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HBCUs provide a supportive atmosphere for students of color, in which a greater percentage of peers and professors are likely to understand and share personality-defining cultural background and experiences. As a result, black graduation rates are much higher at HBCUs than the national average. And this isn't because students are funneled towards easier majors; HBCUs seem to do a better job in graduating students in STEM subjects, often resulting in higher employment rates, better paid jobs, and a greater percentage of students going on to complete graduate studies.  

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Historically Black College or University

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $2,350

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $35,274

Vs. state average: - $6,797

Economic score: 1.01

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#2 in Historically Black College or University

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $5,899

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $36,409

Vs. state average: - $5,662

Economic score: 2.24

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#3 in Historically Black College or University

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $19,715

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $53,554

Vs. state average: + $7,612

Economic score: 2.55

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#4 in Historically Black College or University

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

Admission rate: 57%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $10,274

Payback: 2.6 Years

Earnings: $41,157

Vs. state average: - $914

Economic score: 2.65

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#5 in Historically Black College or University

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Admission rate: 73%

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $12,286

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $38,584

Vs. state average: - $3,487

Economic score: 3.75

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#6 in Historically Black College or University

Bowie State University

Bowie, Maryland

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $15,934

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $49,154

Vs. state average: - $5,198

Economic score: 3.95

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#7 in Historically Black College or University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Tallahassee, Florida

Admission rate: 33%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $15,060

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $42,521

Vs. state average: - $2,200

Economic score: 3.95

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#8 in Historically Black College or University

Morehouse College

Atlanta, Georgia

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $31,327

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $51,483

Vs. state average: + $9,590

Economic score: 3.98

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#9 in Historically Black College or University

Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

Admission rate: 40%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $12,995

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $42,994

Vs. state average: - $5,630

Economic score: 4.02

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#10 in Historically Black College or University

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia

Admission rate: 37%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $31,307

Payback: 5.0 Years

Earnings: $52,372

Vs. state average: + $9,388

Economic score: 4.11

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#11 in Historically Black College or University

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia

Admission rate: 39%

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $41,289

Payback: 5.3 Years

Earnings: $56,236

Vs. state average: + $6,950

Economic score: 4.67

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#12 in Historically Black College or University

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $12,645

Payback: 4.5 Years

Earnings: $39,696

Vs. state average: - $3,288

Economic score: 4.86

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#13 in Historically Black College or University

Spelman College

Atlanta, Georgia

Admission rate: 53%

Grad rate: 76%

Net cost: $43,843

Payback: 6.4 Years

Earnings: $52,227

Vs. state average: + $10,334

Economic score: 5.10

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#14 in Historically Black College or University

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, Texas

Admission rate: 77%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $14,582

Payback: 4.7 Years

Earnings: $40,354

Vs. state average: - $4,593

Economic score: 5.26

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#15 in Historically Black College or University

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $14,732

Payback: 4.8 Years

Earnings: $36,546

Vs. state average: - $5,525

Economic score: 5.51

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#16 in Historically Black College or University

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $14,484

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $34,946

Vs. state average: - $6,924

Economic score: 5.93

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#17 in Historically Black College or University

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 74%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $17,619

Payback: 5.4 Years

Earnings: $43,075

Vs. state average: - $11,277

Economic score: 6.86

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#18 in Historically Black College or University

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Princess Anne, Maryland

Admission rate: 63%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $16,980

Payback: 5.4 Years

Earnings: $41,252

Vs. state average: - $13,100

Economic score: 7.13

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#19 in Historically Black College or University

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama

Admission rate: 62%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $34,575

Payback: 7.5 Years

Earnings: $44,419

Vs. state average: + $1,056

Economic score: 7.32

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#20 in Historically Black College or University

Dillard University

New Orleans, Louisiana

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $17,128

Payback: 6.1 Years

Earnings: $37,014

Vs. state average: - $8,928

Economic score: 7.52

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