As defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965, a historically black college is one that was established prior to 1964 with the principal mission to educate black Americans and is accredited by a nationally recognized agency or association. College admission usually requires the submission of an application packet by January or February for the fall semester. However, some colleges continue to accept applications months later by having a later deadline or through a rolling admission policy. Rolling admission means that the college reviews applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis until a certain date or until the freshman class is full. These are just some of the historically black colleges that have late admission.

Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College is a private college in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 1866 to educate newly freed slaves, it is Florida's oldest private college. Students can receive a bachelor's degree in one of nine programs: communications, music, psychology, criminal justice, biology, elementary education, mathematics, organizational management and business administration. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis twice a year for admission to the fall and spring semesters. Admission requires the submission of the application, a copy of the high school transcript, the SAT or ACT score report and two recommendations.

Benedict College

Located in Columbia, South Carolina, Benedict College is the fourth largest historically black college in the United States. Founded in 1870, this private, liberal arts institution offers degrees in thirty different majors. While it is recommended that prospective students apply no later than May 1 for admittance to the fall semester or November 1 for the spring semester, applications are accepted and considered if space is available until the freshman class is full. Prospective students must submit the application, a copy of the high school transcript and the SAT or ACT score report.

West Virginia State University

Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public institution offering both bachelor and graduate degrees in Institute, West Virginia. While it is a historically black college, the student population is racially diverse. Available are undergraduate degree in 20 different majors, such as physics, sociology, business administration and education. The school recommends that prospective students start applying at least six months prior to the start of the semester. However, the school will consider applications received at least 30 days prior. The admission requirements include the application, a copy of the high school transcript, the ACT or SAT score report and an immunization record.

Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University is one of the nation's largest historically black colleges. Set on a 150-acre campus in Houston, Texas, this public school educates more than 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students spread across nine different colleges and schools. Some of the colleges and schools within Texas Southern University are the College of Education, School of Communication and College of Science and Technology. The deadline for fall admission is July 15 and the deadline for spring admission is December 1. The school evaluates the student's application, high school transcript and SAT or ACT score when considering admittance.

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