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
#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.
Livingstone College

Salisbury, NC

$15,708 1,111 62.1% 52% 23%
#12 Overall Score: North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

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

New Orleans, LA

$16,191 1,307 33.4% 67% 8 31%
#25 Overall Score: Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY

in-state: $6,858, out-of-state: $16,458 2,524 44.7% 51% 14%
#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%
#18 Overall Score: Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

in-state: $7,218, out-of-state: $16,632 7,952 57.6% 71% 30%
#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
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%
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%
#25 Overall Score: Bowie State University

Bowie, MD

in-state: $6,483, out-of-state: $17,039 5,421 48.1% 72% 35%
#22 Overall Score: Bennett College

Greensboro, NC

$17,130 707 69.5% 70% 34%
#9 Overall Score: Florida A&M University

Tallahassee, FL

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

Orangeburg, SC

in-state: $9,258, out-of-state: $18,170 3,807 91.0% 64% 34%
#14 Overall Score: Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, NC

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

Fayetteville, NC

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

Tuskegee, AL

$19,400 3,117 35.1% 74% 38%
#14 Overall Score: Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

in-state: $6,875, out-of-state: $20,027 8,775 58.2% 65% 8 35%
#4 Overall Score: Fisk University 1

Nashville, TN

$20,391 N/A 100.0% 4 73% 8 54% 6
#5 Overall Score: Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

$20,560 3,178 63.5% 67% 47%
#29 Overall Score: Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA

in-state: $7,226, out-of-state: $20,696 7,100 67.3% N/A 36%

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