Top Black Student Organizations and Associations

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There are many organizations and associations that help African American and minority students attend college and pursue their careers. Such organizations typically support students via annual national conferences, semi-annual regional conferences, career fairs, networking opportunities, literature, access to exclusive online information, and more.

Here are some of the top ones:

National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering
This organization aims to ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
NABA has successfully designed programs to enhance professional career development. Focusing on the essential skills for success, NABA offers unique value-added leadership training and professional development opportunities as well as venues for organizations and individuals to build new business.

National Association of Black Engineers (NSBE)
NSBE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is owned and managed by its members. With more than 30,000 members around the world, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ)
This organization has made a goal of achieving equal justice for blacks and other minorities. Our members consist of criminal justice professionals such as those in law enforcement, institutional and community corrections, courts, social services, academia, religious and other community-based interests as well as criminal justice students and community leaders.

National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA)
NBGSA is recognized as the primary student organization addressing the needs of Black graduate students. NBGSA offers its members leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more.

National Black Student Union (NBSU)
The vision of NBSU is to link Black Student Unions at national, regional and state forums; encourage Black Student Unions to pursue graduate and professional study; network Black Student Unions in pursuit of public, private, and non-profit employment; and maximize the participation of Black Student Unions in select campus curricular and co-curricular activities.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund
This organization partner with omember-schools to increase access, retention and graduation rates of students, identifies and prepares students attending member-schools who have significant leadership potential, and manages a pipeline for employers to highly-qualified member-school students and alumni.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships.