School is out for summer. But HBCUs across the country only have a few more weeks to enjoy the silence before record numbers of new students hit their campuses in the fall – good news for the schools that have been producing a large percentage of Black professionals and students of color seeking a more nurturing and inclusive college experience.

As Forbes reported, Howard University saw a 12 percent increase in applications for their incoming freshman class this year, receiving 37,000 applications for just 2,500 seats. Applications to Florida A&M University have almost doubled in the last two years. The Tallahassee HBCU received over 21,000 applications for less than 4,000 seats.