States with the Most HBCUs


This week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features the states that have the most HBCUs. Although there are over 100 HBCUs across the nation, most of them are concentrated in these Southern states.


  • Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University
  • Alabama State University
  • Bishop State Community College
  • Concordia College-Selma
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Miles College
  • Oakwood University
  • Selma University
  • Shelton State Community College
  • Stillman College
  • Talladega College
  • Tuskegee University


  • Barber-Scotia College
  • Bennett College
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Livingstone College
  • North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Saint Augustine’s College
  • Shaw University
  • Winston Salem State University


  • Albany State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Morehouse College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Paine College
  • Savannah State University
  • Spelman College

4. TEXAS – 9 HBCUs

  • Huston Tillotson University
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • Paul Quinn College
  • Prairie View Agricultural & Mechanical University
  • Southwestern Christian College
  • Saint Philip’s College
  • Texas College
  • Texas Southern University
  • Wiley College


  • Allen University
  • Benedict College
  • Claflin University
  • Clinton Junior University
  • Denmark Technical College
  • Morris College
  • South Carolina State University
  • Voorhees College


  • American Baptist College
  • Fisk University
  • Knoxville College
  • Lane College
  • LeMoyne-Owen College
  • MeHarry Medical College
  • Tennesse State University


  • Alcorn State University
  • Coahoma Community College
  • Hinds Community College – Utica
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Rust College
  • Tougaloo College


  • Dillard University
  • Grambling State University
  • Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • Southern University at Shreveport
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Please note that, as with all of our MSI Line Ups, this list is not meant to be comprehensive. We strive to feature a handful of MSIs here each week to highlight the great work they do. If you’d like more comprehensive data on MSIs, we invite you to check out our research and publications at the Center for Minority Institutions’ website. Thanks!

8 Unique Tribal College Courses and Degrees

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are unique because they offer degrees, certificates and courses that are specifically for Native American students and for students interested in learning about Native American history/culture. Today’s MSI Line Up features 8 unique offerings from 8 TCUs that help enrich their students’ education and community-building talents.

1) Aaniiih Nakoda College – TCU


The Environmental Science Associate degree provides students an education with forestry, fish and wildlife management, biology, water quality, soil conservation and range conservation. These skills can be used to help employ students and give back to their communities.

2) Blackfeet Community College – TCU


Blackfeet Community College offers the Associate of Applied Science degree, which broadens knowledge on language, history, arts and crafts, contemporary issues and other Native American Indian contributions to contemporary lifestyles. The program prepares students for careers as cultural consultants and Blackfeet mentors on tribal affairs.

3) Chief Dull Knife College – TCU


Chief Dull Knife College offers incredibly useful courses to their students that relate to their environment and skills that can be used immediately for the purposes of their communities and families. One such course is Farm and Ranch Management that teaches students the economics of farm/ranch and business decisions as well as the national economic policy with emphasis on agriculture.

 4) Little Big Horn College – TCU

Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Crow Indian Reservation, Montana

Students at LBHC can get a one-year certificate which prepares them for successful employment in the tribal government. Students will gain an understanding of tribal government operations and learn skills in communication, organizations, management and computers necessary for working in the tribal government offices. The certificate will help prepare students interested in working at tribal managers and administrators.

5) Little Priest Tribal College – TCU


Students who major in the the Native American Studies curriculum at Little Priest Tribal College will increase their understanding, insight, and knowledge of historic and present-day Winnebago, HoChunk and other indigenous cultures. Students will gain an understanding of themselves in relation to their own ancestry and culture and realize their personal indigenous power.

6) Nebraska Indian Community College – TCU


Students can take courses like Native American Mythology which studies the mythology of Native American’s origins, symbolism and tribal variations. The oral tradition in creation, trickster, and hero stories of indigenous people is emphasized. Students learn a wide scope of Native American background.

7) Salish Kootenai College – TCU


The purpose of the SKC Hydrology degree program teaches students water rights, agriculture, environmental health, beliefs and spirituality related to water, and sustainability of water resources. The objectives are both to empower Tribal communities through a sharing of knowledge and experience and to enhance cross-cultural understanding and respect for different approaches to water development.

8) Stone Child College – TCU


Stone Child College students can earn an associate degree in human services with a concentration in Native Communities. This gives students an opportunity to explore reservation and Native Community issues in a tribal college setting. The goal of this program is to educate students about individual, family and community health and wellness.

MSIs with the Highest Ratios of Women Students

Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features MSIs whose student populations are comprised primarily of women, along with the programs and initiatives that support them.

1) Clark Atlanta – HBCU

Clark Atlanta Women 2

There are approximately 75% women and 25% men at Clark Atlanta University, and in 1979 Clark launched its Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program. In spring 2006, the university approved the Women’s and Gender Studies major to empower and educate their students.

2) Howard University – HBCU

 Howard women

The Women’s Health Institute’s (WHI) mission is to improve the health of women through the combination of education, research, prevention programs, and policies across the health sciences enterprise with a strategic focus on eliminating health disparities for diverse women. The campus is 67% women and 33% men.

3) North Carolina Central University – HBCU

NCCU Womens pic

The Women’s Center at NCCU is a safe space for students to receive confidential support and empowers them to work on problems related to women’s leadership, gender equity, and gender-based violence on NCCU’s campus. The campus is 67% women and 33% men.

