Outreach Toolkit: About HBCUs
Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Congress officially defined an HBCU as an institution whose principal mission was and is the education of black Americans. All HBCUs play a critical role in the American Higher education system. For most of America's history, African Americans who received a college education could only get it from an HBCU. Today HBCUs remain one of the surest ways for an African American, or student of any race, to receive a quality education.