Historically Black Colleges and/or Universities (HBCUs) play an arguably underrated rated role in higher education in the United States. While there are only 102 HBCUs in the country, they represent just under 300K college students of whom a significant percentage are African-American.
Many successful African-Americans have graduated from an HBCU, and in some cases have achieved some sort of “first” milestone, in many walks of life. Amongst the graduates of HBCUs past and present are top athletes, attorneys, judges, astronauts, business owners, politicians, writers, doctors, educators, civil rights activists and many more.
Though these are “Historically Black” institutions of higher education, many HBCUs have a fairly diverse student population. Typically smaller than comparable colleges, a number of HBCUs have still made a name for themselves, and a growing number are offering online degree programs. These programs can be a boon for non-traditional students of any background, especially if they have job, military, family or other obligations on their time.
Of the 102 HBCUs currently active, 34 of them are listed in NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) database as offering distance and/or online college degree or certificate programs. Even though HBCUs are only present in 20 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands, a manual check shows 30 institutions offer one or more online bachelor’s degree programs — which increases the number of states from which students can get an HBCU-based education. These 30 HBCUs are listed below, sorted in declining net price order. (Net price is an average overall cost for undergraduates, calculated by NCES for each college/ university, for the most recently reported academic year.) We have also listed in- and out-of-state tuition rates, as per NCES. However, online tuition can vary from this information. Please check with an individual college for costs, before applying.
Note: in the entries below, the “Distance ed” value in each bulleted list is the percentage of students at a given college/ university who are taking some or all distance classes in their program. This includes both online and other means of distance content delivery.
30 Most Affordable HBCUs Offering Online Bachelor’s Degrees
Oakwood University (OU) in Huntsville, Alabama, was founded in 1896. OU is affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and is a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Accolades include ranking spots in lists by U.S. News & World Report (best HBCUs, HBCUs with high graduation rates, best in the South), Ebony Magazine (#1 HBCU Science program) and others.
OU offers degrees from the associate’s through master’s level. This includes three online bachelor’s degrees through their LEAP (Leadership Education for the Adult Professional) program. This program is designed for adult learners with some college credits. Any of these three degrees can be completed in 18 months or more: Organizational Management; Church Leadership; General Studies. OU participates in NC-SARA, which allows for students in eligible states to take one of these online degrees.
Hampton University (HU) in Hampton, Virginia, was founded in 1868. The university’s student population consists of more than twice as many women as men (F2016: 67.5% to 32.5%), and also nearly 70% out-of-state students. The largest three Hampton schools/ colleges by decreasing enrollment are Liberal Arts and Education, Science, and Business. Accolades earned in recent years include ranking spots in lists by U.S. News & World Report (Best HBCUs, Best Colleges South, Best Colleges for Veterans, least debt – South), Washington Monthly (top HBCUs, Research/ Bachelor’s to PhD, Best Masters Universities, Service/ ROTC), Money Magazine (50 Colleges That Add the Most Value), Princeton Review (Best Colleges), HBCU Digest (Top HBCUs).
Hampton offers over 80 degree programs from the associate’s through doctorate levels. Of these, there are eight online bachelor’s degree programs offered by Hampton: BA General Studies; BA Paralegal Studies; BA Religious Studies; BS Aviation Management/ Airport Administration; BS Business Management; BS Criminal Justice; BS Systems Organization and Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management. The majority of these degrees require 120 or 122 credits for graduation. There are also three online certificate programs.
Claflin University (CU) in Orangeburg, South Carolina, was founded in 1869 and named after the father and son who provided a portion of the startup funds. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and is a member of the UNCF (United Negro College Fund). The university has earned accolades from Washington Monthly (top liberal arts colleges in the South and in the state; best HBCUs), U.S. News & World Report (America’s Best Colleges; #1 top HBCU alumni donations) and others.
