When choosing a college, several important factors come into play. While large enrollment numbers don’t guarantee that a particular school is right for every student, they can be a great clue in finding each students’ ideal college. Here, we’ll take a look at the largest HBCU by enrollment.
Largest HBCU Rankings:
10. Norfolk State University (NSU)
Rounding out the list with 7,100 students, this Virginia university’s mid-size campus is urban and offers student housing. Norfolk State students can choose between an Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree at the four-year, public institution.
9. Morgan State University (MSU)
Located in Baltimore, Maryland on a bustling city campus, Morgan State is the 9th largest HBCU and home to over 7,900 students. Student housing is available at the four-year public university, as are Bachelors, Post-Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral degrees.
8. Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU)
The most rural HBCU on our list, this public, four-year Texas campus is the 8th largest HBCU and home to over 8,300 students pursuing Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees.
7. North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
Located in Durham, this public, four-year college offers its 8,600 students a range of Bachelors, Post-Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral degrees and certificates as well as student housing.
6. Tennessee State University (TSU)
Located on a large urban campus in the musical hub of Nashville, this four-year public college is the 6th largest HBCU and home to over 8,700 students. The university offers housing as students pursue Associates, Bachelors, Post-Baccalaureate, Masters, Post-Masters and Doctoral degrees and certificates.
5. Jackson State University (JSU)
With an enrollment of just under 9,000 students, this four-year, public Mississippi college features an urban campus in the city of Jackson. Programs available include Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees and certificates.
4. Texas Southern University (TSU)
On the Houston campus of this large HBCU, over 9,500 students are enrolled in Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. TSU is a public, four-year college offering on-campus housing and a city environment.
3. Howard University (HU)
Located in our nation’s capital of Washington, D.C., Howard University is the 3rd largest HBCU and boasts an enrollment of over 10,000 students. Howard University is a four-year, private, not-for-profit college, offering unique educational experiences for students enrolled in a variety of Bachelors, Post-Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral certificates and degrees.
2. North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT)
Located in Greensboro on a large, public, city campus, North Carolina A&T offers a range of Bachelors, Post-Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral degrees and certificates. The most recent data shows over 10,000 students enrolled.
1. Florida A&M University (FAMU)
Located in Tallahassee, this four-year, public college is the largest HBCU – over 12,000 students – based on the most recent available data. The mid-size city campus offers on-campus housing and has a graduation rate of 40%. Available through Florida A&M University are Associates, Bachelors, Graduate, Masters, Post-Masters and Doctoral degrees and certificates.
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.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics. Data as of 12/2013