What Does HBCU Stand For?

What Does HBCU Stand For?

HBCU is an acronym for Historically Black Colleges & Universities. In layman terms when you hear people discussing HBCU’s they are basically talking about the colleges where the majority student body is African American. There are currently around 90+ HBCUs in the United States. Due to financial reasons some HBCU schools were forced to lose their accreditation and close their doors. The previous numbers of HBCU’s were originally about 121. Higher educations became prevalent for African Americans in the US after the Civil War during the Reconstruction Era. There was a dire need for schools that would teach African Americans because the white universities and  schools at the time banned us from attending.

What Does HBCU Stand For: Misconception About HBCU Students

There are many misconception and biases about students that attend HBCUs coming from mislead and misinformed people who do not know what they are talking about. One of the biggest misconception is that students go to HBCU schools because they cannot or have not gotten into any PWI schools. PWIs are “Predominantly White Institutions”. Students go to HBCUs for various reasons which has nothing to do with not being accepted into any other schools. One of the major reasons students attend HBCUs is because they are curious or simply want to be educated and surrounded by people who look like them. Another reason have to do with family traditions. So-and-so mother, father and grandparent attended Morgan State University (An HBCU located in Baltimore) so the son & daughter wants to continue that family tradition by going to Morgan State University as well. A few other reasons have been listed below.

What Does HBCU Stand For: Reasons Students Attend An HBCU

I want you to do me a favor. Visit Youtube and enter HBCU in the search bar. There you will find hundreds of other reasons why students choose to attend, BECAUSE ITS FUN. HBCUs unlike many other colleges have a very fun atmosphere. You will see and experience everything from the bands playing instruments, YouTubers documenting their HBCU Experience, greek step show during lunch hours, and plenty of parties after hours. I would like to make the statement that just because a school party a lot does not make the students any less smart than schools that do not party. Parties are definitely prevalent on in college in general but students also work very very hard to get passing grades.