CU offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. This includes the following online bachelor’s degree programs: BA Criminal Justice (BACJ); BS Organizational Management (BSOL); BA Psychology; BS Nursing – RN-BSN. The latter is a degree completion program that requires an associate’s degree in nursing for admission.
Howard University (HU) in Washington, District of Columbia, was founded in 1867 by Civil War General Oliver Howard. It is amongst the top-three largest HBCUs by student enrollment. While HU is not a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Marshall himself graduated from Howard. He was the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice and founder of TMCF. Amongst the many other notable HU alumni are: Toni Morrison (author, Nobel Prize winner); Taraji P. Henson (Oscar winner, actress, currently in TV show Empire); Kamala Harris (past Attorney General of California, current US Senator, possible future Presidential candidate); David Dinkins (New York City’s first African-American mayor) and many more. Achievements and accolades for HU include: being a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers; a top producer of African-American graduates in multiple fields and those who later pursue science and engineering doctorates; a ranking spot in U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 universities for commitment to teaching; top ranking spots for Law and MBA programs (for “minority students”) and more.
HU offers over 120 degree programs from the bachelor’s through doctorate levels. This includes two distance bachelor’s programs which offer most coursework online: BS Clinical Laboratory Science; BS Nursing – RN-BSN degree completion program (requires associate’s degree in nursing). An online Paralegal Studies certificate program is also available.
Johnson C Smith University (JCSU) in Charlotte, North Carolina, was founded in 1867. It is a member of the UNCF (United Negro College Fund). Of the 1400+ (NCES data) students enrolled, about 60% are out-of-state. Despite its small size, the university can boast dozens of notable alumni, collectively achieving various milestones including first African Americans in: the Marine Corps; the NC House of Representatives; first federal judge in NC; role of Ambassador; and more. Accolades for the university include a 5th place ranking amongst HBCUs for diversity (U.S. News & World Report) and recognition as a top 35 institution graduating the greatest number of “first generation and low-income students of color.”
JCSU offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees. This includes six accelerated online bachelor’s degree programs through its Metropolitan College: Business Administration – Accounting; Business Administration – Management; Criminology; Sport Management; Interdisciplinary Studies. Courses for these programs follow a 7-week subject immersion model. Students have the flexibility to choose between online, on-campus day or night classes, or a combination. The majority of these degrees require the completion of 122 credits or more for graduation.
Paul Quinn College (PQC) in Dallas, Texas, was founded in 1872 (originally in Austin, TX) and is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. The college has received accolades from HBCU Digest, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications/ organizations, including awards of “HBCU of the Year,” best HBCU business program, and as a community and national leader. The college follows a New Urban College/ Work College model as of fall 2015. Amongst other benefits, the concept is to offer work opportunities, and reduced tuition and fees so that student debt after graduation is under $10K. PQC is the only MSI (Minority Serving Institution) in the country seeking membership in the Work College Consortium.
PQC is currently strictly a bachelor’s degree college, which includes an online degree completion program in Business, with the two specializations of Entrepreneurship or Management. Both programs require previous completion of at least 45 credits plus prerequisites, or an associate’s degree. Overall, students eight core courses, four specialization courses and three electives for a total of 60 upper-division credits and at least 120 credits overall.
Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) in Daytona Beach, Florida, was founded in 1904. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and is a member of the UNCF (United Negro College Fund). It is partly named for Mary McLeod Bethune, an African-American civil rights activist and educator who founded the original institution of higher learning that later merged with Cookman Institute. Accolades for the university include a Military Friendly (r) School designation (Victory Media), and two ranking spots from U.S. News & World Report (Top HBCUs, best in the South), amongst others. In 2015, BCU earned a certification for its Online College as an USDLA (United States Distance Learning Association) program — the first in Florida and second HBCU in the USA.
BCU offers both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. This includes the following bachelor’s programs online: BS Criminal Justice; BA Liberal Studies; BA Sociology; BS Psychology; BS Accounting; BS Information Systems Management; BA International Studies; BS Hospitality Management. These degrees require 120 credits or more for graduation. The university also has an online certificate in Christian Ministry (32 credits).
