There are over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the United States, each providing a unique and powerful experience for their students, but we've got some highlights on the top five best HBCUs in the nation! Let's learn a little bit more about Spelman College, Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Hampton University, and Tuskegee University.
1. Spelman College
Originally known as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman College was founded on April 11, 1881, in Atlanta, Georgia, by two Baptist missionaries from Massachusetts: Sophia Packard and Harriet Giles. It's the oldest private historically black liberal arts college for women in the United States, and its most popular majors include Biological and Biomedical Sciences, English, Physical Science, and Psychology and Social Sciences. Spelman College's colors are Columbia blue and white, and its mascot is the jaguar.
2. Howard University
On March 2, 1867, Howard University was founded in Washington, D.C. by Union Civil War hero General Oliver O. Howard. According to the school's website, HU is one of the nation's leading research universities, but it's also the number one producer of African American students entering medical school post-graduation. Additionally, Howard is the only HBCU to be ranked in the Top 100 Best Colleges List by U.S. News & World Report. The school colors are red, blue, and gray, and the school mascot is a Bison.
3. Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University of Louisiana was founded on October 6, 1925, in New Orleans, Louisiana, by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. It's the only Catholic HBCU in the United States, and it offers over 50 academic programs total, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Students are referred to as Gold Nuggets, and the school colors are gold and white.
4. Hampton University
Originally known as Hampton Agricultural and Industrial School, Hampton University was founded on April 1, 1868, in Hampton, Virginia by Black and White leaders of the American Missionary Association after the Civil War. With 118 buildings on 314 acres, Hampton University is home to the Hampton University Museum, 16 different research centers, and four libraries. The school colors are reflex blue and white, and the school mascot is a pirate.
5. Morehouse College
Formerly known as the Atlanta Baptist Seminary and the Atlanta Baptist College, Morehouse College was founded in 1867 in Atlanta, Georgia by Reverend William Jefferson White. It's a private men's liberal arts college that sits on a 66-acre campus southwest of downtown Atlanta. Its school colors are maroon and white, and its mascot is referred to as the Maroon Tiger.
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