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
#1 Overall Score: Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

$24,634 2,145 38.0% 88% 73%
#2 Overall Score: Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

$25,460 2,377 66.4% 83% 56%
#3 Overall Score: Howard University 1

Washington, DC

$22,683 N/A 53.9% 4 82% 8 65% 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%
#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
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
#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%
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
#14 Overall Score: Tougaloo College

Tougaloo, MS

$10,210 972 37.4% 75% 52%
#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

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