Morgan State University (MSU) in Baltimore, Maryland, was founded in 1867, with 2017 marking its 150th birthday. The university is part of the University System of Maryland, and a member of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). It claims to be a top recipient of applications from African-American high school students, and enrolls as much as 35% of all students from out of state (primarily NY, NJ, PA). It also claims the most bachelor’s degrees awarded to African-American students amongst colleges/ universities in the state of Maryland. Accomplishments for MSU include being recognized by APLU (Association of Public Land-grant Universities) and IHEP (Institute for Higher Education Policy) as being on of 14 public colleges/ universities with initiatives to improve student success. Specifically, Morgan has been using student data in various ways to help improve student outcomes and thus improve enrollment retention.
MSU offers bachelor’s through doctorate level degree programs, including an online BS Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree completion program. This is a 2+2 program designed for students with an associate’s degree in EE from another institution. It requires a total 133 credits for graduation, with a maximum of 70 credits transferred in. Other online programs include a post-bachelor’s certificate in Sustainable Urban Communities. a selection of master’s and doctoral degrees and, thanks to a partnership with ED2GO, over 400 online non-credit and career training programs.
Wilberforce University (WU) in Wilberforce, Ohio, was founded in 1856. WU has a religious affiliation with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and is a member of the UNCF (United Negro College Fund). It claims the title of being the first private HBCU in the country, and thus the oldest in the category. Named after 18th century abolitionist William Wilberforce, the university has a long list of notable alumni — many of whom were pioneers of a fashion, in their chosen area of interest, including: civil rights, playwrighting, music, education, religion, military, politics, business, sports, law, and much more.
WU offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, including four online Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees under its CLIMB (Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business) program. The CLIMB program is a degree-completion program designed for adult students (23 years of age or older) who have earned at least 45 college credits. Available majors are: Criminal Justice Administration; Health and Human Services; Information Systems Management; Organizational Management. Note: courses in the CLIMB program are offered in three delivery formats: online, on-campus, blended. They take place one per week, with a timeline of 18 months, which allows students to continue working. Total credit requirements for graduation are 120-122, depending on degree.
Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in Fort Valley, Georgia, was founded in 1895. It is part of the University System of Georgia (USG), and a member of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). The university claims more African-American graduates of “medical and dental programs than any other Georgia state school.” U.S. News & World Report has ranked FVSU within the top 30 HBCUs in recent years.
FVSU offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, including four online bachelor’s degree programs: BS Organizational Leadership; BA Criminal Justice; BA Political Science; BA Psychology. All of these require at least 120 credits or more for completion. In addition to these programs, undergrad students have other online courses to choose from, through the eCore program, which may be applicable to on-campus degree programs. FVSU points out that these online and hybrid courses serve students in a range of categories, including: adult students; graduate students returning for additional studies; former students with an incomplete degree; professional development for employees and more.
Virginia University of Lynchburg (VUL) in Lynchburg, Virginia, was founded in 1886 as a seminary. It is currently associated with the Baptist Church. The university’s mission is to supplement major study with a liberal arts and Christian education foundation, with one goal, amongst many others, of having students develop into “leaders and scholars.”
VUL offers nine degree programs from the associate’s through doctorate levels. This includes the following fully or partially online bachelor’s degree programs: BA Sociology with a Concentration in Criminal Justice; BA Business Administration; BA Organizational Management; BA Religious Studies. The university offers additional online courses beyond those in these programs.
Norfolk State University (NSU) in Norfolk, Virginia was founded in 1935 and is a member of TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). The university hosts multiple research centers, including for Cybersecurity, Materials, and Education. Notable alumni include several professional and amateur athletes (including Olympic gold medal winners), musicians, lawyers, judges, writer/ authors, politicians, entertainers and more.
NSU offers nearly 50 degree programs, from associate’s through doctorate levels. This includes the following online bachelor’s degree programs: BA History; BS Interdisciplinary Studies; BA Psychology; BS Business with Concentration in Information Management; BS Tourism and Hospitality Management; BS Health Services Management (also has online certificate option); BS Nursing – RN-BSN (degree completion). The latter requires an associate’s degree in nursing for admission. There is also an online certificate in Health Services Management, for students already holding a healthcare-related associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Alabama A&M University (AAMU) was founded in 1875 in Normal, Alabama — a suburb of Huntsville near downtown. The campus was planned by the senior designer of New York City’s Central Park — Frederick Law Olmstead. AAMU is a member of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund) and just over 40% of enrolled students are first-time undergraduates. The university hosts not one but three education centers – one for teaching and learning, one for distance education/ e-learning, and one for extended studies (adult and continuing education).
AAMU offers nearly 70 degree programs collectively, from the bachelor’s through doctorate levels. Undergrads have a choice of over 50 majors. This includes the BS Management program, which is offered as a 100% online degree through the Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics within the College of Business and Public Affairs. The curriculum is “broad-based,” with a look at entrepreneurial opportunities in non-profit, government and business sectors. In addition to this program, AAMU has online courses that can supplement on-campus sessions in other majors.
Delaware State University (DESU) in Dover, Delaware, was founded in 1891. Roughly half of students are from out-of-state, and 86% study full-time. DESU has earned ranking spots from Washington Monthly, Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for either overall academic offering or specific programs. The school’s notable alumni includes numerous CFL and NFL football players, various other athletes, musicians, politicians, entrepreneurs/ businesspersons and more.
DESU offers over 60 degree programs from the bachelor’s to doctorate levels through over 20 academic departments. This includes five online bachelor’s degree programs: BS Accounting; BA Criminal Justice; BS General Management; BS Psychology; BS Public Health. Each of these 121 credits or more for graduation. Several (Accounting – #1, Criminal Justice – #6) are in university’s top 10 majors by number of degrees awarded. As well, non-credit adult/ continuing education and professional development courses in a selection of topics are available online. All DESU online courses fall into three content delivery modes: Web-enhanced; blended; online.
Jackson State University (JSU) is a member of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. It was founded in 1877 as a seminary and is located in Jackson, Mississippi. Accolades include being an Apple Distinguished School (for “innovation, leadership, and educational excellence), receiving “top college” ranking in publications by Forbes and Washington Monthly, a Tree Campus USA designation, having a LEEDs-certified environmental/ sustainable building (School of Engineering; the first such state-funded project in Mississippi). The campus also uses solar panels for emergency call stations, and has other environmentally-friendly initiatives in place.
JSU offers over 90 degree programs from the bachelor’s through doctorate levels. This includes online bachelor’s degrees in five topic areas: BS Childcare and Family Education (BSCFE); BS Criminal Justice (BSCJ); BS Healthcare Administration (BSHA); BS Professional Interdisciplinary Studies (BSPIS); BS Technology – Emergency Management Technology Concentration. These programs require 122 credits for graduation, except for the latter two, which require 124 credits. In addition to these online degrees, students can supplement some of the other on-campus bachelor’s degrees with select online courses.
Talladega College (TC) in Talladega, Alabama, was founded in 1867. It is liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Accolades earned by TC include a ranking spot in the “Top Colleges for Science” (Peterson’s Guide). Nearly 100% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid of some sort, and students have access to career counseling and placement services.
TC offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, including the following online bachelor’s degree program: FASTTrack Program in Organizational Management, which is a degree-completion program requiring at least 1.5 years of college credits. It designed for adult students 23 years of age or older, with at least 45 transferable college credits. Courses are taken one at a time, in sequence.
Langston University (LU) in Langston, Oklahoma, was founded in 1897. It is part of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education (OSSHE) and a member of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). Langston, named after a civil rights pioneer, is one of the most affordable HBCUs in the country by net price, whether for on-campus or online degree programs. Courses are offered at this main campus, plus two more campuses (Tulsa and Oklahoma City), plus online.
