To date, there are 107 HBCUs with a rolling count of more than 228,000 students presently enrolled. This number many vary due to stay-at-home-orders from the outbreak of COVID-19, and Universities shifting the learning experience. Fifty-six institutions are privately controlled, and 51 are public colleges and universities. The public institutions account for more than two-thirds of the students in historically black institutions. For the sixth year, HBCU Buzz presents the HBCU Top 30 Under 30, honoring the achievements of alumni of historically Black colleges and universities.
The next HBCU Top 30 class is a combination of bold leaders in the fields of politics, community, technology, entertainment, entrepreneurship, fashion, health, education, and money. Right now especially, HBCU Buzz prioritizes telling the stories of Black millennial visionaries and Generation Zers, because they are shaping our future.
From the youngest person to ever make the list, Clark Atlanta University’s Kahlil Darden at 19-years-old, to international superstar, Lil Yachty, this year’s top 30 is a diverse group of talent.
HBCUs yield more than a quarter of all African-American graduates in the country. In the 2017-2018 academic school year,48,300 degrees were conferred by HBCUs. These institutions of higher education consistently produce the highest numbers of prominent Black civil rights leaders, doctors, religious leaders, bankers, writers, Olympians, lawyers, musicians, engineers, actors, humanitarians, professional athletes, educators, scientists, and politicians that are woven into the advancement of The United States of America and beyond.
HBCU Buzz Founder and CEO, Luke Lawal Jr. says, “Now especially, highlighting Black business, Black stories, and Blacks’ success is of the utmost importance. The game changers and community leaders on this year’s HBCU Top 30 list reflect Black excellence and they each deserve to be celebrated,” shares
HBCU Buzz began the HBCU Top 30 list in 2014 as a way to celebrate and recognize the overlooked achievement of men and women who have studied at historically Black colleges and universities. For the sixth time, we have the esteemed honor of recognizing alumni from these prestigious powerhouses.
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