TOP 50 COLLEGES FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS

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

programs than the nationals; these schools draw their students mainly from within their region of the country.

Regional liberal arts colleges-small colleges that draw their students primarily from within their state or region of the country.

Historically black colleges and universities-DayStar modified the Carnegie categories to analyze HBCUs separately from other colleges and universities because of the high proportion of African American students.

DayStar then compiled a list of 1,077 African American professionals in higher education, including college presidents, faculty members and admissions administrators employed by the 987 schools in the study. Each was asked to rate each schoolithin the classification of their institution on the following scale: Strongly recommended (5 points); Recommended (4 points); Neutral/no opinion (3 points); Not recommended (2 points); Strongly not recommended (1 point).

They were asked to rate the schools they had some knowledge of on their academic and social environments for black students. Of the 1,077 questionnaires sent to participants, 506 (or 46.9%) responded with a completed survey providing usable data.

The actual rating was computed according to a weighted and multiplied model that gave assigned values to
four measures: the average academic rating from the survey, average social rating, the percent of black undergraduates in the student body for the 1996/1997 academic year and the percent of black students in the graduating class of the same academic year.

In computing the scores, HBCUs were individually weight-adjusted to compensate for their overwhelming advantage on the measure of proportion of African Americans in the student body, which routinely exceeds 95%. (The weights and assigned values used in our study are the proprietary information of DayStar Research).

The result is the Black Enterprise/Daystar TOP 50 Colleges -an index of the 50 schools with the best scores, on a scale of 0-5,000, for each of the 987 schools.

Ranking

Name
Location

1998-99
Daystar
Rating

1996-97
Tuition
in (out)
State

1996-97
Room &
Board

1996-97
Student
Population
(black/total)

Web Address

Notable
Academic
Programs

1

Spelman College
Atlanta, GA

4,144

9000

6560

1,863/1,961
95%

www.spelman.edu Business, Psychology, Biology, Political Science, English

2

Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA

4,106

9254

6582

2,860/2,889
99%

www.morehouse.edu Psychology, English, Political Science, Biology,Economics

3

Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL

4,046

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