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
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!