About HBCUs

Historically Black Colleges and Universities “HBCUs” are colleges and universities founded after the Civil War to provide educational opportunities to free men and women of color who otherwise would not have them.

There are one hundred and four such institutions located throughout the country; most of which are located in the southern region of the United States. Since their inception, HBCUs have graduated some of the most important figures in American history from a wide range of fields.

All HBCUs

NameAddress
Alabama A & M University4900 Meridian Street, Normal, Alabama 35762
Alabama State University915 S Jackson Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104-0271
Albany State University504 College Drive, Albany, Georgia 31705
Alcorn State University1000 ASU Dr Ste 359, Alcorn State, Mississippi 39096-7500
Allen University1530 Harden Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29204
American Baptist College1800 Baptist World Ctr Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37207-9980
Arkansas Baptist College1600 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-6068
Benedict College1600 Harden Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29204-1086
Bennett College900 E Washington St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401-3239
Bethune-Cookman University640 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3099
Bishop State Community College351 North Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama 36603-5898
Bluefield State College219 Rock St, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701
Bowie State University14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, Maryland 20715-9465
Central State University1400 Brush Row Rd, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-1004
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania1837 University Circle, Cheyney, Pennsylvania 19319-0200
Claflin University400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115-4498
Clark Atlanta University223 James P Brawley Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4391
Clinton College1029 Crawford Rd, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
Coahoma Community College3240 Friars Point Rd, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614
Concordia College Alabama1712 Broad Street, Selma, Alabama 36701
Coppin State University2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21216-3698
Delaware State University1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901
Denmark Technical College1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd, Denmark, South Carolina 29042
Dillard University2601 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
Edward Waters College1658 Kings Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Elizabeth City State University1704 Weeksville Rd, Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
Fayetteville State University1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-4298
Fisk University1000 17th Ave North, Nashville, Tennessee 37208-4501
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Florida Memorial University15800 NW 42 Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054-6199
Fort Valley State University1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030-4313
Gadsden State Community College1001 George Wallace Dr, Gadsden, Alabama 35903
Grambling State University403 Main Street, Grambling, Louisiana 71245
H Councill Trenholm State Community College1225 Air Base Blvd, Montgomery, Alabama 36108-3199
Hampton University100 E. Queen Street, Hampton, Virginia 23668-0099
Harris-Stowe State University3026 Laclede Ave, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2136
Howard University2400 Sixth St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20059-0001
Huston-Tillotson University900 Chicon St, Austin, Texas 78702-2795
Interdenominational Theological Center700 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4143
J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College3421 Meridian St N, Huntsville, Alabama 35811
Jackson State University1400 J R Lynch Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39217
Jarvis Christian CollegePR 7631,Hwy 80 E, Hawkins, Texas 75765-1470
Johnson C Smith University100 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216-5398
Kentucky State University400 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-2355
Lane College545 Lane Ave, Jackson, Tennessee 38301-4598
Langston University102 Page Hall, Langston, Oklahoma 73050
Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35221-1717
Le Moyne-Owen College807 Walker Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38126-6595
Lincoln University820 Chestnut Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Lincoln University1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania 19352-0999
Livingstone College701 W Monroe St, Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
Meharry Medical College1005 DB Todd Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37208
Miles College5500 Myron Massey Blvd, Fairfield, Alabama 35064-2621
Mississippi Valley State University14000 Highway 82 West, Itta Bena, Mississippi 38941-1400
Morehouse College830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Morehouse School of Medicine720 Westview Drive, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Morgan State University1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251-0001
Morris College100 West College Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150-3599
Norfolk State University700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23504-8000
North Carolina A & T State University1601 E Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27411
North Carolina Central University1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, North Carolina 27707
Oakwood University7000 Adventist Blvd NW, Huntsville, Alabama 35896
Paine College1235 15th St, Augusta, Georgia 30901-3182
Paul Quinn College3837 Simpson Stuart Rd, Dallas, Texas 75241
Philander Smith College900 W. Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-3799
Prairie View A & M UniversityFM 1098 Road & University Drive, Prairie View, Texas 77446
Rust College150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635
Saint Augustine's University1315 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27610-2298
Savannah State University3219 College Street, Savannah, Georgia 31404-5310
Selma University1501 Lapsley St, Dinkins Hall, Selma, Alabama 36701
Shaw University118 East South Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Shelton State Community College9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405-8522
Shorter College604 Locust St, N Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
Simmons College of Kentucky1018 South 7th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203-3322
South Carolina State University300 College St NE, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117-0001
Southern University and A & M College3rd Floor, J.S. Clark Adm. Building, P.O. Box 9374, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813
Southern University at New Orleans6400 Press Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70126
Southern University at Shreveport3050 Martin Luther King Dr, Shreveport, Louisiana 71107
Southwestern Christian College200 Bowser Circle, Terrell, Texas 75160-4812
Spelman College350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4399
St Philip's College1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, Texas 78203-2098
Stillman College3601 Stillman Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Talladega College627 W Battle St, Talladega, Alabama 35160
Tennessee State University3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561
Texas College2404 N. Grand Avenue, Tyler, Texas 75702
Texas Southern University3100 Cleburne St, Houston, Texas 77004
Tougaloo College500 W County Line Rd, Tougaloo, Mississippi 39174
Tuskegee UniversityKresge Center, 3rd Floor, Tuskegee, Alabama 36088-1920
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff1200 N University Mail Slot 4789, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601
University of Maryland Eastern ShoreJ.T. Williams Hall, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853-1299
University of the District of Columbia4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008
University of the Virgin Islands2 John Brewers Bay, Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands 00802-9990
University of the Virgin Islands-Albert A. SheenSt. Croix, St. Croix, Virgin Islands 00850
Virginia State University1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, Virginia 23806
Virginia Union University1500 N Lombardy St, Richmond, Virginia 23220
Virginia University of Lynchburg2058 Garfield Ave, Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
Voorhees College481 Porter Drive, Denmark, South Carolina 29042
West Virginia State UniversityRte 25, Institute, West Virginia 25112-1000
Wilberforce University1055 N Bickett Rd, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-1001
Wiley College711 Wiley Ave, Marshall, Texas 75670
Winston-Salem State University601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110-0001
Xavier University of Louisiana1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125-1098

