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Out of more than 4,000 higher education institutions in the United States, just 3 percent are designated Historically Black Colleges and Universities, yet HBCUs produce about 20 percent of the country’s Black graduates.

HBCUs are historical institutions that were established during times of legal segregation for the purpose of educating Black Americans. Their rich history and culture combined with inclusive campus environments focused around equality and social justice make them a quality choice for students of any racial or ethnic background.

There are many advantages for students, especially minority students, who attend an HCBU. Here are just a few:

    1. Affordability. HBCU tuition rates are nearly 30 percent less than rates at comparable institutions,  and HBCUs that are members of the United Negro College Fund charge around $6,000 less in tuition. In addition, more than 70 percent of HBCU students qualify for federal grants.
    2. Post-graduation success. HBCUs outperform non-HBCU peer institutions in graduating successful Black professionals in a number of fields including science, technology, and engineering. Studies also show that Black HBCU graduates are better prepared for life after college and are more engaged at work than their non-HBCU counterparts.
    3. Support network. HBCUs vary in size but are known for their low teacher-to-student ratio, meaning that students get more personalized attention and academic support when attending an HBCU. After graduation, students who were members of a fraternity or sorority or who connect with alumni groups often have the support of robust networks in the professional world.

In addition to these benefits, students who attend an HBCU also have many role models to look up to. HBCUs have produced some of the country’s most well-known celebrities and public figures. Notable HBCU alumni include Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, and Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris.