About Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCUS)


about hbcusHBCUs offer culture, a rich history and rigorous academic programs. Most importantly, they prepare students for leadership and life after graduation. There are 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation and nine percent of all African American college students attend HBCUs. In 1965, in Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Congress officially defined an HBCU as a school of higher learning whose principal mission was and is the education of African Americans and was accredited and established before 1964.

All HBCUs play a critical role in the American system of higher education. For most of America’s history, African Americans seeking a college education could only get it from an HBCU.

While the 100 HBCUs represent just three percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning, they graduate nearly 20 percent of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees. In addition, the institutions graduate more than 50 percent of African American professionals and public school teachers. HBCUS hold a unique legacy to the specific needs of young African American minds and continue to demonstrate the most effective ability to graduate African American students poised to be competitive in the corporate, research, academic, governmental and military arenas. HBCUs were created to support African American students but these institutions of higher learning are no longer exclusive for African American students. Today, HBCUs have a significant percentage of non-African American student populations that consist of Asian, Hispanic, International and white American students.



PUBLIC HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE & UNIVERSITIES (HBCUS)
THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND MEMBER-SCHOOLS


TMCF is proud to be a partner of the public HBCUs in their mission for nearly a quarter of a century. Public HBCUs have been helping to develop outstanding leaders for more than 160 years. They provide the world with young men and women distinguishable by their characteristics—confident, accomplished, productive, and innovative leaders who are socially and economically responsible.

HBCUs offer the finest professors, researchers and peers who work collectively to recognize leaders that are empowered with the education, leadership skills and confidence needed to compete in the global marketplace, lead in their chosen professions and serve their communities.

The public HBCU experience cannot be compared to any other life event. It has a variety of social activities including sporting events and homecoming, a nurturing campus environment, and creates lasting friendships. Public HBCU students leave their alma maters as changed people.

Public HBCU graduates are well educated and well rounded. They are inspired and optimistic, have educated minds and entrepreneurial spirits, and have acquired a deeper appreciation for excellence and a greater passion for community service. Below is a glimpse of the nation’s public educational treasures. These are the campuses where leaders are groomed.

MEMBER COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
alabama-am-univ Alabama A & M University

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) was organized in 1875 as the result of a bill passed in the State Legislature in 1873 and through the continued efforts of its first principal and president, William Hooper Council, an ex-slave. In 1891, the school became the recipient of a part of the Federal Land-Grant Fund. The purpose of this fund was to further training in agriculture and the mechanical arts in the various states at the college level. Since its modest beginnings, the university has expanded to serve over 5,000 students.

alabamast-univ Alabama State University

Alabama State University (ASU) was founded in 1867, in Marion, AL, 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 African Americans.
albanystate-univ Albany State University

Joseph Winthrop Holley founded Albany State University (ASU) in 1903 as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institution. In 1932, the college became a part of the University System of Georgia, under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents, and in 1943, it became a four-year, teacher-training school and assumed the name Albany State College. Albany State grew tremendously from 1943-1996 when it became Albany State University. The 231-acre campus is situated along the banks of the Flint River in southwest Georgia.
alcorn-state Alcorn State University

Alcorn State University (ASU) was founded on the site originally occupied by Oakland College, a school for whites established by the Presbyterian Church. Oakland College closed its doors at the beginning of the Civil War so that its students could answer the call to arms. Upon failing to reopen at the end of the war, the property was sold to the state of Mississippi and renamed Alcorn University in honor of then Governor James L. Alcorn in 1871. In 1878, the name Alcorn University was changed to Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College and in 1974 Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College became Alcorn State University. Alcorn began with eight faculty members in 1871. Today, there are more than 500 faculty and staff members. The student body has grown from 179 mostly local male students to more than 3,000 students from all over the world.
 blufield-univ Bluefield State College

Bluefield State College (BSC) was established as a black teachers’ college by an act of the West Virginia Legislature in 1895 and was integrated after 1954. By the 1960's, the College had a comprehensive four-year program of teacher education, arts and sciences, and engineering technology. Gradually a variety of two-year technical programs evolved in response to local needs. The college has emerged as a four-year state supported commuter college serving southeastern West Virginia with a primary thrust in the direction of career and technical two- and four-year programs. The liberal arts offerings of the college are focused to enhance its unique mission.
 bowie-state Bowie State University

