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    Top HBCU Colleges and Universities

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: December 11th, 2023

    HBCUs carry an important legacy for education in the United States. These schools continue to offer quality education to students across the country. Check out the list below to browse HBCUs by size, affordability, admissions rate, and graduation rate.

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    Spelman College

    Atlanta, GA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Spelman College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Atlanta, Georgia. There are currently 3,098 undergraduates at Spelman and the school’s acceptance rate is 28%. The tuition at Spelman…

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    28% acceptance
    74% graduation rate
    3,098 undergrads
    $38,319 net price
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    North Carolina A & T State University

    Greensboro, NC • Public, City

    North Carolina A & T State University is a public 4-year college located in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are currently 11,553 undergraduates at NC A&T and the school’s acceptance rate…Read More

    North Carolina A & T State University is a public…

    56% acceptance
    57% graduation rate
    11,553 undergrads
    $10,582 net price
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    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

    Tallahassee, FL • Public, City

    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is a public 4-year college located in Tallahassee, Florida. There are currently 7,436 undergraduates at FAMU and the school’s acceptance rate is 33%. The tuition…

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    33% acceptance
    60% graduation rate
    7,436 undergrads
    $11,558 net price
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    Delaware State University

    Dover, DE • Public, City

    Delaware State University is a public 4-year college located in Dover, Delaware. There are currently 4,588 undergraduates at DSU and the school’s acceptance rate is 55%. The tuition at DSU…

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    55% acceptance
    45% graduation rate
    4,588 undergrads
    $12,544 net price
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    Xavier University of Louisiana

    New Orleans, LA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in New Orleans, Louisiana. There are currently 2,681 undergraduates at Xavier University of Louisiana and the school’s acceptance rate…Read More

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    95% acceptance
    51% graduation rate
    2,681 undergrads
    $17,977 net price
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    North Carolina Central University

    Durham, NC • Public, City

    North Carolina Central University is a public 4-year college located in Durham, North Carolina. There are currently 5,101 undergraduates at NCCU and the school’s acceptance rate is 84%. The tuition…

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    84% acceptance
    44% graduation rate
    5,101 undergrads
    $14,014 net price
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    Elizabeth City State University

    Elizabeth City, NC • Public, Town

    Elizabeth City State University is a public 4-year college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. There are currently 1,912 undergraduates at ECSU and the school’s acceptance rate is 74%. The…

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    74% acceptance
    42% graduation rate
    1,912 undergrads
    $3,959 net price
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    Virginia State University

    Petersburg, VA • Public, Suburb

    Virginia State University is a public 4-year college located in Petersburg, Virginia. There are currently 4,295 undergraduates at Virginia State and the school’s acceptance rate is 90%. The tuition at…

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    90% acceptance
    38% graduation rate
    4,295 undergrads
    $14,164 net price
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    Winston-Salem State University

    Winston-Salem, NC • Public, City

    Winston-Salem State University is a public 4-year college located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There are currently 4,449 undergraduates at Winston-Salem State and the school’s acceptance rate is 73%. The tuition…

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    73% acceptance
    50% graduation rate
    4,449 undergrads
    $14,618 net price
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    Dillard University

    New Orleans, LA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Dillard University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in New Orleans, Louisiana. There are currently 1,220 undergraduates at Dillard and the school’s acceptance rate is 80%. The tuition at…

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    80% acceptance
    48% graduation rate
    1,220 undergrads
    $19,117 net price
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    Morgan State University

    Baltimore, MD • Public, City

    Morgan State University is a public 4-year college located in Baltimore, Maryland. There are currently 7,599 undergraduates at Morgan State and the school’s acceptance rate is 85%. The tuition at…

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    85% acceptance
    46% graduation rate
    7,599 undergrads
    $13,669 net price
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    Fort Valley State University

    Fort Valley, GA • Public, Town

    Fort Valley State University is a public 4-year college located in Fort Valley, Georgia. There are currently 2,347 undergraduates at Fort Valley State and the school’s acceptance rate is 43%.…

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    43% acceptance
    46% graduation rate
    2,347 undergrads
    $13,584 net price
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    Fayetteville State University

    Fayetteville, NC • Public, City

    Fayetteville State University is a public 4-year college located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. There are currently 5,218 undergraduates at Fayetteville State and the school’s acceptance rate is 81%. The tuition…

