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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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  West Virginia State University

It was established by an act of Congress, approved August 30, 1890, entitled "An act to apply a portion of the proceeds of the public lands to the more complete endowment and support of the colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts established under the provisions of an act of Congress approved July 2nd, 1862."

By this act West Virginia received as her share an annual appropriation of $18,000. Of this sum, by an Act of the Legislature, session of 1891, $15,000 were given to the West Virginia University and $3,000 to the West Virginia Colored Institute, established by the same act. This sum was divided thus between the white and colored populations of the State as an equitable division based upon the enumeration of the white and colored youth of school age.

The $3,000 thus appropriated to the Institute was to continue for five years, at the end of which time it is to be increased to $5,000 annually, the maximum sum.

When the bill locating the Institute was pending, an earnest effort was made by the trustees of Storer College, at Harper's Ferry, to secure for that institution the appropriation thus made. In fact, the name of Storer College was inserted in the original draft of the resolution, which had reached its third reading, when James H. Ferguson, member of the House from Kanawha, at the request of the most prominent Negro citizens of his county, moved to amend by striking, out the words, "Storer College, county of Jefferson," and insert "some institution to be established in the county of Kanawha[.]" The amendment prevailed and a new institution was secured to the State and the West Virginia Colored Institute was secured to Kanawha county.

An appropriation of $10,000 was made with which to purchase a farm of not more than 50 acres, and to build a suitable building for such an institution.

At first it was thought best to purchase the property known as Shelton College, situated on the lofty hill overlooking the village of St. Albans. But the committee appointed, after investigation, reported adversely. It was then decided to build at some suitable location a building.

Finally, 30 acres of level bottom land were purchased from Mrs. Elijah Hurt, near Farm, on the Great Kanawha river. This land is a part of the estate left by Samuel Cabell, deceased, a former wealthy slave owner, who was assassinated at the close of the late war. The price paid was $2,250. Upon this farm the Board of the School Fund proceeded to have erected a building. Col. John Fulks, of Charleston, was the architect in charge. Marble Kyle, of the same city, was awarded the contract.

Ground was broken August 25, 1891, and the corner-stone was laid on Sunday, October 11th, of the same year, under the auspices of the Charleston Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Grand Master W. H. Robinson, of Parkersburg, presiding. Orations were delivered by Rev. C. H. Payne, of Hinton, and Principal W. H. Davis, of the Charleston public schools.

The building was completed about the first of April, 1892, and was received by the Board of the School Fund on April 20th. The institute was formally opened May 3rd, 1892, in the presence of the Board of Regents and an audience of over four hundred people. The school only offered a High School curriculum until 1927 when the school started to add college coures and two years later it awarded it's first bachelors degrees. The state recognized this and change the schools name to West Virginia State College. The demographics of this region started to change with the closing of many coal mines. By 1951, whites had started to go to thecollege. Because of it proximity to Charleston many whites started to commute to the school as blacks were coming from across the state to stay at the dorms. Today, only 12.1% of the student population of this HBCU is African American. This HBCU has a lot to offer and has a great history. This is a must see University.

Academia:                                                                                                             Athletics
College of Arts & Humanities                                                           Men's Sports                  Women's Sports
College of Business and Social Sciences                                              Baseball                          Softball
College of Natural Science and Mathematics                                      Basketball                      Basketball
College of Professional Studies                                                           Football                         Volleyball
                                                                                                         Golf                                Cross Country
                                                                                                         Tennis                             Tennis

WVSU Home Page Link Below:
WVSU Home Page  

West Virginia State University
5000 Fairlawn Ave Dunbar
WV 25112
(304) 766-3000

WVSU Admissions Link Below:

Office of Admissions
West Virginia State University
124 Ferrell Hall
PO Box 1000
Institute, WV 25112-1000
Phone: (304) 204-4345

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