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BCF Schools

Bennett College
Greensboro, NC

Founded in 1873 in Greensboro, NC, Bennett is one of the only two historically black colleges in the U.S. exclusively for women. The college offers twenty-four areas of study in education, the social sciences, the humanities, and in natural and behavioral sciences and mathematics. Numerous opportunities to study at other higher education institutions at home and abroad are available to continue the educational enrichment of Bennett's students.


Bethune-Cookman University
Daytona Beach, FL

In 1904, Mary Jane McLeod Bethune founded what is today Bethune-Cookman University. There are 36 stately brick buildings on the main campus and, under the Continuing Education Program, the university currently operates extension sites in the state of Florida in Bradenton, Fort Pierce, Deltona, Gainesville, Spuds (branch campus), Sanford, West Palm Beach, and a weekend university on campus.


Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC

Claflin University, founded in 1869 as Claflin College, is the oldest historically Black college or university in South Carolina. It was also the first college in the state to welcome all students regardless of race or gender. The university offers broad based education in liberal arts and sciences combined with internships and other career-focused programs. The university currently offers a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA), a Master of Science in Biotechnology, Master of Education and 33 undergraduate majors.


Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, GA

Clark Atlanta University is a comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational institution of higher education with a predominantly African-American heritage. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees as well as certificate programs to students of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. It was formed in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University, which offered only graduate degrees, and Clark College, a four-year undergraduate institution oriented to the liberal arts.


Dillard University
New Orleans, LA

Dillard University, founded 1869,  is a private, historically black, comprehensive undergraduate institution, having as its purpose the development of graduates who are broadly educated, culturally aware, concerned with improving the human condition, and able to meet the competitive demands of a global and technologically advanced society. To achieve this purpose, the university strives to create and maintain an academic climate that is conducive to the pursuit of scholarship through programs of excellence anchored in the liberal arts.


Huston-Tillotson University
Austin, TX

Huston-Tillotson University, founded in 1875, awards undergraduates four year degrees in business, education, the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, science, and technology. A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith institution, the university welcomes students of all ages, races, and religions. The mission of the university is to provide its increasingly diverse student body with an exemplary education that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, balanced with professional development, and directed to public service and leadership.


Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN

Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, exists to improve the health and health care of minority and underserved communities by offering excellent education and training programs in the health sciences; placing special emphasis on providing opportunities to people of color and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, regardless of race or ethnicity; delivering high quality health services; and conducting research that fosters the elimination of health disparities. Meharry Medical College offers Degrees and Majors in Medicine, Dentistry, Graduate Studies and Research and Allied Health Professions.


Paine College
Augusta, GA

Paine College was founded in 1882 as the result of an unusual collaboration between Black and White Methodists. The college was initially known as Paine Institute and was established to train preachers and teachers to educate the newly freed slaves. In 1903 Paine Institute was re-chartered as The Paine College. Paine College is a historically Black, private, church-related, four-year, co-educational college.


Philander Smith College
Little Rock, AR

Philander Smith College, founded in 1877, grants higher education access to individuals who are, or who have the potential to be academically talented, regardless of their social, economic, or educational background. This includes the holistic development of students, the goal of helping them reach their potential as human beings and contributing members of society, the preparation of students for life in this pluralistic, complex, and technological society, and enabling students to understand other cultures.


Rust College
Holly Springs, MS

Rust College is an accredited four year, co-educational, liberal arts college. Rust College is the oldest of the eleven historically Black colleges and universities related to the United Methodist Church, the second oldest private college in Mississippi, the oldest historically Black college in the State, and one of the remaining five historically Black colleges in America founded before 1867.


Wiley College
Marshall, TX

Wiley College, the first historically Black college west of the Mississippi, was founded in 1873. The college employs a faculty committed to excellence in teaching, advising, scholarship, and service and provides a challenging curriculum, administered in an atmosphere of academic freedom with its corollary obligations, and that prepares graduates for work, professional, or graduate studies and viable careers in selected fields.


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