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How does the application process differ for HBCUs?

Hey everyone, I'm starting to look at colleges and I'm really interested in HBCUs. Could anyone enlighten me on how the application process might differ for HBCUs compared to other schools? Are there unique components I should be aware of that could impact my application strategy? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

Hello! I'm glad to hear you're interested in HBCUs! The application process for HBCUs doesn't necessarily differ greatly from other institutions. However, what you might find is a strong emphasis on community involvement and leadership within your own community. It's always beneficial to highlight how you've engaged with and contributed to African American communities or cultural initiatives if you have such experiences.

Many HBCUs also appreciate a personal, passionate essay that speaks to your identity and how it fits with the university's mission. Be sure to research each HBCU's history and values, and reflect on how they align with your own personal and educational goals.

Also, while most colleges have moved towards allowing self-reported test scores, some HBCUs still require official score reports sent directly from testing agencies. Double-check the application requirements of each HBCU you're interested in.

Lastly, consider the Common Black College Application (CBCA) – one application for several HBCUs at once. It's an effective method that can save time and money. However, make sure to review the list of participating institutions to ensure your preferred HBCUs are included. Good luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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