California area students received some great news this week when a new HBCU transfer alliance was announced that will grant students FREE access into nine out-of-state HBCU campuses.  California community college students who earn enough units are now guaranteed admission to 9 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) throughout the South.

An agreement signed Tuesday will ease the transfer of students from California’s two-year programs into historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, outside the state.

California students who earn an “associate degree for transfer” (60 transferable units and the curriculum required by UC or CSU) and have a GPA of at least a 2.5 (between C+ and B-) can enter any of the nine schools as a junior. Other perks include priority consideration for housing and pre-admission advising. Students with a GPA of 3.2 (between B and B+), will be considered for a transfer scholarship.

Community college students who earn less than 60 but more than 30 CSU or UC transferable units are also guaranteed admission — just not as a junior — if  they maintain a GPA of at least a 2.5.

Here is a list of the 9 HCBUs offering guaranteed admittance.

Also listed are current tuition and fees (excluding room and board) and the percentage of applicants accepted in 2013:

  • Fisk University, Nashville $21,858 (21.2%)
  • Dillard University, New Orleans $16,191 in 2013/14 (35.4%)
  • Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL $14,910 in 2013/14 (41%)
  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL $20,025 (41.4%)
  • Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR $10,490 (41.5%)
  • Lincoln University (public), Jefferson City, MO $7,160 (61.3%)
  • Bennett College, Greensboro, NC $17,130 in 2013/14 (69.5%)
  • Wiley College, Marshall, TX $11,482 (94.4%)
  • Talladega College, Talladega, AL $11,492 in 2013/14 (N/A)




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