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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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   Johnson C. Smith University

In 1867, the Rev. S.C. Alexander and the Rev. W. L. Miller saw the need to establish an institution in this section of the South. On April 7, 1867, at a meeting of the Catawba Presbytery in the old Charlotte Presbyterian Church, the movement for the school was formally inaugurated, which by charter was named The Freedmen's College of North Carolina, and these two ministers were elected as teachers. Mary D. Biddle of Philadelphia, Pa. who, through appeals in one of the church papers, pledged $1,400 to the school. In appreciation of this first and generous contribution, friends requested Mrs. Biddle name the newly established school after her late husband, Major Henry Biddle. From 1867 to 1876, the school was named Biddle Memorial Institute and chartered by the state legislature. In 1876, Mary D. Biddle of Philadelphia, Pa. who, through appeals in one of the church papers, pledged $1,400 to the school. In appreciation of this first and generous contribution, friends requested Mrs. Biddle name the newly established school after her late husband, Major Henry Biddle. From 1867 to 1876, the school was named Biddle Memorial Institute and chartered by the state legislature.

In 1892, The first black football game was played by Biddle University against Livingstone College in December in Salisbury, N.C. The Golden Bulls earned their first historic victory in what today is called the Commemorative Classic, an annual tradition at JCSU.

In 1921, The late Jane Berry Smith, of Pittsburgh, Pa., gave funds to build a theological dormitory, science hall, teachers' cottage and memorial gate. She provided a handsome endowment for the institution in memory of her late husband, Johnson C. Smith. In recognition of these gifts, the board of trustees changed the name of the institution to Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). In 1924, James B. Duke authorized the establishment of the Duke Endowment, which included JCSU as one of four beneficiaries in higher education., Still today, the Duke Endowment still awards this institution millions of dollars to this great institution,Duke's donation required that 4% of its earnings be given to the university. In 1938, The institution attained the status of an independent college, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, reporting to the General Assembly through the Board of Christian Education and women could start enrolling in 1941. The school countinues to grow. This is one of the first colleges in America to give out laptops to their students. Johnson C Smith continues to innovate and motivate their students to be progressive in this world economy. This institution needs to be on your list to look into and visit.

Academia:                                                                                                                           Athletics
College of Arts and Letters                                                                             Men's Sports                   Women's Sports
College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)           Basketball                       Basketball
College of Professional Studies                                                                        Cross Country                 Cross Country
                                                                                                                       Football                          Volleyball
                                                                                                                       Tennis                              Tennis
                                                                                                                       Track and Field                Track and Field
                                                                                                                        Golf                                 Bowling
                                                                                                                                                                Softball

JCSU Home Page Link Below:
JCSU Home Page

Johnson C. Smith University
100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
704-378-1000

JCSU Admissions Link Below:
Admissions

Office of the Registrar
1st Floor Biddle Hall
Johnson C. Smith University
100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216

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