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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HBCUs in Maryland and Washington, DC

There are six HBCUs that are located within Maryland Public Television’s viewing area. Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia are in Washington, DC. Bowie State University (Bowie, Maryland), Coppin State University (Baltimore, MD), Morgan State University (Baltimore, Maryland), and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Salisbury, MD) are in Maryland. 

According to UNCF’s latest report HBCUs Make America Strong (2014), the four publicly supported HBCUs in Maryland:

  • Have an annual economic impact greater than $1 B on the regional economy; and,
  • Generate north of 10,000 jobs for their local economies (combined). 
HBCU student group

HBCU Week 2022: Presidents Interviews

Bowie State University president, Dr. Aminta Breaux

Coppin State University president, Dr. Anthony Jenkins

Howard University president, Dr. Wayne Frederick

Morgan State University president, Dr. David Wilson

University of the District of Columbia president, Ronald Mason, Jr.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore president, Dr. Heidi Anderson

School Profiles

• Founded in 1865

• Approximately 6,200 students

• Building $42 million Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community to house students and Entrepreneurship Academy

• BSU is among the nation’s top 10 HBCUs ( and the third fastest-growing four-year college or university in Maryland (Baltimore Business Journal)

• Top five in Maryland universities for graduating African-Americans with bachelor’s degrees in nursing, biology and computer/information sciences

• BSU’s cybersecurity programs are designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as models of excellence.

Dr. Aminta Breaux, President

  • July 2017 – President
  • Temple University, B.A.
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S.
  • Temple University, Ph.D
  • More about Dr. Breaux


• Founded in 1900

• Approximately 3,000 students

• Student population represents 30 states and 25 countries

• 53 majors offered and 11 graduate programs

• #4 Best HBCU in the nation (College Consensus 2020)

• #5 Best value online programs (Online School Center 2020)

• #17 Best value in the nation (College Consensus 2019)

Dr. Anthony Jenkins, President

  • May 26, 2020 – Present
  • Fayetteville State University, B.S.
  • North Carolina Central University, M.A.
  • Virginia Tech University, Ph.D.
  • More about Dr. Jenkins


• Founded in 1867

• Approximately 11,000 students

• Private research university offering 120 areas of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

• Top producer of African Americans who earn STEM Ph.D.s

• Top producer of Black students who continue on to medical school.

• Ranked #80 among Best National Universities by US News and World Report

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President


• Founded in 1867

• Approximately 8,000 students

• Opened $88 million Tyler Hall for student services

• Building $15 million public safety center

• Building $32 million 660-bed dining facility and dorm

• Launching $110 million medical school in orthopedic medicine

• Awards the most bachelor’s degrees to African-Americans in Maryland

• Top producer of African-American graduates that go on to earn graduate degrees

Dr. David Wilson, President


  • Founded in 1851
  • 81 degree programs (Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral and Law)
  • Approximately 3,200 total students (Spring 2022)
  • #5 Clinical law program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
  • #17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
  • $136 million in capital improvements committed by D.C. government
  • Least expensive university in the DMV

Ronald Mason, Jr., President

  • July 1, 2015 – Present
  • Columbia University, BA
  • Columbia University, JD
  • Harvard, Institute for Educational Management
  • More about Dr. Mason


• Founded in 1886

• Approximately 4,000 students

• Building 110,000-square foot School of Pharmacy and Health Professions to house post-baccalaureate programs

• 57 academic programs

Carnegie Designate High Research Activity University

Dr. Heidi Anderson, President