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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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Alabama State University

Alabama State University has a rich and valued past history that has lighten a path for those who are wise enough to follow. This institution is one of a few HBCU's that was actually founded by African Americans. Nine ex-slaves called the Marion 9, Joey Pinch, Thomas Speed, Nicholas Dale, James Childs, Thomas Lee, John Freeman, Nathan Levert, David Harris, and Alexander H. Curtis. These men are the first Board of Trustees. These men raised 500 dollars to buy land for the school campus in Marion in Perry County, Alabama. The Marion 9 also received 250 dollars from the white citizens of Marion and another 500 dollars from the American Missionary Mission (AMA) to build their school. Alexander H. Curtis was head strong in naming the school the Lincoln Normal school. Thus the birth of Alabama State University, July 18, 1867.

A building was leased in Marion in 1868. The school had two sets of classes, for those that could barely read or write. The advance classes took Greek, Latin, Mathematics, English, History, Philosophy, Biology, Political Science, and Chemistry. In 1869, 4,200 dollars was raised by the AMA, Freedmen Bureau, and the Alabama Freemen( African Americans) to construct a new building for the school. In 1870, the State of Alabama began its support of the with an appropriation of 486 a year. Then the state increased their support to 1250 dollars in 1871.

Peyton Finley an African American, was elected to the State Board of Education. He introduced 2 bills to the state senate. One bill was for the establishment of two higher learning institutions to train and educate teachers for African Americans and the other bill was for the establishment of two higher learning institutions to train and educate teachers for whites. The state legislature approved the bill in December of 1874 and the Lincoln Normal school was changed to The State Normal School for Colored Students. This makes Alabama State University, the first HBCU state supported for higher education purposes in the US. In 1887, the state legislature authorized the establishment of the Alabama Colored People University and budgeted the institution 10,000 dollars for the purpose of land and construction and another 7500 dollars for operating expenses. Blacks in Montgomery, Alabama wanted the university in Montgomery, pledged 5,000 dollars, land and buildings to bring the school to Montgomery. The new school opened within eight months at Beulah Baptist Church on October 3, 1887. They were some prominent s whites who were against the state support of the school or any black higher learning institution in Alabama. They filed suite against the state and won in the state supreme court and the funding was stopped to the institution. In 1879, the state legislature re-established support to the school but now the hostile atmosphere had been established toward Black Higher Learning Schools which remains today. This university survived it all. In 1928, the institution was converted from a two year program to a four year curriculum. In 1929 the school became The State Teachers College. 1931 the school awarded its first four degree.In 1935, it became the Alabama State College for Negroes. It also received a B rating from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It wasn't until 1943 the school received an A rating and became a full member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college changed its name again to The Alabama State College, in 1954. Because of the turbulent years of the 1950's and 1960's the school funding was cut drastically by the state because of it's commitment to segregation. In 1961, the school lost its accreditation. The college regained it's accreditation in 1966. In 1969, the State Board approved it status as an university thus changing it's name to Alabama State University. In 1975, the State Senate approved that the university could have an independent Board of Trustees. Today, this university offers Associates, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees. This institution is battle tested as many other HBCUs through bigotry, racism, funding, jim crow laws, and hatred. Thus, it's still standing bigger and better.

It has a new Football Stadium, New Library, New Dorms, New Student Union, and more is to come. If you like warm weather but not to hot, in a city environment but not overwhelming, two hours from Atlanta, a hour from Birmingham, 3 hours from the beaches of Florida, great rivalries, Alabama A&M, Tuskegee and more. This is an institution you must take a look at. The best part of all, you'll get a great education from a great institution that will care and have fun doing it. It will feel like home.

Academia:                                                                                                        Athletics
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences                                      Men's Sports                 Women's Sports
College of Business Administration                                               Basketball                     Basketball
College of Education                                                                    Baseball                         Softball
College of Health Sciences                                                            Tennis                           Tennis
College of Science, Mathematics & Technology                             Golf                              Golf
College of Visual & Performing Arts                                            Cross Country               Cross Country
University College                                                                        Football                        Volleyball
                                                                                                   Track                             Track

ASU Home Page Link below:
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Alabama State University
915 S. Jackson Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

ASU Admission Link Below:

Alabama State University
Admissions & Recruitment
P.O. Box 271
Montgomery, AL 36101

Phone: (800) 253-5037 or (334) 229-4291


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