Founded in 1865, Bowie State University (BSU) is a member institution of the University System of Maryland and dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, research, and service. BSU offers exemplary bachelor degree programs with a specific focus on computer science, business, health sciences, information technology, natural sciences, education, and related disciplines that enable students to think critically, make new discoveries, value differences, and provide leadership in a highly technical, rapidly-changing global society. BSU is a national leader in teacher education with more than 50 years of successive accreditation by the National Council of the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
 central-state Central State University

Central State University (CSU) was established in 1887 by an act of the Ohio General Assembly to create a Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University, named for the great abolitionist, William Wilberforce. This new department was seen as a separate school and had its own board of trustees. In 1947, the college began operating independently from Wilberforce, received its current name in 1951, and became a university in 1965.
 cheyney-univ Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Cheyney University (CU) was established on February 25, 1837, through a bequest from Richard Humphreys, making it the oldest institution of higher learning for African Americans. At its founding in 1837, CU was named the African Institute. However, the name was changed several weeks later to the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY). In subsequent years, the university was renamed the Cheyney Training School for Teachers (July 1914), Cheyney State Teacher’s College (1951), Cheyney State College (1959), and eventually, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1983). Today, CU students represent a variety of races, cultures, and nationalities that receive quality instruction beyond Humphreys’ original vision.
 chicago Chicago State University

Founded in 1867 as a teacher training school, Chicago State University (CSU) is the oldest public university in the Chicago metropolitan area. This fully accredited university, located on 161 picturesque acres, is an outstanding, nationally acclaimed university that provides a value-added education for all who enter its hallowed halls. CSU’s culturally diverse students come from around the country and the world, joining those from the greater-Chicago area.
 delaware Delaware State University

The State College for Colored Students, now known as Delaware State University (DSU), was established May 15, 1891 by the Delaware General Assembly under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1890 by which land-grant colleges for blacks came into existence in states maintaining separate educational facilities. Its name was changed to Delaware State College in 1947 and then to Delaware State University in 1993. DSU’s physical infrastructure has grown from its 1891 beginning as a 100-acre property with three buildings to a beautiful 400-acre pedestrian campus with over 50 buildings and four outdoor athletic fields. DSU also has two farm properties in the Kenton and Smyrna areas, two university satellite sites in Wilmington and Georgetown, and its Airway Science Program maintains its fleet of planes and base of operation at the Delaware Air Park in Cheswold.
 elizabeth Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) located in Elizabeth City, NC, is a public university in the University of North Carolina system. As an HBCU, ECSU’s heritage provides a rich background for serving its increasingly multicultural student body. ECSU provides a challenging and supportive environment that prepares its students for knowledgeable, responsible participation and leadership in an ever-changing global society.
 fayetteville Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University (FSU) saw its beginnings in 1867 when seven black men paid $136 for land that would be maintained for the education of black children in Fayetteville, NC. A friend of black education, Gen. O.O. Howard erected a building on the site, and a school was born. FSU grew over the years from a teaching school to a university granting baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. FSU is a part of the multi-campus University of North Carolina system. FSU’s mission is to provide quality education to students through a basic liberal arts foundation, specialized professional training and specific graduate programs. The school is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service to the community so students can be prepared to lead more meaningful and productive lives.
florida Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University (FAMU) was founded on October 3, 1887 as the State Normal College for Colored Students. FAMU began classes with 15 students and two instructors. Today, FAMU is part of the State University System of Florida and has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students. A four-year, public institution, FAMU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The main campus is comprised of 422 acres located on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida.
 fortvalley Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is a comprehensive, four-year institution providing an educational experience of unmatched, exceptional quality. The only 1890 land-grant school in Georgia, FVSU is located in the town of Fort Valley in Peach County. The 1,365-acre campus is the second largest (in acreage) public university in the state. Only 20 miles southwest of Macon and a 90-minute drive from Atlanta, FVSU is the only senior college or university in the University System of Georgia with a mission in all four disciplines: academics, research, extension and service.
 gramblin Grambling State University

Grambling State University’s (GSU) mission of preparing its students for a rich and rewarding life remains as clear and true today as it was in 1901 when the university was founded. Grambling State began as a small, rural industrial and agricultural school for black farmers and has evolved into a comprehensive university that excels in educating students from all racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Standards are high for faculty and students alike at this university, which is located in the heart of Grambling, a small but growing town surrounded by the piney woods of north Louisiana.
 harris-stowe Harris-Stowe State University

Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), located in midtown St. Louis, is a four-year institution that offers 12-degree programs in the areas of teacher education, business administration, urban specializations and information sciences and computer technology. The university, which has been in existence for 150 years, offers the most affordable bachelor’s degree in the city. Although the university has always traditionally been known as a teacher’s college, today its campus is home to the Anheuser-Busch School of Business Administration, which is currently its fastest-growing area of study.
howard-univ  Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University, a doctoral/research university, is home to the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, the Howard University Hospital Cancer Center and the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk. Howard’s main campus is located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC; its schools of law and divinity can be found on separate campuses. A facility in nearby Beltsville, MD, accommodates scientific and research development.
jacksonville  Jackson State University

Founded in 1877, Jackson State University (JSU) is a comprehensive university located in Mississippi’s largest metropolitan area. The fourth largest institution of higher learning in the state and the only four-year public institution in the central Mississippi area, JSU provides its approximately 8,700 students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills that empower them to succeed in an increasingly complex world. Designated as Mississippi’s “Urban University,” JSU is one of the schools in the nation producing African-Americans with graduate and doctoral degrees.
 kentucky-state Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University (KSU) is the state’s only public historically black university and was founded in 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons. From its modest beginnings aimed at training black teachers for the black schools of Kentucky, KSU has evolved into a unique, small liberal studies institution, serving students without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, disabled status, veteran status, religion, age, sex, national origin or economic status.
 langston Langston University

In 1892, before Oklahoma was a state or Langston City was officially established, black citizens petitioned for a college that could provide higher education for their children. Five years later, Langston University (LU) was founded as a land-grant college and with the name: Colored Agricultural and Normal University. The school opened in a Presbyterian Church, and its first president was Dr. Inman E. Page, the son of a former slave who had purchased freedom for himself and his family. Langston University received its current name in 1941. The town and the school were named for John Mercer Langston, a black Virginia educator who was prominent in public affairs, who organized the first department of law at Howard University, and who was elected in Virginia to serve in the House of Representatives. Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, the 15th and first female president of Langston University, is also the first African-American female to be president of any institution in the state of Oklahoma.
lincoln-univ-missouri  Lincoln University of Missouri

Lincoln University (LU), in Jefferson City, MO, prepares students for success in a world where the ability to learn, exercise sound judgment, make effective use of technology and communicate effectively in diverse environments are essential skills. Founded in 1866 through the cooperative efforts of the enlisted men and officers of the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantries, the institution originally was designed to meet the educational and social needs of freed African-Americans. Today, Lincoln University embraces a significantly broader population reflecting many backgrounds.
 lincoln-unv-pensilvania Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Lincoln University (LU), the oldest historically black university, was founded in 1854. With an international focus, it provides a quality education and prepares its undergraduates and graduate students, on its main campus, its Urban Center, and through distance learning, to be leaders of the highest caliber. With a commitment to promoting technological sophistication for its students in all academic programs, LU takes pride in excellent teaching, scholarly activity and inspired learning. To foster in students an appreciation for competition and co-existence in the global marketplace, Lincoln University seeks to infuse its curricula with modules of instruction that require its students to recognize an international community of people and to understand moral and ethical issues, human dimensions, and leadership challenges posed by technology.
 medgar-evers Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College (MEC) was founded as a result of collaborative efforts by community leaders, elected officials, the chancellor and the board of trustees of the City University of New York. The college, named for the late civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers (1925-1963), was established in 1969 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of central Brooklyn. MEC is an urban commuter institution with at least 84 percent of its students living in Brooklyn, many of whom are female heads of households. The average age of the student body is 32; however, enrollment of traditional high school graduates is increasing. Educational excellence, service to the community and commitment to student success are at the heart of this school’s purpose.
 missisippi-valley Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) provides quality, affordable higher education in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Often called “The Valley,” MVSU was created in 1946 by the Mississippi Legislature to provide vocational training in the Delta region, especially for teachers who are needed in rural state schools. MVSU’s goal is to provide the best university education available to all qualified students.
 morgan-state Morgan State University

For over 140 years, Morgan State University (MSU) has been an important part of the higher education system in Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and the nation. Throughout its history, MSU has served its community with distinction while meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse society. Its designation as “Maryland's Public Urban University” assures that MSU will continue to play a prominent role in Maryland’s future.
norfolk-state  Norfolk State University

Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University (NSU) adheres to the traditional purpose of the historically black university and espouses the tradition of service to its students, its alumni, the academy, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Positioned in the metropolitan area of greater Hampton Roads, NSU is located in Norfolk, VA, and is close to the shores of Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Furthermore, NSU's faculty, staff, students and alumni are actively engaged with surrounding communities to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
 north-carolina-agric North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) is a public, comprehensive, land-grant university that is classified as a high-research intensive, doctoral institution. Established in 1891, NCA&T, a constituent member of the University of North Carolina System, offers degree programs at the baccalaureate level with an emphasis on engineering, business, science, technology, agriculture, education and nursing.
 north-carolina-central North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University (NCCU), the nation’s first public liberal arts institution for African Americans, offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 disciplines. NCCU has a state-of-the-art biotechnology research center and is in the process of constructing a new bio-manufacturing research institute. NCCU has been a constituent institution in the University of North Carolina System since 1972.
 praireview Prairie View A& M University

Approximately 40 miles northwest of Houston, TX, in Waller County, is Prairie View A & M University (PVAMU). PVAMU originated in the 1876 Texas Constitution and is the second oldest public institution of higher education in the state. Since its original purpose to prepare and train “colored teachers,” the school’s curriculum has expanded to include the arts and sciences, engineering, agriculture, mechanical arts, architecture, business and nursing. A division of graduate studies was added to the university in 1937. This expansion began a tradition of agricultural research and community service that continues today. PVAMU’s core values encourage access and quality, diversity, leadership, relevance and social responsibility
savannah  Savannah State University

Savannah State University (SSU) can be found in the warm, charming and beautiful city of Savannah, GA, minutes away from the historic downtown and the beaches of Tybee Island. The university is a senior co-educational unit of the University System of Georgia and is the oldest public historically black institution in the state. SSU serves well-prepared students who strive to improve themselves, attain career objectives, compete effectively in the job market and become productive citizens.
 south-carolina South Carolina State University

South Carolina State University (SC State) was founded in 1896 as a historically black, co-educational, state-assisted, land-grant institution. It is comprised of more than 60 modern buildings sprawled across a 160-acre campus. SC State is committed to embracing diversity among its students, faculty, staff and programs; offering affordable and accessible quality undergraduate degree programs; providing life long learning opportunities for students in a caring and nurturing educational environment; and producing highly-skilled, competent, economically-and socially-aware graduates who are prepared to work and live productively in a dynamic global society.
southern-univ-am  Southern University and A&M College

Southern University and A&M College (SU), located in Baton Rouge, LA, is the largest campus of a five-campus Southern University System. The university was founded in 1880 in New Orleans, and later relocated to Baton Rouge, LA in 1914.
southern-univ-newoleans  Southern University at New Orleans

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) offers a range of basic degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education and the technologies. SUNO is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, its College of Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the School of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. SUNO was founded in 1956 and opened in 1959 in Pontchartrain Park, the first African-American subdivision in the United States. SUNO is proud to welcome student housing to the campus for the first time in its history, and the university continues to grow with new developments on its new Lake Campus such as a new Information Technology Center building.
southern-univ-shrevep  Southern University at Shreveport

Southern University (SUSLA) at Shreveport, has been voted the third best two-year university in a Washington monthly magazine, recognized as the sixth fastest-growing two-year institution in the country, and ranked 44th among two-year schools graduating African-American students. The faculty and staff of SUSLA uphold the highest standards of excellence in education, many of who have national and international reputations for their teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as significant stature in their disciplines and professions.
tennesse-state  Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University (TSU) is a comprehensive, urban, land-grant university, founded in 1912. The university had its beginnings in 1909 as a normal school for Negroes. It became a four-year teacher’s college in 1922 and began offering graduate courses in 1944. In 1951, the school was granted university status by the approval of the State Board of Education. In 1979, TSU merged with the University of Tennessee, Nashville, and the modern Tennessee State University was created. Located in Tennessee’s capitol city, Tennessee State University boasts a 450-acre-plus campus in north Nashville, and it also has the Avon Williams campus in downtown Nashville.
 texassouthern-logo Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University (TSU), a special purpose institution for urban programming, has a history that dates back to 1927. TSU’s earliest antecedents were characterized by a progression of institutional constructs: extension classes, a junior college, a four-year private institution, and, ultimately, a state-supported institution. TSU’s status as an institution of higher learning came during the era of segregation when the State of Texas denied Heman Marion Sweatt, an African American, entrance into the University of Texas Law School. Consequently, on March 3, 1947, the Texas State Senate of the 50th Legislature passed Senate Bill 140 which provided for the establishment of the institution, including a law school that would be located in Houston. This bill was complemented by House Bill 788, which called for the purchase of a 53-acre site to house the campus. Thus, Texas State University for Negroes was born and its name was changed on June 1, 1951 to Texas Southern University.
 tuskegee Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University (TU) was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington and it is nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in teaching, research and outreach. TU is setting the pace in such programs as engineering, materials science and engineering, business and information science, education, nursing, architecture and veterinary medicine. TU is the only college or university campus in the nation to be designated a National Historic Site by the U.S. Congress.
 univ-arkansas University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Originally known as Branch Normal College, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) was created in 1873 and opened its doors for the fall semester in 1875. The school is located in south central Arkansas, 38 miles south of the state capital, Little Rock. Nearby cultural and recreational facilities include the Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center, movie theaters, libraries, bowling alleys, roller skating rinks, golf courses, swimming pools, parks, a city lake, riverside sporting and recreation activities and a convention center that attracts national entertainers and conventions. The school’s ultimate goal is to assist America in building a new social organism that will accommodate racial, ethnic and cultural pluralism in a manner that will enhance the quality of lives and patterns of living and weld the nation into one people, a mission which seems essential to the future security and health of the nation.
 univ-district-columbia University of the District of Columbia

