Black Colleges in Atlanta


Rooted in history and heritage, black colleges in Atlanta are continuing to offer higher educations to students of all races. Atlanta's black colleges include institutions that are more than 100 years old. These black colleges, which are commonly referred to as historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, have been recognized nationally for their educational programs and graduation rates.

Morehouse College

  • School officials point to the "Morehouse Mystique" as the reason why Morehouse College attracts a majority black male student body. Whatever the reason, the four-year, private, black all-male college has garnered top honors since being established in 1867. In "Washington Monthly" magazine's 2010 College Guide, Morehouse was named the country's best liberal arts college. In 1999, "Black Enterprise" magazine, which targets black readers, ranked Morehouse second among the top 50 colleges in the country for African-Americans. Morehouse offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 26 majors in three departments, including business administration and economics, humanities and social sciences and science and mathematics.

Clark Atlanta University

  • Clark Atlanta University was established in 1988. The four-year, coeducational, private university was formed with the merger of Atlanta University and Clark College. Atlanta University was founded in 1865 and Clark College in 1869. Clark Atlanta University offers bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral degree programs. The university consists of four schools: School of Social Work, School of Business, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Education. Clark Atlanta University has five Centers of Excellence that specialize in cancer research, business, computational intelligence, mass media arts and education. The university's Center of Excellence also houses an International Education/Study Abroad program.

Spelman College

  • Founded in 1881 as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman College is a four-year, private, majority-black all-women's college. Spelman has 20 Bachelor of Arts academic programs and eight Bachelor of Science programs. The college has been recognized throughout the years. In 1992, "U.S. News & World Report" magazine ranked Spelman the best liberal arts college in the South. In 2000, the Association of Medical Colleges ranked Spelman second in the country for placing black students in medical schools.

Morris Brown College

  • Morris Brown College is a private, four-year college that was founded in 1881. According to its website, Morris Brown was Georgia's first educational institution under sole African-American patronage. The curriculum at the college is split into two divisions: lower and upper. In the lower division, students take courses to satisfy the college's general education program. In the upper division, students concentrate on courses that are specific to their majors. Morris Brown offers Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration and organizational management and leadership.


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