Founded on or before 1964, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established after the Civil War when southern states still practiced segregation in schools. The following HBCUs have provided places for freed slaves to earn a quality education.

For more than 140 years, HBCUs have nurtured, provided, and served academic excellence to low-income, first-generation, and academically underprepared students. HBCUs continue to thrive in its mission to turning students into educated testimonies.

According to UNCF’s ‘Six Reasons HBCUs Are More Important Than Ever,’ the nation 102 HBCUs make up just 3 percent of America’s colleges and universities, yet the institutions produce almost 20 percent of all African-American graduates and 25 percent of African-American graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – which are the critical industries of the future. Also, HBCUs tuition rates are on average almost 20 percent less than at comparable institutions.

Smaller institutions are evaluated for being the most affordable for students with an enrollment of less than 2,000 and tuition totaling less than $15,000 per year. These institutions are also student-centered which seeks to fulfill the academic needs and performances of every student enrolled and fostered academic preparation while providing high-quality educational opportunities for diverse populations.

This list provides you the top ten small private and public historically black institutions that are rising in providing educations with smaller class sizes, dedicated faculty, and spiritual values to its surrounding community.

10. J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College – Located in Huntsville, Alabama

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is the first and only institution of its kind in Alabama. In 1961, Governor George Wallace founded a group of state, two-year technical institutions. To support the technical/vocational career education needs of African Americans. Huntsville State Vocational Technical School was one of these schools.

In 1966, the school changed its name of J.F. Drake State Technical Trade School in honor of the late Joseph Fanning Drake, long-time President of Alabama A&M University. The Alabama State Board of Education granted Drake State Technical College status in 1973 and adjusted its name to J.F. Drake Technical College, allowing the school to offer the Associate in Applied Technology Degree (AAT).

The final step in establishing the schools identity came in July 2013 when the college officially became J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.

Dr. Patricia Sims was named the fourth president of Drake State in December 2018. Under her leadership, Drake State as transition to becoming the premier training destination for businesses in greater Huntsville. Dr. Sims and Dr. Hugine, President of AAMU signed a MOU on June 17, 2019, that will enable students awarded delayed admission to AAMU to begin their academic tenures at Drake State and earn credential as they prepare to transfer to AAMU. In January 2020, Dr. Sims was named by the HBCU Campaign Fund amongs ‘The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2020.”

For more information, visit www.drakestate.edu.

9. Tougaloo College – Located in Jackson, Mississippi

Tougaloo College is a private, coeducational, historically black, four-year liberal arts church related institution. In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased five hundred acres of land from John Boddie, owner of the Boddie plantation to establish a school for the training of young people “irrespective of religious tenets and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in general.” The Mississippi State Legislature granted the institution a charter under the name of Tougaloo University. Course of college credit were first offered in 1897, and in 1901, the first bachelor of arts degree was awarded to Traverse S. Crawford in 1916, the name of the institution was changed to Tougaloo College.

Over the years, the College has ranked among the top 25 U.S. institutions whose graduates earn their Ph.Ds in the science and engineering disciplines and among the top historically black colleges and universities in the graduation of females with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences. The College has historically produced over 40% of the African American physicians and dentists, practicing in the state of Mississippi, more than one-third of the state’s African American attorneys and educators including teachers, principals, school superintendents, college/university faculty and administrators. The College offers 29 degree programs in the areas of education, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

In March 2019, Dr. Carmen J. Waters was named as the 14th President of the College succeeding Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, who served as President since May 2002. Dr. Hogan was the first woman President to lead Tougaloo.

For more information, visit www.tougaloo.edu.

8. Clinton College – Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina

Established by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church during the Reconstruction era to help eradicate illiteracy among freedman slaves. Clinton College is a historically black, private college and the oldest institution of higher learning in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The College has operated continuously for 120 years. In 1894, Presiding Elder Nero A. Crockett and Rev. W.M. Robinson founded Clinton Institute and named it after Bishop Caleb Isom Clinton, the Palmetto Conference Presiding Bishop at the time.

In 2010, the College received a three-year Department of Energy Grant for $1.9 million to rest environmental development. Two bachelors programs were implemented in Fall 2013, approved by the Transnational Association for Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). The programs are a bachelor in science in business administration and a bachelor of arts in religion. The College was awarded grant funds that were used to develop courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The College endowment has increased from $89,000 in 2003 to $566,000 in 2013.

In view of the four-year programs, the College’s named was changed Clinton Junior College to Clinton College. In keeping with its 120-year tradition, the College offers an academic environment that not only promotes intellectual growth, but also fosters positive moral, ethical and spiritual values. The College celebrated 125 years of higher education in 2019.

For more information, visit www.clintoncollege.edu.

