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
#4 Overall Score: Fisk University 1

Nashville, TN

$20,391 N/A 100.0% 4 73% 8 54% 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
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
St. Paul's College 1

Lawrenceville, VA

N/A N/A 100.0% 4 37% 8 16% 6
#29 Overall Score: Philander Smith College

Little Rock, AR

$9,500 666 96.2% 70% 8 31%
#24 Overall Score: South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, SC

in-state: $9,258, out-of-state: $18,170 3,807 91.0% 64% 34%
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
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
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
West Virginia State University

Institute, WV

in-state: $5,932, out-of-state: $13,864 2,644 89.7% 54% 8 21%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Virginia Union University

Richmond, VA

$14,930 1,750 88.3% 53% 30%
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%
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
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Wiley College

Marshall, TX

$11,050 1,401 77.0% 55% 22%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Savannah State University 1

Savannah, GA

in-state: $5,290, out-of-state: $14,812 N/A 71.2% 4 72% 8 31% 8
#33 Overall Score: Virginia State University 1

Petersburg, VA

in-state: $7,784, out-of-state: $16,662 N/A 70.7% 4 71% 8 42% 6
#34 Overall Score: Bethune-​Cookman University

Daytona Beach, FL

$14,410 3,543 70.2% 68% 43%
#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%
#22 Overall Score: Bennett College

Greensboro, NC

$17,130 707 69.5% 70% 34%
#9 Overall Score: Clark Atlanta University

Atlanta, GA

$21,100 3,419 68.5% 64% 39%
#29 Overall Score: Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA

in-state: $7,226, out-of-state: $20,696 7,100 67.3% N/A 36%
#2 Overall Score: Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

$25,460 2,377 66.4% 83% 56%
#5 Overall Score: Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

$20,560 3,178 63.5% 67% 47%
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.
Livingstone College

Salisbury, NC

$15,708 1,111 62.1% 52% 23%
#14 Overall Score: Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

in-state: $6,875, out-of-state: $20,027 8,775 58.2% 65% 8 35%
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%

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