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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are higher ed. institutions that were founded with the explicit purpose of educating mostly African-American students.  Indeed, these schools focus on the personal growth and academic achievement of this distinct minority.  Currently, there are over one hundred HBCUs in the country.

Every year, a number of college-bound African-American students consider whether to go the traditional university route or attend an HBCU.  Many students contemplating HBCUs are drawn to the sense of community they see while touring a campus. Further, they view their (potential) enrollment as a way to foster a deeper connection to African-American culture.

Additionally, undergraduates who attend HBCUs often find themselves empowered by their educational setting.  They appreciate that their university has a history of serving and supporting their community.  And they enjoy sharing a classroom with peers and professors who can relate to their experiences on a fundamental level.

Impressively, a high percentage of African-American students who complete their degrees do so at an HBCU.  Moreover, a sizable chunk of HBCU graduates continue on to pursue a professional degree, be it an MD or a PhD.  This helps to underscore the notion that HBCUs are institutions of encouragement and places that foster goal-oriented students.  

At times, undergraduates enrolled in schools outside of the HBCU umbrella can feel isolated, whether socially or academically.  Indeed, they might feel their minority status more acutely.  And it could occasionally seem like a distraction or a challenge. 

Of course, plenty of private and public colleges are supportive and many have African-American populations that new students can easily tap into.  A number of these institutions maintain a Black Student Union or African-American fraternities and sororities.  And certainly, students can be successful at any of these schools.  It all truly comes down to personal preference.     

Finally, it should be noted that, though HBCUs predominately serve African-Americans, they still welcome a diverse student body.  Interested parties who fall into other ethnic categories are encouraged to research the schools and apply.



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