California’s First-Ever HBCU is Set to Open This Year


May 15, 2024

The upcoming school year promises to be particularly exciting for California students!

In a historic collaboration, Huston-Tillotson University (HTU) has partnered with the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), the San Diego County Office of Education, and the University of La Verne to open satellite campuses in San Diego and Los Angeles County. According to NewsOne, the collaboration establishes the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campuses in the state, according to NewsOne.

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This initiative marks a significant milestone in expanding access to HBCU education on the West Coast. Students interested in attending an HBCU can get a head start through the I.D.E.A.L. Summer Academy, a six-week program held from June 9th to July 20th on HTU’s picturesque Austin campus. Participants will earn up to nine college credit hours, setting a strong foundation for their college journey.

Upon completing the summer program, students can continue their education at one of HTU’s new California campuses. The satellite campuses in San Diego and the Los Angeles/Inland Empire area will be open for the Fall schedule, providing a seamless transition for students beginning their college careers.

Eligibility for the program requires incoming college freshmen or transfer students with no more than 60 credit hours. Applicants must submit a $100 commitment fee and complete the FAFSA applications for both the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic years. The program also mandates in-person attendance for the entire six-week residential program in Austin.


“We are so excited to partner with NCRF, the San Diego County Office of Education, and the University of La Verne to open an HBCU in California,” Dr. Wallace stated. “I look forward to having you as a part of the RAM family,” Dr. Melva Wallace, President of Huston-Tillotson University, expressed in a statement.

Prospective students eager to be part of this historic program are encouraged to register promptly. For more details and registration information, visit the HTU California program page.

Cover photo: California’s First-Ever HBCU is Set to Open This Year / Credit: Huston-Tillotson University


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