2016-Rankings-of-Best-Historically-Black-Colleges-&-Universities

Historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, is not necessarily a term everyone is familiar with, but it is one everyone ought to know. These colleges and universities were established after the American Civil War to offer African American students a chance at an education. Because of their position as providers of secondary education, the colleges and universities that were HBCUs before desegregation occurred retained their high enrollment rates among minorities.

Students who are considering an HBCU would benefit from the traditions set forth by these universities. They were created in a tradition of making their students self-reliant and encouraged them to think for themselves, making these universities more rigorous in their academic pursuits, which lead students to come out of university with a higher quality of education.

Currently, HBCUs are going through transitions. As the world becomes more culturally diverse, many of these colleges and universities are seeing an influx of non-black students enrolling in their institutions. This is a welcome change for many HCBUs, many of which have publicly encouraged students of other races to attend their schools and learn more about their cultures.

For new students who are looking for a college or university that offers them an education in the historically black tradition, this ranking will be of great help. It is the definitive list of the best HBCUs in the country.

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Spelman College

College Choice Score: 100

Cost Per Year: $26,388

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Spelman

Established in 1881 as a female seminary, Spelman College is a private, all women’s, historically black liberal arts university. It is part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of the oldest historically black colleges for women in the country. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Spelman College is consistently ranked number one as the best HBCU in the country. It is also nationally ranked in the top 50 liberal arts colleges. It has a track record of producing Fulbright and Truman Scholars and is known for being the second-biggest producer of African-American medical students in the country.

The school offers undergraduate degrees in over 20 major areas of study, including dual degrees and honor degrees. The school’s departments also enjoy independent accreditation, making it one of the most accredited colleges within the nation.

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Howard University

College Choice Score: 94.0

Cost Per Year: $23,970

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Howard

Howard University is one of the top universities in the nation and the second-best historically black university. It is a private, federally-chartered, historically black research university that is located in Washington, D.C. and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. While primarily an HBCU, the school has been open to people of all cultures, races, and genders since its inception.

Howard University continues to have a sterling reputation as one of the best universities in the country. It’s business and law schools are both ranked in the top 25 in the country, and the student body has even received national recognition — Huffington Post ran a poll that cited Howard students as the second best-dressed college in the country.

It is the most comprehensive HBCU in the nation and produces more doctoral recipients than any other university. It hosts a medical, law, dentistry, and pharmacy school, but is also well-regarded as a research facility. The school has two research facilities, both of which are internationally recognized for their respective fields.

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Hampton University

College Choice Score: 93.8

Cost Per Year: $23,100

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Hampton

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a private, historically black university that was created by black and white leaders of the American Missionary Association after the American Civil War. The school was intended as a normal school that would teach freedmen and their children to enter into citizenship. It is located in Hampton, Virginia.

Hampton University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It currently offers more than 75 different degree programs in 40 areas of study across 11 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and certificate levels. The school consistently ranks among the top three HBCUs in the nation and is the only HBCU to have ever had 100 percent complete control over a NASA mission.

Booker T. Washington was a student at Hampton University. He became a teacher at the university and later left to help lead the start of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. It is thought that many of his ideas for the men’s only college originated at Hampton University, which still teaches in the same tradition as it has for over a hundred years.

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Morehouse College

College Choice Score: 92.7

Cost Per Year: $26,090

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Morehouse

Morehouse College is a private, all men’s, historically black liberal arts college that is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of the few remaining men’s colleges in the United States and is also the largest. It is one of just two HBCUs to produce Rhodes Scholars and is best known as the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The school is accredited by the Commissions on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It grants undergraduate degrees from over 25 major areas of studies from various colleges and schools. It has been nationally recognized as a leader in liberal arts college standards, while also being a predominantly black college, with over 95 percent of students identifying as African-American.

It is interesting to note that Morehouse College has a mission to showcase Morehouse men as “Renaissance Men,” holding their students up to high standards that the student body continually meets. It is for this reason that Morehouse is a highly competitive college for men from all cultural backgrounds.

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Tuskegee University

College Choice Score: 92.6

Cost Per Year: $21,535

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Tuskegee

Established by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee University is a private, historically black university that is located in Tuskegee, Alabama. The site of the campus is designated as the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site by the National Park service and is the only university to have this designation. The site was designed by none other than architect Robert Robinson Taylor, the first African-American to graduate from MIT.

