Why Students Choose to Attend Black Colleges and Universities

A new study by the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund finds that students who enroll at historically black colleges and universities expressed a desire to feel welcome on campus as a main reason for attending such institutions. The survey showed that students felt they needed to feel connected and have a sense of belonging. Small enrollments, a family-oriented environment, and an opportunity to explore their cultural roots were also reasons frequently given as to why the students chose black colleges.