8: Adding Historically Black Colleges to your List
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As high school juniors begin to build their lists of schools, they'd be wise to consider historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)  and minority serving institutions (MSIs). Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and her special guests, Professor Marybeth Gasman and Breanna Williams, talk about the benefits of attending HBCUs and MSIs.

Marybeth Gasman is a professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania where she directs the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Breanna Williams is a stylist and retail manager in New York City. She graduated from Howard University with a BFA in Theater.

Gasman has spent years researching the value and impact of HBCU and MSI educations. Gasman lists several schools applicants might look into including Morehouse, Spelman, Taladega, and Prairie View. She sites Xavier in New Orleans, as a great example of an HBCU that excels in preparing its students for careers in medicine-- its graduates have a 98% pass rate on the medical board exams. 

Williams relays how instrumental a role Howard plays in her life. Shaping her identity as a college student through her career today as an optical stylist.

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