The Economic Impact of the District of Columbia's HBCUs

The landmark study commissioned by UNCF—HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities—makes it clear: HBCUs are economic engines in their D.C. communities and beyond, generating substantial economic returns year after year.

HBCU faculty, employees and students produce—and consume—a wide range of goods and services, which spurs economic activity on and beyond campus. The result? More jobs, stronger growth and more vibrant communities. Meanwhile, D.C.’s workforce is bolstered by a steady supply of highly trained and success-oriented HBCU graduates.

Want to learn more? Let the numbers tell the story.

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District of Columbia's 2 HBCUs Produce:

$1.8 Billion

Total Economic Impact



$7.5 Billion

Lifetime Earnings