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Since Hillman College is sadly only real in our hearts, finding the best historically black college or university that suits your needs can take time. So Money and Essence have partnered to rank the best 50 colleges for African Americans based on graduation rates, cost, post graduate earnings and racial climate. Six HBCU's made it into the top twenty. With Virginia State University taking the 20th spot.. The university has everything from top programs in criminal justice and animation. To great academic records for its student athletes. Bowie State University in Maryland and Hampton University in Virginia took the sixth- Sixteenth and 15th spots respectively. Along with a division one Lacrosse team, Hampton recently launched it's officially recognized LGBTQ student group. The nation's largest age BCU, North Carolina A&T State University University came in ninth. NCANT has more black engineering grads than any other school in the country. In sixth is Spelman College well regarded as a great college for black women and now computer science students with an all black hackerthon and a robotics team. And Florida A&M University is the highest ranked HBCU taking the fifth spot on the list. FEMU is third on the list in the ranking of social mobility. The average grad earns $45,000 a year just a few years out of school.

ESSENCE and MONEY Rank the Best HBCUs

Editors at ESSENCE and MONEY have compiled a definitive list of the 50 Best Colleges for African-Americans.

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