HBCU rivalries are sibling-like competitions between historically Black colleges and universities that allow for a year’s worth of boasting.

These competitive, yet playful spats derive from things like Hampton and Howard University’s ongoing Real HU battle to Grambling State and Southern University’s Bayou Classic, to even the playful teasing that comes along with the annual rankings of best HBCUs, that often sees Spelman College, Howard and Xavier University of Louisiana swapping top positions. These time-honored traditions are the stuff bragging rights are made of, but HBCU pride runs even deeper than annual showdowns and stats, it’s also notable alumni, being the first-ever at something as well as societal and historical contributions, among other flaunt-worthy things. 

When it comes to being #HBCUProud, these six institutions, in no particular order, have all the bragging rights necessary to make their alumni among the proudest on the national yard