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Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)

Everyone deserves access to a college education that prepares them for success. That’s the belief shared by the more than 100 historically black colleges and universities in the U.S., a belief you’ll feel in the air when you visit or attend an HBCU.

For most of America’s history, HBCUs have played a critical role in ensuring that African Americans—and students of all races—receive a quality education. And the 37-member HBCUs supported directly by UNCF carry on this proud legacy by offering first-rate educations, unique learning environments and strong alumni support.

You can feel confident recommending a historically black college or university to students who are dreaming of attaining a college degree. All of the nation’s more than 100 HBCUs share the belief that everyone deserves access to a quality education, and for more than 150 years, HBCUs have successfully educated students of color. Controlled comparisons prove that HBCUs outperform non-HBCU institutions in retaining and graduating black students, after accounting for the socioeconomic status and academic preparation of enrolled students.