Top 50 Colleges for Black Students, 2008

Updated June 13, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

Based on responses from nearly 1,855 African-American professionals in higher education, Black Enterprise magazine has ranked the top 50 colleges and universities where African-American students are most likely to succeed. The ranking considers factors such as Black population (at least 3%), academic strengths, social environment, and graduation rates. (Web: )


Name, location Internet address
1 Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.
2 Howard University, Washington, D.C.
3 Morehouse, Atlanta, Ga.
4 Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
5 Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
6 Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
7 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.
8 Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.
9 Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.
10 Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
11 Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
12 Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
13 Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.
14 Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.
15 Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
16 Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.
17 Xavier University, New Orleans, La.
18 Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.
19 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
20 Brown University, Providence, R.I.
21 North Carolina A&T Univ., Greensboro, N.C.
22 Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.
23 Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
24 Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
25 Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
26 North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C,
27 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
28 Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
29 Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
30 Dillard University, New Orleans, La. New Orleans, La.
31 Duke University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
32 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
33 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, Calif.
34 Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn.
35 Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
36 Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss. www.jsums.ed
37 Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
38 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
39 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
40 Grambling State University, Grambling, La.
41 Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
42 Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.
43 Barnard College, New York City, N.Y.
44 Haverford College, Haverford, Pa.
45 Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.
46 New York University, New York, N.Y.
47 Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
48 University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
49 South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C.
50 Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.
NOTE: 2008 survey is the latest available.
Copyright 2008. Reprinted with permission from Black Enterprise magazine, New York, N.Y.


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