S.H.A.R.E. The HBCU Experience!

S.H.A.R.E. - Support HBCUs And Real Experiences!

Black History is now! Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) have played a major role in shaping black communities, culture, and life success since 1837, when Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the first historically black college, was founded. Historically Black colleges were established to educate children of former enslaved people and train them to teach other Black Americans, because they were denied that right in the south and some parts of the north.

Today, there are 107 active HBCUs across the U.S. enrolling 10% of all African-American students and producing 20% of all African-American graduates. Each of these colleges continue to play a vital role in America academically, socially, and economically. Although HBCUs were established for Black Americans, today, 25% of non-black students attend historically Black colleges across the country.

As WE celebrate Black History, we want to shout out all of our Historically Black Colleges/Universities for their rich culture, community, and overall dedication to HBCU Pride! Check out some of these interesting facts about HBCUs including notable alumni, statistics, and ways that you can help fuel black education!

Historically Black Colleges/Universities Notable Alumni

Kamala Harris (Current Vice President of the U.S.) - Howard University

Loni Love (TV Personality, Bridezillas) - Prairie View A&M University

Stacey Abrams (Voting Rights Activist) - Spelman College

Oprah Winfrey (Talk Show Host, Philanthropist) - Tennessee State University

Taraji P. Henson (Actress) - Howard University, North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Civil Rights Activist) - Morehouse College

Rev. Jesse Jackson (Civil Rights Activist) - North Carolina A&T State University

Toni & Towanda Braxton (Vocal Artists, Braxton Family Values) - Bowie State University

Spike Lee (Filmmaker, Director, Producer) - Morehouse College

Gladys Knight (Vocal Artist) - Shaw University

Chadwick Boseman (Actor) - Howard University

Common (Rapper, Actor) - Florida A&M University

Erykah Badu (Vocal Artist) - Grambling State University

P.Diddy (Music Mogul) - Howard University

The Greensboro Four (Civil Rights Activist) - North Carolina A&T State University

Stephen A. Smith (Sports Analyst) - Winston-Salem State University

Lionel Richie (Vocal Artist) - Tuskegee University

2 Chainz (Rapper) - Alabama State University

HBCUs By the Numbers!

$100M - Total scholarship dollars from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) each year

228,000 - Students currently enrolled in HBCUs

12,754 - Number of students enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University, the largest HBCU in the U.S.

$7,183 - The average in-state cost to attend an HBCU

$14,973 - The average out-of-state cost to attend an HBCU

10,000 - Scholarships provided by UNCF each year

107 - Total Historically Black Colleges/Universities in the United States

1837 - The year the first HBCU was established (Cheyney University of Pennsylvania)

76% - Spelman College's graduation rate, the highest of any HBCU

64% - The acceptance rate of all HBCUs

25% - Percentage of non-black students that attend an HBCU

19 - Total states in the U.S. that currently have HBCUs

Visit UNCF.org to learn how you can donate and help our history makers of tomorrow!  Or, visit any Historically Black College/University's official school site.

For a full list or Historically Black Colleges/Universities, visit HBCULifeStyle.org!

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