On Wednesday, Forbes released their annual list of top colleges in the country and Spelman College in Atlanta earned the top spot for the country’s 107 historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, at number 290.

Spelman, one of the country’s premier black colleges, is a private liberal arts university and is known as one of the oldest black colleges for women.

According to NBC News, “Schools that offer the best return on investment are featured prominently in this year’s Forbes magazine list of top colleges. …With the price of college higher than ever, parents and students alike are looking for schools where they’ll graduate on time and get a good job after earning their degree.”

Spelman isn’t the only black college making this year’s list. Coming in at number 367 is Howard University, which makes the school the second best HBCU in the country, according to Forbes. Morehouse College in Atlanta rounds out the top three HBCUs on the list at number 370 out of 660 U.S. colleges and universities.

Check out the entire list over at Forbes.

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Howard University as the number 1 HBCU in the country, according to Forbes. Actually, that title belongs to Spelman College. We have corrected this and apologize for the error.


  1. Congrats to Spelman, Morehouse and Howard! Recognition should also be extended to Fisk, Tuskegee, Claflin, Jackson State, FAMU, NCA&T for making the list. Perhaps some usefulness can come out of these lists as our best and brightest make college choices in the next few years…

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