Top 20 African American Colleges and Universities in the USA

Top 20 African American Colleges and Universities in The USA
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These historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were compared only with one another for these rankings. In order to be on the list, a school must be currently designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU.

These are the top 20 African American colleges and universities in the USA:

20. Morgan State University

Morgan State University is a public institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,302, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 143 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,378 (2014-15); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,862 (2014-15).

Morgan State University is Maryland’s public urban university. The University offers a comprehensive range of academic programs, awarding degrees from the baccalaureate through the doctorate and has significant programs of research and public service that address issues, problems, and opportunities of urban life.

The campus serves an educationally, demographically, and socio-economically diverse student body. It is committed to educating a culturally diverse and multi-racial population with a particular obligation to increasing the educational attainment of the African-American population in fields and at degree levels in which it is underrepresented.

It promotes economic development by meeting critical workforce needs and collaborating with business and industry.


When applying to Morgan State University, it’s important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 15. The application fee at Morgan State University is $45. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.3 percent.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Morgan State University is 14:1, and the school has 34 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

The most popular majors at Morgan State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Engineering; and Public Administration and Social Service Professions.

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.5 percent.

Student Life

Morgan State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,302, with a gender distribution of 45 percent male students and 55 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus.

Morgan State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Campus Services

Morgan State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance.

Morgan State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Morgan State University, 70 percent have cars on campus.

Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Morgan State University.