Largest-HBCUs
5098 4919 0

Largest HBCUs in the Nation

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are currently facing a plethora of challenges, such as financial difficulties, poor leadership, declining enrollment numbers and graduation and retention rates. Even amid such challenges, a new study reveals that HBCU grads are faring much better than their non-HBCU counterparts in multiple areas of life, including their financial and purpose well-being.

Benefits of Attending an HBCU

  • Black HBCU grads are stronger in purpose, financial well-being
  • College experiences different for HBCU, non-HBCU grads
  • More black HBCU grads strongly agree they received support
  • Black HBCU grads more involved in applied internships, long-term projects and extracurricular activities.

When choosing a college, enrollment numbers can be a guide for helping a student find their ideal college. This report shows the number of African-American students at HBCU colleges and ranks them in order of enrollment numbers. Percentages have been added for consideration. All data was gathered from the College Navigator system retrieved by The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

TOP 30 BLACK COLLEGES by ENROLLMENT


EDsmart_Largest_HBCU

#1 Florida A&M University (FAMU)

Florida A&M University
TALLAHASSEE, FL

Total African American Student Body

10,098 Students

Percent Black or African American
94%

Founded in 1887, FAMU is the 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. It has been recently ranked #5 for HBCUs with the highest graduation and retention rates and #15 for HBCUs with the highest average starting salaries.

#2 Howard University

Howard University
WASHINGTON, DC

Total African American Student Body

9,370 Students

Percent Black or African American
91%

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. This university was recently ranked #7 in HBCUs with the highest averge starting salary and #4 in HBCUs with the highest retention and graduation rates.

#3 North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina A&T State University
GREENSBORO, NC

Total African American Student Body

8,977 Students

Percent Black or African American
85%

North Carolina A&T State University’s unique legacy and educational philosophy provide students with a broad range of experiences that foster transformation and leadership for a dynamic and global society. The university is committed to exemplary teaching and learning, scholarly and creative research, and effective engagement and public service. This school was recently named #3 HBCU with the highest average starting salary and #13 university advancing America’s economic progress.

#4 Jackson State University

Jackson State University
JACKSON, MS

Total African American Student Body

8,403 Students

Percent Black or African American
92%

Since 1877, JSU has been providing young men and women opportunities that will empower them to succeed in an increasingly complex world. Students and faculty engage in creative research, participate in interdisciplinary and multi-institutional/organizational collaborative learning teams and serve the global community. This university was recently named #27 HBCU with the highest average starting salary.

#5 Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University
HOUSTON, TX

Total African American Student Body

7,311 Students

Percent Black or African American
84%

More than 9,500 students, along with nearly 1,500 faculty and staff comprise the TSU’s community, and like its curricula, the student body is characterized by diversity. TSU offers an impressive array of undergraduate and graduate programs, a diverse faculty, 80-plus student organizations, and an alumni network. This university was recently named the #24 HBCU with the highest average starting salary.

#6 Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University
PRAIRIE VIEW, TX

Total African American Student Body

7,123 Students

Percent Black or African American
86%

PVAMU 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.

#7 Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University
NASHVILLE, TN

Total African American Student Body

6,751 Students

Percent Black or African American
76%

Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational land-grant university offering 45 bachelor’s degrees and 24 master degrees. Doctoral programs include biological sciences, psychology, public administration, computer information systems engineering, administration and supervision and curriculum and instruction.

#8 North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University
Durham, NC

Total African American Student Body

6,717 Students

Percent Black or African American
83%

North Carolina Central University measures their success by their students’ achievements. They offer unique programs in place to mentor every student and provide the resources to enable academic and career success. NCCU ensures that their students are job ready from day one, post graduation.

#9 Southern University and A&M College

Southern University and A&M College
BATON ROUGE, LA

Total African American Student Body

6,370 Students

Percent Black or African American
94%

Southern University and A&M College graduates now sit in the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, are successful entrepreneurs, educators, and work as scientists and engineers at major laboratories and industries around the world. SU is among the top producers nationally of African American students who earn undergraduate degrees in engineering and nursing.

