HBCU Colleges and Rankings

best HBCU rankigns 2015Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are higher education institutions that were founded and established before 1964 with the main purpose of serving the black community.

In 2015, a Gallup poll was released showing students at HBCUs had a higher sense of well-being in five areas (purpose, social, financial, community, and physical) compared to students who did not attend HBCUs. Also black graduates of HBCUs were more than twice as likely than blacks at non-HBCUs to receive all three support measures at school (having at least one professor who made them excited about learning; having professors who cared about them; having a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals).


Quick Facts

Current Count of HBCUs in the U.S.

107

HBCUs Established Before the Civil War

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1837)

Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) (1854)

Wilberforce University (1856)

First HBCU Established After the Civil War

Shaw University
(1837)

HBCU Rankings

Largest HBCUs in the Nation

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Top 10 HBCUs

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Top HBCUs by Average Starting Salary

HBCU List

ALABAMA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Alabama A & M University
  • Alabama State University

Public, 2 Year Colleges:

  • Bishop State Community College
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Shelton State Community College

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Concordia College-Selma
  • Miles College
  • Oakwood University
  • Selma University
  • Stillman College
  • Talladega College
  • Tuskegee University

ARKANSAS HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Arkansas Baptist College
  • Philander Smith College

Private, 2 Year Colleges:

  • Shorter College

CALIFORNIA HBCUs

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

DELAWARE HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Delaware State University

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON, DC HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • University of the District of Columbia

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Howard University
  • Howard University School of Law

FLORIDA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Florida A&M University

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Edward Waters College
  • Florida Memorial University

GEORGIA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Albany State University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Savannah State University

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Morehouse College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Morris Brown College
  • Paine College
  • Spelman College

KENTUCKY HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Kentucky State University

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Simmons College of Kentucky

LOUISIANA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Grambling State University
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Southern University at New Orleans

Public, 2 Year Colleges:

  • Southern University at Shreveport

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Dillard University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

MARYLAND HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State University
  • Morgan State University
  • University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

MISSISSIPPI HBCUs

  • Alcorn State University
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi Valley State University

Public, 2 Year Colleges:

  • Coahoma Community College
  • Hinds Community College-Utica

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Rust College
  • Tougaloo College

MISSOURI HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Lincoln University of Missouri

NORTH CAROLINA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Winston Salem State University

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Barber-Scotia College
  • Bennett College
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Livingstone College
  • St. Augustine’s College
  • Shaw University

OHIO HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Central State University

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Wilberforce University

OKLAHOMA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Langston University

PENNSYLVANIA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Lincoln University

SOUTH CAROLINA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • South Carolina State University

Public, 2 Year Colleges:

  • Denmark Technical College

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Allen University
  • Benedict College
  • Claflin University
  • Morris College
  • Voorhees College

Private, 2 Year Colleges:

  • Clinton Junior College

TENNESSEE HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Tennessee State University

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • American Baptist College
  • Fisk University
  • Knoxville College
  • Lane College
  • LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Meharry Medical College

TEXAS HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Texas Southern University

Public, 2 Year Colleges:

  • St. Philip’s College

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Huston-Tillotson University
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • Paul Quinn College
  • Southwestern Christian College
  • Texas College
  • Wiley College

VIRGINIA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Norfolk State University
  • Virginia State University

Private, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Hampton University
  • Virginia Union University
  • Virginia University of Lynchburg

WEST VIRGINIA HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • Bluefield State College
  • West Virginia State University

VIRGIN ISLANDS HBCUs

Public, 4 Year Colleges:

  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • University of the Virgin Islands-Kingshill