Decoding Five Myths about HBCUs
Movies, television shows, and overall stereotypes have given HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) either a false name or a bad reputation. However, here are some myths about HBCUs that most people believe to be true.
1. HBCUs are ghetto
Although HBCUs are located in low-income areas, a ghetto HBCU is far from the truth. In fact, most HBCUs are eager to teach their students about professional etiquette.
In universities such as Hampton University, Howard University and Bethune-Cookman University, students are required to dress professionally to certain classes.
2. HBCUs only represent African-American students
HBCUs are open to all races and ethnicities.
3. HBCUs are all about joining the marching band.
Most students who attend an HBCU are often asked about the classics or homecoming. However, most students would attend an HBCU for the history and the culture.
4. HBCUs are going to be just like the show “A Different World.”
Not everyone who attends an HBCU will have the same experience as Denise Huxtable or Dwayne Wayne. This means that no one who attends an HBCU will have the same experiences as each other.
5. HBCUs do not focus on education.
Due to the stereotypes of African-Americans, HBCUs are viewed as schools that lack the resources for its students. This is not the case because HBCUs are dedicated to giving their students a quality education.