Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) provide a unique learning environment centered on African American and Black students. With 101 options to choose from, there are many HBCU options in the United States!

During this Showcase, you will learn a little history of HBCUs, followed by information sessions from 9 universities. You will learn about their majors, academic opportunities, traditions, athletics, campuses, surrounding cities, admissions, and scholarships!

AGENDA (in Eastern time)
3:00 - Introduction to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the USA
3:15 - University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
3:30 - Kentucky State University
3:45 - Alabama State University
4:00 - Claflin University (SC)
4:15 - Delaware State University
4:30 - Bluefield State College (WV)
4:45 - Southern University, Baton Rouge (LA)
5:00 - Florida A&M University
5:15 - Dillard University (LA)
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Shawanda Walker, District Recruiter
Alabama State University was founded in 1867, in Marion, Ala., as a school for African-Americans. The school started as the Lincoln Normal School with $500 raised by nine freed slaves now known as the Marion Nine, making ASU one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education founded for black Americans.

Today, Alabama State University, located in Montgomery, Ala., is a widely respected, world-class institution of higher learning which welcomes students of all races. We offer nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, from our historic teacher education program to our new, high-demand programs in health sciences, new Ph.D. in microbiology and minor in international business.
Dr. Anthony Underwood, Chief Enrollment Officer
Bluefield State College is a 125-year-old historically black college with baccalaureate programs in Applied Science, Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Imaging Science, Nursing, and Social Science. Bluefield State College offers twenty intercollegiate athletic programs including Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball and American Football. Bluefield, West Virginia is located in an outdoor adventure area with skiing, whitewater rafting and off-road trails close by. The campus is only a day’s drive from a number of major metropolitan areas in the Mid Atlantic and South of the United States. We offer multiple academic, athletic and leadership scholarships.
Pamela Crawford, International Admissions Counselor/Recruiter
Founded in 1869, Claflin University is recognized by national publications such as U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com and Washington Monthly as one of America’s best liberal arts colleges. The University proudly serves the state of South Carolina, the nation and the world. Its beautiful historic campus is home for approximately 2,100 students from every region of the United States and more than 20 international countries. Claflin students demonstrate extraordinary achievement, distinctive confidence and a lifelong desire to transform society through visionary leadership. Its academic programs prepare students to compete and succeed in a global and technological society.
Kaneisha Keith, Admissions Transfer & International Coordinator
From your first conversation with your admissions team to graduation and beyond, you'll find support and experiences to achieve success at Delaware State University.
Christopher Stewart, Associate Director of Admissions
Dillard University is a private, liberal arts, Historically Black College located in New Orleans, Louisiana. We offer 21 degree programs, including several dual degree options. We offer 5 levels of merit-based scholarships to all students admitted to the university, these scholarships range from $6,000 annual to full tuition room and board.
Paula Sofia Gomez, M.B.A. International Student Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is a historically black public university in Tallahassee, Florida (USA). Founded in 1887, it is located on the highest geographic hill in Tallahassee. It is the fifth largest historically black university in the United States by enrollment and the only historically black public university in Florida. It is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, as well as one of the state's land-grant universities, and is accredited to award bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

FAMU has been named the highest-ranked public historically Black college and university (HBCU) by the U.S News & World Report 2021 Best Colleges ranking of Top Public Universities. Additionally, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering earned a spot on the U.S. News & World Report badge-eligible list with a 69th ranking among the 206 Best Undergraduate engineering schools offering doctorate degrees. The college is also ranked number two among all Florida engineering programs.
Katie Bellman, Admissions Specialist
At Kentucky State, a close, family-oriented community welcomes entering freshmen and transfer students alike. Here, we understand every student has a unique set of strengths — some known and others you have yet to discover. As the state’s oldest HBCU, our rich history, highly diverse campus community and strong emphasis on academics and community service will prepare you for success.
Malik T. Smith, Admissions Recruiter
Southern University and A&M College is a public historically black university (HBCU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is the largest HBCU in Louisiana, a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the flagship institution of the Southern University System.
Constance Castle, Office of Recruitment
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has worked to create an environment that inculcates learning, growth, and productivity while affording a basic need to its students – a chance to advance. The 15:1 student to teacher ratio makes it possible to maintain a learning environment with close interaction between students and faculty while challenging curricula encourage our students to seek and fulfill their potential. You can excel in your chosen field of study through a curriculum of Certificate and Associates degree programs, more than thirty Undergraduate programs, Master’s degree programs, and a Doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. You can also develop workplace readiness through internships, co-ops, and fellowships in the U.S. and abroad.

Out-of-class experiences and student involvement include more than 90 student organizations, an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony, nationally recognized debate team, award-winning theater department, and accomplished athletic program. Though the main campus is in Pine Bluff, its reach is worldwide. UAPB has an extended campus in North Little Rock and offers as well as online courses. With the addition of the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON), students can engage in information exchange with others anywhere in the world. There are also Research and Extension offices in Lonoke, Newport, and Lake Village and collaborations with other colleges and universities in the State through the National Science Foundation-funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy. As the second oldest land-grant institution in the state of Arkansas, the mission of this No Excuse University remains the same – to provide a high quality, affordable education with a personal touch. We invite you to Become a Part of the Pride at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.