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10 Gorgeous HBCU Campuses to Visit on Your Summer Road Trip

If you’re taking a road trip this summer, you won’t be alone. A recent AAA survey predicts that 97 percent of trips this year will be taken by car.  

Before you pile the family in the car this summer, add a few Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to your itinerary. HBCUs have been around since the 1800s. As such, many HBCU campuses contain important history, awesome architecture, and gorgeous greenery. 

While all HBCU campuses have their charms, here – in alphabetical order – are 10 colleges that regularly rank high on lists of the most beautiful HBCU campuses in America. Read on to learn more about what makes these campuses so special. 

Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

If you search the web for “prettiest HBCU campuses,” there’s a good chance that Delaware State University will show up in the results. Beginning in 1891 with just three buildings on 100 acres, today, the 356-acre campus has over 50 buildings. Delaware State also maintains two farms and an airfield used by its Airway Science Program. 

Dillard University

New Orleans, Louisiana

With picturesque New Orleans as a backdrop, it should come as no surprise that Dillard University is often cited as one of the most scenic HBCU campuses. In fact, Dillard is one of  the few HBCU campuses included in the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the campus buildings reflect the classic Beaux-Arts style. The “Avenue of the Oaks” is a must-see for visitors. 

Fisk University

Nashville, Tennessee

The Fisk School began in a Union Army barracks back in 1865. Just 11 years later, Fisk University erected the South’s first permanent structure dedicated to educating African Americans. That building – Jubilee Hall – incorporated a Gothic Revival style that helped earn it a place on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)

Tallahassee, Florida


FAMU’s spacious 420 acre campus seamlessly blends the old with the new. A good portion of the campus is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, yet stunning new buildings and artwork enhance the campus’s historic charm. The Eternal Flame in the center of the campus reminds students to strive for excellence at all times. 

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia

If you love water, you’ll love Hampton University’s campus. The university grounds are surrounded by water, leading students and alums to call it “Our Home By The Sea.”  In addition to this natural beauty, the campus features historic buildings like the striking Virginia-Cleveland Hall. 

Howard University

Washington, DC

Howard University sits in the middle of a major city, but once you step on campus, you step back in time. Founders Library, Thirkield Science Hall, and Howard Hall are just a few of the historic buildings that mix in beautifully with the more recent additions to the campus. The campus’s position atop a hill and the lush greenery make it a must-see. 

Morehouse College

Atlanta Georgia

After moving from the basement of Friendship Baptist Church,  Morehouse College moved into Graves Hall – a gorgeous Victorian-style building that still serves as a dormitory today. Over the years, the college has added more modern – but no less elegant – buildings such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

Spelman College

Atlanta, Georgia

Spelman College’s campus is so stunning that it was prominently featured in a major television show. (Fans of A Different World should know that the shots of “Hillman College” are really shots of Spelman’s breathtaking campus.) The campus retains many of its original buildings – such as Giles Hall and Packard Hall – but has proved that it can add modern buildings that are just as striking, such as the new Tatum Suites. 

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama

The buildings on Tuskegee University’s campus reflect the university’s past and future. Buildings like Tompkins Hall have been on campus since the days of Booker T. Washington. New structures like Henderson Hall have a bold, sleek look that demonstrate the University’s commitment to creating the leaders of tomorrow.  

Xavier University

New Orleans, Louisiana

Xavier University’s roots as a Catholic university are reflected in the Gothic-style buildings – including a convent – on this captivating campus. Newer buildings like the Norman C. Francis Academic Science Complex combine classic style with touches of modern flair. 

Visit an HBCU Today 

Hopefully, this article has inspired you to visit an HBCU campus this summer. Who knows? HBCU campus tours could become part of your family’s summer tradition. Visit The Home Depot’s website for your road trip needs and keep following The Drill for more HBCU news and highlights!

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