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The Reputation and Academic Strength of HBCU

I've been exploring colleges and HBCUs are on my radar. I heard Maryland has some strong HBCU colleges. How do their academics and overall reputation hold up compared to non-HBCUs? Does anyone know if they have standout programs or fields?

7 months ago

HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities, offer a unique and enriching academic environment that is quite distinct from non-HBCUs. In Maryland, for instance, Howard University and Morgan State University are well-regarded for not only their academic programs, but also community engagement, which often has a distinct sense of culture and pride that isn't typically found at non-HBCUs. HBCUs also often have strong networks of alumni and a sense of shared heritage that enrich the educational experience.

In terms of pure academics, Howard is known for its strong law and medicine programs, while Morgan State excels in engineering and business. However, studying a humanities subject like philosophy, anthropology, or even a foreign language at an HBCU can also be a distinct experience that you probably wouldn't find at a non-HBCU, given the high priority placed on history and culture.

Comparing HBCUs to non-HBCUs isn't about one being better than the other, though—it's about understanding the different experiences and opportunities each offers. I encourage you to research specific programs and departments within the HBCUs you're interested in, and perhaps even reach out to current students and faculty to get a better sense of what it's like to study there. A campus visit, if feasible, is often the very best way to get a sense of whether or not the school is the right fit for you!

Best of luck with your search!

7 months ago

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