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A brief history

There are 105 historically black universities and colleges, and the majority were created in the United States after the Civil War. They were defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965 as any college or university established prior to 1964 whose main mission was (and is) to educate black Americans, and were accredited–or made strides toward being accredited–by nationally-recognized agencies.

The history of these historical black colleges and universities offer stories of courage, dedication, and commitment to the ideal of intellectual pursuit for all Americans.

Ethnic background and college admissions

Colleges normally give you the option of describing yourself as a member of one or more of these groups: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Black or African-American, Mexican-American or Chicano, Puerto Rican, Other Hispanic-American or Latin American, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or multiracial.

Many colleges aggressively recruit students from under-represented minority populations, and financial aid opportunities are great. Most admission offices have a counselor who is in charge of this effort, and this person can serve as good source of information as well as an advocate in the process.

Below, you can find a complete list of all historically black colleges and universities.


Alabama A&M University Alabama Public
Alabama State University Alabama Public
Albany State University Georgia Public
Alcorn State University Mississippi Public
Allen University South Carolina Private
Arkansas Baptist College Arkansas Private
Benedict College South Carolina Private
Bennett College North Carolina Private
Bethune-Cookman University Florida Private
Bishop State Community College Alabama Public
Bluefield State College West Virginia Public
Bowie State University Maryland Public
Central State University Ohio Public
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science California Private
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Public
Claflin University South Carolina Private
Clark Atlanta University Georgia Private
Clinton Junior College South Carolina Private
Coahoma Community College Mississippi Public
Concordia College Alabama Private
Coppin State University Maryland Public
Delaware State University Delaware Public
Denmark Technical College South Carolina Public
Dillard University Louisiana Private
Edward Waters College Florida Private
Elizabeth City State University North Carolina Public
Fayetteville State University North Carolina Public
Fisk University Tennessee Private
Florida A&M University Florida Public
Florida Memorial University Florida Private
Fort Valley State University Georgia Public
Gadsden State Community College Alabama Public
Grambling State University Louisiana Public
Hampton University Virginia Private
Harris-Stowe State University Missouri Public
Hinds Community College at Utica Mississippi Public
Howard University District of Columbia Private
Huston-Tillotson University Texas Private
Interdenominational Theological Center Georgia Private
J. F. Drake State Technical College Alabama Public
Jackson State University Mississippi Public
Jarvis Christian College Texas Private
Johnson C. Smith University North Carolina Private
Kentucky State University Kentucky Public
Lane College Tennessee Private
Langston University Oklahoma Public
Lawson State Community College Alabama Public
LeMoyne-Owen College Tennessee Private
Lincoln University Pennsylvania Public
Lincoln University of Missouri Missouri Public
Livingstone College North Carolina Private
Meharry Medical College Tennessee Private
Miles College Alabama Private
Mississippi Valley State University Mississippi Public
Morehouse College Georgia Private
Morehouse School of Medicine Georgia Private
Morgan State University Maryland Public
Morris College South Carolina Private
Norfolk State University Virginia Public
North Carolina A&T State University North Carolina Public
North Carolina Central University North Carolina Public
Oakwood University Alabama Private
Paine College Georgia Private
Paul Quinn College Texas Private
Philander Smith College Arkansas Private
Prairie View A&M University Texas Public
Rust College Mississippi Private
Saint Paul’s College Virginia Private
Savannah State University Georgia Public
Shaw University North Carolina Private
Shelton State Community College Alabama Public
South Carolina State University South Carolina Public
Southern University and A&M College Louisiana Public
Southern University at New Orleans Louisiana Public
Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana Public
Southwestern Christian College Texas Private
Spelman College Georgia Private
St. Augustine’s College North Carolina Private
St. Philip’s College Texas Public
Stillman College Alabama Private
Talladega College Alabama Private
Tennessee State University Tennessee Public
Texas College Texas Private
Texas Southern University Texas Public
Tougaloo College Mississippi Private
Trenholm State Technical College Alabama Public
Tuskegee University Alabama Private
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Arkansas Public
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Maryland Public
University of the District of Columbia District of Columbia Public
University of the Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands Public
Virginia State University Virginia Public
Virginia Union University Virginia Private
Virginia University of Lynchburg Virginia Private
Voorhees College South Carolina Private
West Virginia State University West Virginia Public
Wilberforce University Ohio Private
Wiley College Texas Private
Winston-Salem State University North Carolina Public
Xavier University of Louisiana Louisiana Private