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%
#18 Overall Score: Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

in-state: $7,218, out-of-state: $16,632 7,952 57.6% 71% 30%
#29 Overall Score: University of Maryland—​Eastern Shore

Princess Anne, MD

in-state: $6,998, out-of-state: $15,504 4,454 57.5% 68% 32%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Paine College

Augusta, GA

$12,502 837 57.4% 58% 22%
#17 Overall Score: Winston-​Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

in-state: $4,941, out-of-state: $14,091 5,689 55.7% 78% 37% 6
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
#25 Overall Score: Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

in-state: $7,573, out-of-state: $18,369 6,060 55.0% 72% 31%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Shaw University

Raleigh, NC

$14,141 2,183 54.5% 52% 8 26%
#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%
#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.
Texas Southern University

Houston, TX

in-state: $7,646, out-of-state: $16,946 9,646 53.1% 63% 12%
#7 Overall Score: Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

$15,210 1,946 52.6% 73% 44%
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.
Voorhees College 1

Denmark, SC

$10,780 N/A 50.6% 4 49% 8 29% 6
#12 Overall Score: North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

in-state: $5,525, out-of-state: $16,098 8,604 50.3% 72% 43%
#9 Overall Score: Florida A&M University

Tallahassee, FL

in-state: $5,785, out-of-state: $17,725 12,057 48.6% 80% 40%
#25 Overall Score: Bowie State University

Bowie, MD

in-state: $6,483, out-of-state: $17,039 5,421 48.1% 72% 35%
#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.
St. Augustine's University

Raleigh, NC

$17,890 1,442 47.1% 51% 36%
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%
#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: 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.
University of the District of Columbia

Washington, DC

in-state: $7,000, out-of-state: $14,000 5,110 43.5% 46% 8 16%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Southern University and A&M College 1

Baton Rouge, LA

in-state: $5,074, out-of-state: $11,612 N/A 41.9% 4 76% 8 26% 6
#9 Overall Score: Delaware State University

Dover, DE

in-state: $7,336, out-of-state: $15,692 4,324 41.7% 66% 33%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View, TX

in-state: $7,402, out-of-state: $16,702 8,336 41.4% 68% 34%

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