College Choice, a leading college search resource, published its 2015 rankings of top 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. Tuskegee (Alabama) University took the top spot, followed by Hampton (Virginia) University, and Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Winston-Salem State (North Carolina) University round out the top five schools.
Other schools included in the list (in Alphabetical order):
Alabama A & M University
Bowie State University
Coppin State University
Delaware State University
Elizabeth City State University
Fayetteville State University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A & T State University
North Carolina Central University
Philander Smith College
Prairie View A & M University
Tennessee State University
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Virginia State University
Winston-Salem State University
Xavier University of Louisiana
The complete ranking can be found at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-historically-black-colleges-universities/.
College Choice rankings of HBCUs are based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of these factors were weighted equally in the ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.com.
There are more than 100 historic black colleges and universities, a majority of them located in the Southeastern United States.