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Howard University has long been considered our country’s preeminent historically Black institutions. While colleges like Spelman, Morehouse, and Hampton also top the list, Howard University’s history, vast alumni network, and storied homecoming festivities has elevated it above the rest.

This week, the university found itself in the middle of a PR disaster when several of its students and alums took to social media to air out grievances about everything from faulty internet connections and no hot water in dorms, to difficulties registering for classes and slow responses from the university’s financial aid office under the hashtag #TakeBackHU.

Friday, students also took their complaints straight to university administration in person.

After #TakeBackHU became a top trending topic, university president Wayne Frederick took to Twitter to respond to students.

Despite the uproar, Howard University students want the public to know they still love their institution, they just want it to improve.

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  • Looks like they got comfortable! Being an HBCU is no excuse to srew your students hard like this.

  • bray_tusk91

    There were housing issues way back in the mid 80’s when I was attending Tuskegee. That often happens when there is a huge influx of new students, it is certainly inconvenient. But, it is also a good problem in that there is a huge influx of new students.

    I’ll reserve judgment at some of the complaints. Because I am an old alumni of an HBCU, we tend to go on and on about just how hard they could have it. ;-)

  • Everyone one has the right to voice their grievances. Hopefully, improvements are made in HBCUs and in universities nationwide. At the end of the day, we love HBCUs, but universities should serve the people’s interests. Also, there is a difference between critique and condemnation. We can critique without condemning the concept of HBCUs. We know that HBCUs have a great history in the growth and development of the black community. We are appreciative of that history.

  • _a_

    Alot of these HBCU’s lack funding. I honestly feel like thats why ish just isnt up to par sometimes. One thing I will say is that although I dont always agree with Dr. Umar Johnson, he made a really good point when speaking about this on The Breakfast Club. People (especially those with alot of money) just dont care to give back to these schools.

  • I attended an HBCU my first year over 20 years ago and had the same issues that they are speaking about today. No problem with the housing, but definitely with financial aid. It was apparently expected. However, when I transferred my sophomore year to a bigger, non-HBCU, NCAA school I never had issues with financial aid. Heck, I got scholarship money that I didn’t even apply for. There has to be a way to fix this broken system.

    • Akemata

      Tikeetha, I was there over 20 years ago, too, as a guest student. Student services were appalling. I had a wonderful time though and remember it fondly. I thought with the advent of the Internet and with connectivity, students today wouldn’t have to go through what I did. There is no excuse.

    • Brad

      I attended an HBCU over 20 years ago and I have a daughter who has been attending one for the last 4 years and trust me. The internet and many of the automated modern conveniences has made the whole process a lot easier.

      It will still be a few issues here and there but, to be honest it has pretty much been smooth sailing for my daughter at Florida A & M University.

      I mean she registers online, no lines registrars office or financial aid office or any of that jazz.