Historically Black Colleges and Universities are undoubtedly known for their history and the critical role they have played in allowing African American to receive a quality education. In addition to their historic significance, these HBCU campuses serve as some of the most stunning and breathtaking campuses across the nation. Let’s take a look at our top 10 most beautiful HBCU campuses.
1. Spelman College
Spelman was originally founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary and later became Spelman College in 1924. This institution serves as a private historically Black, women’s liberal arts college and is a apart of the Atlanta University Center. It is the nation’s oldest private historically black liberal arts college for women and is now the highest-ranked HBCU.
2. Howard University
Howard University is a private HBCU located in Washington, D.C. They offer more 120 programs in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees which is more than any other HBCU. The 256-acre campus is filled with several historic buildings such as the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, the Fredrick Douglas Memorial Hall, and the Founders Library. Today, the university takes pride in producing the nation’s top Black professionals in STEM, education, music, and more.
3. Hampton University
Hampton University, formerly founded as the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in 1868, is located in Hampton, Virginia. Since the beginning of its existence, Hampton’s mission has always been to provide education for African-American students. Following this mission, in 1878, Hampton opened their doors to 70 former incarcerated Native Americans which led to an educational program for American Indians for over 40 years.
4. North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University is a public HBCU located in Durham, North Carolina only three miles east of Duke University. Eleven of its campus buildings that were built before 1940 are included in a national historic district. Additionally, in 1986, the campus was included on the National Register of Historic Places.
5. Florida A&M University
Located on the highest geographic hill in Tallahassee, Florida A&M University is the third largest HBCU by enrollment in the United States and the only public HBCU in Florida. The 420 acre campus is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College Historic District. This year, U.S. News & World Reports ranked FAMU as #241 in the National Universities category of its Best Colleges rankings.
6. Delaware State University
Delaware State University is a public HBCU located in Dover, Delaware. In July 2021, DSU will officially acquire Wesley College, making it the first HBCU to acquire a non-HBCU. The 400-acre campus contains thirty buildings and has two satellite campuses, one in Wilmington and one in Georgetown. Delaware State is one of the top HBCUs in the country and is known for its center for teaching, research, and public service.
7. Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana is a private historically black university and the only Catholic HBCU. Additionally, Xavier became the first Catholic college to educate both men and women. The cultural setting in New Orleans allows for students to participate in community service and enhance personal growth skills. Xavier University is a leader in the STEM and health science fields and has been one of the top schools to produce African American students who graduate from medical school.
8. Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University was founded in 1892 originally as the Slater Industrial Academy. It began with one teacher and a one-room frame structure which further developed into a 117-acre campus with over 40 buildings. In 2020, MacKenzie Scott donated $30 million to the university, making this largest single gift in WSSU’s history.
9. Norfolk State University
Norfolk State University was founded in 1935 as the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University. Only 85 students attended the first classes held in the beginning of the university’s existence and now over 5,000 students are enrolled. The campus now encompasses 134 acres and has 31 buildings. These buildings include an African art museum, a multi-purpose performing arts center and multiple research facilities.
10. Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University is a private Methodist HBCU located in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1865 as Atlanta University, CAU is the first HBCU in the Southern United States. This institution was the nation’s first graduate institution to award degrees to African Americans and the first to award bachelor’s degrees to African Americans in the south. Also, Clark Atlanta University was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve African-American students.