Top 30 Historically Black Colleges by Average Starting Salary

Editor’s Note: In an earlier release of this report, South Carolina State University was noted as “closed“. This information was incorrectly reported. South Carolina State University is open for enrollment, and producing high earning alumni.

When choosing a college to attend most students don’t factor in how much they can expect to earn upon entering the workforce after graduation. Since college is a major stepping stone into a career, students should look at how much they can expect to earn as a starting salary.

Student loans can mount up and if a student chooses a college that doesn’t offer a good return, they are likely to experience increased difficulty paying back their loans. Paying back college loans will be a monthly payment so students can more easily project their ability of paying by knowing their projected salary upon graduation.

Most students often overlook the fact that a degree from an expensive or highly prestigious school often doesn’t translate into higher earnings. Choosing a school that offers a high starting salary should be one factor that students consider in their choice of education providers.

This report offers insight into average starting salaries by school and school tuition (yearly). These two statistics can be mashed together to help students define how much they can expect to earn and how much they might owe in student loans.

Top Historically Black Colleges by Starting Average Salary

Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View, TX

Starting Salary
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $9,461
Out-of-State: $20,928

Prairie View A&M University, also known as PVAMU, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. It is committed to achieving relevance in each component of its mission by addressing issues and proposing solutions through programs and services designed to respond to the needs and aspirations of individuals, families, organizations, agencies, schools, and communities–both rural and urban. Blacks/African Americans constitute 85% of the undergraduate enrollment and 74% of the Masters level enrollment. Females make up 61% of the total enrollment. Of the 8,343 students in fall 2014, 98% are classified as in–state students. Females constitute 60% of undergraduate degrees awarded and 70% of graduate degrees awarded. Females received 63% of all degrees awarded.


Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, AL

Starting Salary
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $19,570
Out-of-State: $19,570

Tuskegee University is an independent and state-related institution of higher education. Its programs serve a student body that is coeducational as well as racially, ethnically and religiously diverse. With a strong orientation toward disciplines which highlight the relationship between education and work force preparation in the sciences, professions and technical areas, Tuskegee University also emphasizes the importance of the liberal arts as a foundation for successful careers in all areas. Accordingly, all academic majors stress the mastery of a required core of liberal arts courses


North Carolina A&T State University

Greensboro, NC

Starting Salary
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $5,642
Out-of-State: $18,402

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is a public, high research activity, 1890 land-grant university committed to exemplary teaching and learning, scholarly and creative research, and effective engagement and public service. The University offers degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels and has a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of academic disciplines. North […]