(HuffPost Black Voices) These Are The Best Colleges In America For Black Students

Lilly Workneh

Black Voices Senior Editor, The Huffington Post

Picking a college can be a daunting task for anyone, but finding the best fit can be a particularly challenging feat for African American students.

Calls to end racism on campus have become more widespread in the last year asstudents across the country spoke out about both everyday and systemic racism at their schools. In addition, minority students also face other common factors college students must consider like high costs of tuition and concerns over student loan debt.

To get a sense for which colleges provide the best outcomes for black students, the editors of ESSENCE and Money created their first-ever comprehensive list of the “50 Best Colleges for African-American Students.”

The list was released Tuesday and includes historically black colleges and universities, ivy league schools and large public institutions. The list uses collected data to rank the nation’s top schools for black students based on four factors: black graduation rates, the average cost of tuition and the average student loan debt for all students as well as campus diversity, for these purposes determined by the percentage of students who are black.

Check out an exclusive partial preview of the schools that made it to the top 10 below, along with helpful data compiled by ESSENCE and Money:

10. University of Maryland, College Park

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The University of Maryland is a public university that ranks high on the list. 

Percentage of students who are African-American: 11 percent

African-American graduation rate: 77 percent

Estimated average net price of a degree: $96,300

Estimated average student debt load at graduation: $19,500

9. North Carolina A&T State University

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at North Carolina A&T University.

Percentage of students who are African-American: 80 percent

African-American graduation rate: 49 percent

Estimated average net price of a degree: $77,800

Estimated average student loan debt upon graduation: $23,000

8. Yale University

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Yale University is ranked high on the list of schools for black students. 

Percentage of students who are African-American: 5 percent

African-American graduation rate: 92 percent

Estimated average net cost of a degree: $196,500

Estimated average student debt load upon graduation: $12,000

7. University of Pennsylvania

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This Ivy League school is celebrated for its prestigious business program.

Percentage of students who are African American: 6%

African-American graduation rate: 94%

Estimated average net price of a degree: $207,000

Estimated average student debt load at graduation: $21,500

6. Spelman College

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Spelman college is an elite women’s HBCU located in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Percentage of students who are African American: 87%
African-American graduation rate: 75%
Estimated average net price of a degree: $172,800
Estimated average student debt load at graduation: $27,000

To view the full list of schools, head over to Money.com.