LU offers degree programs from the associate’s through doctorate levels. This includes 25 bachelor’s degrees (plus track options) — one of which is an online bachelor’s degree: the Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. This is a degree completion program that requires an AA or AS degree for admission, and completion of a minimum 124 credits in total. Additional concentrations for the BBA are not strictly online but may have some online courses. As well, some additional online courses outside of those for the BBA are available.
Amongst the institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG) is Albany State University (ASU) — which merged officially in 2017 with Darton State College. Based in Albany, Georgia, USG was founded in 1903 and is a member of TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). Institutional accolades include a top ranking for nursing, and a designation as a top school for military/ veteran education.
ASU offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and post-master’s certificate programs. This includes two online bachelor’s degree programs: BS Organizational Leadership (BSOL, 120 credits); BS Nursing – RN to BSN. The latter is a degree completion program requiring an associate’s degree and is available for a full- or part-time schedule. Credit requirements depend on currently earned credits. The BSOL program allows students to choose a concentration from one of Health Care Administration, Office Administration and Technology, or Public Service Administration.
Part of the Southern University System (SUS), Southern University and A&M College (SUBR) main campus is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Founded in 1880, SUBR is a member of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). It has earned rankings from publications such as Washington Monthly for some academic programs. General academic achievements include SUBR being a top ten producer of African-American bachelor’s degree graduates in nursing and in engineering.
SUBR offers five online bachelor’s degree programs: Bachelor of General Studies (BGS); BS Criminal Justice (BSCJ -4yr and 2.5yr accelerated tracks) – Professional version in development; BS Computer Science (BSCS); Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS); BS Psychology (BSP). BS Nursing – RN to BSN degree completion (requires associate of nursing degree). These programs require a minimum of 120 credits for graduation, including valid transfer credits. Note: In July 2017, the university announced that they are one of four institutions in the SUS to receive a BOR Innovation Grant to develop new online degree programs using Open Education Resources (OER). These degrees are referred to as Zero-cost-textbook degrees (Z-Degree).
Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) in Prairie View, Texas, was founded in 1876. It is part of the Texas A&M University (TAMU) System, and a member of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). The university recently earned a spot as one of six HBCUs eligible for the Intel Grant Program, which includes $4.5M in funding for STEM-related programs, workshops and activities
PVAMU offers degree programs from the bachelor’s through doctorate levels. This includes one online bachelor’s program: a 128-credit BS Nursing (RN to BSN completion), which requires an associate’s degree in nursing for admission. In addition to this program, PVAMU also offers other online credit courses that can be applied to select other degrees that are primarily on-campus. Delivery of content for these courses includes the following modes: online, hybrid, Web-Assist.
Lincoln University (LU), founded in 1866, is based in Jefferson City, Missouri. While not part of the University of Missouri System, Lincoln does have a partnership with them, which includes research and academic collaboration, amongst other facets. A member of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund), LU has earned a number of rankings from U.S. News & World Report. As with many other HBCUs, Lincoln’s notable alumni past and present have achieved a number of milestones including “firsts” such as: first African-American federal judge in Arkansas. These alumni include professional athletes (NFL, CFL), politicians, judges, college presidents, musicians, military pilots, news anchors, comedians, religious leaders and more.
LU offers over 50 degree programs from the associate’s to master’s levels. This includes one online bachelor’s degree in the form of a 2+2 completion program: BS Nursing (RN-to-BSN, requires associate’s degree in nursing). Both didactic and some practicum courses are online (latter are supervised). The full four-year BSN, while having some online courses, is not itself offered online. LU states on their Web site that additional online programs are in development. Various credit and non-credit courses outside of nursing, and some high school courses are available online as well.
