What Are the Largest Black Colleges in the U.S.?
The largest black colleges in the U.S. are all 4-year schools designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). HBCU institutions are colleges and universities that were established before 1964 with the primary goal of offering higher education to black Americans, but admit students of any race. Read on to learn about the largest four HBCU colleges in the U.S.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Florida A&M is located on 422 acres in Florida's capital city, Tallahassee. It is the largest HBCU in the United States. At Florida A&M you have diverse education options with over 60 majors to choose from. The graduate school highlights studies in engineering, sciences and leadership. Florida A&M also has colleges of law, education and pharmaceutical sciences, among others.
In 1887, FAMU, known then as the State Normal College for Colored Students, opened its doors to a class of 15 students. In 2011, Florida A&M had an enrollment of over 12,000 students.
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
You can become an Aggie in Greensboro, North Carolina at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT). This land-grant university opened in 1893, and has both undergraduate and graduate schools. NCAT is home to the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies, an organization inspired by President Lyndon B. Johnson's desire to investigate race riots in 1968. The institute endeavors to bring black issues and journalists into the forefront of media news.
At NCAT you can choose from 117 majors in your undergraduate education. The graduate school offers 58 master's programs and doctorates in subjects like advanced engineering and leadership studies. More African-American engineers have degrees from this school than any other in the nation.
Howard University in Washington, D.C. is the nation's largest private HBCU. Howard offers over 120 subjects for you to study. Graduate programs at Howard include law, dentistry, medicine, engineering and divinity. The school boasts that it produces more African-American on-campus Ph.D. graduates than any university in the world.
In 2011, Howard University was ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report among the HBCU institutions in the U.S. Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia, a much smaller school than Howard, ranked number one.
Texas Southern University
This Houston institution offers over 100 academic programs to choose from. As a TSU Tiger, you can choose from 11 colleges and schools to find an education that matches your career path. You can get your law degree at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law or study bionanotechnology at the College of Science and Technology. You can also choose to study through online classes.
If you choose TSU, you'll be attending a school with a rich educational history. In 1925, Wiley College established an education center for African-Americans to offer teacher training. By 1927, the school was relocated to a larger facility to accomodate its growth. After continued growth and a series of name changes, the school finally settled on Texas Southern University in 1951, and now has over 9,500 students from all ethnic backgrounds.