BestColleges.com has released their rankings of the Best Black Colleges (HBCUs) for 2018. BestColleges.com is a leading provider of independent college rankings and higher education trend reports, according to HBCU Lifestyle

“Of the 101 active HBCUs in America, 30 schools were recognized on the ranking based on affordability, academic quality, and student support and outcomes,” reports HBCU Lifestyle:

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Historically black colleges and universities are unique in the higher education environment in that they combine academics, community, tradition, African-American studies, and social justice initiatives into a successful formula for students seeking alternative educational opportunities. Our list seeks to honor and recognize HBCUs that have maintained excellent academic programs while continuing to develop and adhere to their historical legacy of social empowerment for all,” says Stephanie Snider, General Manager at BestColleges.com.

Below is an excerpt of the rankings:

10. Spelman College

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Ranking Score: 70.14
  • Graduation Rate: 77%

9. North Carolina Central University

  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Ranking Score: 70.24
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

8. Oakwood University

  • Location: Huntsville, AL
  • Ranking Score: 70.81
  • Graduation Rate: 47%

7. Fayetteville State University

  • Location: Fayetteville, NC
  • Ranking Score: 71.0
  • Graduation Rate: 32%

6. Winston-Salem State University

  • Location: Winston-Salem, NC
  • Ranking Score: 73.14
  • Graduation Rate: 47%

5. Delaware State University

  • Location: Dover, DE
  • Ranking Score: 74.36
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

4. Howard University

  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Ranking Score: 74.86
  • Graduation Rate: 61%

3. Bowie State University

  • Location: Bowie, MD
  • Ranking Score: 78.26
  • Graduation Rate: 37%

2. North Carolina A & T State University

  • Location: Greensboro, NC
  • Ranking Score: 78.81
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

1. Florida A & M University

  • Location: Tallahassee, FL
  • Ranking Score: 80.24
  • Graduation Rate: 41%