What is an HBCU?

HBCUs are a source of accomplishment and great pride for the African American community as well as the entire nation. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU 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] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.” HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors.

Fast Facts (Source: National Center for Education Statistics)


Accredited HBCU listing



Name Address Website Type
Alabama A & M University 4900 Meridian Street, Normal, Alabama 35762 www.aamu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Alabama State University 915 S Jackson Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104-0271 www.alasu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Bishop State Community College 351 North Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama 36603-5898 www.bishop.edu/ 2-year, Public
Gadsden State Community College 1001 George Wallace Dr, Gadsden, Alabama 35903 www.gadsdenstate.edu/ 2-year, Public
H Councill Trenholm State Community College 1225 Air Base Blvd, Montgomery, Alabama 36108-3199 www.trenholmstate.edu/ 2-year, Public
J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College 3421 Meridian St N, Huntsville, Alabama 35811 https://www.drakestate.edu/ 2-year, Public
Lawson State Community College 3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35221-1717 www.lawsonstate.edu/ 2-year, Public
Miles College 5500 Myron Massey Blvd, Fairfield, Alabama 35064-2621 www.miles.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Oakwood University 7000 Adventist Blvd NW, Huntsville, Alabama 35896 https://www2.oakwood.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Shelton State Community College 9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405-8522 www.sheltonstate.edu/ 2-year, Public
Stillman College 3601 Stillman Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 https://stillman.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Talladega College 627 West Battle Street, Talladega, Alabama 35160 www.talladega.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Tuskegee University Kresge Center, 3rd Floor, Tuskegee, Alabama 36088-1920 www.tuskegee.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Arkansas Baptist College 1600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-6068 www.arkansasbaptist.edu/ 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private not-for-profit
Philander Smith College 900 W. Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-3799 https://www.philander.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Shorter College 604 Locust St, N Little Rock, Arkansas 72114 www.shortercollege.edu/ 2-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1200 N University Mail Slot 4789, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601 www.uapb.edu/ 4-year, Public
Delaware State University 1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901 www.desu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Howard University 2400 Sixth St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20059 www.howard.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of the District of Columbia 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008 www.udc.edu/ 4-year, Public
University of the District of Columbia-David A Clarke School of Law 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008 www.law.udc.edu/ 4-year, Public
Bethune-Cookman University 640 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3099 www.cookman.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Edward Waters College 1658 Kings Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32209 www.ewc.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida 32307 www.famu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Florida Memorial University 15800 NW 42 Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054-6199 www.fmuniv.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Albany State University 504 College Drive, Albany, Georgia 31705 https://www.asurams.edu/ 4-year, Public
Clark Atlanta University 223 James P Brawley Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4391 www.cau.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Fort Valley State University 1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030-4313 www.fvsu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Interdenominational Theological Center 700 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4143 www.itc.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Morehouse College 830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314 www.morehouse.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Morehouse School of Medicine 720 Westview Drive, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30310 www.msm.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Paine College 1235 15th St, Augusta, Georgia 30901-3182 www.paine.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Savannah State University 3219 College Street, Savannah, Georgia 31404-5310 www.savannahstate.edu/ 4-year, Public
Spelman College 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4399 www.spelman.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Kentucky State University 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-2355 www.kysu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Simmons College of Kentucky 1018 South 7th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203-3322 https://www.simmonscollegeky.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Dillard University 2601 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70122 www.dillard.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Grambling State University 403 Main Street, Grambling, Louisiana 71245 www.gram.edu/ 4-year, Public
Southern University and A & M College P.O. Box 9374, Harding Blvd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813 www.subr.edu/ 4-year, Public
Southern University at New Orleans 6400 Press Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70126 www.suno.edu/ 4-year, Public
Southern University at Shreveport 3050 Martin Luther King Dr, Shreveport, Louisiana 71107 www.susla.edu/ 2-year, Public
Southern University Law Center Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813 www.sulc.edu/ 4-year, Public
Xavier University of Louisiana 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125-1098 https://www.xula.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Bowie State University 14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, Maryland 20715-9465 www.bowiestate.edu/ 4-year, Public
Coppin State University 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21216-3698 www.coppin.edu/ 4-year, Public
Morgan State University 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251-0001 https://www.morgan.edu/ 4-year, Public
University of Maryland Eastern Shore J.T. Williams Hall, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853-1299 www.umes.edu/ 4-year, Public
Alcorn State University 1000 ASU Dr Ste 359, Alcorn State, Mississippi 39096-7500 www.alcorn.edu/ 4-year, Public
Coahoma Community College 3240 Friars Point Rd, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614 www.coahomacc.edu/ 2-year, Public
Jackson State University 1400 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39217 https://www.jsums.edu/ 4-year, Public
