The Institute for Colored Youth, the first higher education institution for blacks, was founded in Cheyney, Pennsylvania, in 1837.
What are the oldest historically black colleges?
- 1837 Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (Cheyney, PA)
- 1854 Lincoln University of Pennsylvania (Lincoln University, PA)
- 1856 Wilberforce University (Wilberforce, OH)
- 1857 Harris-Stowe State College (St. Louis, MO)
- 1862 LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, TN)
Is Lincoln University the first HBCU?
Lincoln University was founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University, or HBCU. Originally chartered as Ashmun Institute, it was re-named Lincoln University in 1866 in honor of President Abraham Lincoln.
How many HBCUs have closed?
There are 107 colleges in the United States that are identified by the US Department of Education as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Of those 107, three are currently closed.