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Eligibility and Culture at HBCUs: Do you have to be black?

So, I’m super interested in the unique culture and history of HBCUs, but I'm not African American. I’ve heard different things, but I want to hear from you guys – do you actually have to be black to attend an HBCU, or is it more about the institution's mission and the support of black education?

7 months ago

Certainly, your interest in the culture and history of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) is commendable. HBCUs were originally founded to educate African American students at a time when they were largely denied access to higher education. However, these institutions are inclusive and open to students of all races and backgrounds.

Their mission is deeply rooted in the support and advancement of black education, but they have evolved to become vibrant educational communities that value diversity and inclusivity. While the majority of students at HBCUs are black, these institutions welcome and support a really multifaceted student population, celebrating a wide range of cultures and perspectives. Non-African American students can greatly benefit from the rich heritage, supportive environment, and focus on social justice that HBCUs offer.

It's important to consider if this unique educational setting aligns with your goals and values, as attending an HBCU is a unique experience that can prepare you for a diverse world. No matter your background, you'll find that the sense of community and history at an HBCU is an incredibly enriching aspect of the college experience.

7 months ago

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