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The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.” HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents.
  • HBCUs represent less than 3% of colleges and universities in the United States
  • HBCUs enroll 12% of all African-American students
  • HBCUs produce 23% of all African-American graduates
  • HBCUs confer 40% of all STEM degrees and 60% of all engineering degrees for African-American students
  • HBCUs educate 50% of African American teachers and 40% of African American health professionals
  • 70 percent of African American dentists and physicians earned degrees at HBCUs.
  • 58% of HBCUs offer students the opportunity to study abroad.
  • In 2000, Xavier University in New Orleans individually produced more successful African American medical school applicants (94) than Johns Hopkins (20), Harvard (37), and The University of Maryland (24) combined.
  • HBCUs significantly contribute to the creation of African American science degree holders: agriculture (51.6 percent), biology (42.2 percent), computer science (35 percent), physical science (43 percent), and social science (23.2 percent).
  • HBCUs produce 44 percent of all African American bachelor’s degrees awarded for communications technology, 33 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded for engineering technology, and 43 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded for mathematics.
  • HBCUs have 1/8 of the average size of endowments than historically white colleges and universities. Against these odds, HBCUs historically have provided an affordable education to millions of students of color, graduating the majority of America’s African American teachers, doctors, judges, engineers, and other scientific and technological professionals.
  • The Honda Battle of the Bands (hosted in Atlanta, Georgia) was created to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of Black college marching bands and the unique academic experience offered by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Honda annually awards more than $200,000 in grants to participating marching bands during the program period.

Iconic individuals such as:

Martin Luther King Jr.Morehouse College
Thurgood MarshallLincoln University
Toni MorrisonHoward University
Jesse JacksonNorth Carolina A&T State University
Langston HughesLincoln University
Booker T. WashingtonHampton University
W.E.B. DuBoisFisk University
Ralph EllisonTuskegee University

Most recent alumni that have graduated from these esteemed universities include:

Oprah WinfreyTennessee State University
Taraji P. HensonHoward University
Alice WalkerSpelman College
Spike LeeMorehouse College

Additional HBCU Alumni

Omari BoydTennesse State University
Angelita Blackshear DaltonLane College
James C. DaltonNorth Carolina A&T State University
Julian EarlsNorfolk State University
Shannon FaulkClark Atlanta University
Damien Hooper-CampbellMorehouse College
Kristi JonesNorth Carolina Central University
Sharma D. LewisInterdenominational Theological Seminary (Gammon Theological)
Chandra MinorAlcorn State University/ Howard University School of Dentistry
Bettie ParkerElizabeth City State University
Khallid ShabazzJarvis Christian College
Isabel WilkersonHoward University
Beah RichardsDillard University
Lionel RichieTuskegee University
Mo'NiqueMorgan State University
Michael Clarke DuncanAlcorn State University
Jennifer Hudson Langston University
Ruth E. CarterHampton University
CommonFlorida A&M University
2 ChainzAlabama State University, Virginia State University
GuruMorehouse College
David BannerSouthern University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
WaleVirginia  State & Bowie State University
E-40Grambling State University
Don CannonClark Atlanta University
Sean CombsHoward University
DAS EFXVirginia State University
Shirley Franklin, AtlantaHoward University
Edna Jackson, SavannahSavannah State University
Yvonne Jeffries Johnson, Greensboro, NCBennett College, Howard University, North Carolin A&T
Heather McTeer Toney, Greenville, MSSpelman College
Sharon Pratt , Washington, DCHoward University
Catherine Pugh,  BaltimoreMorgan State University
Carrie Saxon Perry, Hartford, CTHoward University
Lottie Shackelford,  Little RockPhilander Smith College
Karen WeaverTougaloo College
Beth BrownHoward University
Christine DardenHampton University, Virginia State University
Aprille EricssonHoward University
Etta Zuber FalconerFisk University, Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University)
Jedidah IslerNorfolk State University, Fisk University
Reatha Clark KingClark College (now Clark Atlanta University)
Joan Murrell OwensFisk University
Valerie ThomasMorgan State University
Lou BrockSouthern University
Andre DawsonFlorida A&M University
Larry DobyVirginia Union University
Rickie Weeks, Jr.Southern University
Earl BatteyBethune Cookman University
Joe BlackMorgan State University
Tommie AgeeGrambling State University
Tom AlstonNorth Carolina A&T State University
Angela BrownOakwood University
Mattiwilda DobbsSpelman College
Lillian EvantiUniversity of the District of Columbia, Howard University
Kisma JordanKentucky State University
Brian K. MajorMorehouse College
Robert McFerrin, Sr.Fisk University
Jessye NormanHoward University
Leontyne PriceCentral State University (Wilberforce University)
Dara RahmingXavier University
Faye RobinsonBennett College
Kevin ShortMorgan State University
Camilla Ella WilliamsVirginia State University
Lucille CliftonHoward University
Eartha DunstonAlabama State University
Varnette HoneywoodSpelman College
Eloise GreenfieldUniversity of the District of Columbia
Julius LesterFisk University
John LewisAmerican Baptist College, Fisk University
Patricia & Fred McKissackTennessee State University
Sheyann Webb ChristburgTuskegee University

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