The Institute for Colored Youth, the first higher education institution for blacks, was founded in Cheyney, Pennsylvania, in 1837. It was followed by two other black institutions–Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania (1854), and Wilberforce University, in Ohio (1856).
What are the four oldest HBCUs in order of founding?
- 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)
What is the youngest HBCU?
The “youngest” four-year HBCU, a designation to mark schools founded before 1964 with the intention of serving the black community, is the University of Virgin Islands, which opened in 1962.
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.