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Minority Colleges and Universities

Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as "...any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary of Education." HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors.

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Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are accredited and degree-granting public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education with at least 25 percent or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment.

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Tribal Colleges
Tribal Colleges and Universities are culturally-based institutions that focus on local economic needs and address the whole person: mind, body, spirit and family. More than 26,000 students from 250 federally recognized tribes now attend these institutions created by American Indians for American Indians.

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Content Last Modified: 03/03/2011 01:38:00 PM