The school is nationally ranked by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report as one of the best HBCUs in the country. It offers over 40 undergraduate degree programs, nearly 20 graduate degree programs, professional degrees, doctoral degrees, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuskegee University is home to the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, which is the first center of its kind in the United States. The center grapples with issues that surround the research and medical treatment of African Americans and other disenfranchised peoples, and was established after President Bill Clinton apologized to the survivors of the Tuskegee experiments.

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Xavier University of Louisiana

College Choice Score: 92.1

Cost Per Year: $22,349

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Xavier Louisiana

Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, Xavier University of Louisiana has the honor of being the only historically black Roman Catholic university in the entire country. The school is a private, historically black liberal arts college that maintains an affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church.

The school was founded to help young African-Americans in the South receive a Catholic-oriented education. It has since grown to be one of the largest universities in the state of Louisiana and has an endowment of over $150 million.

Xavier University sets itself apart from other schools on this list for its national recognition as the premier university for education African-American students in the sciences, including a particular strength in placing minority students into medical school. It is also acknowledged for granting the most degrees to African-Americans in the physical sciences, both at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels.

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Tougaloo College

College Choice Score: 92.0

Cost Per Year: $10,600

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Tougaloo

Tougaloo College is a private, historically black liberal arts university that was established in 1869 by members of the United Church of Christ, who were dedicated to the education of freed slaves and their children. It is located in Tougaloo, Mississippi. It is a member of the United Negro College Fund.

The core purpose of Tougaloo College is to prepare students to be self-reliant in a world full of opposing views and personalities. The school, through its academic programs and faculty, chooses to set forth a program that teaches students to be self-reliant and critical thinkers while continuing to serve the communities around them.

Tougaloo College offers only undergraduate degrees, with over 25 major areas of study within five divisions. The school also pushes their student body to engage in undergraduate research, which has been shown to help students, especially minorities, tackle graduate school and win scholarships.

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Fisk University

College Choice Score: 91.9

Cost Per Year: $20,858

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Fisk

Founded in 1866 by leaders of the Northern American Missionary Association, Fisk University is a private, historically black university that is located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the first HBCU to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school has had many notable presidents, but perhaps none more so than the Honorable Hazel O’Leary, who served as former Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton. She was the second woman to hold the office of president at the university. Also worth noting is that Charles Spurgeon Johnson, a noted sociologist, was the school’s first African-American president.

Like many other HBCUs, Fisk University requires a Core Curriculum from all of its undergraduate students. Many of the courses that are required revolve around African-American history, art, and literature, and was made part of the curriculum help students understand the HBCU tradition a little bit better.

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Claflin University

College Choice Score: 91.8

Cost Per Year: $15,650

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Claflin

Claflin University is a private, historically black liberal arts university that is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. It was founded in 1869 by Methodist missionaries to provide education to freedmen and prepare them for full citizenship. The school is still affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is a member of the United Negro College Fund.

The school is consistently ranked nationally as one of the top ten HBCUs, and was recently named the best liberal arts college in South Carolina. Claflin University boasts a world-class faculty, 80 percent of which hold terminal degrees in their respective fields.

Claflin University offers more than 35 major areas of study for both undergraduate and graduate level degrees. The school has a nationally recognized Master of Business Administration as well as a Master of Science in Biotechnology.

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North Carolina A&T State University

College Choice Score: 91.5

Cost Per Year: $18,632

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North Carolina A&T

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, known as North Carolina A&T State University or A&T, is a public, land-grant historically black research university that is located in the heart of Greensboro, North Carolina. It is one of the oldest public universities in the country and is a member of the University of North Carolina System. It was originally established in 1891 as a vocational college for African-Americans.

Today, the school is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a high-activity research university that has the best College of Engineering in the country. It is also the college that produces the most African-American engineers who pursue a master’s or terminal degree in their field.

The university grants over 200 degrees at all levels of education through nine schools and colleges. A&T is consistently nationally ranked as the best school for African-Americans in nearly every subject, including psychology, veterinary professional program, and landscape architecture.

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Florida A&M University

College Choice Score: 91.4

Cost Per Year: $17,726

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Florida A&M

Established in 1887 as the State Normal College for Colored Students, Florida A&M University is a public, land-grant historically black university that is one of the largest HBCUs in the nation by enrollment. It is a member of the University System of Florida and a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is accredited by the Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Florida A&M University offers over 56 undergraduate degrees with 103 major areas of studies, 29 master’s degrees with 56 majors, and 12 terminal degrees that are available within 13 colleges and schools. It has one of the largest academic programs on this list. Recently, the Carnegie Classification System elevated FAMU to a R-2 research university, the second highest research category indicating higher research activity.