Mississippi Valley State University 14000 Highway 82 West, Itta Bena, Mississippi 38941-1400 www.mvsu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Rust College 150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635 www.rustcollege.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Tougaloo College 500 W County Line Rd, Tougaloo, Mississippi 39174 www.tougaloo.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Harris-Stowe State University 3026 Laclede Ave, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2136 www.hssu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Lincoln University 820 Chestnut Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 https://www.lincolnu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Bennett College 900 E Washington St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401-3239 www.bennett.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Elizabeth City State University 1704 Weeksville Rd, Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909 www.ecsu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Fayetteville State University 1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-4298 https://www.uncfsu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Johnson C Smith University 100 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216-5398 www.jcsu.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Livingstone College 701 W Monroe St, Salisbury, North Carolina 28144 www.livingstone.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
North Carolina A & T State University 1601 E Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27411 www.ncat.edu/ 4-year, Public
North Carolina Central University 1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, North Carolina 27707 https://www.nccu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Saint Augustine’s University 1315 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27610-2298 www.st-aug.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Shaw University 118 East South Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 www.shawu.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Winston-Salem State University 601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110-0001 www.wssu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Central State University 1400 Brush Row Rd, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-1004 www.centralstate.edu/ 4-year, Public
Wilberforce University 1055 N Bickett Rd, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-1001 www.wilberforce.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Langston University 102 Page Hall, Langston, Oklahoma 73050 www.langston.edu/ 4-year, Public
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 1837 University Circle, Cheyney, Pennsylvania 19319-0200 www.cheyney.edu/ 4-year, Public
Lincoln University 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania 19352-0999 www.lincoln.edu/ 4-year, Public
Allen University 1530 Harden Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29204 www.allenuniversity.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Benedict College 1600 Harden Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29204-1086 www.benedict.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Claflin University 400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115-4498 www.claflin.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Clinton College 1029 Crawford Rd, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730 www.clintoncollege.edu/ 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private not-for-profit
Denmark Technical College 1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd, Denmark, South Carolina 29042 www.denmarktech.edu/ 2-year, Public
Morris College 100 West College Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150-3599 https://www.morris.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
South Carolina State University 300 College St NE, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117-0001 www.scsu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Voorhees College 491 Porter Drive, Denmark, South Carolina 29042 www.voorhees.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
American Baptist College 1800 Baptist World Ctr Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37207-9980 www.abcnash.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Fisk University 1000 17th Ave North, Nashville, Tennessee 37208-4501 www.fisk.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Lane College 545 Lane Ave, Jackson, Tennessee 38301-4598 www.lanecollege.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Le Moyne-Owen College 807 Walker Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38126-6595 www.loc.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Meharry Medical College 1005 DB Todd Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37208 www.mmc.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Tennessee State University 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561 www.tnstate.edu/ 4-year, Public
Huston-Tillotson University 900 Chicon St, Austin, Texas 78702-2795 www.htu.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Jarvis Christian College PR 7631, Hwy 80 E, Hawkins, Texas 75765-1470 www.jarvis.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd, Dallas, Texas 75241 www.pqc.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Prairie View A & M University FM 1098 Road & University Drive, Prairie View, Texas 77446 www.pvamu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Southwestern Christian College 200 Bowser Circle, Terrell, Texas 75160-4812 www.swcc.edu/ 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private not-for-profit
St Philip’s College 1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, Texas 78203-2098 www.alamo.edu/spc/ 2-year, Public
Texas College 2404 N. Grand Avenue, Tyler, Texas 75702 www.texascollege.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Texas Southern University 3100 Cleburne St, Houston, Texas 77004 www.tsu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Wiley College 711 Wiley Ave, Marshall, Texas 75670 www.wileyc.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of the Virgin Islands 2 John Brewers Bay, Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands 00802-9990 www.uvi.edu/ 4-year, Public
University of the Virgin Islands-Albert A. Sheen St. Croix, St. Croix, Virgin Islands 00850 www.uvi.edu/ 4-year, Public
Hampton University 200 William R. Harvey Way, Hampton, Virginia 23668-0099 www.hamptonu.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Norfolk State University 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23504-8000 www.nsu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Virginia State University 1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, Virginia 23806 www.vsu.edu/ 4-year, Public
Virginia Union University 1500 N Lombardy St, Richmond, Virginia 23220 www.vuu.edu/ 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Virginia University of Lynchburg 2058 Garfield Ave, Lynchburg, Virginia 24501 www.vul.edu/ 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private not-for-profit
Bluefield State College 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701-2198 https://bluefieldstate.edu/ 4-year, Public
West Virginia State University Rte 25, Institute, West Virginia 25112-1000 www.wvstateu.edu/ 4-year, Public