There’s no experience quite like the HBCU experience.

Outside of these institutions, you'd be hard-pressed to find a plethora of Black folks learning and growing together while surrounded by tradition, fashion, Black empowerment, step shows, marching bands, football and a bevy of other customs. There’s a reason why so many HBCU graduates won't stop boasting about being HBCU graduates.

HBCUs have been the foundation for some of the country’s largest movements, including the Civil Rights Movement and several desegregation efforts, like the Greensboro sit-ins. HBCUs have produced some of the most prominent world leaders, entertainers, athletes and cultural staples. They provide world-class education, real-world experience and a place for Black students to revel in the diversity of their own culture and build incredible confidence before embarking on careers in a world that may seek to devalue them at every turn.

But HBCU graduates have borne the brunt of myths about their schools for decades, becoming soldiers for their alma maters during conversations that spew baseless claims like, “HBCUs don't prepare you for the real world” and “There’s no diversity at HBCUs.”

Alleged lack of diversity in enrollment aside, it can be exhausting to constantly have your collegiate experience invalidated by folks who just don’t know any better.

So, this Black History Month, Blavity has debunked six of the myths that continue to follow HBCUs.