The following graduation data/rates should be used with prudence by parents and students. Black Excel considers freshman retention and graduation info to be very important. Is a school committed to getting over children through to a degree? BE is also aware that often that hidden factors are involved (and should be considered) when reviewing such data. For example, some of the schools listed serve older students with jobs, families, and financial hardships and struggles. Sometimes, the journey is not easy and schools still reach out "to serve" against the odds. Parents/Students should talk to school admissions people: "What is your graduation rate?" And: "What percentage of students return after freshman year?" (That's usually a good sign of student satisfaction and school committment).

Black Excel has gathered graduation totals from various published reports.  These totals, you can be sure, are not etched in stone and are
constantly changing.  These figures are just a starting point for inquiring students/parents.

Those really interested in HBCU graduation rates and related information, should get a copy of The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (Autumn 1997 issue, Number 17).  There's a very interesting article on "persistence rates"-- how many Black students return to their schools after freshman year.  In the lastest study, Spelman led (90%), with Morehouse and Florida A & M
following (84%).  Of course, more study is necessary as to the "why" of our rates.  To Contact JBHE for a copy or subscription, call (212) 399-1084 or E-mail: info@JBHE.com.

 Aside: A "*" indicates that we found contradicting rates, and reported one. Note that colleges usually report rates without audit.

  • Spelman College--77%
  • Claflin College--57% (last reported 72%)
  • Bennett College--57%
  • Hampton University--56%
  • Morehouse College--55%
  • Xavier University--54%
  • Howard University--54%
  • Clark-Atlanta University--53%
  • Tuskegee University--49%
  • Elizabeth City State University--48%
  • Talladega College--47%
  • Lincoln University--47%
  • Fisk University--46%
  • Lane College--45%
  • North Carolina State University--44%
  • North Carolina A & T University--44%
  • Louisiana State University-Shreveport--44%
  • North Carolina Central University--43%
  • Grambling  State University--43%
  • Florida A & M University--42%
  • Voorhees College--42%
  • Rust College--41%
  • Barber Scotia College--41%
  • Fayetteville State University--39%
  • Shaw University--38%
  • Winston-Salem State University--37%
  • Savannah State University--35%
  • Stillman College--34%
  • Dillard University--34%
  • Morgan State University--33%
  • Jackson State University--33%
  • Alabama A & M University--33%
  • Morris College--33%
  • Bethune-Cookman--32%
  • Bowie State University--31%
  • Paine College--31%
  • Virginia State University--30%
  • LeMoyne-Owen College--30%
  • Tougaloo College--30%
  • University of Maryland at Eastern Shore--29%
  • Pairie View A & M University--28%
  • John C. Smith University--27%
  • St. Augustine's College--26%
  • St. Paul's College--26%
  • Cheyney University of PA--25%
  • Huston-Tillotson College--25%
  • Norfolk State University--24%
  • Virginia Union University--22%
  • Wiley College--21%
  • Jarvis Christian College--19%
  • Alabama State University--19%
  • Philander Smith College--15%
  • Miles College--9%