Some HBCUs Are Bucking the Trend in Higher Education Enrollment Declines

At a time when many colleges and universities are struggling to maintain enrollments at levels of the past several years, many historically Black colleges and universities are seeing increases in enrollments with some schools achieving all-time records.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has announced its fifth consecutive year of record enrollments. The university reports a student headcount of 12,754, making it the largest HBCU for the seventh year in a row.

Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, reports a 4 percent overall enrollment increase from Fall 2019 leading to the highest headcount enrollment the college has seen in over 15 years.

Albany State University in Georgia has posted a 6 percent increase in enrollments. This is the highest enrollment level in the past three years.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff reported a sharp increase in year-over-year enrollment of new and continuing students. The 12 percent increase is the largest in nearly a decade and brings the preliminary 2020 fall enrollment total to more than 2,800 students.

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