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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, locationInternet addressTotal
student
population
% black2003
Rank
1Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.www.famu.edu11,45093.7%6
2Howard University, Washington, D.C.www.howard.edu7,11284.04
3North Carolina A&T State Univ., Greensboro, N.C.www.ncat.edu9,12192.219
4Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.www.harvard.edu9,5196.711
5Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.www.spelman.edu2,18694.13
6Hampton University, Hampton, Va.www.hamptonu.edu5,31593.72
7Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.www.stanford.edu6,55510.67
8Columbia University, New York, N.Y.www.columbia.edu7,2337.18
9University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.www.upenn.edu11,9586.623
10Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.www.wesleyan.edu2,7776.818
11Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.www.dickinson.edu2,3213.8n.a.
12Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.www.wellesley.edu2,2895.926
13Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.www.amherst.edu1,6409.030
14Duke University, Durham, N.C.www.duke.edu6,30110.812
15Smith College, Northampton, Mass.www.smith.edu2,6925.7n.a.
16Barnard College, New York, N.Y.www.barnard.edu2,2874.9n.a.
17Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn.www.tnstate.edu7,25781.244
18Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga.www.gsu.edu19,88934.0n.a.
19Brown University, Providence, R.I.www.brown.edu6,0146.442
20Yale University, New Haven, Conn.www.yale.edu5,3197.840
21Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.www.georgetown.edu6,5226.59
22Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.www.wfu.edu4,1286.031
23Babson College, Wellesley, Mass.www.babson.edu1,6973.3n.a.
24Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.www.williams.edu1,9919.614
25Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.www.fsu.edu30,37312.834
26Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.www.cornell.edu13,6284.725
27Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Tex.www.pvamu.edu6,32491.6n.a.
28Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.www.jsums.edu6,60596.7n.a.
29Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohiowww.oberlin.edu2,8376.216
30North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.www.nccu.edu6,02886.6n.a.
31Mills College, Oakland, Calif.www.mills.edu7629.2n.a.
32University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.www.unc.edu16,52510.915
33Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowawww.grinnell.edu1,5564.2n.a.
34Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.www.morgan.edu6,24392.635
35University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.www.virginia.edu14,1298.4n.a.
36Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.www.mtholyoke.edu2,1434.125
29Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.www.emory.edu6,3469.217
38Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.www.princeton.edu4,6788.2n.a.
39Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.www.swarthmore.edu1,4746.533
40University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.www.umich.edu24,8287.627
41Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.www.temple.edu23,42919.941
42Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.wustl.edu7,3509.4n.a.
43Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.www.davidson.edu1,7146.2n.a.
44Simmons College, Boston, Mass.www.simmons.edu1,8746.5n.a.
45Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga.www.morehouse.edu2,89194.51
46Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.www.jhu.edu5,7108.338
47Dartmouth University, Hanover, N.H.www.dartmouth.edu4,0796.7n.a.
48Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.www.vassar.cookman.edu2,4755.239
49Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.www.northwestern.edu9,1155.5n.a.
50University of Maryland, College Park, Md.www.umd.edu25,14012.120
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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