When choosing a college, several important factors come into play. While large enrollment numbers do not guarantee that a particular school is right for every student, they can be a great clue in finding each students’ ideal college. Affordable Schools — a college rankings site centering on unique and affordable academic programs has released its newest college rankings list for Historically Black Colleges and Universities based on population size. From this list, we have compiled a short list of the top 10 HBCUs.
Here, we’ll take a look at the largest HBCU rankings by enrollment.
10. Southern University and A&M College (SU)
Student Population: 6,330
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Established in 1880 Southern University is one of three campuses comprising the nation’s only historically black land-grant university system. The University offers 42 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, four doctoral, and three associate degree programs. Innovative curricula range from an associate degree program in electronic engineering technology, to master’s options in important new fields such as urban forestry, to doctoral options offered in Louisiana only at Southern University. Southern University and A&M College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
More information about the university is available at www.subr.edu.
9. North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
Student Population: 7,687
Location: Durham, North Carolina
This public, four-year college offers its students a range of Bachelors, Post-Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral degrees and certificates as well as student housing. NCCU is the ninth largest HBCU and was founded in 1909 as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua by Dr. James Edward Shepard. It became the first public liberal arts institution for African Americans in the nation, NCCU remains committed to diversity in higher education. The University is now a master’s comprehensive institution that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a Juris Doctor, and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences to a diverse student population. Flagship programs include the sciences, technology, nursing, education, law, business and the arts.
More information about the university is available at nccu.edu.
8. Morgan State University (MSU)
Student Population: 7,508
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 70 academic programs leading to bachelor’s degrees as well as programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. As Maryland’s Largest Historically Black College and Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multi-ethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently named Morgan State University a National Treasure.
More information about the university is available at www.morgan.edu.
7. Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU)
Student Population: 8,429
Location: Prairie View, Texas
Founded in 1876, Prairie View A&M University is the second oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Texas and the seventh largest HBCU. With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 37 Master’s degrees and four doctoral degree programs through nine colleges and schools. A member of the Texas A&M University System, the University is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. The main campus is located in Waller County approximately 40 miles northwest of Houston, TX.
More information about the university is available at www.pvamu.edu.
6. Tennessee State University (TSU)
Student Population: 9,027
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
With more than 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is sixth largest HBCU and Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 undergraduate, 22 graduate and seven doctoral programs. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. TSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
More information about the university is available at tnstate.edu.
5. Texas Southern University (TSU)
Student Population: 9,233
Location: Houston, Texas
Texas Southern University possesses an array of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations, a diverse faculty, 80-plus student organizations, and an extensive alumni network comprised of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, pilots, artists, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national and international stage. Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus, Texas Southern University is one of the nation’s largest historically black universities. Although initially established to educate African Americans, Texas Southern University has become one of the most diverse institutions in Texas.
More information about the university is available at www.tsu.edu.
4. Jackson State University (JSU)
Student Population: 9,508
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Established in 1877 Jackson State University is designated as a high research activity university, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, healthcare, technological and educational initiatives. Academic programs available include Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees and certificates. JSU has assembled an amazing group of people throughout our four campuses, including some of the best students in the nation and a world-class faculty and staff. With over 9,000 students, Jackson State is the fourth largest institution of higher learning in Mississippi.
More information about the university is available at www.jsums.edu.
3. Florida A&M University (FAMU)
Student Population: 10,241
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students in 1887, it began classes with fifteen students and two instructors. Today, FAMU, offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, three professional degrees, and 12 doctoral programs in a wide range of academic areas. In 2014, FAMU was recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best National Universities.” The U.S. News & World Report lists FAMU as the top public historically black college or university in the nation for 2015. It is also listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges.
More information about the university is available at www.famu.edu.
2. Howard University (HU)
Student Population: 10,265
Location: Washington, D.C.
Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral research extensive university located in Washington, DC. With an enrollment of over 10,000 students in its undergraduate, graduate, professional, and joint degree programs, which span more than 120 areas of study within 13 schools and colleges, the University is dedicated to educating students from diverse backgrounds. As the second largest HBCU Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees and certificates in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, three Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States.
More information about the university is available at www2.howard.edu.
1. North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT)
Student Population: 10,725
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
North Carolina A&T State University was established in 1891 as an agricultural and technical school, but it has grown and excelled in many more fields than the founders envisioned. NCAT is the largest HBCU in the nation with a reputation for excellence in all of their undergraduate, graduate, and continuing studies programs, across nine colleges and schools. The university offers 117 undergraduate degree programs, more than 58 master’s degree programs, and Ph.D. programs in mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering; energy and environmental systems; and leadership studies.
More information about the university is available www.ncat.edu.
What Largest HBCU Rankings Mean for You
A large college isn’t right for everybody. However, if you crave the busy, exciting experience of a large campus filled with like-minded students, one of the top 10 HBCUs would make an excellent choice. Remember to also base your decision on personal factors such as your chosen major and the type of atmosphere – urban, town or remote – which will make you feel at home.
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Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES ), a bureau of the Dept. of Education (http://nces.ed.gov/) and AffordableSchools (http://www.affordableschools.net).