#10 Morgan State University

Morgan State University
BALTIMORE, MD

Total African American Student Body

6,339 Students

Percent Black or African American
84%

Throughout its history, Morgan has served the community with distinction while meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse society. Students at MSU can choose from more than 40 bachelor’s, 30 master’s and 10 doctoral degree programs.

#11 Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University
NORFOLK, VA

Total African American Student Body

5,652 Students

Percent Black or African American
84%

Norfolk State University is committed to increasing undergraduate and graduate degree attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while continuing its longstanding tradition of a strong liberal arts academic program.

#12 Alabama State University

Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL

Total African American Student Body

5,650 Students

Percent Black or African American
93%

Alabama State University was founded in 1867 and is a widely respected, world-class institution of higher learning. ASU offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, from their historic teacher education program to their new, high-demand programs in health sciences, new Ph.D. in microbiology and minor in international business.

#13 Bowie State University

Bowie State University
BOWIE, MD

Total African American Student Body

4,949 Students

Percent Black or African American
89%

In addition to its 23 undergraduate majors, Bowie State offers 35 master’s, doctoral, and advanced certification programs. Its advanced research facilities include one of the world’s 100 most powerful supercomputers and a satellite operations control center managed in conjunction with NASA.

#14 Virginia State University

Virginia State University
PETERSBURG, VA

Total African American Student Body

4,899 Students

Percent Black or African American
85%

Virginia State University, America’s first fully state supported four-year HBCU, is a comprehensive university and one of two land-grant institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia State offers 55 undergraduate, graduate, and terminal degree programs within five schools.

#15 Alabama A&M University

Alabama A&M University
NORMAL, AL

Total African American Student Body

4,769 Students

Percent Black or African American
95%

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University reflects the uniqueness of the traditional land-grant institution which combines professional, vocational and liberal arts pursuits. A center of substance and excellence, Alabama A&M University provides a setting for the emergence of scholars, leaders, thinkers, and other contributors to society.

#16 Grambling State University

Grambling State University
GRAMBLING, LA

Total African American Student Body

4,615 Students

Percent Black or African American
91%

Grambling State University combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college, a combination that enables our students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. GSU offer more than 800 courses and 70 degree programs in five colleges.

#17 Hampton University

Hampton University
Hampton, VA

Total African American Student Body

4,252 Students

Percent Black or African American
92%

Rich in history, steeped in tradition, Hampton University is a dynamic, progressive institution of higher education, providing a broad range of technical, liberal arts, and graduate degree programs. In addition to being one of the top historically black universities in the world, Hampton University is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators, representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations.

#18 Savannah State University

Savanaah State University
SAVANNAH, GA

Total African American Student Body

4,252 Students

Percent Black or African American
87%

Savannah State University, the oldest public HBCU in the state of Georgia, develops productive members of a global society through high quality instruction, scholarship, research, service and community involvement. SSU offers graduate and undergraduate studies including nationally accredited programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.

#19 Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University
FAYETTEVILLE, NC

Total African American Student Body

4,078 Students

Percent Black or African American
66%

Fayetteville State University offers all of the advantages of a large university while maintaining the atmosphere of a closely-knit liberal arts campus. Altogether FSU boasts 43 undergraduate programs, 23 master’s degree programs, and one doctoral program in educational leadership.

#20 Winston- Salem State University

Winston-​Salem State University
WINSTON-SALEM, NC

Total African American Student Body

3,887 Students

Percent Black or African American
72%

Founded in 1892, WSSU 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. This school was recently named #6 HBCU with the highest retention and graduation rate and the #12 HBCU with the highest average starting salary.

#21 Bethune- Cookman University

Bethune-​Cookman University
DAYTONA BEACH, FL

Total African American Student Body

3,370 Students

Percent Black or African American
89%

Bethune-Cookman University is an institution filled with rich history and beloved traditions, and a strong commitment to academic excellence and community service. B-CU offers 35 undergraduate programs and a master’s degree in transformative leadership. Bethune-Cookman University is a small, private, co-educational, and residential institution.