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina, was founded in 1910. It is part of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, and a member of TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). Its many notable alumni include two first African-American mayors (Maynard Jackson – Atlanta, GA; Clarence Lightner – Raleigh, NC), as well as numerous other politicians, lawyers, athletes, entertainers, actors/ actresses, magazine editors, religious leaders, etc. The university has been highly ranked by publications/ organizations such as Washington Monthly, U.S. News & World Report and others. Ranking awards include best HBCUs, top producers of minority graduates, etc.
NCCU offers degree programs from bachelor’s through doctorate levels. This includes four online bachelor’s degrees: BS Criminal Justice (BSCJ); BS Early Childhood Education B-K; Hospitality and Tourism Administration; BS Nursing RN to BSN (completion program – requires associate’s degree in nursing). The BSCJ program is also available as a hybrid program at two partnered community colleges. Credit requirements range from 120 to 128, for degree completion. Special program accreditation is collectively provided by ACPHA, AACSB, ACBSP, ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing). Note: there are also seven online certificate programs.
Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded in 1912 (with roots to a 1909 Normal School). It is part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, and a member of TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). Amongst its many notable alumni is Oprah Winfrey, who graduated in 1987, after completing one missing credit overdue from her original expected graduation year of 1975. Amongst TSU’s achievements are a regular spot in U.S. News & World Report’s “Guide to America’s Best Colleges” for longer than a decade.
TSU offers degree programs in nearly 80 majors, collectively from associate’s through doctorate levels. This includes seven online bachelor’s degrees, including concentration options: BS Interdisciplinary Studies; BS Professional Studies with four concentrations (Health Administration, Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, International Organizational Leadership); BS Sociology; BS Urban Studies. All of these degrees require a minimum 120 credits for graduation.
Coppin State University (CSU) is part of the University System of Maryland, and a member of TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). Founded in 1900, it is based in Baltimore, Maryland. The university has won several prestigious awards and partnerships related to Information Technology (IT), including: “Education All-Star Award” (Network World Magazine); EDUCAUSE Award (for innovation in network technology); Unwired Campus (U.S. News & World Report, #19 for best wireless campuses) and others.
CSU offers one fully online bachelor’s degree program: a BS Management (minimum 120 credits). The program’s professors are the same as for the on-campus program, and are Sloan-C Certified for innovative online teaching. All of the courses in this online program are “Quality Matters” approved. This dedication to online education reflects student interest. In fact, over 85% of students surveyed at CSU indicated that they had interest in enrolling in an online course. Both this course and other online courses offered by CSU use a combination of technologies for content delivery, including Blackboard, Skype, Lync and Tegrity.
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was founded in 1892. WSSU is a part of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, and a a member of TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). It has earned numerous top rankings from organizations or publications such as: The Wall Street Journal (#1 public HBCU in NC); Diverse Issues in Higher Education (“#1 in NC for graduating Black students” in each of the fields of nursing, health professions, education); U.S. News & World Report (Top HBCUs, Best Colleges in the South); and many more, including for top return on investment, top public schools, military-friendliness and more.
WSSU offers degree programs from the bachelor’s through doctorate levels. This includes three online bachelor’s degree programs: BS Clinical Laboratory Science; BS Nursing (RN-BSN); Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) with a Concentration in Integrative Studies; BS Birth-Kindergarten Education (BKE). The BSN program launches a new online-only cohort in Fall 2017, but also has classes offered at 18 off-site locations/ learning centers. (Online admission is limited.) The university also offers one online licensure program for English as a Second Language
North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) in Greensboro, North Carolina was founded in 1891 and claims a position amongst the oldest public universities in the country. NCAT is a member of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, as well part of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). It claims the title of the largest HBCU in the country by enrollment. NCAT also claims more African-American students graduate from undergraduate accounting and engineering than at other HBCUs. Another accomplishment is recognition from U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), who ranked NCAT in 2017 as the top HBCU in the state, and the #2 public HBCU in the country. MONEY magazine similarly ranked NCAT as #2 in the state for best public university in terms of early career earnings. See NCAT’s Web site for additional awards.
