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20. (TIE) Morgan State University & Tennessee State University

Baltimore’s famed HBCU takes the last spot on the list alongside its Nashville, Tennessee counterpart. Both institutions are well known throughout the country and TSU was recently recognized by New College Rankings who gave their curriculum an “A” grade.

19. Winston Salem State University

Founded in 1892, this public North Carolina school has around 6,000 undergraduate students that study at the institution’s Winston Salem campus. WSSU also boasts that they’ve been previously recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South consistently for the last nine years.

17. (TIE) Delaware State University & Elizabeth City State University

Delaware State and Elizabeth City State are both sharing the number 17 spot of the top HBCUs of the nation. Del State, previously known as The State College for Colored Students when it was founded in 1891, educates around 4,000 undergraduate students on its 400-acre campus.

Elizabeth City State is located in northeastern North Carolina and offers baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degrees for what’s described as a “diverse student body.”

15. (TIE) Jackson State University & Johnson C. Smith University

Founded in 1877, Mississippi’s pride ties with one of North Carolina’s smaller schools, Johnson C. Smith. Known for their “Sonic Boom Band”, Jackson State boasts an enrollment of over 8,000 students compared to Smith’s estimated enrollment of 1,500. Don’t let the small size fool you however; like Winston Salem State, Johnson C. Smith has been ranked several times by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best comprehensive colleges in the South.

14. South Carolina State University

Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, South Carolina State takes the #14 spot. In addition to making this list the school was ranked # 1 in Social Mobility by The Washington Monthly in 2006, 2007 and 2009. The school was previously ranked #13 among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report and #49 “Historically Black College or University” by Black Enterprise.

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