12. (TIE) Florida A&M University & North Carolina A&T State University

FAMU and NC A&T are sharing the #12 spot on the list of top 20 HBCUS.

Both colorful well known institutions are known for the onslaught of school spirit from their alumni but should also be noted for their academics. FAMU offers 62 bachelor’s degrees and 39 master’s degrees to its estimated 12,000 students and A&T, 117 undergraduate degree programs and more than 58 master’s degree programs.

We’d be remissed if we didn’t mention FAMU’s Marching 100 band that’s notorious for filling stands and winning awards worldwide. A&T is also known for their Marching Machine, praised for helping to spread their “Aggie Pride.”

11. North Carolina Central University

With 9,000 students from countries including Liberia, India, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Nepal, China, the Czech Republic, Nigeria, South Korea, Russia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and South Africa, NCCU just missed the top  ten list. Coming in at #11 is the Durham, North Carolina institution who offers bachelors degrees in reportedly more than 100 fields of study and awards graduate degrees in an estimated 40 disciplines.

10. Tougaloo College

This private historically Black liberal arts school is rounding out the list of top ten HBCUs. Located in Tougaloo, Mississippi, this HBCU founded in 1869 may be smaller than its counterparts but stands its ground as one of the best HBCUs in the country.

9. Dillard University

This New Orleans, Louisiana institution is continuing to receive top marks for its curriculum. Although the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina loomed over its host city, Dillard has managed to progress and continue its history of excellence. With as student body from 27 states and six foreign countries, Dillard has managed to continually be ranked as one of the finest HBCUs in the nation.

8. Claflin University

Associated with the Methodist church and founded in 1869, Claflin comes in at the #9 spot. Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina like its counterpart South Carolina State, this small institution offers 35 undergraduate majors and prides itself on being the oldest historically Black college or university in the state.

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