#22 South Carolina State University

ORANGEBURG, SC

Total African American Student Body

3,290 Students

Percent Black or African American
95%

S.C. State University is committed to providing affordable and accessible quality bachelor’s programs in the areas of business, applied professional sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, engineering technology, education, arts, and humanities.

#23 Delaware State University

Delaware State University
DOVER, DE

Total African American Student Body

3,122 Students

Percent Black or African American
72%

With a focus on cutting-edge research, technology and business, DSU is at the vanguard of the region’s higher education community. The University offers 53 undergraduate degree options, 25 master’s degree programs and a number of doctoral degree programs. Building on its heritage as an HBCU, the University purposefully integrates the highest standards of excellence in teaching, research, and service in its baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs.

#24 University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
PRINCESS ANNE, MD

Total African American Student Body

3,081 Students

Percent Black or African American
73%

UMES offers an impressive array of accredited degree programs that blend a time-honored curriculum with instruction in contemporary fields such as allied health, aviation science, construction management, criminal justice, engineering, hospitality and tourism management. The top five degrees at UMES are Criminal Justice, Biology, Exercise Science, Human Ecology, and Sociology.

#25 Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University
ATLANTA, GA

Total African American Student Body

2,905 Students

Percent Black or African American
84%

CAU offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees as well as certificate programs to students of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. CAU is the only private, HBCU to host a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, America’s most prestigious honor society for all academic disciplines.

#26 Coppin State University

Coppin State University
BALTIMORE, MD

Total African American Student Body

2,808 Students

Percent Black or African American
83%

Coppin State University offers quality undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education, the liberal arts, mathematics, sciences, technology, and professional disciplines. The University provides educational access and diverse opportunities for students through excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement thus preparing analytical, socially responsible, lifelong learners.

#27 Benedict College

Benedict College
COLUMBIA, SC

Total African American Student Body

2,487 Students

Percent Black or African American
99%

Although #27 in terms of student body amount, Benedict college ranks #1 for the HBCU with the highest percentage of African-American students. Over the years, Benedict College has remained true to the mission of preparing students to be “powers for good” in society. While the history of the college has been spectacular, Benedict’s future will surpass its past.

#28 Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University
TUSKEGEE, AL

Total African American Student Body

2,432 Students

Percent Black or African American
78%

Although #28 in terms of African-American student enrollment, Tuskagee University ranks #2 in the nation for HBCUs with the highest average starting salary. Over a century since it was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee University has become one of our nation’s most outstanding institutions of higher learning. While it focuses on helping to develop human resources primarily within the African-American community, it is open to all.

#29 University of Arkansas— Pine Bluff

University of Arkansas—​Pine Bluff
PINE BLUFF, AK

Total African American Student Body

2,432 Students

Percent Black or African American
93%

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. The 15:1 student to teacher ratio makes it possible to maintain a learning environment with close interaction between students and faculty while challenging curricula encourage our students to seek and fulfill their potential.

#30 Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS, LA

Total African American Student Body

2,403 Students

Percent Black or African American
77%

The only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States, XULA is a private, liberal-arts based, co-educational institution offering 40 undergraduate majors, five master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program. Student life is enriched by the social and cultural setting of New Orleans, and by campus activities designed to enhance personal growth, interpersonal skills, and leadership in such areas as community service, the environment, cultural concerns, and social justice.

Honorable Mention [7 HBCUs]

Morehouse College has the second highest percentage of African-American students at 96%, trailing behind Benedict College at 99%.

HBCU Total Enrollment % African-American Total African-American
Langston University 2,533 88% 2229
Morehouse College 2,170 96% 2083
Central State University 2,068 95% 1965
Spelman College 2,129 85% 1810
Shaw University 2,062 69% 1423
Johnson C. Smith University 1,387 73% 1013
West Virginia State University 2,677 10% 268

If your university’s data is incorrect, please send an email with the correct information and 1-2 online sources to fact check to admin@edsmart.org.

If you would like the raw data set used to generate these rankings, please send a request to admin@edsmart.org.

EDsmart_Largest_HBCU

Share this Award On Your Site

Share this Award On Your Site

What's your reaction?
Love It
67%
Interesting
25%
Meh...
8%
WTH!
0%
Hated It
0%

Leave a Response