405565 01: Graduates of Spelman College listen to actor Danny Glover during commencement ceremonies for the womens'' school May 19, 2002 in Lithonia, GA. Approximately 450 women received their undergraduate degrees from the predominately black school. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

Johnson C. Smith is working to be one of the best Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country. The College Census has released the 2022 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Johnson C. Smith University has made the list. The College Census calculated the Top 50 HBCUs in the country for students and communities to access. The list provides insight on historically black colleges and universities throughout the country for those wanting to learn more about HBCUs in the country.

The College Census rankings mix the most respected college ranking systems with student reviews to gather their list. The list is limited to only schools that are Historically Black Colleges or Universities by the National Center for Education Statistics. These schools ranked in the top 50 are the true definition of Black excellence. So, look no further because we’ve gathered the Top 50 right here for you. Find out which HBCU ranked the highest in the country.

  • 50. Fisk University - Nashville, TN

    Fisk University - The Cornerstone of Excellence and Education

    An elite and affordable small liberal arts institution with a unique focus on the professional outcomes and financial success of its graduates.

  • 49. Delaware State University - Dover, DE

    Delaware State University

    We have empowered our students to turn their dreams into reality for over 130 years as one of the nation's premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Learn more about DSU We build breakthrough leaders of tomorrow - one student at a time.

  • 48. Hampton University - Hampton, VA

    Hampton University

    Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character, and preparation of promising students.

  • 47. Johnson C. Smith University - Charlotte, NC

    Johnson C. Smith University - Charlotte's Premier Independent Urban University

    Founded in 1867, JCSU remains a leader in private liberal arts universities.

  • 46. Elizabeth City State University - Elizabeth City, NC

    Elizabeth City State University

    As a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, Elizabeth City State University offers baccalaureate, professional, and master's degrees for a diverse student body. Our mission is to promote economic, social, and environmental progress for the people of northeastern North Carolina, the state, and the nation.

  • 45. Central State University - Wilberforce, OH

    Central State University

    Welcome to Central State University, an exceptional Historically Black University in Southwest Ohio with a proud history. As one of the top HBCU's in the Midwest, Central State University attracts undergraduate students to many diverse areas of study.

  • 44. Mississippi Valley State University - Itta Bena, MS

    Mississippi Valley State University

    By: Jasalyn Lucas, Communications Specialist The Office of Academic Affairs at Mississippi Valley State University is excited to announce Dr. Lin Knutson as the 2021-2022 Humanities Teacher of the Year. "I feel honored, humbled, and valuable to the university for being named Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

  • 43. University of Maryland Eastern Shore - Princess Anne, MD

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore | The Eastern Shore's Doctoral Research Institution

    Republic is UMES' latest corporate aviation partner Learn More > Take a Virtual Tour of the Campus Apply Now Request Info Visit UMES Give to UMES Events calendar See all events Academic Calendar Campus Life Get involved! With over 60 student organizations including clubs, service o ...

  • 42. Albany State University - Albany, GA

    Albany State University

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  • 41. Alabama A&M University - Huntsville, AL


  • 40. Bowie State University - Bowie, MD

    Home | Bowie State

    "At Bowie State I learned that I'm not as shy as I thought I was. When I'm on stage, I'm completely comfortable. Now I'm learning to make the world my stage." Ananias Miranda Junior, Elementary Education, minor in Theatre Arts

  • 39. Prairie View A&M University - Prairie View, TX


    Campus information and resources related to COVID-19 Vaccines Testing Reported Cases Request Information Tuition and Costs Visit PVAMU Latest News Campus Announcements Newsroom Connect with PVAMU Happenings On the Hill

  • 38. Dillard University - New Orleans, LA

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    Dillard University is a four year liberal arts historically Black university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dillard is Louisiana's first HBCU, born out of the union of Straight College and New Orleans University both founded in 1869.

  • 37. Bethune Cookman University - Daytona Beach, FL


    On October 3, 1904, an exceptional young Black woman, Mary McLeod Bethune, opened the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls-what would become Bethune-Cookman University-with $1.50, faith in God and five little girls, along with Dr. Bethune's son, Albert.

