The Freshman Class: Historically Black Colleges and Women's Colleges

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In our third installment of a new series about becoming a college student today, Tamar Lewin, who covers higher education for The New York Times, discusses the role of historically black colleges and women's colleges.

Did you or do you go to a historically black college or a women's college? Tell us what you think the value of these institutions is today.


Tamar Lewin

Comments [3]

Ed Pendleton, Esq. from Harlem, USA

As a 1987 Howard Law School graduate I support the need and existence of HBCU.
In the 21st century white people have forgotten the history and the need behind these institutions (years ago Blacks could not go to school anywhere else). For the most part these institutions foster a postive place for people of color and whites to attend, learn, graduate, and to obtain their dreams. I found many of the colleges and universites in NYC only interested in admitting low income people of color and ignoring middle class Black males. Don't forget that college is where you socialize and meet contacts for life. Where better for a young Black male to meet his future wife or business contacts then at a Black Collegiate environment?
These schools give more support to Black males than anywhere else. Best place to be, even whites enjoy going to school here.

Sep. 16 2010 12:14 PM
Ash in Chelsea

I am a 1959 Morehouse Graduate. In 1959, the South was a legally segregated world. Intellectually, I tend to agree with the caller who denounced racially segregated schools as unnecessary.

I am very proud of my Morehouse education and its well known tradition of producing outstanding graduates. What I can't understand is why more non-black students aren't clamoring to get into this prestigious school which would render it a historical black college only because of its history.

Sep. 16 2010 11:06 AM
Naomi Lipman from Scarsdale, NY

Barnard College was never a cloister, even in my day (late '40s). There were then some and now are many courses cross-listed with Columbia (both College and grad schools), and the extracurricular life was largely coed.

Sep. 16 2010 10:53 AM

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