NCAT offers degree programs from the bachelor’s through doctorate levels. This includes eight online bachelor’s degrees: BS Agricultural Education (BSAE); BS Business Education – Business Teacher Education (BTE); BS Electronics Technology (BSET); BS Environmental Health and Safety (BSEHS); BS Geomatics (BSG); BS Information Technology (BSIT); BA Liberal Studies with three Concentrations (African American Studies, Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies); BS Nursing (RN-BSN Completion). Note: The BSAE and BSN are 2+2 programs, each requiring a suitable Associate’s degree for admission. Some of the other degrees listed have a 2+2 option for transfer students. Credit requirements vary by program. Contact an admissions officer for more information.
Bluefield State College (BSC) was founded in 1895 and is located in Bluefield, West Virginia. It is a member of the (TMCF) Thurgood Marshall College Fund and currently has a student population that consists of 80+ percent white students. The college claims that over 60% of graduates (associate’s and bachelor’s degrees) are in STEM disciplines, including nursing, etc.
BSC offers several fully or partially online bachelor’s degree programs: BS Nursing (RN to BSN); BS Imaging Science; Regents BA Degree (for nontraditional/ adult students). The latter has no major/ minor. (Students choose an area of interest.) The RN program is a 2+2 degree completion program, which requires an associate’s degree in nursing for admission. Clinical requirements are in-person, at local/ regional health care facilities. The Imaging program is also a 2+2 program, requiring an AS Radiologic Technology degree. These degrees require 120 credits for graduation, with the exception of the Imaging degree (121 credits).
Kentucky State University (KSU), founded in 1886, is located in Frankfort, Kentucky. KSU is a land grant institution that boasts an agricultural research farm and an environmental education center. Accolades for KSU include recent ranking spots in lists by U.S. News & World Report (Top HBCUs, Top Colleges – South) and Princeton Review (Best Colleges – Southeast).
KYSU offers degree programs from the associate’s to doctorate levels. This includes three online bachelor’s degree programs: BA Criminal Justice; BA Psychology; BA Public Administration. Each requires 120 credits or more for graduation. Three online certificates are available – one in Aquaculture/ Aquatic Sciences, and two in Computer Networking. Other offerings: an additional 50 online courses available per semester, applicable to other non-online degrees.
West Virginia State University (WVSU) was founded in 1891 and is based in Institute, West Virginia — near the state capital Charleston, WV. The campus has earned a Tree Campus USA designation from Arbor Day Foundation. In 1939, the institution was amongst the first six HBCUs in the country to offer an aviation program. In fact, it has its NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) — one of several research projects. The university is a member of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund).
WVSU offers five online bachelor’s degree programs, including one with two tracks: BS Business Administration (BSBA) – Accounting or Management tracks; BS Criminal Justice (BSCJ); BA English: Technical Writing; Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) — for adult learners out of high school for four years or longer.) All of these programs require 120 credits for graduation, and allow a maximum of 72 transfer credits.
Fayetteville State University (FSU) in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was founded in 1867. It is the second-oldest college/ university in the state and is a member of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, as well as the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). FSU has over 6,000 students and offers certificate and degree programs from bachelor’s to doctorate level — including over 40 undergraduate programs. The university regularly ranks in the “top producer” category of bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded to African American students. Other achievements include earning a Military Friendly School 2017 from Victory Media – an award won in previous years as well, but with a Silver designation for 2017.
FSU offers six online bachelor’s degrees in the Arts & Sciences: BS Criminal Justice; BS Birth to Kindergarten (non-teaching); BS Fire & Emergency Services Administration; BA Psychology; BA Sociology; BS Nursing (RN-BSN). One online bachelor’s degree falls under Business & Economics: General Business Management. (Note: some of these may have 2+2 degree completion options for graduates of a relevant associate’s degree. A bachelor’s completion program in Accounting is in development and launches in Fall 2017.) In addition to this, FSU has other credit and non-credit (continuing ed) online courses — over 600 in total.