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The Freshman Year at an HBCU by Kelly DeLong
ISBN: 978-0-9911211-5-1
Publication Date: March, 2015

Price: $24.95

Pages: 224

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The Freshman Year at an HBCU documents the lives of four freshmen from their first week of classes their freshmen year to their last. Along the way readers experience with these four freshmen what freshman life is all about—the triumphs and successes, as well as the confl icts and failures. Ulti mately, the purpose of this book is to guide readers in what it takes to survive the freshman year (and beyond).


Read an excerpt now: The Freshman Year at an HBCU


Kelly DeLong has taught at an Historically Black College and University for a decade. He is the author of the novel The Poor Sucker.

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Praise for

The Freshman Year at an HBCU


“The Freshman Year at an HBCU is a much needed book for young people that attend HBCUs. If I could, I would provide this book for each freshman that walks through our doors. This book could help in the area of retention. It is a blessing and so needed.”


Elizabeth Spraggins, Retention Specialist, Miles College



"The Freshman Year at an HBCU provides insight into the myriad of complex challenges faced by today's college freshmen from diverse backgrounds. For those students experiencing college with little or no knowledge of the varied experiences/expectations they will face, this book serves as a wonderful tool.”


Ontario Wooden, Dean of University College, North Carolina Central



"Kelly DeLong records the lives of four freshman students at a historically black college and university, and I know of no other scholar who has shown interest in the subject and covered it with such grace and compassion. Although he
documents their stresses and strains, unpredictable and fun moments, DeLong is also instructive: freshman students should understand the intellectual
demands of college, learn from each other, and remain focused."


James A. Hefner, former president of Tennessee State University and Jackson State University