How and Why I Love HBCUs

Part of me has always wished that I went to an HBCU. For those of you who do not know, HBCU stands for Historically Black College and University.  Wikipedia defines HBCUs as “institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community”[1].  As a resource dedicated specifically to the furthering of African American education, HBCUs should definitely be considered when looking towards higher learning.  As an African American, I considered applying to one or two HBCUs when I was in high school, but I inevitably decided to apply Early Decision to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  While I did have a great four years at Wesleyan, part of me has always wished that I could have had the experience and reaped the benefits of an HBCU education.

My wife attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., as did so many of my friends.  Some of the most recognizable HBCU institutions include Hampton University in Hampton, VA, Morehouse College and Spelman College, both in Atlanta, GA, and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL, but there are many other excellent ones like Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, and Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, amongst many others that sometimes do not get the credit that they deserve.

If you are a Black student or the parent of a Black student, you should consider what HBCUs have to offer. Yearly tuition at HBCUs typically averages around $10,000 less than other non-HBCUs.  These savings are further compounded by the many scholarships and financial opportunities offered at HBCUs.  Lastly and maybe most importantly, an education at an HBCU guarantees that the African American voice and cultural perspective will be heard. Students at an HBCU will see themselves in the material being taught instead of struggling to identify with a curriculum that often ignores their heritage.

I hope that I have piqued your interest in an HBCU education.  If you are curious about applying, you will find links to articles and resources at the bottom of this blog post, as well as links to application sites that serve many HBCUs.  Admission selectivity varies from school to school, but we can help you to determine which may be the best choice for you.

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