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Top 20 Best HBCUs with Online Programs

Top 20 Best HBCUs

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are recognized across the board for a variety of things, such as academics, arts, and athletics. The spotlight hits a different angle in this college ranking, Top 20 Best Historically Black Colleges with Online Programs. Judged on the quality of education and flexibility, these 20 schools offer the unique opportunity of fulfilling the goals of attending an HBCU and doing so online.

All Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs) have always allowed admission to students of all races, but because these schools were all established before 1964. There are 107 HBCUs in the United States, and almost all of them are located in former slave states – although a few exceptions exist.


We have ranked the following The HBCUs have been ranked based on the criteria of:

50% Quality of Education Provided

50% Program Flexibility

Quality of the Education Provided is determined based on whether or not the school is accredited, if the school provides a good ROI to students and is based on the percentage of students that have obtained a career in their chosen field six months after graduation.

Program Flexibility is based on the number of programs the school offers online and whether or not they are available in an asynchronous format.

These ranking criteria were chosen because a high-quality and flexible educational program is one of the strongest indicators of a school’s capabilities of producing excellence in students.

Each school on the list has an aggregated score recorded which is an indicator of how it performs as a provider of a high-caliber and flexible education. The scoring system is based on how many programs are available online, how flexible these programs are and how rigorous they are based on data collected from NCES and each individual school’s website.

Top 20 Best HBCUsNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (North Carolina A&T State University) is the top pick for the best Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

North Carolina A&T is a public, land-grant Historically Black University and was originally established in the year of 1891 by an act of the North Carolina General Assembly.

The university was ranked first because of the incredible quality of education and has degree programs that are offered fully online and in an asynchronous format, allowing for a very customizable experience as students complete their program of choice. North Carolina A&T State University is also the largest HBCU in the United States.

Here is the full college ranking in descending order:

20. Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL)

19. Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA)

18. Fisk University (Nashville, TB)

17. Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC)

16. North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)

15. Jackson State University (Jackson, MS)

14. Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC)

13. Dillard University (New Orleans, LA)

12. Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, NC)

11. Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD)

10. Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MI)

9. Bluefield State College (Bluefield, WV)

8. Bowie State University (Prince George‘s County, MD)

7. Hampton University (Hampton, VA)

6. Albany State University (Albany, GA)

5. Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL)

4. Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL)

3. Howard University (Washington D.C.)

2. Tougaloo College (Tougaloo Mississippi)

1. North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC)


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