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.

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

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

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 was established in 1867 as a private institution. Johnson C. Smith University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

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

Tougaloo College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 972, with a gender distribution of 34.6 percent male students and 65.4 percent female students. At this school, 66 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 34 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1892, Winston-Salem State University is a public institution. Winston-Salem State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

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

Elizabeth City State University is a public institution that was founded in 1891. The school has 54.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Elizabeth City State University is 19:1.

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 was established in 1867 as a public institution. Morgan State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

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:

A public institution, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University was founded in 1875. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University offers a Greek system, where 3 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 4 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Lincoln University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,680, with a gender distribution of 39.6 percent male students and 60.4 percent female students. At this school, 98 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 2 percent of students live off campus.

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

Bennett College

Greensboro, NC

Founded in 1873, Bennett College is a private institution. Bennett College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

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

Oakwood University

Huntsville, AL

Oakwood University is a private institution that was founded in 1896.

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 was established in 1896 as a public institution. South Carolina State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

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:

A public institution, Bowie State University was founded in 1865. Bowie State University offers a Greek system, where 15 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 8 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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