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Selma University - the Baptist Church- Black Belt Region

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Selma University is located in what is know as the deep south, the Black Belt Region. At a Women's Baptist State convention in 1878. The school was originally designed for academic training for girls. It was called Colored Youth for Religious service. The slaves were free in 1862 and just a few years later, they started a school in Selma, Alabama. We think that Martin Luther King brought education and opened doors for blacks. However, Blacks were trying to have equality on their own by starting schools. Whites had their own schools, and blacks were busy organizing black schools for higher education.

If you were to visit Selma University in Alabama, it is located 45 miles west of Montgomery. Everything is close to shopping and transportation. They have a small enrollment, and each student is assigned to a faculty advisor, who assist the students in their programs and future careers.

The address of the school is:

Selma University - 1501 Lapsley Street - Selma, AL 36701

The school offers a baccalaureate degree, and it is obtainable with a curriculum of 50 semester hours. The goal is designed go develop values, skills and attitudes for the students. The students have to be able to compete in society and the other parts of the United States.

Academic Divisions:


Computer Science and Mathematic

Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Humanities and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences


They also offer the Bachelor of Arts in Religion and the Bachelor of Science in Biology

Business Administration and Management Information Systems

The Associate of Arts Degree is available in other fields.

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