  • 36. Lincoln University - Lincoln University, PA

    Lincoln University

    Some exciting Residence hall Pantry updates! The West Chester Food Cupboard in West Chester, PA wants to partner with us and expand our pantry. They also have a partnership with Wawa who donates to them frozen sandwiches. As a result of their connection, Wawa will now be supporting Lincoln University too.

  • 35. Morgan State University - Baltimore, MD

    Morgan State University: Maryland's Preeminent Public Urban Research University

    Morgan State University - Maryland's Preeminent Urban Public Research University

  • 34. Texas Southern University - Houston, TX


    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: TSU is monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Learn more about the virus - and ways to stay safe.

  • 33. Coppin State University - Baltimore, MD

    Coppin State University

    Coppin State University, is accepting nominations and applications for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This position provides the invaluable...

  • 32. Tennessee State University - Nashville, TN

    Tennessee State University

    Tennessee State University (TSU) is a public university and HBCU located in the heart of Nashville, TN. TSU offers a myriad of degrees. Visit Us and Step into Your Future at TSU!

  • 31. Florida Memorial University - Miami Gardens, FL

    Florida Memorial University

    At Florida Memorial University, we leave nothing to chance. Our lion mascot embodies our spirit and our spirit drives our legacy. Since 1879, the courage of our founders and the fortitude of our students have given FMU the great privilege of offering quality education to students who may not otherwise receive one.

  • 30. Claflin University - Orangeburg, SC

    Claflin University

    Experience Claflin's Academic Excellence As a Claflin undergraduate, you will become part of a unique learning tradition that focuses on the whole person. Through small classes and hands-on experiences - and with the help of a close-knit and supportive community - you will gain confidence and develop skills that will bring out the visionary in you.

  • 29. Alabama State University - Montgomery, AL

    Home | Alabama State University

    As we enter the new year, we are excited about all of the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead of this great University. We want to keep in mind our commitment to making the health and safety of the campus community a top priority.

  • 28. Alcorn State University - Alcorn State, MS

    Home - Alcorn State University

    Generations of successful alumni have distinguished themselves in the most competitive arenas, including education, medicine, law, business and professional athletics. Nationwide recognition for excellence in liberal arts, agricultural research, technology, music and nursing.

  • 27. Morehouse College - Atlanta, GA

    Morehouse College - Home

    Features Student participants were tasked with pitching a comprehensive solution to a business case using business, marketing, tech, and design solutions. Read more Events Explore race equity, access, representation and the power of voice in sports, and learn about the actions that colleges, corporations and athletes are taking to change the game.

  • 26. Clark Atlanta University - Atlanta, GA


  • 25. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - Pine Bluff, AR

    University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | Become a Part of the Pride | University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

    UAPB | 1200 North University Drive Pine Bluff, AR 71601 870-575-8000 Email © Copyright 2022 University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. All Rights reserved Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604 inquiry@hlcommission.org 800.621.7440 UA System Fraud Hotline: 866-252-9838 Education site powered by In10sity

  • 24. University of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC


  • 23. Langston University - Langston, OK

    Welcome to Langston University!

    Apply Athletics COVID Resources Student Success Homecoming 2021 Langston University is the only historically black college or university (HBCU) in the state of Oklahoma. In 1897, our institution opened its door with 41 students on a single campus; today our community of approximately 3,000 students on three unique campuses provides a robust education that prepares students for leadership in the career of their choosing.

  • 22. Miles College - Fairfield, AL

    Home | Miles College

    Discover Your Passion Whatever your major at Miles, we empower you to explore, aim high, and meet the world ready for whatever tomorrow brings. Be Part of the Change That's Coming Think about this: Your future career probably doesn't exist today. That's because technology is rapidly changing how we live and work.

  • 21. Fort Valley State University - Fort Valley, GA

    Home - Fort Valley State University

    Home Featured Rep. Calvin Smyre to go down in history having served more consecutive years in office than any other lawmaker Home FVSU students take part in campaign for sober awareness "FVSU is committed to helping every student use the unique strengths already within to develop the knowledge, professionalism, and leadership to change the world through their confidence, competence, and character."

  • 20. Oakwood University - Huntsville, AL

    Oakwood University

    Oakwood University is a historically Black Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning that provides quality Christian education.