7. Miles College – Located in Birmingham, Alabama

Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Alabama. The noble founders of the institution saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community. The College is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Miles College is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) higher learning institution.

The College offers 28 bachelor degree programs in six academic divisions to an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students. Under the leadership of former President George T. French, Jr., Miles College purchased a new 41-acres campus adjacent to the existing campus in 2006.

In January 2020, Charles Barkley, former NBA Hall of Fame athlete and philanthropist donated the single largest gift of $1 million to the College. It is the first time in the College’s 122 year history to receive the historic gift. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston followed with a $50,000 gift to the football program within the same month.

Miles College is one of 39 UNCF-member institutions. For more information, visit www.miles.edu.

6. Morris-Brown College – Located in Atlanta, Georgia

Morris-Brown College founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college engaged in teaching and public service with special focus in leadership, management, entrepreneurship and technology. On October 15, 1885, just 20 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, 107 students and nine teachers walked into a crude wooden structure at the corner of Boulevard and Houston Streets in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the opening of the first educational institution in Georg

In May 1885, the State of Georgia granted a charter to Morris-Brown College. Under the leadership of Interim President, Dr. Kevin E. James, the College recently settled a $4 million debt with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The National Park Service also awarded the College a $500,000 grant toward the renovation of Fountain Hall. The College aims towards restoring and regaining its accreditation. There are currently 35 students taking classes on campus and online.

For more information, visit www.morrisbrown.edu.

5. Stillman College – Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Stillman College was authorized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1875, held its first classes in 1876 and was chartered as a legal corporation by the State of Alabama in 1895. At that time, the name was changed from Tuscaloosa Institute to Stillman Institute. In 1948, the name was officially changed to Stillman College. The following year, the College expanded to a four-year and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1951.

As a small liberal arts institution, Stillman College is committed to fostering academic excellence and providing high quality educational opportunities for diverse populations with disparate levels of academic preparations. Primarily a teaching institution, Stillman has a proud and evolving tradition of preparing students for leadership and service in society. The College is one of the leaders in wireless computing, and has received the National Innovation in Technology Award by Apple Computers, and continues to be on the cusp of technology innovations in higher education.

In 2017, Dr. Cynthia Warrick was appointed as Interim President of Stillman College. Later in April, she was named the permanent President facing ongoing financial challenges in the Colleges history. In March, Dr. Warrick is credited for raising $2 million to help cover debt service and operating expenses during the summer and help boost recruiting efforts to draw new students.

In January 2020, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) named Dr. Warrick amongst the ‘The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2020,’ citing her focus on connecting students and the college to opportunities that advance academic excellence, degree completion, admissions into graduate and professional schools and fruitful careers.

For more information, visit www.stillman.edu.

4. Edward Waters College – Located in Jacksonville, Florida

Edward Waters College (EWC) is, distinctively, Florida’s oldest independent institution of higher learning as well as the state’s first institution established for the education of African-Americans.

EWC began as an institution founded by blacks, for blacks. In 1865, following the Civil War, the Reverend Charles H. Pearce, a presiding elder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, was sent to Florida by Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. The school, established in 1866, was to eventually evolved into Edward Waters College. Construction of the first building began in October 1872 on ten acres of land in Live Oak. In 1892 the school’s name was changed to Edward Waters College in honor of the third Bishop of the AME Church.

Known as the youngest president of an HBCU in the nation, Dr. Zachary Faison, Jr., was named the 30th President and CEO of the College in 2018. Faison was recently featured in DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education article, Focus on Young HBCU President. His vision for the College aims to implement and enhance EWC through a new honor college, launch of new online degree programs in the field of social work, computer and information science and forensic science, and the development of the college’s first MBA. The College has also improved their athletics with the return of football and its reveal of new transportation buses through a partnership with Kelly Tours, Inc. valued at $100,000.

Most recently, the College hosted the groundbreaking for a new Community Football Field and Stadium, which will be the future campus home of the football team. Faison was honored to Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”

For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.

3. Paul Quinn College – Located in Dallas, Texas

A private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts College that was founded in 1872 by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church preachers in Austin, Texas as Correctional High School and Institute. In May 1881, the College was chartered by the state of Texas and changed its name to Paul Quinn College to commemorate the contributions of Bishop William Paul Quinn. The College relocated to Southwest Dallas, Texas in 1990.

Since the appointment of Michael J. Sorrell, a former member of the Board of Trustees, the College has raised academic standards and embarked on an ambitious revitalization of the campus, which has included spending over $4 million in capital improvements. The College has produced more than $2 million in budget surpluses in fiscal year 2009, 2010, and 2011; achieved unqualified audits for 2009 and 2010. Invested more than $4 million in infrastructure improvements and formed a groundbreaking partnership with Pepsico to convert and unused football stadium into a fully operational urban farm.