For students who are looking for a competitive medical program, look no further than this school’s Medical Scholars Program. It is a pre-medical program that is designed to fully prepare high-achieving students for success in the medical program. This program is highly competitive, with only ten students accepted each year.

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North Carolina Central University

College Choice Score: 91.2

Cost Per Year: $17,793

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North Carolina Central

North Carolina Central University was established in 1910 as a religious school that even had funding from Woodrow Wilson. The school is unique in that it enjoyed support for black teacher development during the Jim Crow era.

It is now a public, historically black university that is a member of the University of North Carolina System as well as a member school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It is located in Durham, North Carolina.

North Carolina Central University enjoys an 85 percent African-American student body, with white and Hispanic students making up the rest of the student body. The school offers dozens of major areas of interest across ten schools and through all levels of education. It is also home to NCCU’s School of Law as well as a School of Library & Information Science.

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Jackson State University

College Choice Score: 91.1

Cost Per Year: $16,174

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Jackson State

Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a public, historically black research university that makes its home in Jackson, Mississippi. Originally established as a seminary by the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York, Jackson State University is now a state-supported institution that is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Jackson State University holds a high research classification by the Carnegie Foundation and currently offers more than 90 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. In 2015, the school became the first in the state to establish a School of Public Health. It is also one of two universities in the state to have a comprehensive meteorology degree program.

Jackson State University prides itself on its history as an HBCU. Many prominent African-American politicians and cultural leaders have given the commencement or graduation address. This year, the honor goes to First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

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Dillard University

College Choice Score: 90.9

Cost Per Year: $16,252

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Dillard

Dillard University was established in 1869 and is a private, historically black liberal arts college that is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is currently affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. The school holds accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The school offers only undergraduate degrees, with over 35 major areas of study available across four schools. Dillard University is best known for its encouragement of student pursuing undergraduate projects. To this end, the school is a member of the Council of Undergraduate Research, which allows students who will go on to graduate school to complete an undergraduate project with the help of a mentor.

Dillard University is also home to the Institute of Jazz Culture, which was established in 2002 by founding direct Irvin Mayfield. It produces a curriculum that focuses on the development of talent and also offers professional opportunities to students while preserving and promoting the education of jazz.

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Bennett College

College Choice Score: 90.6

Cost Per Year: $17,130

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Bennett College

Originally established in 1873, Bennett College is a private, women’s only historically black liberal arts college that is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is one of just two historically black colleges that enroll only women. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The college offers 24 majors and nearly 20 minors for undergraduate degrees that are located in three divisions. The school also offers five dual-degree programs that focus on STEM majors, such as chemistry and chemical engineering, mathematics and mechanical engineering, and so on.

Also included in the undergraduate programs are three areas of studies that directly reflect the changing times for women of color. These programs include Womanist Religious Studies, Global Studies, and Africana Women’s Studies.

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Johnson C. Smith University

College Choice Score: 90.4

Cost Per Year: $18,336

Johnson C Smith

Johnson C. Smith University is a private, historically black research university that is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was established in 1867 as a bible college and still holds an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Through three colleges, the school offers 23 major areas of study at the undergraduate level, with an honors college accepting only the most highly motivated of students. The Metropolitan College is the adult education and distance learning arm of the school, which offers adults flexible schedules in which to complete their degree, as well as hybrid programs that allow students to finish their courses on-campus or online.

Because of Johnson C. Smith University’s location in downtown Charlotte, students are accustomed to the cultural activities that the city provides. This includes, but is not limited to, poetry readings, art exhibitions, professional sporting events, and more.

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Lincoln University

College Choice Score: 90.3

Cost Per Year: $16,398

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Lincoln PA

Established in 1854, Lincoln University holds the prestigious acknowledgment of being the first degree-granting historically black university not just in the country, but in the world. It has been a public university since 1972, and has a main campus that is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with two satellite campuses around the state. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. While the school was founded as an all black college, it accepts students of various races and both genders.

Lincoln University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is nationally ranked as a first-tier HBCU. The school offers 38 undergraduate majors and 23 minors, and grants degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

The school is best known for the Lincoln-Barnes Visual Arts program, a collaboration between the two institutions that leads a student through a rigorous visual and liberal arts program to a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Last year, the Pan-Africana Studies major was also made available through this program.