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    81% acceptance
    44% graduation rate
    5,218 undergrads
    $6,319 net price
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    Claflin University

    Orangeburg, SC • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Claflin University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. There are currently 1,730 undergraduates at Claflin and the school’s acceptance rate is 78%. The tuition at…

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    78% acceptance
    50% graduation rate
    1,730 undergrads
    $19,951 net price
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    Kentucky State University

    Frankfort, KY • Public, Town

    Kentucky State University is a public 4-year college located in Frankfort, Kentucky. There are currently 1,343 undergraduates at Kentucky State and the school’s acceptance rate is 92%. The tuition at…

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    92% acceptance
    32% graduation rate
    1,343 undergrads
    $11,619 net price
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    Prairie View A & M University

    Prairie View, TX • Public, Town

    Prairie View A & M University is a public 4-year college located in Prairie View, Texas. There are currently 8,103 undergraduates at PVAMU and the school’s acceptance rate is 76%.…

    Prairie View A & M University is a public 4-year…

    76% acceptance
    41% graduation rate
    8,103 undergrads
    $12,889 net price
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    Morehouse College

    Atlanta, GA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Morehouse College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Atlanta, Georgia. There are currently 2,564 undergraduates at Morehouse and the school’s acceptance rate is 60%. The tuition at Morehouse…

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    60% acceptance
    59% graduation rate
    2,564 undergrads
    $36,836 net price
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    University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

    Pine Bluff, AR • Public, City

    University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public 4-year college located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. There are currently 2,155 undergraduates at UAPB and the school’s acceptance rate is 69%.…

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    69% acceptance
    41% graduation rate
    2,155 undergrads
    $9,607 net price
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    Oakwood University

    Huntsville, AL • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Oakwood University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Huntsville, Alabama. There are currently 1,378 undergraduates at Oakwood and the school’s acceptance rate is 68%. The tuition at Oakwood…

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    68% acceptance
    47% graduation rate
    1,378 undergrads
    $19,686 net price
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    Howard University

    Washington, DC • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Did you know that Howard University, located in Washington, D.C., is one of the most renowned historically black universities in the United States? Founded in 1867, Howard is known for…Read More

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    53% acceptance
    70% graduation rate
    9,243 undergrads
    $45,180 net price
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    About the Data

    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

    What are HBCUs?

    HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities, are schools established with the intention of serving the Black community. Each of these schools was founded before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when it was much harder for African-Americans to receive an education.

    While students of any race can enroll at these institutions, the majority of most HBCU student bodies continue to be made up of Black students. Public figures such as Martin Luther King Jr, Kamala Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Thurgood Marshall, and many more have all graduated from HBCUs.

    Related: Top scholarships for Black students

    What to consider when deciding on an HBCU

    There are many reasons a student might decide to enroll at a HBCU. Black students often say they feel a sense of community at these schools. They also tend to offer a lower cost of attendance than the national average. However, it’s worth noting that HBCUs have issues just like any other school. A 2019 study showed that on average, HBCUs have a 70% lower endowment than their non-HBCU counterparts. The same study showed a huge drop in federal funding for these schools in the last twenty years.

    This lack of funding can lead to lapses in the quality of education. Some HBCUs may not have the funds to invest enough money in each of their students. Keep in mind this varies by institution; if you are considering an HBCU, be sure to look up its financial situation and take it into consideration.

    Related: Why choose an HBCU?

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    Frequently asked questions

    What is the #1 HBCU in America?

    Spelman College has some of the best student outcomes of any HBCU. Their graduates go on to earn more and take out less debt than most other HBCUs.

    That being said, each university has different programs in different departments, and the best fit for you is not always the same as the top ranked college. You should be sure to weigh your personal preference when choosing a school. Try planning a college tour to decide which campus makes you feel more at-home.

    What college has the highest percentage of Black students?

    The answer to this question varies year by year, but usually the answer is Spelman, whose student body was over 97% Black in 2023.

    What HBCU is hardest to get into?

    Tuskegee University had the lowest admissions rate in 2023, with 34% of applicants accepted. However, admissions is always a highly subjective process, and a lot can depend on the college’s admissions priorities that year and the essays and application of the student.

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