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

A private institution, Spelman College was founded in 1881.

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

Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

Morehouse College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,377, with a gender distribution of 100 percent male students and 0 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:
$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 is a private institution that was founded in 1866.

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

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, AL

Tuskegee University was established in 1881 as a private institution. Tuskegee University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

A private institution, Xavier University of Louisiana was founded in 1915. Xavier University of Louisiana offers a Greek system, where 6 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 3 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

Claflin University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,883, with a gender distribution of 34.7 percent male students and 65.3 percent female students. At this school, 71 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 29 percent of students live off campus.

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:

Delaware State University was established in 1891 as a public institution. Delaware State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,785 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,725 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,053
Setting:
city
#9 Overall Score:

Florida A&M University

Tallahassee, FL

Located in Tallahassee, Florida A&M University is a historically black institution that offers a range of degrees to students of all races. The university, more commonly known as FAMU, offers more than 100 student organizations and several fraternities and sororities to join.

Tuition and fees:
$16,191 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,307
Setting:
urban
#12 Overall Score:

Dillard University

New Orleans, LA

Dillard University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,307, with a gender distribution of 28 percent male students and 72 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,525 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,098 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,658
Setting:
city
#12 Overall Score:

North Carolina Central University is a historically black college in Durham. The NCCU Eagles are Division I sports teams that compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Tuition and fees:
$18,236 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,669
Setting:
urban
#14 Overall Score:

Johnson C. Smith University is a private institution that was founded in 1867. The school has 61.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Johnson C. Smith University is 13:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,875 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,027 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,780
Setting:
urban
#14 Overall Score:

Tennessee State University is a historically black institution just outside downtown Nashville. Famed TV personality Oprah Winfrey is one of the school’s many notable graduates.

Tuition and fees:
$10,210 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
972
Setting:
suburban
#14 Overall Score:

Tougaloo College

Tougaloo, MS

A private institution, Tougaloo College was founded in 1869. Tougaloo College offers a Greek system, where 7 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 11 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$4,941 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$14,091 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
5,245
Setting:
city
#17 Overall Score:

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,245, with a gender distribution of 29.8 percent male students and 70.2 percent female students. At this school, 58 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 42 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$4,428 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$15,285 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,760
Setting:
rural
#18 Overall Score:

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, NC

Founded in 1891, Elizabeth City State University is a public institution. Elizabeth City State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,218 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,632 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,591
Setting:
urban
#18 Overall Score:

Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

Morgan State University is a public institution that was founded in 1867. The school has 41.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Morgan State University is 14:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,586 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$15,576 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,093
Setting:
city
#20 Overall Score:

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University was established in 1875 as a public institution. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,018 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$11,602 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,680
Setting:
rural
#20 Overall Score:

Lincoln University

Lincoln University, PA

A public institution, Lincoln University was founded in 1854. Lincoln University offers a Greek system, where 2 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$17,130 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
707
Setting:
city
#22 Overall Score:

Bennett College

Greensboro, NC

Bennett College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 707, with 100 percent female students. At this school, 70 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 30 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$15,412 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
1,966
Setting:
city
#23 Overall Score:

Oakwood University

Huntsville, AL

Founded in 1896, Oakwood University is a private institution. Oakwood University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,258 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,170 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
3,265
Setting:
city
#24 Overall Score:

South Carolina State University is a public institution that was founded in 1896. The school has 45 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at South Carolina State University is 15:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,483 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,039 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
4,283
Setting:
suburban
#25 Overall Score:

Bowie State University was established in 1865 as a public institution. Bowie State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

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