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Top HBCUs 2015 Edition

Students often don’t realize that by transferring colleges, they greatly lower their chance of graduating in six years by 87%. The costs associated with transferring make it more difficult for students to graduate within the normal time-frame. According to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics:

Of the students who transferred or “co-enrolled” in another college, about 39 percent transferred no credits, 28 percent transferred some, and 32 percent transferred all previously earned credits. On average, students lost about 13 credits when transferring from their first college, the study found.

Loss of credits is heavily detrimental to a student’s pockets and time-frame with the student having to retake classes for credits earned at their previous institution. Student’s who are looking for a college should have first-year retention rates as a high priority on their college checklist.

For colleges, the cost to recruit a student is $2,433 for private and $457 for public colleges. Colleges take a financial hit when students transfer. Beyond the immediate financial effects, students transferring out of a college can impact the graduation rate of the college. Lower graduation rates lead to less federal funding and less than enticing numbers for prospective students.

Colleges that struggle with retention rates can learn from their counterparts who are doing well. To that affect, the team at EDsmart has put together a list of the top 10 historically black colleges according to retention rate after reviewing data for 84 HBCUs. We have also included graduation rates and degrees awarded as a measurement for parent and student consideration.

Top 10 Historically Black Colleges

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Spelman College

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Atlanta, Georgia

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a prestigious, highly selective, liberal arts college that prepares women to change the world. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service.

Retention Rate

90.0%

Graduation Rate

72.8%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 0
Bachelor 467
Master 0
Doctorate 0

Fisk University

Fisk University
Nashville, Tennessee

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a leading private, liberal arts school that is steeped in tradition and history, yet dynamic and contemporary to meet the challenges of the 21st century

Retention Rate

84.5%

Graduation Rate

53.6%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 0
Bachelor 55
Master 20
Doctorate 0

Morehouse College

Morehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia

Founded in 1867, Morehouse College is a private, all-male, liberal arts that strives to produce academically superior, morally conscious leaders for the conditions and issues of today.

Retention Rate

81.7%

Graduation Rate

55.0%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 0
Bachelor 388
Master 0
Doctorate 0

Howard University

Howard University
Washington, District of Columbia

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral university, classified as a high research activity institution. In addition to the undergraduate program, Howard has graduate schools of business, pharmacy, law, social work, medicine, dentistry, and divinity.

Retention Rate

81.0%

Graduation Rate

63.3%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 0
Bachelor 1321
Master 398
Doctorate 86
First Professional 430

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Tallahassee, Florida

Founded in 1887, FAMU is the third largest historically black university in the United States by enrollment. It has been recognized for its commitment to providing pathways for social and economic opportunity.

Retention Rate

79.7%

Graduation Rate

39.7%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 59
Bachelor 1466
Master 270
Doctorate 23
First Professional 308

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Founded in 1891, Elizabeth City State University offers baccalaureate, professional, and master’s degrees for a diverse student body. ECSU’s is committed to promote economic, social, and environmental progress for the people of northeastern North Carolina, the state, and the nation.

Retention Rate

79.1%

Graduation Rate

42.7%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 0
Bachelor 406
Master 23
Doctorate 0

Tougaloo College

Tougaloo College
Tougaloo, Mississippi

Founded in 1869, Tougaloo College is an enduring and nurturing community that values life long learning. The College prepares students to be imaginative, self-directed, lifelong learners and mindful thinkers, committed to leadership and services in a global society by offering a high quality liberal studies program.

Retention Rate

78.9%

Graduation Rate

51.4%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 3
Bachelor 167
Master 0
Doctorate 0

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Founded in 1892, Winston-Salem State University produces graduates who are creative, flexible problem-solvers known for leadership and service. WSSU’s award winning Motorsports Management major is the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management

Retention Rate

78.3%

Graduation Rate

40.5%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 0
Bachelor 1295
Master 177
Doctorate 0

Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University
Wilberforce, Ohio

Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University was the first college to be owned and operated by African Americans. Wilberforce offers free tuition for first-time undergraduate, low income students who qualify for the Wilberforce Promise.

Retention Rate

77.7%

Graduation Rate

32.7%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 0
Bachelor 124
Master 2
Doctorate 0

Oakwood University

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Hunstville, Alabama

Founded in 1896, Oakwood University has a strong faith-based mission to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.  It is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Retention Rate

75.6%

Graduation Rate

37.7%

Degrees Awarded

Associate 4
Bachelor 311
Master 9
Doctorate 0

Sources:

https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds

http://collegemeasures.org/4-year_colleges/college-performance-rank

http://www.wikipedia.org

Each college’s Facebook page.

If any of the above information is incorrect, contact tstevens@edsmart.org. Please send at least two online references for us to fact-check. All information has been gathered from the sources above.

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