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Elizabeth City State University

College Choice Score: 90.1

Cost Per Year: $16,172

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Elizabeth City State

Elizabeth City State University was founded in 1891 as a teacher’s school for African-Americans and has since become a public, historically black university that is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It is a member institution of the University of North Carolina System as well as the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Elizabeth City State University offers degrees in more than 20 fields of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. With a focus on liberal arts programs and innovative new teaching methods, it is no wonder why this school continues to top HBCU lists. The school enjoys favorable rankings from various institutions and has been named one of the top HCBU colleges in the nation as well as one of the top 50 best universities for African-American students.

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Morgan State University

College Choice Score: 90.0

Cost Per Year: $16,862

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Morgan State

Founded in 1867 as a bible school, Morgan State University is a public, urban historically black university. It is independent of the University System of Maryland but is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is the largest HBCU in the state and is located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Colleges and Schools.

The school offers nearly 50 areas of study at the undergraduate level alone, followed by over 20 programs at the graduate level and over a dozen at the postgraduate level. Programs include Psychometrics, Landscape Architecture, Screenwriting and Animation, and Anthropology.

Student life is a big part of Morgan State University, and much of that can be placed on the school’s Division of Student Affairs. With an eye towards the holistic development of all students, organizations and clubs are supported through the division and are kept on track and enriched with the diversity of the student body.

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Bethune-Cookman University

College Choice Score: 89.9

Cost Per Year: $14,410

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Bethune-Cookman University is a private, historically black university that is affiliated with both the United Methodist Church and the United Negro College Fund. It is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is home to White Hall, which is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

A small school that was established in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, the school has undergone various transformations to become a premier HBCU college in the country. It offers academic programs at the undergraduate level within eight schools, many of which hold separate accreditations.

Bethune-Cookman University is home to the Domestic Violence Empowerment Council, which has a mission to educate and empower students to overcome domestic violence and abuse through specialized programs and counseling that is afforded to them by the school. Many of the programs are powered by student peers, making the recovery process much easier for those who have gone through domestic abuse.

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Delaware State University

College Choice Score: 89.8

Cost Per Year: $16,138

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Delaware State

Established as a state college for African-Americans in 1891, Delaware State University is a public, land-grant historically black university that is headquartered in Dover, Delaware, with satellite campuses both in Wilmington and Georgetown. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

There are 51 undergraduate degrees, 25 graduate degrees, and five doctoral degrees through six colleges available from Delaware State University. The school also offers dual degree and cooperative programs, as well as honors programs. It is best known for its Minority Access to Research Careers Honors Program, which is designed to increase the number of science students who go on to pursue biomedical research and doctoral degrees in a variety of science and math disciplines.

Delaware State University is one of the only HBCU colleges to require a Core Curriculum. The program, which is needed for graduation, includes seven core courses, 12 foundational courses, and the Senior Capstone Experience. This curriculum was built for interdisciplinary needs, as well as the belief that a Core Curriculum will foster better student relations.

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University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

College Choice Score: 89.7

Cost Per Year: $11,626

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Arkansas Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was founded in 1873, making it the second oldest public institution in the state. It is a public, historically black university that is a member-school of both the University of Arkansas System and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. It is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school offers more than 40 fields of study at all levels of education and is particularly renown for its Doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers internships, fellowships, and co-op opportunities for supplemental learning for students both here at home and abroad.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is leading among the nation’s best online colleges, believing that no one should be left out of having a good education based on their cultural background. With the creation of the school’s online portal, The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has created opportunities for all their students to stay connected with the school, even when they’re not on campus.

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Clark Atlanta University

College Choice Score: 89.6

Cost Per Year: $20,886

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Clark Atlanta

Clark Atlanta University was established in 1865 as Atlanta University and merged with Clark College to become the private, historically black university that it is today. It is a member of the United Negro College Fund and is the largest university in the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It holds accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school offers over 35 areas of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels from seven different schools and centers. It is perhaps best known for its Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, which focuses on the care and treatment of cancer patients from within the African-American community. The program, which offers opportunities to minority students who wish to pursue oncology, is the only one of its kind in the South.

As Atlanta is an international city, Clark Atlanta University continues to dedicate itself to its mission of providing their culturally diverse student body with an education that spans cultures and borders, not just academic boundaries. They continue a tradition of excellence that is well over 200 years old.

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Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

College Choice Score: 89.5

Cost Per Year: $16,596

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Alabama AM

Founded in 1875 as Huntsville Normal School, Alabama Agricultural, and Mechanical University, also known as Alabama A&M University, is a public, land-grant, historically black university that is located in Normal, Alabama. it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is recognized as a historic district by the United States National Register of Historic Places.

