Chicago — A number of HBCUs are seeing an increase in Black students applying and enrolling.
According to NPR, the percentage of Black student enrollment fell from 18% in 1976 to 8% in 2014, and then increased by 9% in 2020. This comes after years of declining enrollment.
A number of factors contribute to the increase but one includes that some Black families view these schools as a safe learning environment, according to the outlet.
That includes Sherrille McKethan-Green, whose son Gideon Green is attending Morehouse.
"I felt that after he graduated from college, he would have time to be a minority, but at Morehouse, he would be a majority," she told NPR.
“He needed to be around people ... that had his best interest at heart and would also tell him that 'You're going to be great. You're going to be a success,” she added.
Paulina Webber, an incoming senior at Dillard University, saw more students choosing HBCUs as a racial justice movement caught hold of the nation’s attention amid the pandemic.
"We saw the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, and then we saw students say, 'Hey, I want to go to a Black school. I want to be safe. I want to enjoy my time,'" she said.