Top 50 Colleges for Black Students

Based on responses from nearly 1,855 African-American professionals in higher education, Black Enterprise magazine has ranked the top 50 colleges and universities where African-American students are most likely to succeed. The ranking considers factors such as black population (at least 3%), academic strengths, social environment, and graduation rates. (Web: )

Name, location Internet address
1Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.
2Howard University, Washington, D.C.
3Morehouse, Atlanta, Ga.
4Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
5Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
6Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
7Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.
8Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.
9Amherst College, Amherst,
10Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
11Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
12Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
13Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.
14Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.
15Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
16Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.
17Xavier University, New Orleans, La.
18Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.
19University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
20Brown University, Providence,
21North Carolina A&T Univ., Greensboro, N.C.
22Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.
23Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
24Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
25Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
26North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C,
27Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
28Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
29Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
30Dillard University, New Orleans, La. New Orleans, La.
31Duke University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
32University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
33University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, Calif.
34Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn.
35Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
36Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss. www.jsums.ed
37Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
38Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
39University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
40Grambling State University, Grambling, La.
41Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
42Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.
43Barnard College, New York City, N.Y.
44Haverford College, Haverford, Pa.
45Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.
46New York University, New York, N.Y.
47Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
48University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
49South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C.
50Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.
NOTE: 2008 survey is the latest available.
Copyright 2008. Reprinted with permission from Black Enterprise magazine, New York, N.Y.

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