Alabama A&M University is a diverse HBCU college. While it is a prominent institution on the HBCU list, it holds a student body that is representative of the U.S., with students coming from 44 states, as well as 11 different countries. The school offers 70 degree programs from 50 fields of study across five schools and colleges.

Alabama A&M University is known for its active Student Government Association, which offers participation for all students. Because the government is composed of two main sections — ten elected officers and a 28 member council elected by the students — it allows students a chance to debate issues in a forum and learn how government truly works.

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Fayetteville State University

College Choice Score: 89.4

Cost Per Year: $16,873

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Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University is a public, historically black university that is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member institution of the University of North Carolina System and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is the second oldest state-supported school in the state.

There are over 40 areas of study at Fayetteville State University, with degrees offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Specialized professional training, as well as distance learning and online courses, are also available from the school.

Fayetteville State University, through its partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill, offers students hundreds of opportunities to study abroad. This is available through the Office of International Education, and works as an exchange program, with the university taking on international students for their study abroad opportunities.

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Bowie State University

College Choice Score: 89.3

Cost Per Year: $18,140

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Bowie State

Established in 1865, Bowie State University is a public, historically black university that is a member institution of the University System of Maryland. It is Maryland’s oldest historically black university and is one of the ten oldest HBCUs in the country. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Bowie State University offers 20 degree programs at the undergraduate level, 20 at the graduate level, two doctoral programs, and two specialist certifications across four colleges. It is the first historically black university in the nation to both offer a degree in pedology, as well as offer a study abroad program to its students. It is also noted for its rare doctoral degree in education leadership.

The school is perhaps best known for its award from NASA and the National Science Foundation in 1995, when it was just one of six schools that were declared Model Institutions for Excellence in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. This is perhaps why the school has a robust and growing technology department, which is the most popular department on campus.

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Philander Smith College

College Choice Score: 89.2

Cost Per Year: $12,414

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Philander Smith

Philander Smith College is a private, historically black liberal arts college. It was officially established in 1877 as a seminary school before its current iteration as a university. It is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a founding member of the United Negro College Fund and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

While a primarily HBCU college, Philander Smith College is also affiliated with the United Methodist Church and continues to marry both the Christian tradition with the cultural conservancy of the school’s history. Its mission aims to bring about, through exceptional education, a class of advocates for social justice that are trained and prepared for the changing world.

Through six divisions, Philander Smith Colleges offers undergraduate degrees in 20 major fields of study. The school is best known for its S.T.E.M. Program, as well as its Social Justice Peer Programs, both of which have been recognized state-wide.

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Winston-Salem State University

College Choice Score: 89.35

Cost Per Year: $15,113

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Winston-Salem State

Founded in 1892 as a teachers college, Winston-Salem State University is now a public, historically black research university that is part of the University of North Carolina System. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Notable alumni from Winston-Salem State University include Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, former NBA player Jim Reid, and various NFL players. Other former students include Louise Smith, who helped to establish the first kindergarten program in the state as well as Clarence “Jeep” Jones, who was the first black Deputy Mayor of Boston.

Winston-Salem offers over 50 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with 40 fields of study. It is currently nationally ranked as one of the top public comprehensive baccalaureate colleges in the South.

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Tennessee State University

College Choice Score: 89.3

Cost Per Year: $21,287

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Tennessee State

Tennessee State University is a public, land-grant, comprehensive research, historically black university. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, it is the only HBCU that is state-supported. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Originally organized as a college for African-Americans in 1909, the school has grown into a two-campus university. Tennessee State University provides a world-class education to nearly 10,000 students coming from all 50 states and over 40 countries.

The school currently offers close to 70 degree programs across six colleges at all levels of education, with nearly 40 degrees available at the bachelor level. It is also home to the University Honors Program, which is offered to exceptional students that are highly motivated to graduate with honors.

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Alabama State University

College Choice Score: 89.25

Cost Per Year: $15,656

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Alabama State

Established in 1867 as an all black normal school, Alabama State University is a public, historically black university that makes its home in Montgomery, Alabama. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and it is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, with various programs receiving their own accreditation.

Alabama State University offers nearly 50 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels from eight colleges and schools. It is perhaps best known for also housing the Division of Aerospace Studies, which offers students the opportunity to work with faculty that has experience in the aerospace field.

Students will find a rich and diverse student life at this school, where over 70 student organizations and clubs are available to suit any interest. The student body is diverse as well; 40 states, as well as 20 countries, are represented on campus, making cultural discussions a part of everyday life.