Chartered in 1974, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the only public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. As an urban land-grant university, it supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all undergraduate divisions, which include the flagship, community college. Together, these form the University System of the District of Columbia. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, UDC students are never more than a few minutes away from the city’s great attractions—from the White House and the nation’s iconic monuments to museums, cultural venues and sports. UDC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools as well as 12 other accrediting bodies and associations.
 univ-maryland University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a land-grant, historically black college founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy. Since it’s beginning, UMES has had several name changes and governing bodies. It was Maryland State College from 1948 until 1970, when it became one of the five campuses that formed the University of Maryland. In 1988, it became a member of the then 11-campus (now 13) University of Maryland System, now known as the University System of Maryland . UMES is approved by the state of Maryland and fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
 univ-virgin-island University of the Virgin Islands

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is a public, co-educational, liberal arts-based Masters II university, a public Historically Black College and University (HBCU), and a land-grant institution. UVI is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
virginia-state  Virginia State University

Virginia State University (VSU) has faculty and staff that help turn every student’s dreams into reality. Faculty members take pride in giving students the personal attention they might not find at other large universities. VSU sits on a rolling landscape overlooking the Appomattox River in Virginia’s Chesterfield County near Petersburg. VSU was founded in 1882 as the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute and is one of two land-grant institutions in the state. The campus includes a 416-acre farm for conducting agricultural research. Within its mission, VSU states that it is “dedicated to the promotion of knowledgeable, perceptive and humane citizens — secure in their self-awareness, equipped for personal fulfillment, sensitive to the needs and aspirations of others and committed to assuming productive roles in a challenging and ever-changing global society.”
 west-virginia West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University (WVSU), founded as one of the original 1890 land-grant schools under the second Morrill Act, has attained national prominence as an institution of higher education. Voluntary integration in 1954 created a distinctive “living laboratory of human relations” and attracted a racially- and culturally-diverse student body, faculty, and staff. The WVSU cherishes a reputation for safeguarding academic freedom, being innovative in its scholarship programs, removing barriers to education, and providing leadership opportunities to women, minorities, and the handicapped. WVSU is located in the state's center of government, industry and business and serves a large number of students from the metropolitan Charleston area.
 winston salem logo Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a public university founded in 1892 in Winston-Salem, NC. WSSU is a historically black university that today is a recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. Preparing students for success in the 21st century, WSSU offers quality educational programs at the baccalaureate level. Students are engaged in active and experiential learning and have access to education through flexible delivery modes. The university is dedicated to the development of students through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
york  York College

York College (YC), founded in 1966, is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), offering baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, accounting and business, communications technology, computer science, social work, aviation management, teacher education and various health professions. York College is the only CUNY senior college offering majors in gerontology, biotechnology, information systems management andoccupational therapy.YC is the place for students on the move. It is a dynamic, evolving institution with deep roots in its Jamaica, Queens community and far-reaching global connections. The 50-acre campus is centrally located amid the most ethnically-diverse neighborhoods in the country and is easily accessible by car, bus, subway and the Long Island Railroad.
MEMBER LAW SCHOOLS
 florida-am Florida A&M University College of Law

Florida A&M University College of Law is a recently re-established law school in Orlando, Florida, and is affiliated with Florida A&M University, a historically black university in Tallahassee, Florida.  The College of Law’s rich tradition of excellence dates back to its original founding in 1949.  Between 1949 and 1968, the College of Law graduated 57 students.  In 2002, the College of Law re-opened in downtown Orlando as the only public law school in Central Florida.  The College of Law has been fully accredited with the American Bar Association since July 2009 and serves as an attractive option for law school for many reasons including its location, affordability, diversity, state-of-the art facilities, and commitment to public service.
 howard-law Howard University School of Law

