Thought to Consider

HBCU Apps are on the Rise

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) are seeing a rise in popularity, applications and funding. In fact, about one-third of HBCUs have experienced record increases in applications and enrollment over the past three years, according to the Rutgers Center For Minority Serving Institutions.

Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Notable alumni, such as Kamala Harris, are sharing their stories.
  2. Organizations, like the HBCU Museum, are educating young people about the history and value HBCUs offer.
  3. Students of Color are seeking the inclusivity found at HBCUs that they can’t as easily find at predominately white institutions of higher education.
  4. The Beyoncé Effect has shined a spotlight on HBCUs through the Homecoming Scholars Award Program and the Peloton partnership with Spelman College.
  5. Community colleges are initiating Guarantee Transfer Agreements with HBCUs.
  6. Social justice movements, like Black Lives Matter, led to large donations for HBCUs.
  7. An increase in STEM focus has brought funding and student interest.

If you are interested in learning more about an HBCU as a post-Cannon option please talk with your college counselor!