Daystar Research's exclusive report for Black Enterprise reveals the schools with the best environments for black collegians

courses and teachers, with a diverse student body at a highly selective school, but not on too large of a campus,” says the captain of her high school color guard. Her other choice is Duke University (No. 20 on our list) in Durham, North Carolina. Both schools have over 11,000 students (not exactly small, but not the largest either), cost around $30,000 (including tuition, room and board) and have notable science and pre-med programs.

“She’s sold on Cornell, but I’m pushing other interests,” says her mother, Joyce. “Support is a big issue with me. I want to know that they are concerned about her.” Ithaca’s cold weather and Cornell’s geographic isolation are also an issue. Physical comfort and location are two key factors that are often not given enough consideration when choosing a college.

Ultimately, where a student chooses to attend college,m-social and academic factors and personal goals consideredm- particularly if they’ve been accepted by several schools, will result from a gut feeling. “I think it takes only three things for someone to succeed in college: average intelligence, good study skills and motivation,” says LaVeist. “If a child is motivated to learn, they will succeed in college.”

Here are 14 additional colleges and universities, along with their admissions office phone numbers and Websites, that did not make the cut but have a score above or around 3,4000

Brown University ,Providence, RI, 401-863-2378,

Davidson University, Davidson, NC; 800-768-0380,

University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, MD , 301-314-8385,

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 734-764-7433,

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT , 802-443-3000,

North Carolina ,State University,Raleigh, NC;

Ohio State University, Athens OH, 740-593-4100,

Prairie View A&M University, Prarie, TX, 409-857-2626,

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 609-258-3060,

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 732-932-1766,

Shaw University, Raleigh, NC, 919-546-8275,

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 215-204-7200,

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 804-982-3200,

Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH, 800-367-8568,

How We Crunched The Numbers
In order to come up with the Black Enterprise/Daystar Top 50 Colleges for African Americans, DayStar Research CEO Dr. Thomas LaVeist screened more than 3,000 colleges and universities for at least one of two characteristics. First, accredited four-year institutions with an African American student enrollment of at least 1.5%. Second, well-known colleges that don’t meet the first criteria but would be of significant interest to African American students. The result was a pool of 987 colleges and universities in the U.S.

This universe of schools was then grouped by a modified version of the classification developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classifications are based upon the size of the student body, national reputation and whether the majority of its students are drawn from across the nation or from a particular region. The five groupings used for the purposes of this study are:
National universities-large, nationally known schools with active research programs. These schools tend to draw students from across the country.

National liberal arts colleges-nationally known small colleges primarily with a teaching mission; these schools also tend to draw students from across the country.

Regional universities-large to mid-size universities with more modest research

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