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What defines an HBCU and how do I find out if a college qualifies as one?

Hey everyone, I've been looking into universities that have a strong community and support for African American students, and I'm curious to learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Can someone explain what specific criteria a school must meet to be considered an HBCU, and how can I confirm if a university is officially recognized as one? I'm particularly interested in schools like Morgan State and Savannah State. Is there a directory or official list somewhere?

7 months ago

Hello! An HBCU, or Historically Black College or University, is an institution established before 1964 with the principal mission of educating Black Americans. These institutions were founded in an era when segregated laws prohibited African Americans from receiving an education in the majority of the nation's colleges and universities. To confirm if a university is an officially recognized HBCU, you can simply check the U.S. Department of Education's list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Both Morgan State and Savannah State are indeed on that list, so they classify as HBCUs. Additionally, you can often find indication of HBCU status on schools' official websites or marketing materials, as these institutions rightly take pride in their heritage and distinctive mission. Furthermore, the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities also provides resources and a comprehensive list.

For a more in-depth look at each HBCU, look out for directories and guides—both in print and online—that offer insights into the unique programs, cultures, and opportunities available at these schools. I hope this helps you on your educational journey!

7 months ago

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