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Map of HBCUs by state

There are 101 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) located in 19 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

List of HBCUs by state

 

HBCU Rankings

We believe college choice is particularly personal for Black Americans and recognize priorities for college selection are different for each student.

To get a fair look at the value and performance of individual HBCUs, we encourage you to take a look at all four lists below. Each publisher uses a different methodology for ranking Black colleges.

U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report — Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2020) view
To qualify for the U.S. News ranking, an HBCU also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must be a school that is currently part of the 2020 Best Colleges rankings. In total, 80 HBCUs were eligible to be included on the list.

Niche.com
Niche.com — Best HBCUs in America (2020) view
The Niche.com rankings are based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Niche.com's top-ranked HBCUs are not only leading academic institutions but also offer an exceptional student experience.

College Consensus
College Consensus — Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2019) view
As an aggregate ranking, College Consensus pulls together data from numerous college ranking sites, including U.S. News & World Report, WalletHub, and the Wall Street Journal. They combine those results with the most reputable student reviews, from sites including Niche, My Plan, and Unigo, creating a Publisher Rating and a Student Review Rating.

Best Value Schools
Best Value Schools — 50 Best Value Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2019) view
Using cost information from College Navigator and data regarding the 20-year ROI from PayScale.com, Best Value Schools awarded points to each school for its affordability and return on investment. They also consulted U.S. News and World Report's ranking of best HCBUs and awarded points to schools who made the cut.