In 2011, the College received membership into the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) accreditation. In 2017, the College became the first HBCU to be named a “Work College” by the U.S. Department of Education. Paul Quinn is the ninth federally funded work college in the United States, the first Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) in the Work College Consortium, and the first work college in Texas.

For more information, visit www.pqc.edu.

2. Wiley College – Located in Marshall, Texas

In 1873, less than eight years after all hostilities were quieted from the Civil War, the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church founded Wiley College near Marshall, Texas for the purpose of allowing Negro youth the opportunity to pursue higher learning in the arts, sciences, and other professions.

Named in honor of Bishop Isaac William Wiley, an outstanding minister, medical missionary and educator, Wiley College was founded during turbulent times for Blacks in American. Wiley College opened its doors just south of Marshall with two frame buildings and an overwhelming desire to succeed in a climate fraught with racism and Jim Crow laws.

As a smaller historically black institution, Wiley College continues to provide a quality and affordable education to students. In 2020, the College announced a 20% tuition reduction to address the nation’s growing need for quality, cost-effective education. The College offers 20 academic degree programs in providing educational opportunities to the citizens of Texas, the nation and the world.

In 2018, Dr. Herman Felton, Jr., was named the 17th President of Wiley College. Under his leadership, the College has achieved significant accomplishments, including spearheading a campaign with the College alumni and supporters that launched the work to renovate and modernize the Thomas W. Cole Library and partnering with the Marshall Economic Development Corporation to receive a $100,000 grant to renovate KBWC, the College’s radio station as well as training space for physical education majors. Felton also created a Student Health, Counseling, and Wellness Unit for the College that is staffed with a full-time licensed practitioner.

For more information, visit www.wileyc.edu.

  1. Bennett College – Located in Greensboro, North Carolina

In 1873, Bennett College has its beginning in the unplastered basement of the Warnersville Methodist Episcopal Church (now known as St. Matthews United Methodist Church). Seventy young men and women started elementary and secondary level studies. In 1874 the Freedmen’s Aid Society took over the school which remained under its auspices for 50 years.

Within five years of 1873, a group of emancipated slaves purchased the present site for the school. College level courses and permanent facilities were added. In 1926, The Women’s Home Missionary Society joined the Board of Education of the Church to make Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, formerly co-educational, a college for women. It is one of two historically black colleges that enroll only women.

Since 1930, Bennett has graduated more than 7,000 students, affectionately known as “Bennett Belles.” The College offers 24 academic degree programs, and has five dual degree programs.

For more information, visit www.bennett.edu.

Founded on or before 1964, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established after the Civil War when southern states still practiced segregation in schools. These HBCUs have provided places for freed African-Americans to earn a quality education.

For more than 150 years, HBCUs have nurtured, provide, and serve academic excellence to low-income, first-generation, and academically underprepared students. HBCUs continue to thrive in its mission to building confidence to turning those students into educated testimonies.

According to UNCF’s 6 Reasons HBCUs Are More Important Than Ever, the nation’s 107 HBCUs make up just 3 percent of America’s colleges and universities, yet they produce almost 20 percent of all African-American graduates and 25 percent of African-American graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – which are the critical industries of the future. And HBCU tuition rates are on average almost 20 percent less than at comparable institutions.

Smaller institutions are most affordable with an enrollment of less than 2,000 and tuition totaling less than $15,000 per year. These institutions are also student-centered which seeks to fulfill the academic needs and performances of every student enrolled and fostered academic preparation while providing high-quality educational opportunities for diverse populations.

This list provides you the top ten small private and public historically black institutions that are rising in providing affordable education with smaller classes, dedicated instructors, and spiritual values to its community.

10. Morris Brown College – Atlanta, GA

Morris Brown College’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

Morris Brown College, founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college engaged in teaching and public service with special focus in leadership, management, entrepreneurship and technology. On October, 15, 1885, just 20 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, 107 students and nine teachers walked into a crude wooden structure at the corner of Boulevard and Houston Streets in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the opening of the first educational institutional in George under sole African-American patronage. The institution was Morris Brown College, named to honor the memory of the second consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

In May of 1885, the Sate of Georgia granted a charter to Morris Brown College. Under the leadership of interim president, Dr. Kevin James, the institution aims towards restoring and regaining its accreditation. Dr. James has heavily engaged in fundraising and in result, received various contribution from numerous donors. His mission is to keep the 138-year institution well alive.

For more information about Morris Brown College, visit www.morrisbrown.edu.

