Top 50 Colleges for Black Students

Based on a survey of more than 500 African American higher education professionals, including college and university presidents, chancellors, and directors, 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.

Name, location Internet addressTotal
% black2003
1Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla. 11,45093.7%6
2Howard University, Washington, D.C. 7,112 84.04
3North Carolina A&T State Univ., Greensboro, N.C. 9,121 92.219
4Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 9,519 6.711
5Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga. 2,186 94.13
6Hampton University, Hampton, Va. 5,315 93.72
7Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. 6,555 10.67
8Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 7,233 7.18
9University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. 11,958 6.623
10Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. 2,777 6.818
11Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. 2,321 3.8n.a.
12Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. 2,289 5.926
13Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. 1,640 9.030
14Duke University, Durham, N.C. 6,301 10.812
15Smith College, Northampton, Mass. 2,692 5.7n.a.
16Barnard College, New York, N.Y. 2,287 4.9n.a.
17Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn. 7,257 81.244
18Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. 19,889 34.0n.a.
19Brown University, Providence, R.I. 6,014 6.442
20Yale University, New Haven, Conn. 5,319 7.840
21Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 6,522 6.59
22Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. 4,128 6.031
23Babson College, Wellesley, Mass. 1,697 3.3n.a.
24Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. 1,991 9.614
25Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. 30,373 12.834
26Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 13,628 4.725
27Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Tex. 6,324 91.6n.a.
28Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss. 6,605 96.7n.a.
29Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 2,837 6.216
30North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C. 6,028 86.6n.a.
31Mills College, Oakland, Calif. 762 9.2n.a.
32University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. 16,525 10.915
33Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa 1,556 4.2n.a.
34Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md. 6,243 92.635
35University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. 14,129 8.4n.a.
36Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. 2,1434.125
29Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. 6,346 9.217
38Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. 4,678 8.2n.a.
39Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa. 1,474 6.533
40University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. 24,828 7.627
41Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. 23,429 19.941
42Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. wustl.edu7,350 9.4n.a.
43Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. 1,714 6.2n.a.
44Simmons College, Boston, Mass. 1,874 6.5n.a.
45Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. 2,891 94.51
46Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. 5,7108.338
47Dartmouth University, Hanover, N.H. 4,079 6.7n.a.
48Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 2,475 5.239
49Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. 9,115 5.5n.a.
50University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 25,140 12.120
NOTE: 2007 survey is the latest available.
Copyright 2007. Reprinted with permission from Black Enterprise magazine, New York, N.Y. (Web: )

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