4) University of Houston – AANAPISI

Houston pic

The Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) at the University of Houston hosts events like the Vagina Monologue and offers support to promote gender equity, gender justice, and student achievement at the University of Houston through advocacy, education, empowerment, and support services. The women-to-men ratio at the University of Houston is very close with women at 51% and men at 49%.

5) Spelman University – HBCU

Spelman woman

The Women’s Research and Resource Center is a pioneer in teaching, research, and advocacy, and nurtures Spelman students’ critical thinking about many issues, including human rights, healthcare, and leadership development. Spelman is an all-women’s HBCU that supports their students with a plethora of resources.

*Please note that, as with all of our MSI Line Ups, this list is not meant to be comprehensive. We strive to feature a handful of MSIs here each week to highlight the great work they do. If you’d like more comprehensive data on MSIs, we invite you to check out our research and publications at the Center for Minority Institutions’ website. Thanks!

By the Numbers: Highly Productive MSIs

Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features MSIs that are known for producing significant numbers of talented students of color in some of the most demanding fields.

1) Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University – HBCU

Alabama A&M

Alabama A&M is the leading HBCU providing agricultural science degrees, and 49 percent of Black students who received an agricultural sciences PhD earned it at this HBCU.

2) California State University, Long Beach – HSI

UC Long Beach

Cal State, Long Beach had over one thousand Latino/a students enrolled in its engineering program in 2014 and is well-known for its physics department.

3) Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University – HBCU


Florida A&M grants degrees in the agricultural, physical and engineering sciences. It ranks 3rd overall in the number of STEM degrees awarded to Black STEM PhD students and is also a leader in engineering.

4) Florida International University – HSI


Florida International University has about 50,000 students and is the 7th largest university in the nation. In 2014, FIU conferred a large proportion of bachelor’s degrees to Latino/a students in biology.

5) Howard University – HBCU


Howard is the HBCU that boasts the most Black STEM PhD recipients at a whopping 33 percent. It is also the leading HBCU to award 45 percent of all degrees in biomedical sciences to Black graduates.

6) Morehouse School of Medicine – HBCU

Morehouse Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine grants a substantial amount of biology and biomedical science degrees to Black students and comes in at 7th in overall STEM degrees.

 7) North Carolina Agriculture & Technical University – HBCU

NC AT Engineering

North Carolina A&T’s College of Engineering has consistently ranked No. 1 in the U.S for the number of degrees awarded to African Americans at the undergraduate level. In addition, for the last 9 years the college is the leading producer of Black female engineers at the collegiate level. Go Aggies!

8) St. Mary’s University, School of Law

St. Mary's Univ

St. Mary’s University, School of Law is the HSI that has graduated the most Latino/a J.D. students and is considered among the nation’s “Most Diverse Law Schools.” It is connected with the Hispanic National Bar Association and offers an on-campus Hispanic Student Law Association for Latino/a students pursuing their law degrees.

9) Tennesse State University


Tennessee State University ranks 3rd in awarding biological and biomedical science degrees to Black students.

 10) Xavier University of Louisiana – HBCU

Xavier 2

Xavier was No. 1 in the nation in placing its African-American graduates into medical school for 15 straight years before an enrollment drop due to the six-month closure of the school following Hurricane Katrina. However, it bounced back and awarded 60 medical degrees to Black graduates in 2011 and is still considered a leading HBCU for Black medical doctors. Talk about resilience!

10 MSIs for Students Who Love to Chow Down

1) City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College – PBI

CUNY City College NY

Chicago, home of the deep dish pizza. It is no wonder that Kennedy-King College makes this list, with its new $192 million dollar campus located on Chicago’s South Side.

2) CUNY City College – AANAPISI/HSI


New York is viewed by many as the culinary capital of the world, and CUNY City College earns entry onto this list almost by default, as NYC has over a whopping 16,250 full service restaurants to choose from.

3) Florida International University – HSI

Florida International University

Florida International University is located in Miami where many Latin and Caribbean influences are embedded into the foods. This mouth watering steak was made at a local restaurant.

4) La Sierra University – AANAPISI/HSI

La Sierra

La Sierra University is known for their delicious vegetarian options on campus and in the surrounding areas. The food is so delicious that even meat eaters enjoy their food.

5) Southern University Agricultural & Mechanical College – HBCU


There is an array of tasty soul food restaurants located near Baton Rouge area. This delightful bread pudding is from Galatoire’s Bistro, which features French-inspired Louisiana cuisine, an outdoor patio and a full bar.

6) Spelman College – HBCU

Spelman Food

Spelman College is located in Atlanta, where food is “like a Georgia peach: vibrant, colorful and juicy.” The Optimist, a fine seafood restaurant in downtown Atlanta,serves their popular shrimp a la plancha in a stack as seen above.

7) University of California, Santa Barbara – HSI


University of California, Santa Barbara is located in a hub of fantastic restaurants filled with a variety of different cultural influences. The zesty tacos made at Cava Restaurant& Bar are very popular with locals.

8) University of Houston – AANAPISI

U of Houston 3

University of Houston is located in Houston, Texas, the largest city in the state, which of course means they have the largest burgers and tastebuds.

9) University of Memphis – PBI

UofM 2

University of Memphis is surrounded by feel-good soul food restaurants. This delightful lobster and steak combo was prepared and served at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, a high-end steakhouse chain.

10) University of Nevada, Las Vegas – AANAPISI

U of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada is located in star-studded Las Vegas, where mouth-watering dishes are one of the city’s main attractions. This delectable lobster is served at the popular Wynn Buffet.