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 What's the Stanford-HBCU Exchange Program? 

Howard University

The Stanford-HBCU Exchange program formerly the Stanford Diversity Exchange Program, was established in 1978 to provide a cultural and academic enrichment experience for Stanford students in a Black institution of higher education. The Exchange now has three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) participating: Howard University in Washington, DC and Morehouse College and Spelman College in Atlanta. Information on the schools may be found online at the school websites.

Partner Institutions

Morehouse College students

Below is a little information about our partner institutions! Click on the name of each HBCU*! 

*The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency (U.S. Department of Education)


Howard UniversityMorehouse CollegeSpelman College

The Howard Exchange Program is the oldest of Stanford’s exchange programs and is located in the nation’s capital.  It is a leading historically black university with a student body of over 12,000 which includes all racial groups and students from 90 countries.


Morehouse College is a black liberal arts college for educating men. It is located a mile west of downtown Atlanta - the cultural and economic center of the South.  The college is considered a national resource for African American male leadership.  It is noted for its tradition of educating men who have become accomplished and dynamic leaders in their professions.


Spelman College is a Black liberal arts college with more than 100 years of educating African American women. Spelman has a rich history where Sisterhood is at the heart of what is called the “Spelman experience.” It has been consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 HBCU in the country for 15 consecutive years and has also been ranked in the  top 100 liberal arts colleges.  Spelman invites women of all ethnic groups to join the sisterhood.


 Learn More about the Program!  

Click here to see a recording of the information session. 

Spelman University students

We held an info session on  Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 1:00pm via Zoom. The session featured Taylor Hall who is a current Junior at Stanford participating in the exchange program currently at Spelman College. She gave advice on the application process and her experience at a HBCU. Sarah Pishny-Foster from the Office of the Registrar was also featured where she answered questions related to credits and coursework at our partner HBCU’s. We also reviewed the details of the Stanford-HBCU Exchange Program and application process.

Please note: Only undergraduates are able to participate in the exchange program. Applications and additional information about the program can be found on the BCSC website on November 30th following the info session. The session will also be recorded for those unable to attend.




Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are not open. 

Click here for a PDF copy of the application. 

Click here to apply.

Application OpensApplication DeadlineAcceptance Notification
November 30, 2023 February 17, 2024March 2024