HBCU History


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were created with the help of the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1890 to educate freed slaves after the Civil War. Cheyney University was the first HBCU founded in 1837 in Pennsylvania. Historically black colleges and universities were the FIRST schools to provide an opportunity for African Americans to obtain higher education. 

Notable HBCU graduates include W.E.B Du Bois, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , Katherine Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Vice President Kamala D. Harris, and Michael Strahan. There are more than 100 HBCUs across the country, including public and private institutions that offer doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have played a major role in the growth and education of our ancestors and continue to play a major role in our community. Even to this day, due to the lower cost of attending HBCUs and their flexibility, HBCUs continue to meet the needs of low income and first generation students regardless of ethnicity.

HBCUs are also important because of the nurturing and supporting environment that they provide. It has been researched and proven that students of color feel more at home, and perform better in schools where they feel supported and safe.


For more information, click on the

HBCU for Life College Resource Guide

link below

Mu Kappa Omega HBCU for Life College Resource Guide.pdf