HBCU’s or mostly white universities? Are you debating where to send your child?

The decision of which school to attend is difficult for both the parent and the child.  So many angles to consider:  tuition cost, curriculum, history, culture and whether or not after all these things are considered does a Historically Black College or Predominately White College most align with your major, view of the college experience and goals for the future?
Should a college/university be chosen based on it being a HBCU alone?
Can our children get more from an HBCU?
Are all things being considered when making this life decision?

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Comment by Camilla Everett-Nelson on April 19, 2010 at 5:14pm
My son was accepted to Howard University and Temple University but we had to resort to in state due to the cost and that was not what he wanted.
I wish I could have afforded to send him some how to Howard so he could learn about his heritage from one the best schools in the country.
With out a scholarship most parents have to settle although their kids did their part with having good grades
Camilla Nelson,Raleigh NC
Comment by Charles Miller on April 16, 2010 at 4:12pm
I think it's basically a decision that requires the family members to agree too. I attended a PWC and had no problems. I associated with both races. I pledged (of coures) a black frat...KAPSI yo baby yo!!!.. My daughter decided to go Ivy League and has benefited tremendously.. She's now on Wall Street as are her other assoicates who are black. It's also important to have a solid minority community with whom your child can identify and relate. Let's face it, we live in a multi-culturial society and we must be able to deal with all whom we encounter. HBCU's are wonderful and we should continue to promote and support them. Bottom-line, it's a matter of choice....

Comment by wealthandfreedompackage on April 16, 2010 at 10:34am
I think it should be up to the child it's there life and career.
Comment by Brian Franklin on April 16, 2010 at 8:15am
To Simone. It is their decision if they are paying for it, otherwise it is our decision. I think that the first thing should be finding a school that achieves the goals you and your child have set. Both traditional colleges and HBC have advantages. There are a lot of factors to consider other than cultural one.
Comment by Quwanda Brooks on April 15, 2010 at 7:17pm
My daughter is having a wonderful experience over at Clark-Atlanta University... too each it's own! HBCU's keeps it real!!!
Comment by Ray Williams on April 15, 2010 at 4:09pm
I did both, HBCU(Wilberforce Univ in Ohio), and it was fantastic, but I also did Illinois State Uviv, Stae school offered white perspective on the world. WU, offrered me lifelong companions, small classes and self pride
Comment by Milford Woodard on April 15, 2010 at 3:08pm
I attended a PWC in Hartford Ct. in 68-70 and received my degree from a HBCU in 1991. There is a differences in social life and education. I became friends with many of the professors at the HBCU and with the only Black professor at the PWC. There is a lot to say for well equipped PWC as opposed to the care and extra push you may get at a HBCU. I agree with what Gloria and Z 4 T Music experienced. I can truly say one thing, we were 2% of the student body at the PWC but I love the experience I had there and would never forget them.
Comment by frizz on April 15, 2010 at 2:53pm
I do agree it's up to the child on where they want to go to school, but I have to get a warm fuzzy. My daughter and I are doing the college visits at this time, We just came back from Florida ( because she wants some were warm ... Girlie Girl is talking about going to Hawaii) All the colleges we visit, I have spoken with some of the students (black and white) to see how they reacted to me and to see if they were happy with their choice. I can say all but one college, I did not like and she felt the same way and that was an HBCU.. But it all comes down to MONEY!! who ever offers her the best financial package is where she will attend..
Comment by Bre'e on April 15, 2010 at 1:28pm
I went to both. Started off at Jackson State and had the worse experience when it came to getting help from adminstration everything from the financial aid office to meal card. I did enjoy the experience in all. Ended up going back to Chicago and graduating from Loyola a predominately white school. My son where go where he wants.
Comment by Ubezy on April 15, 2010 at 1:00pm
Less we forget! If it wasn't for the HBCU where would people of color have gotten the education from in the first place.The honorable late Dr. Martin Luther King and the leaders of the Civil Rights came out of HBCU's. The world was a witnesses to these incrediable human beings, who help make it possible for blacks to force the government to improve the rights of black people and other minorities in America. So that the blacks today now have a choice of where they want to be educated. And it's still a struggle for HBCU's today, because the PWC have more money, and resources. And HBCU are still trying to bring up the rear, meaning to catch up with their counterparts. Without the HBCU's and the Civil Right movement that it help foster, I doubt it seriously if we would be having this decussion today. It seems like the more easier our people have life today the more they seem to forget the past. Don't let your history, became a mystery.


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