Head of the Class: Top Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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  • Spelman College
  • Howard University
  • Morehouse College
  • Hampton University
  • Fisk University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tuskegee University
  • Claflin University
  • Dillard University
  • Florida A&M University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Delaware State University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Bennett College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tougaloo College

1. Spelman College

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Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Tuition: $23,794
Total enrollment: 2,170
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 37.6 percent
Average freshman retention rate:  88 percent
6-year graduation rate: 77 percent 

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