What Are HBCUs?

Are you in the process of researching various college and universities, but not sure what HBCUs are?  Well, this post will explain more about HBCUs and provide you with a list of colleges and universities that fall into this category.

HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  There are 105 of these types of institutions across the world.  In 1965, Congress defined an HBCU as an institution whose primary mission was to educate Black Americans.  All HBCUs were established and accredited before 1964.

HBCUs represent 3% of the world’s institutions of higher learning, yet they graduate approximately 20% of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees.

HBCUs are unique in that they focus on the special needs of young African American minds and are the most effective at graduating Black students who are prepared to be competitive in a variety of different fields: business, research, academic, governmental, and military arenas.

Below is a listing of all HBCUs by state:

*For more information on each of these individual schools, please visit their website directly*


  1. Alabama A&M University (Public)
  2. Alabama State University (Public)
  3. Concordia College Selma (Private)
  4. Miles College (Private)
  5. Oakwood University (Private)
  6. Selma University (Private)
  7. Stillman College (Private)
  8. Talladega College (Private)
  9. Tuskegee University (Private)
  10. Bishop State CC (Public)
  11. Shelton State CC (Public)
  12. Gadsden State CC (Public)
  13. JF Drake State Technical College (Public)
  14. Lawson State CC (Public)
  15. Trenholm State Technical College (Public)


  1. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Public)
  2. Arkansas Baptist College (Private)
  3. Philander Smith College (Private)
  4. Shorter College (Private)


  1. Delaware State University (Public)

District of Columbia

  1. University of DC (Public)
  2. Howard University (Private)


  1. Florida A&M (Public)
  2. Bethune-Cookman College (Private)
  3. Edward Waters College (Private)
  4. Florida Memorial University (Private)


  1. Albany State University (Public)
  2. Fort Valley State University (Public)
  3. Savannah State University (Public)
  4. Clark Atlanta University (Private)
  5. Interdenominational Theological Center (Private)
  6. Morehouse College (Private)
  7. Morehouse School of Medicine (Private)
  8. Morris Brown College (Private)
  9. Paine College (Private)
  10. Spelman College (Private)


  1. Kentucky State University (Public)


  1. Grambling State University (Public)
  2. Southern University A&M College (Public)
  3. Southern University at New Orleans (Public)
  4. Dillard University of Louisiana (Private)
  5. Xavier University (Private)
  6. Southern University at Shreveport (Public)


  1. Bowie State University (Public)
  2. Coppin State College (Public)
  3. Morgan State University (Public)
  4. University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Public)


  1. Lewis College of Business (Private)


  1. Alcorn State University (Public)
  2. Jackson State University (Public)
  3. Mississippi Valley State University (Public)
  4. Rust College (Private)
  5. Tougaloo College (Private)
  6. Coahoma CC (Public)
  7. Hinds CC, Utica (Public)


  1. Harris-Stowe State University (Public)
  2. Lincoln University (Public)

North Carolina

  1. Elizabeth City State University (Public)
  2. Fayetteville State University (Public)
  3. North Carolina A&T State University (Public)
  4. North Carolina Central University (Public)
  5. Winston-Salem State University (Public)
  6. Barber-Scotia College (Private)
  7. Bennett College (Private)
  8. Johnson C. Smith University (Private)
  9. Livingstone College (Private)
  10. Shaw University (Private)
  11. St. Augustine’s College (Private)


  1. Central State University (Public)
  2. Wilberforce University (Public)


  1. Langston University (Public)


  1. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (Public)
  2. Lincoln University (Public)

South Carolina

  1. South Carolina State University (Public)
  2. Allen University (Private)
  3. Benedict College (Private)
  4. Claflin University (Private)
  5. Morris College (Private)
  6. Voorhees College (Private)
  7. Denmark Technical College (Public)
  8. Clinton Junior College (Private)


  1. Tennessee State University (Public)
  2. Fisk University (Private)
  3. Knoxville College (Private)
  4. Lane College (Private)
  5. Lemoyne-Owen College (Private)
  6. Meharry Medical College (Private)


  1. Prairie View A&M University (Public)
  2. Texas Southern University (Public)
  3. Huston-Tillotson University (Private)
  4. Jarvis Christian College (Private)
  5. Paul Quinn College (Private)
  6. Southwestern Christian College (Private)
  7. Texas College (Private)
  8. Wiley College (Private)
  9. St. Philip’s College (Public)


  1. Norfolk State University (Public)
  2. Virginia State University (Public)
  3. Hampton University (Private)
  4. St. Paul’s College (Private)
  5. Virginia Union University (Private)
  6. Virginia University of Lynchburg (Private)

West Virginia

  1. Bluefield State College (Public)
  2. West Virginia State University (Public)

U.S. Virgin Islands

  1. University of the Virgin Islands


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