Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Transfer Admission Guaranteed

HBCU Events at SMC 

Save these dates to learn more about the transfer process and benefits of attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities! 

HBCU Indaba

Open to the Public

Join us for our HBCU “Indaba” (a word in Zulu and Xhosa cultures that means a “meeting”) which includes an amazing day of learning about the HBCU experience! Hear from HBCU grads and HBCU-trained professionals who will share admissions information. You will also have the opportunity to meet with Black Collegians counselors to help you with applying! Lunch will be served while supplies last. 

Presentation & Panel
Offered in Fall


HBCU Scholarships and Grants

The scholarship will cover the tuition and fees for the recipients junior and senior year at the 4-year HBCU. 

Scholarship Deadline: March 15

List of partner HBCUs

Additional scholarships

Cal-HBCU Transfer Grant (Cal-HBCU) Program

  • Fall 2024-2025 application deadline: August 26, 2024
  • Spring 2024-2025 application deadline: January 31, 2025

Application link


HBCU Transfer Workshops

In this workshop students will learn more about the HBCUs and how SMC students can secure guaranteed admission to a variety of participating institutions. Certain requirements and deadlines must be met.

More workshops coming in Fall 2024!


History of HBCUs

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were established to serve the educational needs of black Americans. As a result, HBCUs became the principle means for providing postsecondary education to black Americans. Today, HBCUs must fulfill educational goals far beyond those initially set.

Why HBCU’s Still Matter (from United Negro College Fund): “The reason is clear: HBCUs outperform non-HBCU institutions in retaining and graduating first-generation, low-income African American students. Diversity within college graduates is vital because more voices from all corners of the United States makes us a better formed, positive, successful society. From making college affordable, to supporting African American students seeking degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, HBCUs play a crucial role.”

HBCU Links



Learn More about HBCU Transfer Options with our videos below.

View videos


Please check the SMC Masking Guidelines to view the current policy.

If you need an accommodation due to a disability email or call 310-434-4265 at least 5 business days prior to the event.