Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ranking

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ranking Methodology

These historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were compared only with one another for these rankings. In order to be on the list, a school must be designated currently by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU. To qualify for the U.S. News ranking, an HBCU also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first year, first-time students and must be a school that is currently part of the 2014 Best Colleges rankings.

Rank School Tuition and Fees Total enrollment Fall 2012 acceptance rate Average freshman retention rate 6-year graduation rate Classes with fewer than 20 students SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile
#20 Overall Score: Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Normal, AL

in-state: $8,586, out-of-state: $15,576 4,853 54.4% 69% 32%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

in-state: $8,720, out-of-state: $15,656 5,816 51.8% 62% 8 26%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Albany State University

Albany, GA

in-state: $5,912, out-of-state: $17,816 4,275 19.5% 70% 39%
#29 Overall Score: Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS

in-state: $6,096, out-of-state: $15,096 3,950 47.1% 69% 32%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Allen University

Columbia, SC

$11,940 672 57.7% 51% 21%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Arkansas Baptist College 1

Little Rock, AR

$7,800 N/A 90.0% 4 43% 8 3% 6
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Benedict College

Columbia, SC

$18,254 2,921 84.3% N/A 29% 6
#22 Overall Score: Bennett College

Greensboro, NC

$17,130 707 69.5% 70% 34%
#34 Overall Score: Bethune-​Cookman University

Daytona Beach, FL

$14,410 3,543 70.2% 68% 43%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Bluefield State College

Bluefield, WV

in-state: $5,564, out-of-state: $10,536 1,935 46.8% 58% 26%
#25 Overall Score: Bowie State University

Bowie, MD

in-state: $6,483, out-of-state: $17,039 5,421 48.1% 72% 35%
#34 Overall Score: Central State University

Wilberforce, OH

in-state: $4,710, out-of-state: $11,930 2,152 36.7% 50% 27%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Cheyney, PA

in-state: $8,820, out-of-state: $13,092 1,284 87.2% 56% 22%
#7 Overall Score: Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

$15,210 1,946 52.6% 73% 44%
#9 Overall Score: Clark Atlanta University

Atlanta, GA

$21,100 3,419 68.5% 64% 39%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Concordia College

Selma, AL

$8,190 611 32.6% 39% 8 8% 6
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Coppin State University 1

Baltimore, MD

in-state: $5,076, out-of-state: $10,010 N/A 34.9% 4 62% 8 15% 6
#9 Overall Score: Delaware State University

Dover, DE

in-state: $7,336, out-of-state: $15,692 4,324 41.7% 66% 33%
#12 Overall Score: Dillard University

New Orleans, LA

$16,191 1,307 33.4% 67% 8 31%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Edward Waters College 1

Jacksonville, FL

$11,358 N/A N/A N/A 15% 6
#18 Overall Score: Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, NC

in-state: $4,428, out-of-state: $15,285 2,878 45.6% 77% 43%
#25 Overall Score: Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

in-state: $7,573, out-of-state: $18,369 6,060 55.0% 72% 31%
#4 Overall Score: Fisk University 1

Nashville, TN

$20,391 N/A 100.0% 4 73% 8 54% 6
#9 Overall Score: Florida A&M University

Tallahassee, FL

in-state: $5,785, out-of-state: $17,725 12,057 48.6% 80% 40%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Florida Memorial University 1

Miami, FL

$15,000 N/A N/A 71% 8 38% 6
#34 Overall Score: Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley, GA

in-state: $6,080, out-of-state: $17,984 3,568 35.6% 64% 31%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Grambling State University 1

Grambling, LA

in-state: $5,273, out-of-state: $13,643 N/A 55.1% 4 65% 8 28% 6
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Hampton University

Hampton, VA

$20,724 4,754 36.4% 77% 55% 6
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Harris-​Stowe State University 1

St. Louis, MO

in-state: $5,110, out-of-state: $9,648 N/A N/A 45% 8 14% 6
#3 Overall Score: Howard University 1

Washington, DC

$22,683 N/A 53.9% 4 82% 8 65% 6
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Huston-​Tillotson University 1

Austin, TX

$11,020 N/A 90.0% 4 52% 8 24% 6
#25 Overall Score: Jackson State University 1

Jackson, MS

in-state: $5,888, out-of-state: $14,576 N/A 31.3% 4 75% 8 42% 6
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Jarvis Christian College

Hawkins, TX

$11,369 603 100.0% 49% 17% 6
#14 Overall Score: Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, NC

$18,236 1,669 38.1% 71% 42%
#25 Overall Score: Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY

in-state: $6,858, out-of-state: $16,458 2,524 44.7% 51% 14%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Lane College

Jackson, TN

$9,180 1,512 33.4% 57% 8 38%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Langston University 1

Langston, OK

in-state: $4,255, out-of-state: $10,741 1,742 63.2% 4 53% 8 24% 6
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
LeMoyne-​Owen College

Memphis, TN

$10,538 1,078 23.4% 4 57% 8 8%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Lincoln University 1

Jefferson City, MO

in-state: $6,725, out-of-state: $12,725 N/A N/A N/A 23% 6
#20 Overall Score: Lincoln University

Lincoln University, PA

in-state: $7,018, out-of-state: $11,602 2,101 25.4% 68% 37%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Livingstone College

Salisbury, NC

$15,708 1,111 62.1% 52% 23%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Miles College 1

Birmingham, AL

$11,014 N/A N/A 54% 8 22% 6
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Mississippi Valley State University 1

Itta Bena, MS

$5,703 N/A 16.1% 4 58% 8 29% 8
#2 Overall Score: Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

$25,460 2,377 66.4% 83% 56%
#18 Overall Score: Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

in-state: $7,218, out-of-state: $16,632 7,952 57.6% 71% 30%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Morris College 1

Sumter, SC

$10,840 N/A N/A N/A 29% 6
#29 Overall Score: Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA

in-state: $7,226, out-of-state: $20,696 7,100 67.3% N/A 36%
#8 Overall Score: North Carolina A&T State University

Greensboro, NC

in-state: $5,422, out-of-state: $16,503 10,636 69.6% 75% 42%
#12 Overall Score: North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

in-state: $5,525, out-of-state: $16,098 8,604 50.3% 72% 43%
#23 Overall Score: Oakwood University

Huntsville, AL

$15,412 2,019 34.4% 71% 8 38% 8

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