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February is Black History Month and in this month's edition, we're putting the spotlight on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

HBCUs are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 whose primary mission was and is the education of Black Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Education. There are more than 100 HBCUs in the U.S. and most are primarily located in the South. Below are key details for several HBCUs at the top of our students' application lists:

Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, is the oldest historically Black college for women in America. Spelman ranks as the #1 HBCU in U.S. News for 17 years in a row. Spelman's student/faculty ratio is 11:1 and their graduation rate of 76 percent is the highest among all HBCUs. It is also among the most selective women’s colleges in the nation. Spelman is annually recognized as one of the leading producers of Fulbright Fellowship winners. 

Founded in 1867, Howard University in Washington, DC ranks as the #2 HBCU in U.S. News. A private research university and a leader in STEM fields, Howard is made up of more than 130 areas of study across their 14 schools and colleges. The institution boasts a radio station, WHUR-FM, which has been broadcasting for over 34 years, as well as WHUT-TV, the first African American owned public television station in the nation. There are 19 Division 1 sports as well as more than 200 registered student organizations.

Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA is an historically Black, all male liberal arts college that ranks as the #5 HBCU in U.S. News. With a 14:1 student/faculty ratio and a 75 percent retention rate, Morehouse boasts of being the #1 producer of Black men who go on to earn doctorates and the #1 producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs. The college offers 50 student organizations and it is also part of the Atlanta University Center (AUC), which includes the Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta.

Louisiana's first HBCU, Dillard University in New Orleans is a private, faith-based, liberal arts university. The school boasts of more than 20 degrees and certificates. Ninety-nine percent of undergrads receive institutional grants. Additionally, Dillard grads have 100 percent nursing license exam passage and employment. Students have their choice of over 80 school clubs and organizations as well as Greek Life and Royalty.

Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans is the only Catholic HBCU, as well as the first Catholic university founded by a saint - Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Xavier is a nationally recognized leader in the STEM and health sciences fields. The university boasts of producing more African American students who graduate from medical school each year than any other university in the U.S., while their College of Pharmacy is also among the top producers of African American pharmacists. Xavier is a private institution offering a Greek system that has a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. The university ranks as the #6 HBCU in U.S. News.

View the entire list of HBCU rankings by clicking HERE.

PCCI has visited over 60 campuses all over the country, in 15 states in addition to researching hundreds more throughout the U.S., to bring you as much in-depth insight as possible.

There are about 4,000 accredited degree-granting postsecondary institutions in U.S. according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. How do you know which one you should go to? We believe the answer is not merely found on some “best of” list but instead depends on which college or university is the best fit for you specifically.

At PCCI, we target schools that best fit a student’s abilities, interests, finances, and family circumstances so that students maximize their chances of receiving need and/or merit based aid.
Allow us to help you find the right fit.

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