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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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Praire View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University is the second oldest state funded university behind Texas A&M University. On August 14,1876, the fifteenth State legislature authorized an Agricultural and Mechanical College for Colored Youth. This legislature was made because of the Federal Morrill Land Grant College Act. The legislature didn't let the color school act on its but made the Agricultural and Mechanical College, (which is now Texas A&M) the managerial partner to over look and make decision for the the colored school. The Agricultural and Mechanical College commissioned three men to purchase a campus site for the new school. They decided upon the Alta Vista Plantation that was owned by Helen Marr Kirby for the purchase price of $15,000. The land was turned over to the A&M board. On March 11, 1878 the school opened it doors for eight young black men for the price of $130, for 9 months to the Alta Vista Agricultural College. In August of 1879 the school enlarged it curriculum to 13 elementary and secondary subjects and the school became a coed institution. In 1882, the school ran out of funds and the State Comptroller refused to pay any outstanding bills and the schools debt increased. The governor asked the local merchants and local resident to donate financially to keep the school open. In 1887, the Texas Legislature voted to add an Agricultural and Mechanical Departments.

In 1889, the Twentieth Legislature changed the school name to Prairie View State Normal and Institute College. By 1904, the school had 3 college graduates. By 1925, Prairie View had become a 4 year institution. In 1926, Willette R. Banks, a graduate of another HBCU (Atlanta University) became Principal of the school. He gave Prairie View a strong foundation by building the school with state funds, private philanthropy, and Federal Agricultural Agency funding. Banks got the College an A rating and the school became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1934. Then Banks secured $9,000 a year from Texas A&M to began a graduate school at Prairie View. Banks also brought in the Nursing School, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law. Prairie View was equal to Texas A&M and The University of Texas. Threats From Texas A&M and the University of Texas started come Banks way and he eventually resigned in 1946, but he left the school with deep and strong roots to grow from. September 1, 1946 Edward Bertram Evans became the last Principal and the last dean of the school and the 1st President of Prairie View University. He is also the first African American that was certified and registered as a Veterinarian in the State of Texas. He over saw the building and completion of a multi-million dollar construction of dormitories and buildings on campus. March 3, 1947, the school changed its name to Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College. The college continued to grow through the civil rights era and the 70's. In 1973 the Sate Legislature changed the school's status and it's name was changed to Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University. This institution has grown into one of the elite school in Texas. PVAMU with its renown Engineering School on campus and it's Nursing School located in the Medical Center in Houston, Texas which is one of the largest Medical Centers in the US. This is a campus university. The school is locate about 45 miles northwest of Houston and about 2 hours southeast from Austin, TX. This is a must see university.

Academia                                                                                                                          Athletics
College of Agriculture and Human Sciences                                                   Mens Sports                 Women Sports
Marvin D, and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Science                Basketball                     Basketball
Roy G. Perry College of Engineering                                                              Baseball                         Softball
Whitlowe R. Green College of Education                                                        Cross Country               Cross Country
College of Business                                                                                         Golf                               Golf
College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology                                                      Tennis                           Tennis
Graduate School                                                                                             Track and Field             Track and Field
University College                                                                                            Football                        Volleyball
College of Nursing                                                                                                                                 Soccer
School of Architecture                                                                                                                           Bowling

PVAMU Home Page link below:
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Prairie View A&M University
100 University Dr
Prairie View, TX 77446
(936) 261-3311

Admissions Link Below:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Prairie View A&M University
P.O. Box 519, Mail Stop 1009
Prairie View, Texas 77446-1009
Phone: 936- 261-1000
FAX: 936-857-2699


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