The website College Choice has issued its rankings of the best Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States. The website is an independent online publication that says it is “dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.”
The website ranked the HBCUs based on academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the job market. Each of these factors was given equal weight in the rankings.
The highest-rated HBCU in the College Choice rankings is Tuskegee University in Alabama. Hampton University in Virginia was in second place, followed by Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida in the third spot. Also ranking among the top 10 HBCUs in the College Choice survey are the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Howard University in Washington, D.C., Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, North Carolina Central University, and Xavier University in New Orleans.
Spelman College, which is ranked first among all HBCUs in the rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, is in 17th place in the College Choice rankings. According to College Choice, Spelman had the highest “net price” of any HBCU in the Top 25. Yet Morehouse College, whose “net price” was just six dollars lower than Spelman’s and had a lower academic reputation score, finished in sixth place.
Tuskegee University, Hampton University, Bethune-Cookman University, and Elizabeth City State University all had academic reputation scores that were significantly superior to those of Spelman, Morehouse, and Howard.