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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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Kentucky State University

The Commonwealth needed more normal schools to train African American teachers for the African American elementary schools so they decided to hold a conference. Therefore Kentucky State University started as an idea on October 15, 1885. A year later, on May 16, the legislature authorized the creation of the school and was named the State Normal School for Colored Persons. It opened October 11, 1887, but had limited resources and sparse attendance. In 1902, the name changed to the Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Persons, in keeping with the school’s new teaching philosophy. In 1926, the school name was changed to the Kentucky State Industrial College for Colored Persons. Originally, there was a high school added so that students could earn high school requirements and then continue to gain a teaching certificate but President Rufus Atwood closed down the high school because it was a financial drain in 1929. In 1938, the school began to focus again on offering a more traditional, liberal arts education and changed its name to the Kentucky State College for Negroes. Three years later it was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1939. Later in 1972 when the school began to offer graduate degrees, their name changed to its current name, Kentucky State University (KSU).

The university was created to find a way to collect and preserve Kentucky African American history. Thus the Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans was born. Other unique programs for the university include the aquaculture program, KSU’s program of distinction, and the governmental services center, which enables the university to contribute to the training of state workers. The school utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. KSU’s ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. As of 2012-2013 its in-state tuition and fees are $6,858 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,458.

The school has four colleges and one specialized school. These include: College of Arts and Science, College of Business and Computer Science, College of Professional Studies, College of College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems, and Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies. It offers programs that lead up to five Master Degrees: the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences, the Master of Science in Computer Science, and the Master of Business Administration, and Master of Arts in Special Education with a Certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders (MA-LBD, P-12).

KSU’s motto is “keeping relevant its legacy of service by proactively engaging the community in partnerships on civic projects driven by the objective of positively impacting the quality of life of the citizens of the Commonwealth"

By Jasmine Rucker
(Philander Smith College)

Academia                                                                                                                                         Athletics
School of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems                                     Men Sports                        Women Sports
College of Arts and Science                                                                                         Baseball                             Softball
College of Business and Computer Science                                                                   Basketball                         Basketball
College of Professional Studies                                                                                    Cross Country                   Cross Country
                                                                                                                                  Track and Field                 Track and Field
                                                                                                                                   Football                            Volleyball

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Kentucky State University
400 East Main Street,
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 597-6000

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