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There are currently a little over 100 schools recognized as “Historically Black Colleges and Universities” (HBCUs) by the US Department of Education.

Our HBCU schools list below highlights them, from the more well-known institutions to those you may not have been aware of previously.

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What Defines An HBCU?

The official designation was established by Congress in the 1960s.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 officially defined an HBCU school 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.”

Is Everyone Allowed To Attend?

Contrary to belief, there are no major restrictions.

While HBCU’s were established because of the overwhelming discrimination faced by African Americans wanting to enroll in white-operated institutions, these schools accept all students. Regardless of race or religion, HBCU’s have always had diverse student populations.

Current HBCU Schools List

Here are the current open and operating HBCU schools in America.

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