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Top 5 Reasons to Attend an HBCU

Last updated March 2, 2021

Top 5 Reasons to Attend an HBCU

There are several great reasons to apply to an HBCU. They’re competitive institutions with long histories of academic excellence, societal impact and influential alumni - including Vice President Kamala Harris! Surveys also show Black students feel their time at HBCUs better prepare them for life than Black students who go to predominantly white institutions. Here are some additional reasons why YOU should consider attending an HBCU.

The Community

HBCUs are smaller higher-ed institutions with close knit communities. Most of them have fewer than 5,000 students, and their small class sizes make it easy to get to know your classmates, and to form helpful relationships with your professors. Fewer students means faculty will know your name and better able to help you achieve success!.

Most HBCUs aren’t located in large cities so students are more likely to spend time together outside of class rather than being swept away by the big city lights. This time together helps create strong bonds that last a lifetime. When you mix this family feel with the school pride, you get a college community that has your back, long after you graduate!

The Academics

Just like at other universities, professors come from all over the world to work at HBCUs. Each of them are proud to work at a historically black college or university, and to help you learn in ways that will help you become part of the next generation of (mostly) Black changemakers.. The 101 HBCUs only represent three percent of the country's colleges, but they educate 10% of all African American students and 20% of African Americans in STEM fields.

At HBCUs, the academics are distinguished. For example, Xavier and Howard University medical schools graduate 92% of the country’s Black doctors! Additionally, Hampton University has the largest Proton Therapy facility in the world and Howard has an internationally acclaimed theater program. You’ll learn from some of the best scholars who also care about you as a human being - and what you learn could take you all the way to the White House!

The Cultural Connection

Most institutions are not made with Black people in mind and HBCUs are one of the only types of learning institutions where Black people are the majority, and their culture is prioritized. Many students attend HBCUs to make a stronger connection with their heritage, versus the likelihood of being more isolated in predominantly white institutions.

HBCUs proudly teach Black history - a collection of subjects that sadly are often left out at traditionally white institutions. HBCUs aim to position students to be able to fully understand themselves, and be better equipped to navigate a world that’s not built for them. This cultural connection is the top reason why students flock to HBCUs over other schools.


And let’s be honest, there is NOTHING like a homecoming at an HBCU! These reunions bring out alumni from every living generation! Imagine if a football game, carnival, club, comedy show, cookout and five of the best concerts you can think of had a baby –that’s an HBCU homecoming.

HBCU Homecomings are so epic that they attract some of the year’s biggest musical artists, like Cardi B headlining North Carolina A&T’s homecoming in 2018. This is one example of why their homecomings, in particular, are affectionately called “GHOE”, Greatest Homecoming on Earth.

The Legacy

Historically Black colleges attract many students because of their legacies. HBCUs have educated some of the Black community’s brightest minds and most influential leaders, including Dr. King (Morehouse College), Oprah (Tennessee State) and Vice President Kamala Harris (Howard University.) Incoming students hope to become part of the legacies of these schools, and blaze their own trails in their industries and feel that this personalized education and strong sense of community can help them do that.

HBCUs are amazing, and can help transform your education and your life! 

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