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HBCU Rankings 2021: The Top 25 Black Colleges from U.S. News

We have compiled a list of the top 25 HBCUs based on these rankings. There have been significant changes from the 2020 list, including:

  • Florida A&M University rose to the #7 position, and tied the North Carolina A&T State Aggies for the top ranked public HBCU in the nation.

  • Tuskegee University continues to rise within the Top 10 club from 2019, the Golden Tigers went from #8 to #4 in 2021.

  • Norfolk State University broke into the top 25 HBCU Rankings for 2021; moving past Dillard (dropped from #11 to #22) and Fayetteville State Universities.

HBCU Rankings 2021: Here is the list of Top 25 Black Colleges


24Virginia State University* Petersburg, VA 24 Fayetteville State University* Fayetteville, NC 22 Elizabeth City State University* Elizabeth City, NC

22 Dillard University* New Orleans, LA

20 Norfolk State University* Norfolk, VA 20 Lincoln University (PA)* Lincoln University, PA

19 Alcorn State University Lorman, MS

18 University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD

16 Winston-Salem State University* Winston-Salem, NC

16 Jackson State University* Jackson, MS

15 Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA

14 Tougaloo College Tougaloo, MS

13 Morgan State University Baltimore, MD

11 North Carolina Central University* Durham, NC

11 Delaware State University* Dover, DE

10 Fisk University Nashville, TN

9 Claflin University Orangeburg, SC

7 North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, NC

7 Florida A&M University Tallahassee, FL

6 Morehouse College Atlanta, GA

5 Hampton University Hampton, VA 4 Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL

3 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA

2 Howard University Washington, DC

1 Spelman College Atlanta, GA

*Tied School Ranking

For the complete listing of all 77 eligible HBCUs, please visit the U.S. News & World Reports’ Historically Black Schools Rankings page at Source: U.S. News & World Report


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