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.

Tuition and fees:
$24,634 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,145
Setting:
urban
#1 Overall Score:

Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

Spelman College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,145, with 100 percent female students. At this school, 65 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 35 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$25,460 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,377
Setting:
urban
#2 Overall Score:

Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

Founded in 1867, Morehouse College is a private institution. Morehouse College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$22,683 (2012-13)
Setting:
urban
#3 Overall Score:

Howard University

Washington, DC

Howard University is a historically black college located in Washington, D.C. Despite its urban setting, students are permitted to bring cars to campus—though freshmen may not apply for on-campus parking.

Tuition and fees:
$20,391 (2012-13)
Setting:
urban
#4 Overall Score:

Fisk University

Nashville, TN

Fisk University was established in 1866 as a private institution. Fisk University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$19,400 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,606
Setting:
rural
#5 Overall Score:

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, AL

A private institution, Tuskegee University was founded in 1881. Tuskegee University offers a Greek system, where 5 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 6 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$20,560 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,525
Setting:
urban
#5 Overall Score:

Xavier University of Louisiana has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,525, with a gender distribution of 28.6 percent male students and 71.4 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$15,210 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,883
Setting:
city
#7 Overall Score:

Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

Founded in 1869, Claflin University is a private institution. Claflin University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,422 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,503 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,923
Setting:
city
#8 Overall Score:

North Carolina A&T State University is a historically black school in Greensboro. The Aggies sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
 

Tuition and fees:
$21,100 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,632
Setting:
urban
#9 Overall Score:

Clark Atlanta University is a historically black institution that formed when Atlanta University and Clark College merged in 1988. Many notable people have passed through Clark Atlanta and the two founding schools, such as civil rights activist and writer W.E.B. DuBois, who taught social work at the university.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,336 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$15,692 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,877
Setting:
suburban
#9 Overall Score:

A public institution, Delaware State University was founded in 1891. Delaware State University offers a Greek system, where 7 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 4 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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