ranked the 25 most affordable bachelor’s-granting HBCUs on the basis of average yearly net price for undergrads.


SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 1, 2016  — — a college rankings site centering on unique and affordable academic programs — announced today that it had released its newest college rankings list, featuring the 25 Most Affordable Bachelor’s-Granting Historically Black Colleges/ Universities.

The top three schools on this’s rankings list are: (1) Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, North Carolina); (2) Clinton College (Rock Hill, South Carolina); (3) Langston University (Langston, Oklahoma). The complete list of all 25 ranked U.S. colleges and universities, in alphabetical order, comprises:

– Bluefield State College (Bluefield, West Virginia)
– Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio)
– Clinton College (Rock Hill, South Carolina)
– Coppin State University (Baltimore, Maryland)
– Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, North Carolina)
– Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
– Harris-Stowe State University (Saint Louis, Missouri)
– Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi)
– Kentucky State University (Frankfort, Kentucky)
– Langston University (Langston, Oklahoma)
– Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Missouri)
– Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, Mississippi)
– North Carolina A & T State University (Greensboro, North Carolina)
– North Carolina Central University (Durham, North Carolina)
– Prairie View A & M University (Prairie View, Texas)
– Rust College (Holly Springs, Mississippi)
– Savannah State University (Savannah, Georgia)
– Selma University (Selma, Alabama)
– Southern University at New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana)
– Talladega College (Talladega, Alabama)
– Tennessee State University (Nashville, Tennessee)
– Tougaloo College (Tougaloo, Mississippi)
– University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, Arkansas)
– West Virginia State University (Institute, West Virginia)
– Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

“Recently, we looked at the largest (by student population) of the HBCU colleges in the United States, as well as the importance of this niche of bachelor’s colleges and their contributions to higher education,” said Raj Dash, the article’s lead researcher. “In this second in this niche series, we compare the 25 most affordable of 84 bachelor’s granting HBCUs considered, based on average yearly net price.

“For comparison, we’ve also summarized the net price and tuition ranges of all 84 candidate colleges, should a prospective student want to consider an HBCU other than the 25 ranked. For those students seeking financial aid, each ranked college in this list provides not only the school totals for grants/ scholarships and federal student loans, but also the number of undergrads receiving aid, and the average dollar value of packages.

“In addition to our standard discovery features (scrolling lists, data tables, per-school statistics dashboard, etc.), our innovative circular comparison chart has a few new ‘tracks’, increasing the ability to compare the entire set of ranked colleges on a variety of NCES data. This includes a track showing state code per school and membership in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and a second new track showing a financial aid heatmap for easy comparison. We hope that this and the rest of the HBCU niche rankings helps prospective students in finding colleges of interest to which they can apply.”

Rankings for this list were compiled with data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), a bureau of the Dept. of Education ( We queried for HBCU institutions that grant bachelor’s degrees, applied our standard data filters, and sorted the remaining 84 colleges by increasing average yearly net price.

The most affordable 25 schools made this list, which is part of our ongoing series of “top 25” bachelor’s colleges, exploring various niches.

Similar niche rankings will be published at AffordableSchools ( — an independent college search and rankings site with a focus on affordable colleges and programs — on a regular basis.