Why Choose an HBCU?

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) consistently outperform non-HBCUs in student experience, affordability, and after college preparedness for Black students.

Student Experience
HBCUs provide students something they can't get anywhere else — a diverse & inclusive community of scholarship that celebrates the richness of the entire American experience.

The 180+ years of success by HBCUs is driven by a visceral promise of support1 to all students. HBCUs offer a safe and nurturing environment for everyone2 — Black, White, Asian, Latinx — the wealthy, the less advantaged — and all in between.

Lower cost and less debt. According to the UNCF Fact Sheet, the average cost of attending an HBCU is 27% less5 than a comparable predominantly white institution (PWI).

After College Preparedness
Studies show that Black HBCU graduates are generally better prepared for life3 beyond college and more engaged at work than non-HBCU graduates.

Additionally, Black HBCU grads are more likely to be thriving in purpose and financial well-being6 than non-HBCU students.

Black colleges continue to outperform non-HBCUs in graduating successful Black professionals4 in a number of fields including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

"The evidence is clear, HBCUs provide a better experience for Black students — academically and socially."
Courtney Gray
Founder, HBCU First

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HBCU First is a student-led community advancing the overall wellbeing and economic participation of America’s Black youth.

Complete map and list of all 100+ HBCUs.