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Tribal Colleges

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Chemistry student
at Diné College, AZ

Established by tribes to educate Native people and preserve Native ways, tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) provide access to a higher education to people who are located on or near remote, rural Indian reservations.

Key Facts About the Nation's TCUs:

  • The American Indian College Fund supports the 34 fully accredited TCUs across the United States serving more than 30,000 full-time students.
  • TCUs are accredited and must meet the same academic standards as all other colleges and universities;
  • Native culture is infused throughout the tribal college curriculum;
  • Tribal colleges promote academic achievement, cultural identity, and lift students out of poverty through an education, creating economic and social change in Native and rural communities;
  • Most tribal colleges receive no Indian casino or state tax revenues.

Download our brochure about a tribal college education.