The Black Colleges With the Lowest Graduation Rates for African-American Students

Sadly, there are only seven historically black colleges and universities in the United States that graduate at least one half of the students who matriculate at these schools. They are: Spelman College, Howard University, Fisk University, Hampton University, Miles College, Morehouse College, and Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.

Here is the worst news of all: At 20 HBCUs, two thirds or more of all entering black students do not go on to earn a diploma. The lowest graduation rate was at the University of the District of Columbia, where only 8 percent of entering freshmen go on to earn a bachelor’s degree. At Texas Southern University in Houston, 15 percent of entering students complete college. At LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, the black student graduation rate is 14 percent.