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University of Maryland Eastern Shore

College Choice Score: 89.2

Cost Per Year: $16,687

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Maryland Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was founded in 1886 and is a public, land-grant, historically black university that is located in Princess Anne, Maryland. It is a member institution of the University System of Maryland and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is also recognized as an 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant University. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The school offers a unique assortment of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs, including degrees in professional golf management, aviation science, toxicology, technology education, marine and environmental studies, and art education. There are more than 45 fields of study across five schools, with a focus on natural sciences and health.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has a strong athletic history, once being a powerhouse in black college football, and is tied with Florida State for the honor of having the most alumni appearing in a Superbowl Game. The school also hosts a men’s track team that is third in the Mid-Atlantic Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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Albany State University

College Choice Score: 89.15

Cost Per Year: $19,078

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Albany State

Established in 1903 as a bible school, Albany State University is now a public, historically black university that makes its home in Albany, Georgia. It is one of three HBCUs that are members of the University System of Georgia, and it is also a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Albany State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs in over 35 fields of studies across four colleges. It is ranked as a second tier school on the Regional Universities list.

While the coursework may be demanding, Albany State University is also known for its nearly 60 student clubs and organizations, each contributing to a lively and diverse campus life. With the merger of the school with Darton State College, ASU is poised to become one of the largest historically black universities in the country.

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Southern University A&M College

College Choice Score: 89.1

Cost Per Year: $8,274

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Southern University A&M College

Southern University A&M College is a public, land-grant, historically black flagship university. It is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is the flagship institution of the Southern University System and is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is the largest HBCU in the state.

Southern University offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels in over 35 fields of study across six colleges. It is also home to just one of only two law schools in the state, the Southern University Law Center. The law school was established in 1947 and is accredited by the American Bar Association.

The school has been nationally recognized for its excellence in education, including the 2015 Louisiana’s Nursing School of the Year award for the third consecutive year. It is also nationally ranked for its baccalaureate-origin institution of African-American doctorate recipients.

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Alcorn State University

College Choice Score: 89.0

Cost Per Year: $19,815

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Alcorn State

Founded in 1871 at the site of a previously white school, Alcorn State University is a public, land-grant historically black university. It was the first black land-grant college in the country, and it is located in Lorman, Mississippi. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Alcorn State University offers more than 50 fields of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels across seven schools, and also offers pre-professional programs in law, engineering, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, and nursing.

The school is proud of to be a part of the American HBCU list and continues to imbue its students and faculty with the unique cultural history that the campus has. It is committed to preparing students for a culturally diverse world, giving them the skills needed to become an important part of the workforce.

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Kentucky State University

College Choice Score: 88.9

Cost Per Year: $17,214

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Kentucky State

Kentucky State University is a public, historically black university that is located in Frankfort, Kentucky. It was founded in 1886 as a school for African-Americans, and it was the second fully state-supported university within the state. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school provides for 60 undergraduate degree programs and six postgraduate degree programs. Kentucky State University offers associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral programs throughout all four colleges, with the bulk of degrees awarded coming from the business and professional studies departments.

Kentucky State University is known for its Integrative Studies Program and an International Studies Program. Among the most popular of these forms of study is the Africana Studies, which delves deep into the history of Africa, the cultural evolution of African-Americans, and current events that affect Africans all over the world.

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Bluefield State College

College Choice Score: 88.8

Cost Per Year: $11,280

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Bluefield State

Founded in 1895 as a school for young African-Americans, Bluefield State College is a public, historically black college that is part of West Virginia’s public education system, as well as a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is headquartered in Bluefield, West Virginia. It is accredited by the Higher Learn Commission.

Bluefield State College offers over 40 different associate and bachelor’s degrees from five different schools. There is a focus on engineering technology, nursing, and computer science.

While it currently maintains federal status as an HBCU college, Bluefield State College has a student body that is mostly white, with only 13 percent of students identifying as African-American. It still carries an African-American tradition, making it one of the best colleges to learn about racial and cultural divides within the United States.

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Virginia State University

College Choice Score: 88.7

Cost Per Year: $17,760

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Virginia State

Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university that is located in Ettrick, Virginia. It was founded on March 6, 1882, as the country’s first state-supported all black college. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

VSU has a mission statement that showcases the school’s commitment to the educational preparation of a diverse population for work in the public and private sectors through a rich tradition of excellence in academia. Also important to the values of Virginia State University is the idea that a global education will teach citizens to respect and appreciate the cultural differences of people from all walks of life.

The school offers a combined total of 60 academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. The majority of degrees granted at Virginia State University are bachelor’s degrees, although doctoral and masters degree programs are gaining prominence with the student body.

