What Are Some Historic African American Colleges?


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As of 2015, there are more than 100 historically African American colleges in the United States, including Spelman College, Howard University, Morehouse College, Hampton University, Tuskegee University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Fisk University. Historically African American colleges are those that were established before 1964 and whose primary purpose was to educate African American students. They are primarily located in the Southeastern U.S.

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Spelman College was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1881. The school is an all-women's liberal arts college, as of 2015, with an enrollment of 2,129 students. Morehouse College is also located in Atlanta and was founded in 1867. As of 2015, it is the only all-male historically African American college.

Howard University is located in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1867 and is considered the flagship of the Historical Black Colleges & Universities system, notes the Network Journal. Xavier University at Louisiana is the only Catholic college that is an historically black college. It was founded in 1925 in New Orleans.

Historically African American colleges accept students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and, as of 2015, some have lost their African American majority. Other historically African American colleges are Florida A&M University, Claflin University, North Carolina A&T State University, Alabama State University and Bowie State University.

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