  • 19. Philander Smith College - Little Rock, AR

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  • 18. Tougaloo College - Tougaloo, MS

    Homepage | Tougaloo College

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  • 17. South Carolina State University - Orangeburg, SC

    SC State University - Ready All to Do and Dare

    SC State University, an 1890 land grant, senior comprehensive institution of approximately 2,900 students, is committed to providing affordable and accessible quality baccalaureate, master's educational specialist and doctoral degree programs. SC State, through instruction, research, technology and service, contributes to economic development, enhances the quality of life of citizens, and prepares highly skilled, competent and socially aware graduates (30,000) to meet life's challenges and demands and enables them to work and live productively in a dynamic, global society.

  • 16. Virginia State University - Petersburg, VA

    Virginia State University

    Virginia State University fosters sustained excellence as a preeminent public land-grant university, providing access to higher education and a holistic, greater learning experience to produce world-class leaders and scholars.

  • 15. Fayetteville State University - Fayetteville, NC

    Fayetteville State University

    Whether you are looking to join a diverse group of students in online learning or experience the traditional HBCU campus life, Fayetteville State University in North Carolina is your choice.

  • 14. Xavier University of Louisiana - New Orleans, LA

    Xavier University of Louisiana

    Xavier University of Louisiana is the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States, XULA is a private, liberal-arts based, co-educational institution offering 40 undergraduate majors, five master's degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program. More than one-half of its 3,100 students are from Louisiana, but it draws students from nearly all fifty states and 35 countries.

  • 13. North Carolina Central University - Durham, NC

    North Carolina Central University

    COVID-19 Updates NCCU is monitoring developments related to Coronavirus 2019, or COVID-19, closely. Learn important information about how the university is responding, review preventative measures and view resources from local, state, national and international agencies. Tour NCCU Virtually Today Experience the sloping hills and verdant green of North Carolina Central University.

  • 12. Tuskegee University - Tuskegee, AL


  • 11. Winston-Salem State University - Winston-Salem, NC

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  • 10. Norfolk State University - Norfolk, VA

    Norfolk State University - Norfolk State University

    At Norfolk State University, your future starts here. We have high expectations for you and we help you achieve them. Norfolk State University, a comprehensive urban public institution, is committed to transforming students' lives through exemplary teaching, research and service.

  • 9. Jackson State University - Jackson, MS

    Homepage - Jackson State University

    The new Jackson State University strategic plan details how our university will meet the global challenges and expectations that are inherent in the changing landscape of higher education, and it serves as the roadmap for the University's prioritizations, decisions, and resources, and for advancing Jackson State University as a recognized leader in higher education.

  • 8. Southern University and A&M College - Baton Rouge, LA

    Southern University and A&M College

    Southern University and A&M College, the flagship of the Southern University System, is a historically Black, 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University provides opportunities for a diverse student population to achieve a high-quality, global educational experience, to engage in scholarly research and creative activities, and to give meaningful public service to the community, state, nation and world.

  • 7. Savannah State University - Savannah, GA

    Savannah State University

    The oldest institution of higher learning in Savannah and the oldest public HBCU in Georgia. The 201-acre campus offers 30 undergraduate & 6 graduate programs

  • 6. Grambling State University - Grambling, LA

    Grambling State University - Homepage

    Do Your Part to #ProtecttheG Grambling State University will adhere to UL System guidelines and follow the recommendations of state and local health officials as much as reasonably possible to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • 5. North Carolina A&T State University - Greensboro, NC

    Home | North Carolina A&T State University

    N.C. A&T State University is an academic community focused on students - providing them with interdisciplinary learning opportunities, teaching them with faculty renowned for excellence, connecting them to cutting edge discoveries in research, and encouraging them to serve their communities. The N.C. A&T Fall Career Fair, scheduled for 9 a.m.

  • 4. West Virginia State University - Institute, WV

    West Virginia State University - Home

    INSTITUTE, W.Va. - West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service will host a hands-on pruning workshop at the St. Albans "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" event on Saturday, April 9 from 1-3 p.m. at St. Albans City Park.

  • 3. Florida A&M University - Tallahassee, FL

    Florida A&M University - FAMU

    Florida A&M University - FAMU

  • 2. Howard University - Washington, DC

    Howard University Home

    Welcome to the home of excellence in truth and service. Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, historically Black research institution.

  • 1. Spelman College - Atlanta, GA

    Spelman College

    A historically black liberal arts college for women located in Atlanta, Georgia dedicated to the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students.