Howard University School of Law (also known as Howard Law or HUSL) is one of the professional graduate schools of Howard University. Located in Washington, DC, it is one the oldest law schools in the country and the oldest Historically Black College or University (HBCU) law school in the United States.HUSL started as the Howard University Law Department on January 6, 1869, under the leadership of Professor John Mercer Langston. At that time, there was a great need to train lawyers who would have a strong commitment to helping black Americans secure and protect their newly established rights. The objective of the School of Law is to produce superior professionals, capable of achieving positions of leadership in law, business, government, education, and public service. Most importantly, HUSL is dedicated to producing social engineers.
 north-carolina-law North Carolina Central University School of Law

In 1939, the North Carolina General Assembly authorized the North Carolina College for Negroes. The General Assembly sought to establish a law school to provide African-Americans with an opportunity for a legal education. At that time, African Americans had no in-state opportunities for a formal legal education. Although the school was scheduled to open in 1939, its opening was postponed until the following year due to an initial insufficient enrollment. Nevertheless, the Law School formally opened in 1940. The inaugural class was comprised of four students. Just as when the law school opened its doors nearly 70 years ago, students at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law received a broad-based legal education that treasures diversity and encourages freedom of expression.
 southern-univ-law Southern University Law Center

The Southern University School of Law, opened in 1947, was renamed the Southern University Law Center (SULC) in 1985. Students graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of civil and common law, especially the substantive and procedural law of Louisiana, with its French and Spanish origins. There are more than 3,000alumni of the Southern University Law Center, which is noted as one of the most diverse law schools in the country. The Law Center has contributed to the education of more than 90 percent of the African-American attorneys in the Louisiana. Graduates make up approximately seven percent of the Louisiana Legislature and more than 40 hold judicial offices at the local, state, and national level.
 texas-law Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

The Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL), as well as the University at-large, was undoubtedly created as a consequence of a 1946 lawsuit brought by Heman M. Sweatt. Under the Texas Constitution, which required separate but equal treatment, Sweatt was refused admission to the University of Texas School of Law because he was black. As a result, the legislature provided for an interim and separate law school for Negroes. During its first academic year, the law school was housed in Austin, TX, and was subsequently transferred to the new university campus in Houston. Since its move to Houston, the School of Law has become an integral part of the Texas Southern University campus. Prior to 1976, the law school was housed in Hannah Hall – the university's administrative complex. On February 14, 1976, the school was formally named the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in honor of the distinguished former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and was moved to its present location
univ-distr-columbia-law  University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the only public institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. Chartered in 1974 as an urban land-grant institution with an open admission policy, it serves as the District's community college and as its public baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degree-granting institution. UDC was created from the merger of three existing institutions of higher education, DC Teacher's College, Federal City College and the Washington Technical Institute. As a result, while a new university in some respects, UDC has generations of alumni. UDC has been accorded Historically Black College and University (HBCU) status by the federal government a status that brings prestige, additional resources, and additional responsibility. UDC is one of only six HBCUs in the nation with an American Bar Association-accredited law school. UDC is committed to responding to both the academic aspirations and the occupational needs of local residents. It keeps abreast of the job marketplace, producing competitive programs and graduates in response to current trends. And the university proudly accepts its role of accommodating the under-prepared student, believing that the success of such students is as essential to the future financial health and well-being of the District of Columbia as it is to the students themselves.
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 charlesdrew-univ Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

From a seed planted in 1966 sprang the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), named in honor of the brilliant African-American physician famous for his pioneering work in blood preservation. For 40 years, the university has benefited from its location and the corresponding complexity of its diverse patient population by creating an academic environment unlike any other. Through innovative basic science, the mission of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is to conduct education and research in the context of community service in order to train physicians and allied health professionals to provide care with excellence and compassion, especially to underserved populations.
 howard-univ-medicine Howard University College of Medicine

Howard University College of Medicine provide students of high academic potential with a medical education of exceptional quality and prepare physicians and other health care professionals to serve the underserved. The emphasis is on developing skills and habits of life-long learning and producing world leaders in medicine. The College living alumni, more than 4,000, are a testimony that an excellent medical education can be obtained at Howard. Although opportunities for minority students have increased at other medical schools, the College uniquely addresses the special health care needs of medically underserved communities and continues to produce a significant number of the nation's minority physicians.
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