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Prairie View A&M University

College Choice Score: 88.6

Cost Per Year: $20,928

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Prarie View A&M

Originally established in 1876, Prairie View A&M University is a public, land-grant historically black university that is located in Prairie View, Texas. It is a member of the Texas A&M University System and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and currently holds the number two national rank for its social mobility. Its programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, with various accreditations available for most programs.

This school is the second oldest state-sponsored college or university in the state of Texas. While it was not founded as a school for African-Americans, it has since become one of the best schools within the state for the African-American population. Through desegregation and a variety of lawsuits, the school has transformed into one of the most diverse campuses in the country.

Prairie View A&M University offers degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels through eight different colleges and schools. It offers nearly 40 programs of study at all levels. It is home to one of the country’s most stringent pre-medical programs, which can be found at the University Medical Academy.

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Grambling State University

College Choice Score: 88.55

Cost Per Year: $16,282

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Grambling State

Grambling State University is a public, historically black university that is a member of the University of Louisiana System and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is located in Grambling, Louisiana, where it is listed on the Louisiana African-American Heritage Trail. It was founded in 1901 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school is known for its astounding number of accreditations, including 18 separate accreditations, along with being a member in good standing of 20 organizations. It is also accredited in the required programs as required by the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Grambling State University offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels across 64 fields of study and four colleges. Also available is the nationally ranked doctoral program in Developmental Education.

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Norfolk State University

College Choice Score: 88.5

Cost Per Year: $20,124

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Norfolk State

Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University is a public, liberal arts historically black university that is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. It is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member-school of the Virginia High-Tech Partnership and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Norfolk State University offers degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, with 36 undergraduate degrees available as well as nearly 20 graduate degrees. These are spread across eight schools and colleges, included the School of Extended Learning, which offers courses to adult learners and second-career students.

This school focuses on its mission statement — to provide exemplary teaching and scholarship to all individuals regardless of race, gender, or cultural background. It remains a beacon of world-class education in the state of Virginia. To this end, the school continues to expand its educational offerings and its faculty to provide all students with the best education available.

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

College Choice Score: 88.45

Cost Per Year: $13,148

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Cheyney

The Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is a public, historically black university that is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Founded under the name of the African Institute in 1837 by a Quaker philanthropist, the school is the oldest African-American college or university within the country. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Basketball is a highlight of life at Cheyney University. The men’s basketball team, which competes at the NCAA Division II level, has the 7th all-time NCAA win percentages. The school is also home to the first-ever brother and sister coach teams for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels can be found at the school’s two colleges, with pre-professional studies available as well. Courses are taught by field specialists, with faculty that is still active within their field of study.

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Central State University

College Choice Score: 88.4

Cost Per Year: $14,206

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Central State

Established in 1886 as a teacher and industrial training school, Central State University is a public, historically black university that is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and is located in Wilberforce, Ohio. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

While primarily an HBCU institution, and one of the first universities to be owned and operated by African-Americans, a severe tornado in 1974 brought in a new minority to Central State University. The Hispanic portion of the student body at the school has steadily been increasing since the 1980s.

Central State University has one of the most diverse academic programs on this list, with four colleges spanning a variety of studies, such as Jazz, Marketing Option for Business Administration, International Languages and Literatures, African Studies, and more. Also available from the school are a range of courses that can be completed online and through the school’s distance-learning programs.

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Mississippi Valley State University

College Choice Score: 88.35

Cost Per Year: $17,548

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Miss Valley State

Mississippi Valley State University was established in 1950 and is a public, historically black university that is located in Itta Bena, Mississippi. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The school was primarily created by the Mississippi Legislature as a vocational college to help ease the strain of the anticipated desegregation of all schools within the state. It has since become one of the top black colleges in the United States.

Mississippi Valley State University offers over 40 major fields of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a focus on business, education, and communication studies. At this university, over 75 percent of the staff hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their field, making it a great place for students who wish to be surrounded by a world-class faculty while they study.

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Lincoln University (Missouri)

College Choice Score: 88.3

Cost Per Year: $13,432

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Lincoln Missouri

Founded in 1866 by African-American soldiers after the American Civil War, Lincoln University is a public, land-grant historically black university that is located in Jefferson City, Missouri. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, as well as various independent accreditations. It is a member-school of the Thurgood-Marshall College Fund.

Lincoln University has a robust athletics program, competing at the NCAA Division II level in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The women’s track team recently made NCAA Division II history by winning the Outdoor Track and Field Championships five years in a row.

