College graduation rates offer valuable information for the prospective student. They indicate how many students enrolled at a particular college actually graduate from that college. While low college graduation rates aren’t necessarily a negative sign, students often want to surround themselves with like-minded individuals who are dedicated to obtaining a degree from their chosen school. For these students, choosing a school with high graduation rates is an excellent step. The following are 10 HBCUs with the highest college graduation rates based on the latest available data.
10. Claflin University – Orangeburg, South Carolina
Claflin is a smaller, private college offering Bachelors and Masters degrees. They graduate 44% of students.
9. Jackson State University – Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson State offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. They are located in a city setting on a midsize campus and have a graduation rate of 45%.
8. Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Alabama
Tuskegee University is located in a town setting on a distant campus. They offer Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees and have a graduation rate of 46%.
7. Xavier University of Louisiana – New Orleans, Louisiana
Located in the heart of New Orleans, Xavier University offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. Xavier’s graduation rate is also 51%.
6. Tougaloo College – Tougaloo, Mississippi
Tougaloo College offers both Associates degrees and Bachelor’s degrees. They are located in a city/urban environment on a midsize campus and graduate 51% of students.
5. Fisk University – Nashville, Tennessee
Fisk is situated on a large campus in a city/urban environment. Fisk offers Bachelors and Masters degrees as well as Post-Baccalaureate certificates, and graduates 54% of students.
4. Morehouse College – Atlanta, Georgia
Morehouse is located on a large campus in a city/urban environment. They offer certificates which take less than one year to complete, as well as four-year Bachelor’s degrees. Their graduation rate is 55%.
3. Hampton University – Hampton, Virginia
Located in a city/urban environment on a midsize campus, Hampton University’s graduation rate is 59%. They offer certificates as well as Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Professional and Doctoral degrees.
2. Howard University – Washington, D.C.
Howard University offers a city/urban experience on large campus. With a graduation rate of 63%, Howard offers a broad range of certificates, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Post-Masters and Doctoral degrees.
1. Wilberforce University – Wilberforce, Ohio
Wilberforce, a small, private college in a rural setting, has a graduation rate of 83%. This ranks it 20% higher than the next-highest school. Wilberforce offers both Bachelors and Masters degrees.
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Source: National Center for Education Statistics. The above schools had the highest percentage of full-time, first-time students who graduated or transferred out within 150% of “Normal Time” to completion for their program. The data is based on students who started in fall 2006 over a six year period.