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.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,287, with a gender distribution of 30.6 percent male students and 69.4 percent female students. At this school, 29 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 71 percent of students live off campus.

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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