Simmons College of Kentucky’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

9. Simmons College of Kentucky – Louisville, KY

A few months after the end of the Civil War in 1865, members after the Kentucky State Convention of Colored Baptist Churches proposed the establishment of Kentucky’s first post secondary educational institute for its “colored” citizens. In 1879 the State Convention purchased four acres of land in Louisville to serve as the campus for Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute. In the period of 1893 to 1922, student registration increased from 159 to over 500. In recognition of Dr. Simmons’ leadership, the university was renamed Simmons University in 1918.

In 2015, Dr. Kevin W. Cosby was selected as the 13th president of Simmons beginning a resurgence that continues today. Under his tenure, Simmons has reacquired its original campus, secured accreditation, and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Recently Papa Johns International donated $30,000 to Simmons to fund scholarships for students. For more information about Simmons College of Kentucky, visit www.simmonscollegeky.edu.

8. Denmark Technical College – Denmark, SC

Denmark Technical College’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year institution providing career and transfer education. The college was established by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1947 and began operating March 1, 1948, as the Denmark Branch of South Carolina Trade School System. At its inception, the institution functioned under the South Carolina Department of Education and was mandated to educate black citizens in various trade. In 1979, the institution was accredited by the Southern Association Colleges and Schools and assumed its present designation as Denmark Technical College.

In 1987, DTC was named the first and only Historically Black Technical College in the State of South Carolina. Under the leadership of interim president Dr. Christopher J. Hall, DTC mission is to provide an affordable, high-quality education with engaging classroom experiences, and personal attention.

For more information about Denmark Technical College, visit www.denmarktech.edu.

7. J.F. Drake Community and Technical College – Huntsville, AL

J.F. Drake Community and Technical College’s campus.

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is the first and only institution of its kind in Alabama. In 1961, Governor George Wallace founded a group of state, two-year technical institution. To support the technical/vocational career education needs of African Americans. Huntsville State Vocational Technical School was one of these schools.

In 1966, the school changed its name of J.F. Drake State Technical Trade School in honor of the late Joseph Fanning Drake, long-time president of Alabama A&M University. The Alabama State Board of Education granted Drake State Technical College status in 1973 and adjusted its name to J.F. Drake State Technical College, allowing the school to offer the Associate in Applied Technology Degree (AAT).

The final step in establishing the schools identity came in July 2013 when the college officially became J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.

Dr. Patricia Sims was named the fourth president of Drake State in December 2018. Under her leadership, Drake State has transition to become the premier training destination for businesses in greater Huntsville. Dr. Sims and Dr. Hugine, President of AAMU signed a MOU on June 17th that will enable students awarded delayed admission to AAMU to begin their academic tenures at Drake State and earn credential as they prepare to transfer to AAMU.

For more information J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, visit www.drakestate.edu.

6. Tougaloo College – Jackson, MS

Tougaloo College’s campus.

Tougaloo College is a private, coeducational, historically black four-year liberal arts, church related institution. In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased five hundred acres of land from John Boddie, owner of the Boddie plantation to establish a school for the training of young people “irrespective of religious tenets and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in generals.” The Mississippi State Legislature granted the institution a charter under the name of Tougaloo University. Courses of college credit were first offered in 1897, and in 1901, the first Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded to Traverse S. Crawford. In 1916, the name of the institution was changed to Tougaloo College.

In March 2019, Dr. Carmen J. Walters was named as the 14th President of the College. For more information about Tougaloo College, visit www.tougaloo.edu.

5. Allen University – Columbia, SC

Allen University’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

Allen University was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in 1870. The University has a distinguished history, rich in the tradition of promoting spiritual growth and training men and women to become productive leaders in an ever-changing society. Manifesting the dream of Daniel Alexander Payne, an apostle of black education in the United States, Allen University educated men and women for stellar leadership and service.

At the Annual conference, the deed for the land and buildings presented by Reverend Simon Miller, and the institute was named in honor of Daniel A. Payne. At the Annual conference meeting in Spartanburg in 1880, delegates agreed on the need for a more centralized location for Payne Institute and voted to move it to Columbia, SC. Concurrently, Payne Institute was renamed Allen University in honor of Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church.

The University is in its current strategic plan for growth. It’s preparation under the leadership of Dr. Ernest McNealey is plan for progression. It is growing in enrollment, finances, new academic programs, including its first graduate degree and has expanded the athletic program.

For more information about Allen University, visit www.allenuniversity.edu.

4. Lane College – Jackson, TN

Lane College’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

In 1882, one of the nation’s early Black churches denominations founded what has since evolved into Lane College. Now referred to as the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, the organization was organization was originally named the Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in America when it formed in 1870. For $240, Bishop Lane purchased the first four acres of land to be used for the new school, and they were located in the eastern part of Jackson, Tennessee.

