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Howard University was ranked as the top historically Black college and university to attend this year; fairing out other HBCUs that include Xavier University of Louisiana, Spelman, and Hampton University, the educational institution reported.

Best Value Schools—a digital platform designed to help college-bound students navigate the world of postsecondary education—named Howard the #1 school out of a pool of 30 HBCUs. The elements that were taken into consideration when making the decision was the tuition cost, the number of academic programs offered to students, and the graduation rate. The university has established several financial aid plans to help students fund their degrees.

“We are honored that Best Value Schools has considered us as the number one HBCU to attend this year,” Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement. “Howard University is a special place where the world’s brightest students achieve success while working alongside some of the most talented and dedicated faculty in higher education. The training that Howard provides is indeed, an excellent value thanks to our overall strategy to keep the tuition costs low while challenging our students to meet the demands of the high-level academic rigor.”

Spelman, Hampton, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Tuskegee University made the top five respectively.

Howard University has done a lot to further their educational initiatives for its students as well as the surrounding community. In March, the school received a $250,000 donation from Howard alumnus Wendell E. Mackey, CFA for the creation of a new business lab equipped with the tools that business students need to thrive in the finance industry. Earlier this month, the university joined the Verizon Innovative Learning Program to provide workshops that cover science, technology, engineering and math for young boys of color in Washington, D.C.


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