There are incredible colleges and universities available for you. I want to take a few moments to highlight additional options for post-secondary learning. Although predominantly White institutions (PWIs) are one option for college, they are NOT the only option for college! Check out several important options below.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are institutions created to educate African Americans. During segregation, PWIs disqualified African Americans from enrollment. Individuals established HBCUs in the South after the Civil War to serve as the primary way to provide post-secondary education to Black Americans. There are currently 101 HBCUs in America. Here are a few HBCUs for you to explore:

  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Norfolk State University
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Morehouse College
  • Spelman College
  • Delaware State University
  • Virginia State University
  • Bethune Cookman University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Fisk University
  • North Carolina A&T University


Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are public or private institutions of higher learning with 25% or more Hispanic/Latino students with full-time enrollment at the undergraduate level. There are more than 450 HSIs in the United States and Puerto Rico. There are two-year and four-year options for HSIs. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) supports colleges in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Here are a few colleges from America and Puerto Rico:

  • University of Arizona
  • California State University, Fresno
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Pueblo Community College
  • Norwalk Community College
  • Florida International University
  • Robert Morris University Illinois
  • Hunter College
  • Caribbean University
  • University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus
  • Alvin Community College
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • University of Houston
  • Heritage University


Asian American and Native American Pacific-Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) receive grant funding to serve Asian American, Native American Pacific Islanders, and low-income students. Fifty percent of undergraduate students receive need- based aid AND 10% of the student population are Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander. Here are a few examples:

  • American Samoa Community College
  • Century College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Guam Community College
  • Laney College
  • Northern Marianas College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Richland College
  • South Seattle College
  • University of Guam
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston


Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (AANHI) serve 20% of Alaska Native students and 10% of Native Hawaiian students. Fifty percent of the student population requires need-based funding. Examples of these colleges include:

  • University of Hawaii, Maui College
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Honolulu Community College


Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) were created more than 50 years ago. They provide a path for American Indian students to earn post-secondary education on or near the reservation. Here are a few examples of TCUs:

  • Ilisagvik College
  • Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
  • Red Lake Nation College
  • Blackfeet Community College
  • Sitting Bull College
  • United Tribes Technical College
  • Little Priest Tribal College
  • Institute of American Indian Arts
  • Navajo Technical University
  • College of the Muscogee Nation
  • Sinte Gleska University
  • Northwest Indian College
  • College of Menominee Nation

Minority serving institutions (MSIs) give students a chance to learn about their culture, traditions, and heritage. They also learn from incredible scholars and practitioners who look like them. MSIs are an incredible source of pride for their graduates. Embrace the experience that works for you!

Published by fallondodson

I am a school counselor by day, and business owner by night!

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