On November 12, 1882, the “CME High School” began its first session under the guidance of its first principal and teacher, Miss Jennie E. Lane, daughter of Founder Isaac Lane. The College Department was organized in 1896, and at that time, the Board of Trustees voted to changed the name from Lane Institute to Lane College.

Named as the 10th president, Dr. Logan Hampton has led the campus to strengthen its brand and Christian ethos, approve associate degrees, expand online course offerings, establish a more conventional student residential community with a robust first year experience program, and improve the arts, recreation and athletic facilities.

For more information about Lane College, visit www.lanecollege.edu.

3. Philander Smith College – Little Rock, AR

Philander Smith College’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is the result of the first attempt west of the Mississippi River to make education available to freedmen (former African-American slaves). The forerunner of the college was Walden Seminary, named in honor of Dr. J.M. Walden, one of the originators and the first corresponding secretary of the Freedman’s Aid Society.

In 1882, Dr. G.W. Gray, president of Little Rock University, the institution for the Arkansas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, met Mrs. Adeline Smith, widow of Mr. Philander Smith of Oak Park, IL, while soliciting funds. The late Philander Smith had been a liberal donor to Asiatic Missions and had developed an interest in the work of the church in the South. In making her gift to Dr. Gray, Mrs. Smith designated $10,500 for Walden Seminary. The trustees accepted the gift and gave it special recognition by changing the name of the struggling Walden Seminary to Philander Smith College.

Philander Smith College was chartered as a four-year college on March 3, 1883. The first baccalaureate degree was conferred in 1888. Under the leadership of Dr. Roderick Smothers, the institution has immerse itself in enriching and worthwhile activities to move it toward the upper echelons of the country’s top historically Black colleges and universities.

For more information about Philander Smith College, visit www.philander.edu.

2. Edward Waters College – Jacksonville, FL

Edward Waters College’s campus.

Edward Waters College (EWC) is, distinctively, Florida’s oldest independent institution of higher learning as well as the state’s first institution established for the education of African Americans.

Edward Waters College began as an institution founded by blacks, for black. In 1865, following the Civil War, the Reverend Charles H. Pearce, a presiding elder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, was sent to Florida by Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. The school, established in 1866, was to eventually evolve into Edward Waters College. Construction of the first building began in October 1872 on ten acres of land in Live Oak. In 1892 the school’s name was changed to Edward Waters College in honor of the third Bishop of the AME Church.

Featured in DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education, Focus on Young HBCU President, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. was named the 30th president and CEO of EWC has been the visionary a strategic plan called “Eminence 2025.” His vision aims to implement and enhance EWC through a new honor college, launch of new online degree programs in the field of social work, computer and information science and forensic science, and the development of the college’s first MBA. The institution has also improved their athletics with the return of football and its reveals new transportation fleet and partnership with Kelly Tours, inc. valued at $100,000. Faison was also honored to Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”

For more information about Edward Waters College, visit www.ewc.edu.

  1. Wiley College – Marshall, TX
Wiley College’s campus.

In 1873, less than eight years after all hostilities were quieted from the Civil Ward, the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church founded Wiley College near Marshall, Texas for the purpose of allowing Negro youth the opportunity to pursue higher learning in the arts, sciences and other professions.

Named in honor of Bishop Isaac William Wiley, an outstanding minister, medical missionary and educator, Wiley College was founded during turbulent times for Black in America. Wiley College opened it doors just south of Marshall with two frame buildings and an overwhelming desire to succeed in a climate fraught with racism and Jim Crow laws.

Under the leadership of Dr. Herman Felton, Jr. the college continues to offer educational opportunities to the citizens of Texas, the nation and the world. Under his leadership, he has achieved significant accomplishments, including spearheading a campaign with College alumni and supporters that has launched the work to renovate and modernize the Thomas W. Cole Library and partnering with the Marshall Economic Development Corporation to receive a $100,000 grant to renovate KBWC, the College’s radio station as well as training space for physical education majors. Felton has also created a Student Health, Counseling, and Wellness Unit for the College that is staffed with a full-time licensed practitioner.

For more information about Wiley College, visit www.wileyc.edu.

DENMARK, SCVoorhees College continually holds the distinct honor of being the last institution standing that was founded by one of Booker T. Washington’s students.

Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, who was at the age of 23, began her studies at Booker T. Washington’s famed Tuskegee Institute. She said time at Tuskegee gave her a mission in life: being “the same type of woman as Mr. Washington was of a man.” Knowing the importance of education, she moved to Denmark and started the first of several schools in the rural area. She survived threats, attacks, and arson.

