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Know these "HBCUs"!

"Historically black colleges and universities" - commonly called "HBCUs" are defined by the Higher Education act of 1965 as, "... any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is , the education of Black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the [Secretary of Education]...*" Educational Connect takes a look at 5 of 107 HBCUs in this edition.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Located in the state of Pennsylvania, Cheyney University is the nation's first historically black university, founded in 1837, and belongs to 1 of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities. To find out more about this institution, visit

Howard University

Established in 1837, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral university, classified as a high research activity institution. Home to the first Nigerian President, Nnamdi Azikiwe, and Golden Globe Winning actress, Taraji P. Henson, you can't go wrong with this institution, especially with its location in the nation's capital! Look no further and visit for more inquiries.

Spelman College

Founded in 1881, and located in Atlanta, Georgia, Spelman College is a four-year private liberal arts women's college. With a student body of "more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 countries," Spelman is ranked by Forbes to be among the nation's top 10 women's colleges. For more information, visit

Tennessee State University

Located in Nashville, Tennessee State University (TSU) was founded in 1912. Offering 2 associate degrees, 38 bachelor's degrees, 24 graduate degrees, and 7 doctoral degrees, TSU was once home to the Queen of talk show, Oprah Winfrey! Visit for more information.

Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) is "a private, coeducational, liberal arts college" and distinctively the only historically Black Roman Catholic institution of higher education in the United States. The university's ultimate purpose is "to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society." To learn more about this institution, visit

Like PWIs, HBCUs accepts all students irrespective of race, culture, identity.... To know and learn more about the other HBCUs, kindly visit

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