Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), often overlooked, have educated 40 percent of the nation’s black health professionals. USA News & World Reports credits the most renowned HBCUs for stimulating African-American achievement in the U.S. Here are this year’s top three HBCUs!
Coming in at No.1, Spelman takes the trophy. Located in the heart of Atlanta, students attending the women’s private institution will need to shell out $24,634 for tuition, which is somewhat affordable considering the exorbitant price tags at other universities.
Spelman stays true to its mission to keep classes small in order to ensure “the provision of quality education across all spectra of the curriculum”; the all-female college considers its recruitment process to be selective. Recently, Spelman launched a new networking campaign – Hire Spelman – that seeks to connect both current students and Spelman alumni at an annual career expo. This year’s event will start on October 24th at Spelman College.
Morehouse takes second place, but the traditional male college — which has Martin Luther King, Jr. as an alumni — has been struggling with enrollment in recent years. “Morehouse was tackled by the reality of a $2.5 million cut to their operating budget, job eliminations, and close to 50 layoffs,” Politic365 said. With tuition jumping from $21,376 in 2010 to $25,460 for 2013, John Wilson, Morehouse’s president, said “the economy negatively affected many families’ ability to pay for [our] college.”
Howard University slipped 46 spots on U.S. News and World Report‘s top 200 universities rankings; four years ago it was ranked No. 96 and now sits at No. 146. Sidney A. Ribeau, Howard University’s president, said that these numbers are not a reflection of Howard’s value. She noted there was “steady increase in [Howard's] graduation rates. Currently, the four-year graduation rate is twice the national average for African-American students.” Luckily for Ribeau, among highly-renowned HBCUs, Howard still stands tall in third place.
Although they’ve encountered some bumps on the road, these Black Ivy Leagues are clearly invested in molding African-American college students into prepared professionals ready to conquer the workforce. HBCUs represent only three percent of U.S. higher-education institutions, but yet they are responsible for nearly 22 percent of the bachelor’s degrees awarded to Black professionals. Sixty percent of Black engineering degree-holders, as MN reported before, attended HBCUs.