This school offers more than 75 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels across six schools and departments. It also houses its own College of Professional Studies, which provides pre-professional studies in the areas of Education and Nursing.

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West Virginia State University

College Choice Score: 88.25

Cost Per Year: $14,558

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West Virginia State

West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant HBCU university that was established in 1891. It is one of the original HBCU land-grant colleges that were created through the second Morrill Act of 1890 and holds the title of the smallest land-grant institution in the country. It is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and schools.

WVSU offers 22 major fields of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with specialized graduate programs for Criminal Justice Administration, Social Work, and Media Studies. As one of the smaller schools on the list, it provides students with a supportive staff that works to create a learning experience that students can take out of the classroom.

While WVSU is a historically black university, the school enjoys a rich diversity of its faculty and student body, offering both traditional values and hope for a more inclusive future.

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Virginia Union University

College Choice Score: 88.2

Cost Per Year: $15,746

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Virginia Union

Founded in 1865 as a religious institution that would educate newly emancipated freedmen, Virginia Union University is a private historically black university that is located in Richmond, Virginia. It is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches of the U.S.A. and teaches from a strong Christian tradition.

As one of the top Black colleges in America, Virginia Union University offers one of the best comprehensive liberal arts programs in the country. It is also well known for its graduate education for Christian ministries, which has informed the school’s programs, focusing on ethical values as well as service to others.

Virginia Union University enjoys a unique tradition of being both a historically black university, with contributions of the African Diaspora, as well as a Christian-based school. While the school offers over 20 major fields of study across four schools, it is most popular for its theology program. Strong roots in both the African-American and Christian traditions have produced many of the country’s best-known preachers, including Dr. Miles Jones.

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South Carolina State University

College Choice Score: 88.15

Cost Per Year: $19,856

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South Carolina State

South Carolina State University was established in 1896 and is a public, land-grant, space-grant historically black university that is headquartered in Orangeburg, South Carolina. It is the only state-funded HBCU college or university in the state of South Carolina and is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is best known as the first HBCU to host a Democratic Party Presidential Candidate Debate Series in 2008.

The school offers over 80 majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels across four schools and colleges, with a specialization in applied sciences and technology. SCSU is best known for being the only university in South Carolina and the only HBCU in the country to confer a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering.

SCSU holds prominence in the Civil Rights Movement history as the school was nearby the site of the Orangeburg massacre, during which three students were killed and more than 25 others injured during a protest against segregation of a nearby bowling alley. The school honors the tragedy with a memorial plaza at the front of the campus.

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Fort Valley State University

College Choice Score: 88.1

Cost Per Year: $18,954

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Fort Valley State

Founded in 1895, Fort Valley State University is a public, land-grant historically black university that is a member of the University System of Georgia and also the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is located in Fort Valley, Georgia.

Currently, the school enjoys a student body that is more than 90 percent African-American. It is a member of and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and was one of the first HBCUs admitted to the association. Several different programs the school offers are also independently accredited.

Fort Valley State University offers more than 50 majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The school also offers specialist degrees, such as the Veterinary Technology and the Family and Consumer Sciences Program. Also available are the extension and online courses for adult education students, many of which finish degrees online.

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Oakwood University

College Choice Score: 87.9

Cost Per Year: $16,720

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Oakwood

Oakwood University is a private, historically black university that is owned, operated by, and affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It was founded in 1896 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Department of Education of the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists and is a member of the United Negro College Fund. It is located in Huntsville, Alabama.

The school grants undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees in 150 majors across 15 departments, but is most well known for ranking in the top 20 institutions from which African-Americans go on to attend medical school.

Oakwood University is well known for the strong Adventist tradition that surrounds campus life. Among the programs that students can partake in is the Adventist Colleges Abroad, a study abroad program that allows students to attend an Adventist college in another country. Participant colleges of this program can be found in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and some parts of Eastern Europe.

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St. Augustine's University

College Choice Score: 87.8

Cost Per Year: $17,890

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St Augustines

St. Augustine’s University was established in 1867 by Episcopal clergy as a school to educate freed slaves. It is one of the oldest historically black universities in the United States and is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

This school is dedicated to their history as one of the top Black colleges in the U.S. and was even nationally ranked on the HBCU list by U.S. News and World Report. The school also pays tribute to the black culture, naming many of their centers after prominent black activists and clergy, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center that was built in 1973.

St. Augustine’s University is a primarily undergraduate university that offers over 100 majors across six colleges and schools. Its student body is diverse, with a large number of students coming to study from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Jamaica.

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