Head of the Class: Top Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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  • 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
  • Spelman College
  • Howard University
  • Morehouse College
  • Hampton University
  • Fisk University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tuskegee University
  • Claflin University
  • Dillard University

12. North Carolina Central University

Location: Durham, North Carolina
Tuition: $4,801 in-state; $15,374 out-of-state (2011-12)
Total enrollment: 8,359
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 51.8 percent
Average freshman retention rate: 72 percent
6-year graduation rate: 42 percent

(Photo: Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/ MCT /LANDOV)