HBCU Enrollments (by Conference)

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) was founded and incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1912 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association; adopting its current name in December 1950.  Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina representing institutions from Pennsylvania to North Carolina; comprised of both private and public colleges and universities with enrollments ranging from 750 to over 8,000 students. CIAA institutions are affiliated at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Bowie State is Maryland’s oldest historically black university and is one of the ten oldest in the country. Notable alumni include Christa McAuliffe, Toni Braxton, and Gwendolyn T. Britt
Location: Baltimore, Md.
Established: 1865
Enrollment: 5,561
Mascot: Bulldogs

www.chowan.edu
Chowan is the second-oldest Baptist school in North Carolina and was founded as Chowan Baptist Female Institute, a four-year women’s college. Notable alumni include Nate McMillan, David Fulton, Mark Royals, and William Dalton.
Location: Murfreesboro, N.C.
Founded: 1848
Enrollment: 1,532
Mascot: Hawks

www.ecsu.edu
Elizabeth City State University was founded to provide training for more teachers of primary grades. Parts of the campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notable alumni include Larry Johnson Sr., Kenny Williams, Jethro Pugh, and Bobby Futrell.

Location: Elizabeth City, N.C.
Founded: 1891
Enrollment: 2,421
Mascot: Vikings

www.lincoln.edu
Lincoln University was the United States’ very first degree-granting historically black university. It was founded as a private university, but became public in 1972. Notable alumni include Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, Cab Calloway, Christian Fleetwood, and Clarence M. Mitchell Jr.
Location: Chester County, Pa.
Founded in 1854
Enrollment: 1,819
Mascot: Lions

www.vsu.edu
Virginia State University was America’s first fully state-supported four-year institution of higher learning for black citizens. Notable alumni include Rashae Barnes, Herman Branson, Camilla Williams, and Larry Brooks.
Founded in 1882
Location: St Petersburg, Va.
Enrollment: 5,900
Mascot: Trojans

vuusports.com
Virginia Union University was founded to give the newly emancipated men an opportunity for education. Notable alumni include Simeon Booker, Walter Fauntroy, Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., Eugene Kinckle Jones, and Wyatt T Walker. 
Founded in 1865
Location: Richmond, Va.
Enrollment: 1,700
Mascot: Panthers

www.uncfsu.edu
Fayetteville State University is the second oldest state-supported school in North Carolina. Notable alumni include Jerry C. Johnson, Sylvester Ritter, Darrell Armstrong, and Jim Bibby.

Location: Fayetteville, N.C.
Founded: 1867
Enrollment: 5,930
Mascot: Broncos

www.jcsu.edu
Johnson C. Smith University was established as Biddle Memorial Institute. Notable alumni include Trezzvant Anderson, Frederick C. Branch, Draff Young, and Edward R. Dudley.
Location: Charlotte, NC
Founded: 1867
Enrollment: 1,300
Mascot: Golden Bulls

www.livingstone.edu
Livingstone College began as Zion Wesley Institute and was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. Notable alumni include George Lincoln Blackwell, Ben Coates, Philip A. Payton Jr., and Solomon Carter Fuller.
Location: Salisbury, N.C.
Founded: 1879
Enrollment: 1,200
Mascot: Blue Bears

www.st-aug.edu
Saint Augustine’s University was founded by prominent Episcopal clergy for the education of freed slaves. It was the United States’ first historically black college to have its own commercial radio and television stations located on campus. 

Notable alumni include Luther Barnes, Hannah Diggs Atkins, Bessie and Sadie Delany, and William McBryar.
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Founded: 1867
Enrollment: 1,500
Mascot: Falcons

www.shawu.edu
Shaw is known as “the mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina,” and is the oldest HBCU in the South. Notable alumni include Gladys Knight, Richard Gene Arno, Shirley Caesar, James H. Young, and Angie Brooks.
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Founded: 1865
Enrollment: 1,999
Mascot: Bears

www.wssu.edu
Notable alumni include Cleo Hill, Monte Ross, Lorraine Morton, and Clarence “Jeep” Jones
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Founded: 1892
Enrollment: 5,700
Mascot: Rams

Location: Orangeburg, SC
Founded: 1869
Enrollment: 1978
Mascot: Panthers

Notable Alumni: Henry N. Tisdale, Cassandra Maxwell Birney, Robert Bates, Roger Kenton Williams., Leo Twiggs.

Ranked as the best liberal arts college in South Carolina in 2014 and in 2018 as the seventh-best HBCU in the nation by US News & World Report.

https://www.thesiac.com

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) was founded in 1913. A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and participates on the Division II level.

www.asurams.edu

Location: Albany, GA
Founded: 1903 
Joined: 1969 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 6615  
Mascot: Golden Rams

www.benedict.edu

Location: Columbia, SC 
Founded: 1870 
Joined: 1932 
Type: Private 
Enrollment: 2500 
Mascot: Tigers 

www.knoxvillecollege.edu

Location: Knoxville, TN
Founded: 1875
Joined: 1920-1990
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 1920
Mascot: No Sports

www.morehouse.edu

Location: Atlanta, GA
Founded: 1867 
Joined:  1913
Type: Private
Enrollment: 3000 
Mascot:  Maroon Tigers

www.paine.edu

Location: Augusta, GA 
Founded: 1882 
Joined:  1985
Type: Private 
Enrollment: 900 
Mascot: Lions 

