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 is a private institution that was founded in 1881. The school has 60.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Spelman College is 11:1.

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

Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

Morehouse College was established in 1867 as 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

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is 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

Tuskegee University is a private institution that was founded in 1881. The school has 55 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Tuskegee University is 12:1.

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

Xavier University of Louisiana was established in 1915 as a private institution. Xavier University of Louisiana follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

A private institution, Claflin University was founded in 1869. Claflin University offers a Greek system, where 6 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 3 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 is a public institution that was founded in 1891. The school has 54.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Delaware State University is 15:1.

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

A private institution, Dillard University was founded in 1869. Dillard University offers a Greek system, where 2 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 2 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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:

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is 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 was established in 1869 as a private institution. Tougaloo College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

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

A public institution, Winston-Salem State University was founded in 1892.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,760, with a gender distribution of 39.9 percent male students and 60.1 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1867, Morgan State University is 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:

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is a public institution that was founded in 1875. The school has 45.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is 20:1.

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 was established in 1854 as a public institution. Lincoln University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

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

Bennett College

Greensboro, NC

A private institution, Bennett College was founded in 1873.

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

Oakwood University

Huntsville, AL

Oakwood University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,966, with a gender distribution of 43 percent male students and 57 percent female students.

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:

Founded in 1896, South Carolina State University is 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:

Bowie State University is a public institution that was founded in 1865. The school has 44.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Bowie State University is 16:1.

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:

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

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

A public institution, Jackson State University was founded in 1877.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,296, with a gender distribution of 41.1 percent male students and 58.9 percent female students. At this school, 37 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 63 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1871, Alcorn State University is 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 is a public institution. The school has 50.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

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

Philander Smith College

Little Rock, AR

Philander Smith College was established in 1877 as a private institution. Philander Smith College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

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:

A public institution, University of Maryland--Eastern Shore was founded in 1886. University of Maryland--Eastern Shore offers a Greek system, where 1 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 2 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is a public institution. Virginia State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

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

Bethune-Cookman University

Daytona Beach, FL

Bethune-Cookman University is a private institution that was founded in 1904. The school has 48.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Bethune-Cookman University is 17:1.

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

Central State University was established in 1887 as a public institution. Central State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

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:

A public institution, Fort Valley State University was founded in 1895. Fort Valley State University offers a Greek system, where 0.5 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1.5 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1870. The student-faculty ratio at Allen University is 13:1.

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

Arkansas Baptist College was established in 1884 as a private institution. Arkansas Baptist College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

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

A public institution, Bluefield State College was founded in 1895. Bluefield State College offers a Greek system, where 4 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 4 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,224, with a gender distribution of 48.7 percent male students and 51.3 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:
$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

Founded in 1900, Coppin State University is a public institution. Coppin State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

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 is a public institution that was founded in 1901.

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.

Harris-Stowe State University was established in 1857 as a public institution. Harris-Stowe State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

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.

A private institution, Huston-Tillotson University was founded in 1875.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,512, with a gender distribution of 49.1 percent male students and 50.9 percent female students. At this school, 61 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1897, Langston University is 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

LeMoyne-Owen College is a private institution that 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 was established in 1879 as a private institution. Livingstone College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

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