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.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,573 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,369 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,287
Setting:
city
#25 Overall Score:

A public institution, Fayetteville State University was founded in 1867. Fayetteville State University offers a Greek system, where 1 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,888 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$14,576 (2012-13)
Setting:
city
#25 Overall Score:

Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a public institution. Jackson State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,858 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,458 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
2,296
Setting:
city
#25 Overall Score:

Kentucky State University is a public institution that was founded in 1886. The school has 63.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Kentucky State University is 14:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,096 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$15,096 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,208
Setting:
rural
#29 Overall Score:

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS

Alcorn State University was established in 1871 as a public institution. Alcorn State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,226 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,696 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,367
Setting:
urban
#29 Overall Score:

Norfolk State University was founded as a public institution.

Tuition and fees:
$9,500 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
666
Setting:
urban
#29 Overall Score:

Philander Smith College

Little Rock, AR

Philander Smith College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 666, with a gender distribution of 36.3 percent male students and 63.7 percent female students.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,998 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$15,504 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,758
Setting:
rural
#29 Overall Score:

Founded in 1886, University of Maryland--Eastern Shore is a public institution. University of Maryland--Eastern Shore follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,784 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,662 (2013-14)
Setting:
suburban
#33 Overall Score:

Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA

Virginia State University is a public institution that was founded in 1882.

Tuition and fees:
$14,410 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
3,486
Setting:
city
#34 Overall Score:

Bethune-Cookman University

Daytona Beach, FL

Bethune-Cookman University was established in 1904 as a private institution. Bethune-Cookman University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$4,710 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$11,930 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
2,116
Setting:
rural
#34 Overall Score:

Central State University

Wilberforce, OH

A public institution, Central State University was founded in 1887. Central State University offers a Greek system, where 1 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,080 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,984 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
3,250
Setting:
rural
#34 Overall Score:

Fort Valley State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,250, with a gender distribution of 42.4 percent male students and 57.6 percent female students. At this school, 96.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 3.5 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,720 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$15,656 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,130
Setting:
urban
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

Alabama State University, located in Montgomery, was founded in 1867 by freed slaves. Notable alumni from ASU include Fred Gray, the attorney who defended Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,912 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,816 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
3,803
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Albany State University is a historically black school in Albany, Ga. Freshmen are required to live on campus, unless they commute from a nearby home.

Tuition and fees:
$11,940 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
672
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Allen University

Columbia, SC

Allen University was established in 1870 as a private institution. Allen University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

Tuition and fees:
$7,800 (2012-13)
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Arkansas Baptist College

Little Rock, AR

A private institution, Arkansas Baptist College was founded in 1884.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,564 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$10,536 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,935
Setting:
rural
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Bluefield State College

Bluefield, WV

Bluefield State College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,935, with a gender distribution of 36.1 percent male students and 63.9 percent female students. 100 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,820 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$13,092 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,224
Setting:
suburban
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Founded in 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is a public institution. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,076 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$10,010 (2013-14)
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Coppin State University

Baltimore, MD

Coppin State University is a public institution that was founded in 1900.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,273 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$13,643 (2012-13)
Setting:
rural
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Grambling State University was established in 1901 as a public institution. Grambling State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,110 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$9,648 (2012-13)
Setting:
urban
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

A public institution, Harris-Stowe State University was founded in 1857.

Tuition and fees:
$11,020 (2012-13)
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Founded in 1875, Huston-Tillotson University is a private institution. Huston-Tillotson University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

Tuition and fees:
$9,180 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,512
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Lane College

Jackson, TN

Lane College is a private institution that was founded in 1882. The school has 49.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Lane College is 16:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$4,255 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$10,741 (2012-13)
Setting:
rural
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Langston University

Langston, OK

Langston University was established in 1897 as a public institution. Langston University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

Tuition and fees:
$10,538 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
1,078
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

LeMoyne-Owen College

Memphis, TN

A private institution, LeMoyne-Owen College was founded in 1862.

Tuition and fees:
$15,708 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,111
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Livingstone College

Salisbury, NC

Livingstone College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,111, with a gender distribution of 55.4 percent male students and 44.6 percent female students. At this school, 80 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 20 percent of students live off campus.

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