Wright went back to Tuskegee to finish her degree before returning to South Carolina to try again. Undeterred and envisioning a better future for blacks through education, she founded Denmark Industrial School in 1897, modeling it after Tuskegee. New Jersey philanthropist Ralph Voorhees and his wife donated $5,000 to buy the land and build the first building, allowing the school to open in 1902 with Wright as principal. It was the only high school for blacks in the area.

In 1947, the school became Voorhees School and Junior College. And in 1962, it was accredited as four-year Voorhees College.

Today, Voorhees College survives as a small institution that takes pride in its rich history and is dedicated to catering to student’s academic, professional, social, and spiritual needs in order to assist them in fulfilling their higher education goals. Dating back to Wright’s era, there has been a debate between those who follow the philosophy of Dr. Booker T. Washington and advocated education aimed at teaching job skills and those who believe, as Dr. W.E.B. Dubois did, that a liberal education would help young adults develop as leaders. The Voorhees curriculum today is a mix of the two views.

The institution offers each student a comprehensive general education experience coupled with a values-centered liberal arts environment that supports opportunities designed to help prepare students to function in a diverse and increasingly technology society.

 

Source: www.voorhees.edu/blog/voorhees-the-last-school-standing

 

Founded on or before 1964, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established after the Civil War when southern states still practiced segregation in schools. These HBCUs have provided places for freed African-Americans to earn a quality education.

For more than 150 years, HBCUs have nurtured, provide, and serve academic excellence to low-income, first-generation, and academically underprepared students. HBCUs continue to thrive in its mission to building confidence to turning those students into educated testimonies.

According to UNCF’s 6 Reasons HBCUs Are More Important Than Ever, the nation’s 107 HBCUs make up just 3 percent of America’s colleges and universities, yet they produce almost 20 percent of all African-American graduates and 25 percent of African-American graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – which are the critical industries of the future. And HBCU tuition rates are on average almost 20 percent less than at comparable institutions.

Smaller institutions are most affordable with an enrollment of less than 2,000 and tuition totaling less than $15,000 per year. These institutions are also student-centered which seeks to fulfill the academic needs and performances of every student enrolled and fostered academic preparation while providing high-quality educational opportunities for diverse populations.

This list provides you the top ten small private and public historically black institutions that are rising in providing affordable education with smaller classes, dedicated instructors, and spiritual values to its community.

 

10. Rust College – Holy Springs, MS

Established in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Epsicopal Church, Rust College was opened in Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1870, the school was chartered as Shaw University, honoring the Reverend S. O. Shaw, who made a gift of $10,000 to the new institution. In 1892, the name was changed to Rust University to avoid confusion with another Shaw University. In 1915, the title was changed to the more realistic name Rust College.

 

Rust College recognizes the three-fold functions of education as being teaching, research, and community service. It offers a well-round program designed to acquaint students with cultural, moral, and spiritual values, both in theory and in practice. Rust College provides an opportunity for education to all, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or ethic background.

For more information about Rust College, please visit www.rustcollege.edu.

9. Clinton College – Rock Hill, SC

Established by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church during Reconstruction years, to help eradicate illiteracy among freedman. Clinton College is a historically black, private college and the oldest institution of higher education in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The college has operated continuously for 120 years. In 1894, Presiding Elder Nero A. Crockett and Rev. W.M. Robinson founded Clinton Institute and named it for Bishop Caleb Isom Clinton, the Palmetto Conference presiding bishop at the time.

In 2010, the college received a three-year Department of Energy Grant for $1.9 million to rest environmental development. Two Bachelors programs were implemented in Fall 2013. The programs are a Bachelors of Science in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. The institution was awarded grant funds that were used to develop courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The institution endowment has increased from $89,000 in 2003 to $566,000 in 2013. The value of the campus has increased from approximately 2 million dollars in 2013 to 7 millions in 2013.

In May 2013, The Transnational Association for Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) approved the college to offer two four-year programs; a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In view of the four-year programs, the school’s named was changed Clinton Junior College, to Clinton College. In keeping with its 120-year tradition, Clinton College offers an academic environment that not only promotes intellectual growth, but also fosters positive moral, ethical, and spiritual values.

For more information about Clinton College, please www.clintoncollege.edu.

8. Arkansas Baptist College – Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Baptist College, originally named the Minister’s Institute, was founded in 1884 by the Colored Baptist of Arkansas during their annual convention at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Little Rock. The primary objective of the institute was to raise the educational level within negro ministry. In April 1855, the college’s name was changed to Arkansas Baptist College.

Arkansas Baptist College offer degrees in business administration, human services, criminal justice and religious studies. The college also offers two-year associate liberal arts degrees and certificate programs.

As one of Arkansas’ most affordable institutions of higher education, the college strives to attract students who desire a personal approach to their education with smaller classes, dedicated instructors, a sense of community, and spiritual values and principles integrated throughout their collegiate experience.

