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Historically Black College
Olya Bezvushko

Historically black colleges (HBCs) are colleges and universities which were founded before 1964 with the purpose of serving the African-American population. They can be found in 20 states in America.

There are 105 HBCs in the United States today, including public and private, two-year and four-year institutions, medical schools and community colleges.

There are also such conceptions as predominantly black schools and institutions with a plurality of black students. The first ones have a student body that is over fifty percent African-American, the second - host many African-American students, but black students are not the majority.

Traditional institutions and historically black colleges, both offer excellent opportunities for African-American students. Besides, HBCs provide additional unique rewards, such as:

     - Much lower dropout rate
     - Diminished race-based admissions

These institutions of higher education have always been open to all students. They educate leaders who affect all of society, a few of which include current and former United Methodist bishops, former treasurer of the United States and the current president of Brown University. Their convey a wide range of researchers, such as malaria vaccinations, women heart diseases, and offers a PhD in Social Work Planning and Administration, and competitive degrees in education. The impact of the leadership fostered at HBCs is worldwide.

Black College Fund-supported institutions are typically located in marginalized communities and often serve students who may not be able to afford an advanced education. In some colleges up to 90 percent of students qualify for financial aid. The tuition is really low, so students with low incomes may attend. The fund provides a constant and reliable way to support the colleges' operations, programs and capital improvements to keep them competitive in higher education.

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