Self-Actualization

College should be an experience that not only involves learning, but also encompasses self-discovery and self-actualization. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) provide a nurturing, supportive environment that affirms, empowers and positively reinforces students to confidently and successfully pursue their life and purpose both professionally and personally after graduation.

According to an ongoing Gallup-Purdue University study, graduates of HBCUs, “Black graduates of historically black colleges and universities are significantly more likely to have felt supported while in college and to be thriving afterwards than are their black peers who graduated from predominantly white institutions.”

According to the newest data from an ongoing Gallup-Purdue University study, which is the largest of its kind and has now collected data from 50,000 college alumni over two years, attempts to measure whether colleges are doing enough to help students’ well-being in life after they graduate. It measures five “elements of well-being,” described as social, financial, purpose, community and physical elements. The survey also asks graduates if they remember having had a professor who cared about them, made them excited to learn or encouraged them to follow their dreams — which Gallup refers to collectively as being “emotionally supported” while in college.

About 55 percent of black HBCU graduates said they “strongly agreed” that their college or university “prepared them well for life outside of college,” compared to less than 30 percent of non-HBCU black graduates. More than half of HBCU graduates reported “thriving in purpose well-being,” compared to 43 percent of black graduates from non-HBCUs.

While 29 percent of black graduates who did not attend an HBCU said they were “thriving in financial well-being,” 51 percent of black HBCU graduates reported doing so. Black graduates of HBCUs were more than twice as likely as those who graduated from predominantly white institutions to recall feeling supported by a professor.

HBCUs disproportionately enroll low- income, first-generation and academically underprepared college students –precisely the students that the country most needs to obtain college degrees.

About half of black HBCU graduates said their college or university was “the perfect school” for them, compared to 34 percent of non-HBCU black alumni.

Nearly half said they couldn’t “imagine a world” without the HBCU they attended. Only 25 percent of black graduates of predominantly white institutions agreed.

In short, HBCUs are places and spaces that provide sanctuaries for young men and women to develop, blossom, and unlock their full potential as self-actualized individuals.

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