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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!!!!!



          Oakwood University

Originally, the school was called “Oakwood Industrial School,” opening its doors November 16, 1896 with 16 students. A year earlier, the 380-acre former slave plantation was purchased for $6,700. Its towering oak trees – which gave way to the name “Oakwood” – dotted the early residence of America’s most famous slave, Dred Scott. Additional land was acquired in 1918, nearly tripling the campus size to its current 1,186 acres.

In the early days, Oakwood Industrial School offered a faith-based industrial training atmosphere for individuals who wanted more than a public education. In 1904, it was expanded to include a broader curriculum; in 1917, it became known as “Oakwood Junior College,” offering a two-year college program with emphasis on subjects paralleling most junior colleges. Several of the principals of the church served the school until it achieved this status and elected its first president, James I. Beardsley, later that year. The school received its first accreditation as a junior college in 1943, and continued moving toward senior college status, which it achieved 15 years later. In 1958, the institution was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award both associate and baccalaureate degrees.

In 1909, five students graduated in the class of 1909. Nine years later, the first two graduates of Oakwood Junior College received degrees. The first senior college graduating class in the spring of 1945 consisted of nine students. By 1973, the first class to exceed 100 graduates, graduated 124 students; nine years later, the school graduated over 200. The 315 members of the 2008 graduating class were the first to receive degrees under the “Oakwood University” designation.

Oakwood University, a historically Black SDA institution of higher learning, offers quality Christian Education that emphasizes academic excellence, promotes harmonious development of mind, body, and spirit, and prepares leaders in service for God and humanity. The school’s motto, shared by faculty and students, is: Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve. In everything it does, it believes and practices God First, its current slogan. Consistent with its Mission Statement, Oakwood University is in the business of transforming lives – both for now and, more importantly, for eternity.

Since its senior college accreditation nearly 70 years ago, student enrollment and graduation statistics have grown significantly. While there were 16 students initially, by 1917, there were more than 100. Enrollment peaked at 200 in 1927; and, it first topped 1,000 during the 1974-75 academic year. The fall 2011 enrollment reached the 2,000-student milestone with 2006 students.

Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D. Min., current president and a 1978 graduate, says Oakwood prepares students from across the Americas and many other nations, “To serve God and humanity in a variety of positions and careers. Nearly 60 percent of the culturally diverse faculty holds doctorate degrees from a wide-range of universities and colleges around the nation and world.”

Along with SACS, Oakwood is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association, the Association of College Business Schools and Programs, the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, the Council on Social Work Education; the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Oakwood is consistently recognized by national media, business and educational associations. US News and World Report ranks it perennially among the nation’s “Best Colleges,” both in terms of the “Historically Black Colleges and Universities” (HBCUs) and “Regional Colleges/South” categories; the magazine also ranks Oakwood among the top ten HBCUs with highest graduation rates. In its first-ever HBCU ranking, the September 2012 EBONY Magazine top-ranked Oakwood’s science program. Additionally, Oakwood is the nation’s fifth-ranked producer of undergraduate black applicants to medical schools, according to the Association for American Medical Colleges. Oakwood’s ISO 9001: 2008 designation distinguishes it as the first and only HBCU, as well as the first and only Alabama and/or SDA higher education institution, so qualified.

The University has tremendous local impact hosting, since 1946, the annual Camp Meeting for the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, a 10-day spiritual/educational/recreational retreat accommodating 8-10,000 attendees.

The University enjoys a beautiful natural setting on prime acreage and is considered one of the historical landmarks of the city of Huntsville, a cosmopolitan city of approximately 175,000 people located in north central Alabama. This is a must see University.

Academia:                                                                                                                         Athletics
School of Arts & Sciences                                                                             Men's Sports                 Women's Sports
School of Business and Adult & Continuing Education                                 Basketball                      Basketball
School of Education & Social Sciences                                                          Soccer                            Soccer
School of Nursing & Health Professions                                                        Track and Field             Track and Field
School of Religion                                                                                                                              Volleyball

OU Home Page Link Below:
OU Home Page

Oakwood University
7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville, AL 35896

OU Admissions Link Below:

Oakwood University
Admissions Office
7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville, AL 35896
Local: (256) 726-7356
Fax: (256) 726-7154

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