Tuskegee University was praised for its “Rich Tradition of Service” when the online publication College Choice named the historic university originally led and founded by the great Booker T. Washington as its best historically black college or university (HBCU) in 2015. The ranking is “an affirmation of both Tuskegee’s great tradition and its great trajectory,” says current Tuskegee University leader Brian L. Johnson.

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee is located in Tuskegee, Alabama, just outside the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Tuskegee’s “reputation, curriculum and salary potential for its graduates” was noted topping the list of the country’s best HBCUs featuring a total of 25 historically black colleges. The independent and state-related institution of higher education enrolls more than 3,000 students, and its “mission has always been service to people, not education for its own sake.”

“Over the past 125 years since it was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881,” according to the university’s website, “Tuskegee University has become one of our nation’s most outstanding institutions of higher learning. While it focuses on helping to develop human resources primarily within the African American community, it is open to all.”

According to Montgomery Advertiser, “The rankings were compiled using data from U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale.com.”

In addition, writes Brad Harper, “The only other Alabama institution on the list was Alabama A&M University at No. 24.”

Check out the entire list below:

College Choice’s ‘2015 Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities’:

Rank University Location
25 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
24 Alabama A&M University Normal, AL
23 Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA
22 Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
21 Fisk University Nashville, TN
20 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL
19 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
18 Langston University Langston, OK
17 Spelman College Atlanta, GA
16 Tennessee State University Nashville, TN
15 North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, NC
14 Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX
13 Philander Smith College Little Rock, AR
12 Virginia State University Petersburg, VA
11 Delaware State University Dover, DE
10 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
09 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
08 Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC
07 Howard University Washington, DC
06 Morehouse College Atlanta, GA
05 Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC
04 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, AR
03 Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach, FL
02 Hampton University Hampton, VA
01 Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL


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