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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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  Fayetteville State University

In 1867, several years after the Civil War, seven male African Americans gathered in Fayetteville to discuss opening a school for educating the future black race. The men organized into a board of trustees, and they gathered $140 dollars for two lots of Fayetteville’s Gillespie Street. General O. O. Howard donated funds to construct the first education facility on the new lots. The school became known as the Howard School, in honor of its benefactor.

The North Carolina General Assembly passed a charter for a black teacher training school in 1877. Recognizing the success of the Howard School, the legislature selected the institution and changed to the State Colored Normal School. The first state-supported school for African Americans, the Fayetteville institution was presided over by Charles W. Chestnutt from 1880 until 1883. After his retirement, Chestnutt became a successful writer, and one of his major works was The Wife of Frederick Douglass.

The young Dr. E. E. Smith, an alumnus of Shaw University, became the principal of the school in 1883, and served until 1888, and again from 1895 to 1933. During his tenure at the State Colored Normal School, Dr. Smith served as President Grover Clevelend’s Minister of the United States to Liberia and he established North Carolina’s first newspaper for African Americans, The Carolina Enterprise. Yet, he remained a vital leader to the Fayetteville institution. Smith donated some 90 acres to the school, and in 1907 the school relocateded to Murchison Road.

In May 1937, the State Colored Normal School became a four-year college, offering an elementary education degree to its students. Two years later, the school became the Fayetteville State Teachers College. The college grew in the 1940s and 1950s, and eventually programs other than teaching were added to curricula. In 1963, due to its addition of undergraduate programs, the school became Fayetteville State College after its physical plant expansion.

More students enrolled in Fayetteville State, and in 1969 it became Fayetteville State University (FSU). Dr. Charles Lyons, Jr., led the school through its university transition, and Lyons was later able to secure FSU’s incorporation into the University of North Carolina System. In the late 1980s, FSU added a school of business and economics and in 1988 a health and physical education facility was built on campus.

FSU has a student body of over 6,300 students, and the institution offered over 40 undergraduate programs and 23 graduate programs. This institution is growing and offers doctorate degrees. This is a must see University.

Academia:                                                                                                             Athletics
College of Arts and Sciences                                                             Men's Sports                  Women's Sports
School of Education                                                                         Basketball                       Basketball
School of Business and Economics                                                    Cross Country                 Cross Country
University College                                                                            Football                          Volleyball
                                                                                                        Golf                                Bowling

FSU Home Page Link Below:
FSU Home Page

Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301

FSU Admissions Link Below:

Office of Admissions
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301-4298
William R. Collins Building
Toll Free: 800-222-2594
Phone: 910-672-1371
Fax: 910-672-2600

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