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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Higher Education Act of 1965

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: "...any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation."

Listed below are HBCUs within Lansing Community College's Atlanta University Center.


Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, was among the first post-secondary schools established after the Civil War in 1869. Clark Atlanta University is a private, undergraduate, co-educational liberal arts college. Its mission is to provide a predominantly African-American population of more than 5,000 students with the highest quality education needed to participate as a productive, economically and socially responsible citizen. On July 1, 1988 Clark College merged with Atlanta University, a historically Black college, creating Clark Atlanta University. Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degrees are granted at Clark Atlanta University in areas such as business administration, economics and public policy. Unique academic dual-enrolled program offerings include: mass communication, dramatic art and engineering. Clark Atlanta University's urban location affords the opportunity for internships, field experience, research and extensive civic, economic and cultural activities.

Morehouse College

Founded in 1867, Morehouse College has an excellent academic reputation and is one of only three Black colleges with Phi Beta Kappa Chapter for honor students. Morehouse has produces Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known. Morehouse is predominantly a Black, male college with a student enrollment of nearly 3000. The college has a traditional liberal arts curriculum, with additional majors in business, computer science and engineering. Students who major in engineering spend three years at Morehouse, two years at Georgia Tech, and receive a Bachelor's Degree from both institutions. Some of the 35 majors include: banking and finance, business, management, marketing, pre-law, urban science, pre-medicine and more.

Spelman College

As an outstanding historically Black college for women, Spelman College strives for academic excellence in liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1881, Spelman has a very challenging academic program with a focus on personal attention. With a student population of close to 2,000 the private residential college gives students a comprehensive liberal arts background through study in fine arts, humanities, social science and natural science. The college provides young women with a quality academic and cultural environment. Degrees are offered in child development, pre-medicine, psychology, sociology, chemistry, computer science, drama, economics, dual degree in Science/Engineering, and a host of others.

"Through all of my experiences I have gained insight into becoming a culturally insightful educator."

Javitta Malone
Spelman College graduate
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The president of Spelman College, Dr. Johnnetta Cole said, "Look to the right of you and the left of you and tell your sister she is coming with you."

Selena Cox, MD
Spelman College graduate
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