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Top 50 Colleges for Black Students

Based on a survey of more than 500 African American higher education professionals, including college and university presidents, chancellors, and directors, 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.

2006
Rank
Name, location Internet address Total
student
population
% black 2003
Rank
1 Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla. www.famu.edu 11,450 93.7% 6
2 Howard University, Washington, D.C. www.howard.edu 7,112 84.0 4
3 North Carolina A&T State Univ., Greensboro, N.C. www.ncat.edu 9,121 92.2 19
4 Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. www.harvard.edu 9,519 6.7 11
5 Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga. www.spelman.edu 2,186 94.1 3
6 Hampton University, Hampton, Va. www.hamptonu.edu 5,315 93.7 2
7 Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. www.stanford.edu 6,555 10.6 7
8 Columbia University, New York, N.Y. www.columbia.edu 7,233 7.1 8
9 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. www.upenn.edu 11,958 6.6 23
10 Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. www.wesleyan.edu 2,777 6.8 18
11 Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. www.dickinson.edu 2,321 3.8 n.a.
12 Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. www.wellesley.edu 2,289 5.9 26
13 Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. www.amherst.edu 1,640 9.0 30
14 Duke University, Durham, N.C. www.duke.edu 6,301 10.8 12
15 Smith College, Northampton, Mass. www.smith.edu 2,692 5.7 n.a.
16 Barnard College, New York, N.Y. www.barnard.edu 2,287 4.9 n.a.
17 Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn. www.tnstate.edu 7,257 81.2 44
18 Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. www.gsu.edu 19,889 34.0 n.a.
19 Brown University, Providence, R.I. www.brown.edu 6,014 6.4 42
20 Yale University, New Haven, Conn. www.yale.edu 5,319 7.8 40
21 Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. www.georgetown.edu 6,522 6.5 9
22 Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. www.wfu.edu 4,128 6.0 31
23 Babson College, Wellesley, Mass. www.babson.edu 1,697 3.3 n.a.
24 Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. www.williams.edu 1,991 9.6 14
25 Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. www.fsu.edu 30,373 12.8 34
26 Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. www.cornell.edu 13,628 4.7 25
27 Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Tex. www.pvamu.edu 6,324 91.6 n.a.
28 Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss. www.jsums.edu 6,605 96.7 n.a.
29 Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio www.oberlin.edu 2,837 6.2 16
30 North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C. www.nccu.edu 6,028 86.6 n.a.
31 Mills College, Oakland, Calif. www.mills.edu 762 9.2 n.a.
32 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. www.unc.edu 16,525 10.9 15
33 Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa www.grinnell.edu 1,556 4.2 n.a.
34 Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md. www.morgan.edu 6,243 92.6 35
35 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. www.virginia.edu 14,129 8.4 n.a.
36 Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. www.mtholyoke.edu 2,143 4.1 25
29 Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. www.emory.edu 6,346 9.2 17
38 Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. www.princeton.edu 4,678 8.2 n.a.
39 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa. www.swarthmore.edu 1,474 6.5 33
40 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. www.umich.edu 24,828 7.6 27
41 Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. www.temple.edu 23,429 19.9 41
42 Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. wustl.edu 7,350 9.4 n.a.
43 Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. www.davidson.edu 1,714 6.2 n.a.
44 Simmons College, Boston, Mass. www.simmons.edu 1,874 6.5 n.a.
45 Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. www.morehouse.edu 2,891 94.5 1
46 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. www.jhu.edu 5,710 8.3 38
47 Dartmouth University, Hanover, N.H. www.dartmouth.edu 4,079 6.7 n.a.
48 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. www.vassar.cookman.edu 2,475 5.2 39
49 Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. www.northwestern.edu 9,115 5.5 n.a.
50 University of Maryland, College Park, Md. www.umd.edu 25,140 12.1 20
NOTE: 2007 survey is the latest available.
Copyright 2007. Reprinted with permission from Black Enterprise magazine, New York, N.Y. (Web: www.blackenterprise.com )

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