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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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   Albany State University

Albany State University is one of the few HBCUs that was founded by an African American, Joseph Winthrop Holley. Mr. Holley founded Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute in 1903 in Albany, Georgia. Joseph Winthrop Holley was born in 1874 in Winnsboro, South Carolina and went to Brainerd Institute in Chester, South Carolina. He graduate and attended Revere Lay College in Massachusetts but completed his bachelors degree at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a HBCU. When he obtained his bachelors degree from Lincoln University he was inspired from the writings from WEB Dubois to start his own school. Thus he decided to leave the North and start his school in Albany, GA. Before he left the North, he became friends with a Trustee's daughter at Revere Lay College. Anna Hazard gave Joseph Holley a gift of 2000 dollars to start his school. Within a year, Joseph Holley purchased 50 acres off the Flint River and organized a Trustee Board for his new school.

When the school initially open it offered elementary, some secondary and Teacher-Training courses. In 1917, the State of Georgia intervened and started to financially support the school. The state turned the school into a two year institution and the main focus was on teacher-training and agricultural studies. The school's name was changed to Georgia Normal and Agricultural College. In 1932, the school became part of the University System of Georgia. In 1943, it became a four year institution and the name was changed to Albany State College. In 1943, the school had an enrollment of 190 students by 1948 the enrollment had increased to 722. The dawn of the civil rights movement was getting into full swing and Albany State College would get pulled into from their Presidents to their students. President Aaron Brown, (1943-1954) was fired by the Board of Regents of the University system because of his involvement in the Voters Registration drives. Students were expelled like Bertha Gober and Blaton Hall for refusing to remove themselves from a white business. They have been over a thousand arrested students from Albany State College in the 1950s and 1960s. The school still continued to expand it's curriculum. In 1972, the college began to offer graduate degrees. In July of 1996, the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents, conferred University status on Albany State College and it became the Albany State University. In 2002, Ray Charles donated 3 million dollars to Albany state University to construct a new fine arts building. This University has become a beckon of light in the southwestern part of Georgia. This University is growing and has a lot to offer. This is a must see University.

Academia:                                                                                                                        Athletics
College of Business                                                                                      Men's Sports                     Women's Sports
College of Education                                                                                    Baseball                             Softball
College of Science & Health Professions                                                        Basketball                         Basketball
College of Arts & Humanities                                                                       Cross Country                   Cross Country
                                                                                                                    Football                             Volleyball
                                                                                                                    Track and Field                 Track and Field

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Albany State University
504 College Dr
Albany, GA 31705
(229) 430-4600

ASU Admissions Link Below:

Albany State University
Office of Admissions
Reese Building Room 126 (Old Student Union)
504 College Drive
Albany, GA 31705
Phone: 229.430.4646
Fax: 229.430.4105

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