HBCUs offer a different perspective

College focus: Grambling State University



This school has a long history and an impressive future.

Ariel Williams, Staff writer

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, better known as HBCUs, “are a source of accomplishment and great pride for the African American community as well as the entire nation,” according to https://rb.gy/boruag. “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.”

In 2018, there was a total of 101 institutions that could be considered HBCUs, with about half of them being public schools and about half of them being private campuses. While there is one HBCU in California (Charles R. University of Medicine and Science), most of the colleges and universities are located on the other side of the Rockies. One of those schools is Grambling State University in Louisiana,

The school opened up in 1901 and has a 97% acceptance rate. Students from all races are welcome to attend.

In 2019, the grade point average (GPA) of entering freshmen was 2.9 on the 4.0 scale.

The school ranks #6 on Niche College’s website for Best College Athletics in Louisiana.

Students attend Grambling for many different reasons. The school offers Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Science, Kinesiology, Child Development, Visual and Performing Arts and more. They also offer many Master’s degrees.

Like most schools around the country, Grambling went to 100% distance learning last year, but a proposed plan to create more hybrid classes was introduced in the summer. Louisiana’s COVID cases increased in November but they have high hopes that the vaccine will help lower the cases and open up more opportunities for in-person learning.

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