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Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2018

Top HBCUs Consensus Ranked 2018

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, Forbes, 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

67.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59.8
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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2

Xavier University of Louisiana

63.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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3

Hampton University

61.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
63.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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4

Howard University

61.6
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
52.4
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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5

Morehouse College

60.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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6

Oakwood University

60.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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7

Alcorn State University

59.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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8

Tuskegee University

58.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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9

North Carolina Central University

57.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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9

Fisk University

57.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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9

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

57.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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12

Jackson State University

57
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
40
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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12

Elizabeth City State University

57
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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14

North Carolina A & T State University

56.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
39
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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15

Claflin University

56
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
39
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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16

Delaware State University

55.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
64.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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17

Virginia State University

55.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
40.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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18

Kentucky State University

55.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
59.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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19

Winston-Salem State University

54.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
42.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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20

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

54.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
36.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.6
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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21

Bluefield State College

54.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
40.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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22

Albany State University

54
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
42
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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23

Saint Augustine's University

52
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
39
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
65
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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24

Morgan State University

50.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
35.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
65
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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