www.centralstate.edu

Location: Wilberforce, OH
Founded: 1887 
Joined: 2015 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 2798  
Mascot: Marauders 

 www.ksuthorobreds.com

Location: Frankfort, KY
Founded: 1886 
Joined: 1997 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 2341 
Mascot: Thorobreds 

www.lanecollege.edu

Location: Jackson, TN
Founded: 1882 
Joined:  1929
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 2000  
Mascot: Dragons 

www.loc.edu

Location: Memphis, TN
Founded: 1862 
Joined: 1932 
Type: Private 
Enrollment: 600  
Mascot: Magicians 

www.miles.edu

Location: Fairfield, AL
Founded: 1898 
Joined: 1927 
Type: Private 
Enrollment: 1900
Mascot: Golden Bears 

https://www.tuskegee.edu

Location: Tuskegee, AL
Founded: 1881 
Joined: 1913 
Type: Private 
Enrollment: 3000 
Mascot: Golden Tigers 

https://www.savannahstate.edu

Location: Savannah, GA
Founded: 1890
Joined: 1913 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 3800 
Mascot: Tigers

The oldest public historically black university in the state. 

www.cau.edu

Location: Atlanta, GA
Founded: 1865 
Joined: 1913 
Type: Private 
Enrollment: 4000  
Mascot: Panthers 

www.fvsu.edu

Location: Fort Valley, GA 
Founded: 1895 
Joined: 1941 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 4250  
Mascot: Wildcats 

https://www.shc.edu/

Location: Mobile, AL
Founded: 1830 
Joined: 2014 
Type: Private 
Enrollment: 1439 
Mascot: Badgers 

 www.meacsports.com 

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)  was founded in 1970. Ken Free was the first full-time commissioner. The MEAC sponsors 15 Division I (FCS) sports with automatic qualifying bids for NCAA postseason competition in baseball, bowling, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, softball, volleyball and men’s golf. The MEAC’s football champion is pitted against the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the Celebration Bowl

https://www.coppin.edu/

Baltimore, Maryland
Founded: 1900
Joined: 1985
Type: Public
Enrollment: 3400
Mascot: Eagles

https://www.desu.edu/

Founded: 1891 
Joined:  1970
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 3400  
Mascot: Hornets 

https://www2.howard.edu/

Location: Washington, DC
Founded:  1867
Joined:  1970
Type: Private 
Enrollment: 10,000
Mascot:  Bisons

https://www.umes.edu/home

Location: Princess Anne, MD
Founded: 1886 
Joined: 1970, 1984 
Type:  Public
Enrollment: 3400 
Mascot: Hawks 

https://www.morgan.edu/

Location: Baltimore, MD
Founded: 1867 
Joined: 1970,1984 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 4500  
Mascot: Bears 

https://www.nsu.edu/

Location: Norfolk, VA
Founded: 1935 
Joined: 1997 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 4500  
Mascot: Spartans 

http://www.cookman.edu/

Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Founded: 1904 
Joined: 1979 
Type: Private 
Enrollment: 3400 
Mascot: Wildcats 

http://www.famu.edu/

Location: Tallahassee, FL 
Founded: 1887 
Joined: 1979,1986 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 10000 
Mascot: Rattlers 

https://www.ncat.edu/

Location: Greensboro, NC
Founded: 1891 
Joined: 1970 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 11000  
Mascot: Aggies 

http://www.nccu.edu/

Location: Durham, NC
Founded: 1910 
Joined: 1970,2010 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 10000  
Mascot: Eagles 

https://www.savannahstate.edu/

Location: Savannah, GA
Founded: 1890 
Joined: 2010 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 3400  
Mascot: Tigers 

https://www.scsu.edu/

Location: Orangeburg, SC
Founded: 1896 
Joined: 1970 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 4500  
Mascot: Bulldogs 

ww.swac.org

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) was formed in 1920 with six Texas Black colleges: Bishop College, Paul Quinn College, Prairie View A&M, Texas College and Wiley College. The league participates in the NCAA FCS division.

 

https://www.aamu.edu/

Location: Huntsville, AL
Founded: 1875 
Joined: 1999 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 5000 
Mascot: Bulldogs

www.alasu.edu/

Location: Montgomery, AL
Founded: 1867 
Joined: 1982 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 5000  
Mascot: Hornets 

https://www.alcorn.edu/

Location: Lorman, AL 
Founded: 1871 
Joined: 1962 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 3400  
Mascot: Braves 

www.jsums.edu/

Location: Jackson, MS
Founded: 1877 
Joined: 1958 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 8400  
Mascot: Tigers 

https://www.mvsu.edu/

Location: Itta Bena, MS
Founded: 1950 
Joined: 1968 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 2500  
Mascot:  Delta Devils

www.uapb.edu/

Location: Pine Bluff, AK
Founded: 1873 
Joined: 1936, 1997 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 2500  
Mascot: Golden Lions 

www.gram.edu/

Location: Grambling, LA 
Founded: 1901 
Joined: 1958 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 4500  
Mascot: Tigers 

https://www.pvamu.edu/

Location: Prairie View, TX
Founded: 1876 
Joined: 1920 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 9500  
Mascot: Panthers 

www.subr.edu/

Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Founded: 1880 
Joined: 1935 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 7000  
Mascot: Jaguars 

tsu.edu/

Location: Houston, TX
Founded: 1947 
Joined: 1954 
Type: Public 
Enrollment: 10000  
Mascot: Tigers