Spelman College

Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2019

May 29, 2019
019 Best HBCU

The College Consensus ranking of the Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities has a broader purpose than finding the HBCUs most praised by published rankings and student reviews. It’s also an essential tool for students looking for a college or university that will best fit their needs. Whether they are looking for a supportive and inclusive community, a challenging and uplifting academic environment, or the networking opportunities of the legendarily loyal HBCU alumni, students can trust College Consensus to provide a comprehensive picture of the nation’s best HBCUs.

How Did We Make Our Ranking of the Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities?

As an aggregate ranking, College Consensus pulls together data from numerous college ranking sites, including U.S. News & World Report, WalletHub, and the Wall Street Journal. We combine those results with the most reputable student reviews, from sites including Niche, My Plan, and Unigo, creating a Publisher Rating and a Student Review Rating. The combination of these two creates the Consensus Rating, making College Consensus a comprehensive meta-ranking.

While only majority-black institutions founded before 1964 qualify as HBCUs, Historically Black Colleges and Universities are anything but history. They are vibrant, diverse, and innovative communities that fall into many categories. Some HBCUs are public research universities, making advancements in areas ranging from medicine to agriculture; others are elite liberal arts colleges, preparing students for graduate study and professional careers. Some are religious, others are secular. But whatever their background, HBCUs all share a common mission – creating a space for minority students to feel supported, empowered, and motivated to reach their full potential. The College Consensus Best HBCU ranking highlights the historically black institutions that define black excellence.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

The College Consensus method combines information from many rankings and reviews, all of which are based on their own unique methodologies; with that approach, College Consensus show prospective students a big-picture view of the higher education landscape. With the Consensus method, the biases of other rankings are filtered out, leaving a picture of the institutions with the strongest academics, strongest student support and community, and strongest outcomes. Read more about the College Consensus methodology on the About page.

Note: The Top Consensus Ranked HBCUs are listed in descending order by their Consensus score. In the event of ties, schools are ranked in alphabetical order with the same rank number.

1

Spelman College
Atlanta, GA

Spelman College
70
College Consensus
65
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
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2

Howard University
Washington, DC

howard u
65.1
College Consensus
59.9
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
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3

Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Xavier University Louisiana
64.2
College Consensus
57.5
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
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4

Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA

Morehouse College
60.9
College Consensus
47.1
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
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5

Hampton University
Hampton, VA

HAMPTON UNIVERSITY
60.9
College Consensus
58.5
Publisher Consensus
63.3
Student Consensus
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6

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Tallahassee, FL

FAMU
60.6
College Consensus
48.4
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
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7

Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC

claflin campus
60.6
College Consensus
48.5
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
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8

Alcorn State University
Alcorn State, MS

Alcorn State University
60.2
College Consensus
44.7
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
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9

Oakwood University
Huntsville, AL

Oakwood University
60
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
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10

Fisk University
Nashville, TN

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59.6
College Consensus
48.4
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
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11

Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, NC

ECSU
59.4
College Consensus
50.1
Publisher Consensus
68.6
Student Consensus
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12

Jackson State University
Jackson, MS

Jackson State University
59.1
College Consensus
44
Publisher Consensus
74.2
Student Consensus
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13

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR

pine bluf UA
59.1
College Consensus
49.1
Publisher Consensus
69.1
Student Consensus
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14

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL

Tuskegee University
58.4
College Consensus
47.4
Publisher Consensus
69.4
Student Consensus
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15

Texas Southern University
Houston, TX

58.2
College Consensus
42.8
Publisher Consensus
73.6
Student Consensus
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16

North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, NC

North Carolina AT University
57.7
College Consensus
41.4
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
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17

North Carolina Central University
Durham, NC

NC Central
57.5
College Consensus
46
Publisher Consensus
68.9
Student Consensus
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18

Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA

Virginia State University
56.8
College Consensus
43.5
Publisher Consensus
70.1
Student Consensus
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19

Delaware State University
Dover, DE

delaware state
56.6
College Consensus
49.1
Publisher Consensus
64
Student Consensus
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20

Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, GA

clark atlanta university
56.5
College Consensus
43.1
Publisher Consensus
70
Student Consensus
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21

Bowie State University
Bowie, MD

56.2
College Consensus
48
Publisher Consensus
64.4
Student Consensus
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22

Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY

Kentucky State University
56.1
College Consensus
53.1
Publisher Consensus
59.1
Student Consensus
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23

Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC

Winston Salem State University
56
College Consensus
45.4
Publisher Consensus
66.6
Student Consensus
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24

Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD

Morgan State University
56
College Consensus
46.5
Publisher Consensus
65.5
Student Consensus
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25

Prairie View A & M University
Prairie View, TX

55.9
College Consensus
39.5
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
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26

Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA

54.8
College Consensus
38.3
Publisher Consensus
71.4
Student Consensus
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27

Savannah State University
Savannah, GA

savannah state
54.6
College Consensus
38.6
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
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28

Bluefield State College
Bluefield, WV

bluefield state
54.3
College Consensus
40.7
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
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29

Southern University and A & M College
Baton Rouge, LA

southern university a m college
53.9
College Consensus
41.4
Publisher Consensus
66.4
Student Consensus
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30

Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL

alabama state university
53.7
College Consensus
36.2
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
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31

Albany State University
Albany, GA

Albany State University
53.4
College Consensus
40.8
Publisher Consensus
66
Student Consensus
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32

Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC

52.4
College Consensus
41
Publisher Consensus
63.9
Student Consensus
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33

Saint Augustine’s University
Raleigh, NC

Saint Augustines University
51.2
College Consensus
37.4
Publisher Consensus
65.1
Student Consensus
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34

Alabama A & M University
Normal, AL

AAMU ChambersScibldg
50.7
College Consensus
36.5
Publisher Consensus
65
Student Consensus
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