Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
What is an HBCU?
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are institutions founded before 1964 with the principal mission of educating African Americans. HBCU Colleges and Universities are accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association. (U.S. Department of Education) Since the founding of HBCU's they have expanded exponentially in both in funding and size. This growth has allowed for the enhancement of equal opportunity and educational rights for all students and currently, there are now over 100 HBCUs across the United States.
What are the benefits of attending an HBCU?
- There is a strong sense of pride and community at HBCUs. Professors and leaders at HBCUs are often African American and provide strong academic support for students.
- African-American students enjoy a supportive atmosphere at HBCUs. HBCU institutions often have smaller class sizes, allowing them to provide the personal attention to students when transitioning to a different college or university.
- HBCU's make up roughly 3% of the colleges and universities in the United States, yet they produce 20% of the African-American college graduates.
HBCU Medical Career Opportunities
African-American students wanting to pursue a medical career should consider attending an HBCU. 75% of African-American doctors and dentists have earned their degrees from HBCUs. Also, 25% of African American graduates hold a STEM degree, have graduated from an HBCU! Morehouse College, Meharry Medical College and Howard University in particular have strong reputations for graduating top African-American physicians.
- Lower tuition: HBCUs typically offer lower tuition rates than their counterparts, with yearly tuition averaging about $10,000 less than at majority universities.
- Ample scholarship opportunities for students with high academic or cultural achievements (including arts, music, sports or other affiliations).
- Many alumni associations strongly give back to their HBCUs, offering scholarships to deserving students.
- HBCU Sororities and fraternities can help members both academically and socially. Networks developed during the collegiate years, can last well into ones professional career.