For more information about Arkansas Baptist College, please visit www.arkansasbaptist.edu.

7. Lawson State Community College – Birmingham, AL

Founded in 1947, Lawson State Community College was first established as a result of the Wallace Patterson Trade School Act. The college was created in 1965, and was named after its first President in 1969. Another milestone was accomplish when the college received its accreditation by the commission on colleges of the Southern Association on colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. On October 1, 1973, Wenonah State Technical Institute and Wenonah State Junior College merged and become one institution known as Lawson State Community College.

Recently ranked as the best nursing program in Alabama by RegisteredNursing.org out of 40 accredited institutions. Lawson State is an rising historically black community college, located in the southwestern section of Birmingham, Alabama, and is composed of two main divisions — an academic division and a career/technical division.

In 2011, Lawson State was featured as a Top 50 community college, making history in the state. And in 2013, it moved from 33 out of 50 on the list (of top colleges) to #5. Lawson State has also been recognized by the White House (and celebrated by the Obama Administration) as a Champion of Change in 2011. In 2015, Lawson State received the epitome of recognition when it was selected to host a visit by President Barack Obama. And in 2017, Lawson’s Nursing Program was ranked #2 in the state (among both 2 and 4-year colleges) by RegisteredNursing.org.

For more information about Lawson State Community College, please visit www.lawsonstate.edu.

6. Morris College – Sumter, SC

Established in 1908, Morris College was founded “for the Christian and Intellectual Training for Negro Youth,” by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. As an accredited, four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and career-focused institution, Morris College awards baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences and in career-based professional fields.

Morris College serves on its mission that is primary a student-centered institution which seeks to fulfill this mission by evaluating the academic performance of students to ensure competence in communication, problem solving critical thinking, and the use of information technology, emphasizing specific professional and technical skills necessary to meet societal demands and emphasizing total development of the student for responsible citizenship in a global society.

Morris College offers Bachelor’s degrees in 20 areas of study. The school accreditation is held by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award four different type of Bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education.

In the seventieth year of Morris College’s history, on December 13, 1978, the institution achieved the goal of full accreditation. And, on January 1, 1982, Morris College became the 42nd member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The college has embarked upon a new era of institutional improvements that has moved it further into the mainstream of American higher education and that has enabled it to render even better service to its students and community.

For more information about Morris College, please visit www.morris.edu.

5. Stillman College – Tuscaloosa, AL

Stillman College, was authorized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1875, held its first classes in 1876 and was chartered as a legal corporation by the State of Alabama in 1895. At that time, the name was changed from Tuscaloosa Institute to Stillman Institute. In 1948, the name was officially changed to Stillman College. The following year, the college expanded into a four-year college and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1951.

As a liberal arts institution, Stillman College is committed to fostering academic excellence and to providing high quality educational opportunities for diverse populations with disparate levels of academic preparation. Primarily a teaching institution, Stillman has a proud and evolving tradition of preparing students for leadership and service in society. Stillman College is on of the leaders in wireless computing, the college received the National Innovation in Technology Award by Apple Computers and continues to be on the cusp of technology innovations in higher education.

The college, via its constituents, is committed to service for the common good. The entire academic enterprise, under grid with the principles of faith and ethical integrity, manifests constructive compassion as it confidently pursues the best in scholarly inquiry and creative endeavors.

For more information about Stillman College, please visit www.stillman.edu.

4. Paul Quinn College – Dallas, TX

A private, faith-based, four-year, liberal arts -inspired college that was founded on April 4, 1872 by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church preachers in Austin, Texas as Correctional High School and Institute. In May 1881, the college was chartered by the state of Texas and changed its name to Paul Quinn College to commemorate the contributions of Bishop William Paul Quinn. The college relocated to southwest Dallas, Texas in 1990.

Since the tenure of Michael J. Sorrell, a former member of the Board of Trustees, the college has raised academic standards and embarked on an ambitious revitalization of the campus, which has included spending over $4 million in capital improvements. It has reduced institutional debt by 40 percent and resolved all previous issues with audit findings. The college has produced more than $2 million in budget surpluses in fiscal 2009, 2010, and 2011; achieved unqualified audits for 2009 and 2010. Invested more than $4 million in infrastructure improvements and formed a groundbreaking partnership with Pepsico to covert and unused football stadium into a fully operational urban farm.

And in 2011, the college received membership into the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) accreditation. In 2017, the college became the first HBCU to be named a “Work College” by the U.S. Department of Education. Paul Quinn’s enrollment is about 424 students currently.

For more information about Paul Quinn College, please visit www.pqc.edu.

