Aerial view of Bethune Cookman students on campus

Institute for Capacity Building

Who We Are and What We Do

When college administrators need to improve their student retention, they come to the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building (ICB) for an enrollment management program. When faced with budget shortfalls, they turn to ICB for guidance. Schools launching capital campaigns turn to ICB for consulting help.

ICB was launched by UNCF in 2006 to provide targeted capacity-building resources to help UNCF’s 37 member institutions improve admission, retention and graduation rates. ICB’s work focuses on three areas critical to HBCU success:  enrollment management, institutional advancement and fiscal and strategic technical assistance.


Attend “UNITE 2022,” hosted by UNCF, June 12-16, 2022, at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. Registration is now open at

unite22 banner art



A professor and student studying in a library together

Helping HBCUs Succeed

UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization, providing resources and support to enable more than 450,000 students to earn college degrees over more than 70 years.

Our Impact

A Model for Success

A holistic approach to recruiting and retaining students

Institutions that want to stay competitive—and be the first choice for potential students and their parents—must focus on how they recruit those students and the environment they create to retain them. This report shows how strategic enrollment management, properly designed and executed, can be a catalyst for transforming American higher education.

Download Enrollment Best Practices

Students Need Your Help

College is more expensive than ever, yet federal student financial aid has failed to keep pace. Please help fill the gap so more African American students can successfully get to and through college.

Donate Now