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About HBCU First

HBCU First's mission is to increase college success + career access for Black youth.
We believe Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — due to their track record of graduating thriving professionals — should be the first choice of college-bound Black youth and talent-seeking organizations.

So in 2019, HBCU First did two things to support and empower our future leaders:
1) Launched the leading student resource (HBCUfirst.com) for Black college information
2) Developed the HBCU Exploratory Framework™

We aim to help Black youth, our economy's most underrepresented, move America forward — economically and socially.

Our Approach
To ensure our work has real impact, we enlist the help of the people we serve — Black youth. Through our HBCU Leadership Incubator™, students from America's 101 historically Black colleges help lead everything we do — from program development, to research and marketing.

Team HBCU First

Our Values & Principles

We are proud earners of the Guidestar® 2020 Gold Seal of Transparency. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, our commitment to Fairness, Accuracy, Community, Transparency, and Service (FACTS) guides how we work, and who we work with.

Fairness: Opportunity and representation matter. We are fighting for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive country.


Accuracy: We value facts and context. We strive to get it right by producing fair-minded, research-based work.


Community: We believe in working toward a common goal. We seek working relationships with all who support and empower Black youth.


Transparency: We believe clear and authentic communication is the best way forward. We share what's on our mind and expect the same in return.


Service: We lead by supporting those we serve. We pursue our mission with a sense of urgency and patriotism.

Learn how we increase college success + career access.