3. LeMoyne-Owen College – Memphis, TN

LeMoyne Normal and Commercial School opened officially in 1877, but it actually began in 1862. The school was moved to Memphis in 1863, but was destroyed by fire in the race riots. Lincoln Chapel, as the school was then known was rebuilt and reopened in 1867 with 150 students and six teachers. It became a junior college in 1924 and a four-year college in 1930, chartered by the state of Tennessee just four years later. The merger of Owen and LeMoyne Colleges in 1968 joined two religious traditions at the same time that it reinforced the institutions’ shared purposes of combining a liberal arts education with career training in a christian setting.

Current President Dr. Andrea L. Miller was recently named as a ten most dominant HBCU leader by HBCU Campaign Fund. She was recognized for her devoted work in moving LeMoyne-Owen College forward by stabilizing enrollment by nearly 1,000 students and increasing its endowment fund with $12.8 million inputted.

LeMoyne-Owen College offer 23 areas of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Sciences, or the Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.

For more information about LeMoyne-Owen College, please visit www.loc.edu.

2. Huston-Tillotson University – Austin, TX

Established in 1875, Huston-Tillotson University is the first institution of higher learning in Austin, Texas. A private historically black institution, the school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United Negro College Fund. Huston-Tillotson College was formed by the merger of Samuel Huston College and Tillotson College, which was effective on October 24, 1952. Huston-Tillotson remained primarily a black college after the merger, although there were no restrictions as to race. Huston-Tillotson College officially changed its name to Huston-Tillotson University on February 28, 2005.

Huston-Tillotson University awards undergraduates, four-year degrees in business, education, the humanities, natural sciences, sciences and technology. A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith institution, the university welcomes students of all ages, races, and religious. The university also offers alternative teacher certification and academic programs for undergraduates interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees in law and medicine.

As an historically black institution, Huston-Tillotson University will provide opportunities to a diverse population for academic achievement with an emphasis on academic excellence, spiritual and ethical development, civic engagement, and leadership in a nurturing environment.

For more information about Huston-Tillotson University, please visit www.htu.edu.

1. Paine College – Augusta, GA

Founded by leadership of the Methodist Episcopal Church, now United Methodist Church, and the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, now Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Paine College was the brainchild of Bishop Lucius Henry Holsey, who first expressed the idea for the college in 1869. On November 1, 1882, the Paine College Board of Trustees, consisting of six members, three from each Church, met for the first time. In December, the trustees selected Dr. Morgan Callaway as the first President of the college.

Paine College offers a total of 16 majors offered in two schools through six departments that students can choose from as their field of study. The college was admitted to full membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1961. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $3 million to support academic programs and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Though the institution is experiencing financial issues, it still remains a small, predominately Black, coeducational, church-related school, gratefully related to its founding denominations and open to all. Paine College continues to rise and produce significant academic excellence.

For more information about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.

SALISBURY, NC – One hundred and twenty-five years ago, Livingstone College awaited the arrival of Johnson C. Smith University (then Biddle Memorial Institute), who traveled by horse and buggy to Salisbury to play football.The contest held on a snowy December 27, 1892, on the front lawn of Livingstone College, was the first black intercollegiate football game.

In 2009, the two schools decided to start an annual Commemorative Classic football game to honor the inaugural matchup. The classic is the last football game of the regular season with location now alternating between the two campuses.

“How fitting that on this 125th anniversary, the game will be played where it all started – on the campus of Livingstone College,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College president.

The original Livingstone team was formally organized in the fall of 1892 and included J.W. Walker (captain); W.J. Trent (manager), who later became the longest-serving president of Livingstone to date; R.J. Rencher; Henry Rives; C.N. Garland; J.R. Dillard; J.B.A. Yelverton; Wade Hampton; Charles H. Patrick; J.J. Taylor; and F.H. Cummings.

According to the college newspaper’s 1930 edition, team members purchased a regulations football and uniforms, and the players equipped their street shoes with cleats, taking them off after practice. The young women of the school’s industrial department made the players’ uniform.

The teams played two 45-minute halves with Trent scoring Livingstone’s only touchdown on a fumble recovery. Biddle argued that the fumble was recovered out of bounds as the snow had covered the field’s markings. The official ruled in Biddle’s favor, allowing them to keep the 5-0 lead and giving them the victory.

“We’re always optimistic about the game,” said Coach Andre Springs, Livingstone’s Athletic Director. “But this is more than a game. The Commemorative Classic pays homage to those original teams that started a tradition of black college football in this country that has made a positive difference and blazed a mighty trail for student athletes.”

This year, Livingstone College and Johnson C. Smith University celebrate 125th anniversary with a host of events following the Commemorative Classic football game that was played on November 4 at Livingstone College.

JCSU took the victory over Livingstone 27-14.