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
#4 Overall Score: Fisk University 1

Nashville, TN

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

Tuskegee, AL

$19,400 3,117 35.1% 74% 38%
#5 Overall Score: Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

$20,560 3,178 63.5% 67% 47%
#7 Overall Score: Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

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

Atlanta, GA

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

Dover, DE

in-state: $7,336, out-of-state: $15,692 4,324 41.7% 66% 33%
#9 Overall Score: Florida A&M University

Tallahassee, FL

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

New Orleans, LA

$16,191 1,307 33.4% 67% 8 31%
#12 Overall Score: North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

in-state: $5,525, out-of-state: $16,098 8,604 50.3% 72% 43%
#14 Overall Score: Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, NC

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

Nashville, TN

in-state: $6,875, out-of-state: $20,027 8,775 58.2% 65% 8 35%
#14 Overall Score: Tougaloo College

Tougaloo, MS

$10,210 972 37.4% 75% 52%
#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
#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%
#18 Overall Score: Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

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

Lincoln University, PA

in-state: $7,018, out-of-state: $11,602 2,101 25.4% 68% 37%
#22 Overall Score: Bennett College

Greensboro, NC

$17,130 707 69.5% 70% 34%
#23 Overall Score: Oakwood University

Huntsville, AL

$15,412 2,019 34.4% 71% 8 38% 8
#24 Overall Score: South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, SC

in-state: $9,258, out-of-state: $18,170 3,807 91.0% 64% 34%
#25 Overall Score: Bowie State University

Bowie, MD

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

Fayetteville, NC

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

Frankfort, KY

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

Alcorn State, MS

in-state: $6,096, out-of-state: $15,096 3,950 47.1% 69% 32%
#29 Overall Score: Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA

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

Little Rock, AR

$9,500 666 96.2% 70% 8 31%
#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%
#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%
#34 Overall Score: Central State University

Wilberforce, OH

in-state: $4,710, out-of-state: $11,930 2,152 36.7% 50% 27%
#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.
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%
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
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%
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%
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
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
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
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.
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%
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%

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