Where Are America's Best Black Colleges?

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Oct. 4, 2007 – In the latest ranking of historically Black colleges and universities, U.S. News & World Report names the Top 10 as: Spelman College (Atlanta), and Howard University (Washington, D.C.), Hampton University (Virginia), Morehouse College (Atlanta), Fisk University (Nashville), Tuskegee University (Alabama), Claflin University (Orangeburg, S.C.), Xavier University (New Orleans), Dillard University (New Orleans) and Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, N.C.).

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“As historically black colleges and universities continue to play a vital role in today’s higher education landscape, we decided to create a specific ranking of them to allow apples-to-apples comparisons of these schools,” said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S.News & World Report. 

“This unique ranking offers for the first time an independent perspective on these institutions to help students and parents make an informed choice about one of life’s most important and expensive decisions.”

Included in this listing are any HBCUs as defined by the U.S. Department of Education that were also eligible for inclusion in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 edition of “ America ’s Best Colleges.”  The ranking table lists numerically the schools in the top half of the 70 eligible to be ranked -- 37 schools are listed, as four tied for 34th place.  Those falling into the second half are listed alphabetically.

The first Black-college ranking was done by "YSB" magazine in the 1990s and later by "Black Enterprise" magazine.

The rankings are compiled from survey data provided by institutions on a variety of academic and financial criteria.

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Written by BET-Staff

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