learning, requires each student to own a laptop and the university has completed a $4.5 million technology center with nine labs and two video conferencing rooms.

Livingstone College
Established: 1879
Livingstone, an HBCU affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and open to people of all "races and national origins," believes that the college experience should be multifaceted, "not restricted to academics."

North Carolina A and T State University
Established: 1891
With a heavy emphasis on engineering, the school also highlights other strong areas: literature, science and technology � and also hails its research and public service commitments.

North Carolina Central University
Established: 1910
NCCU, committed to training public servants, places a premium on teaching and therefore encourages teacher/student collaboration to tackle contemporary ideas and challenges in and out of the classroom.

St. Augustine's College
Established: 1867
Founded by clergy from the Episcopalian church, "St. Aug's" boasts three national historic landmarks on campus and the first radio and TV stations run by a historically black college and university.

Shaw University
Established: 1865
The oldest black college in the South, Shaw has its own divinity school and approximately 2,700 students from the United States, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.

Winston-Salem State University
Established: 1892
The university, which places a heavy emphasis on teacher training, has come a long way from the days it was housed in a one-room shack to its present day of modern buildings and a scenic campus that includes a sculpture garden.

Central State University
Established: 1887
In addition to preserving and transmitting African American culture, Central State dedicates itself to educating Ohioans and all other qualified students in all academic areas, especially those where blacks have been historically underrepresented.

Wilberforce University
Established: 1856
At 150 years old, Wilberforce University has a rich history. It boasts past professors like W.E.B DuBois, African-American military leader Colonel Charles Young and Greek and Latin scholar William Sanders Scarborough. Located on a picturesque campus in rural Ohio, the school provides computers to each room in its residence halls.

Langston University
Established: 1897
Langston, offering associates, bachelors and masters degrees, claims to have the most racially integrated faculty, staff and student body in the state of Oklahoma.

Cheyney State University
Established: 1837
Although this claim is disputed, Cheney, founded in 1837 mainly as a teacher's training institute, claims to be the oldest HBCU.

Lincoln University
Established: 1854
Chartered as the Ashmun Institute in 1854 with the mission of educating males of African descent in the arts and sciences, Lincoln now has a coed student body and a proud history of educating black leaders, including former African Presidents Kwame Nkrumah and Nnamdi Azikwe.

Allen University
Established: 1870
This HBCU affiliated with the AME Church is expanding its facilities with a new Department of Energy funded chemistry lab and computer labs in its residence halls.

Benedict College
Established: 1870
Affiliated with the Baptist Church of South Carolina, this liberal arts college is undergoing a $42 million campus improvement plan.

Claflin College
Established: 1869
Calling itself "a small university offering a big educational experience," Claflin has a liberal arts focused program that places value on preparing students for graduate education.

Denmark Technical College
Established: 1948
This community college says it dedicates all its resources to preparing its 1,600 students for productive, fulfilling lives.

Morris College
Established: 1908
With a student body made up of students mostly from the south and northeast, Morris provides a liberal arts curriculum designed to prepare students for several careers, with a particular emphasis on teacher education.

South Carolina State University
Established: 1896
Called just "state" for short, SCSU takes pride in being one of the national leaders in producing black graduates several fields including biology, engineering technology , computer science and English.

Voorhees College
Established: 1897
Voorhees is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Episcopal church that offers a faith-centered education and dedicates itself to welcoming both traditional and non-traditional college students.

Fisk University
Established: 1866
Home of the famed Jubilee Singers, Fisk is still making history by producing a higher number per capita of African American students who go on to get PhDs than any other US institution.

Lane College
Established: 1882
The first four-year institution established by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Lane believes in developing the "whole student," including spiritual, social, and ethical development.

LeMoyne-Owen College
Established: 1862
Created as the result of the 1968 merger of two historically black colleges, Lemoyne Normal and Commercial School and Owen College, Lemoyne-Owen combines both schools' priorities of scholarship and career preparation.

Tennessee State University
Established: 1912
Formed from a merger of a former Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville, the state-funded has programs that encourage "logical and dispassionate thought."

Huston-Tillotson University
Established: 1875
Formed from the merger of two colleges, this school affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ engages in environmental and biological research.

Jarvis Christian College
Established: 1912
Affiliated with the Disciples of Christ Church, Jarvis prides itself on having a small, supportive faculty and staff that is able to pay close attention to all of its students in a personalized learning environment.

Paul Quinn College
Established: 1872
Affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Paul Quinn offers instruction in an environment that promotes Christian scholarship and prepares students for careers that are both "relevant" and "practical."

Prairie View A and M University
Established: 1878
Prairie View lists as its target areas the Texas Gulf Coast Region, the rapidly growing Northwest Houston Corridor, and urban Texas centers, areas most likely to benefit from the university's specialized initiatives and degree programs in nursing, juvenile justice, architecture, education and social work.

Saint Philip's College
Established: 1898
St Philips is the first HBCU to describe itself as an "historically black and Hispanic university."

Southwestern Christian College
Established: 1949
SWCC has a strongly Christian-centered orientation and curriculum that supports the University's commitments to moral and spiritual values.

Texas College
Established: 1894
With fewer than 300 students, Texas College is smaller than your average high school. But this HBCU, affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal church, offers an affordable education relative to private colleges and career support programs for its grads.

Texas Southern University
Established: 1947
TSU ranks second only to Howard in the amount of African American students it graduates with professional degrees.

Wiley College
Established: 1873
The first HBCU established west of the Mississippi, Wiley, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, places an emphasis on fiscal and social responsibility.

University of the Virgin Islands
Established: 1962
UVI is the only HBCU away from the continental United States and is the only predominantly black university in the Caribbean designated as an American HBCU.

Hampton University
Established: 1868
Located on the Virginia seacoast, Hampton boasts one of the most breathtaking campuses in the USA and embraces the principles of "Education for life" and "learning by doing."

Norfolk State University
Established: 1935
Founded with modest resources during the Civil War, Norfolk State has grown into the largest HBCU in the United States.

Virginia State University
Established: 1882
A steadily growing HBCU, VSU has transformed itself from a small traditional HBCU to a larger forward thinking institution with outreach programs and initiatives that benefit the greater Richmond and Petersburg communities.

Virginia Union University
Established: 1865
VUU takes pride in its research programs that now encompass projects studying the American presidency, black female leadership, international terrorism, managerial leadership and African American inventors.

Bluefield State College
Established: 1895
Established as a teachers training college in 1895 for African Americans, Bluefield State College is now a racially diverse campus that offers instruction in several fields and both associates and bachelors degrees.

West Virginia State University
Established: 1891
Dubbing its campus "a living laboratory in human relations," WVSU encourages students and professors to come up with innovative ways to integrate the classroom with the larger university and the entire collegiate experience.