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Why Choose an HBCU?

We believe Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) should be the first choice of college-bound Black youth. HBCUs consistently outperform non-HBCUs in student experience, affordability, and after college preparedness for Black students.

Better Experiences.
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 170+ 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 disadvantaged — and all in between.
Better Career.
Studies show that Black HBCU grads are better prepared for life3 beyond college and more engaged at work than non-HBCU graduates. Black colleges continue to outperform non-HBCUs in graduating successful Black professionals4 in a number of fields including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Better Value.
Lower cost and less debt. The average cost of attending an HBCU is 27% less5 than a comparable predominantly White institution (PWI).

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

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

*We strive for accuracy and fairness, so if you see something that doesn't look right, , thank you.

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