5.15.2007

B a collegian (and rep your school)...

Black Enterprise recently weighed in on their Top 50 Colleges for African-Americans, do you agree with their picks? Even those of us who graduated (eh-hem, many years back) can still be overheard debating whether the AUC or HU provided the best experience. But we have to admit, that Morehouse is noticeably absent from the top 10...It's also interesting that non-HBCU southern schools like Emory, Vanderbilt, UNC-Chapel Hill and UVA didn't make it to the top.

BE rated colleges based on black student enrollment, graduation rates and surveys evaluating the academic and social environments of over 400 schools. Here's the list...

1. Florida A&M University
2. Howard University
3. North Carolina A&T State University
4. Harvard University
5. Spelman College
6. Hampton University
7. Stanford University
8. Columbia University
9. University of Pennsylvania
10. Wesleyan University

This list is a great place to start when choosing a school for yourself, or making recommendations to younger family members and mentees, but there are other factors to consider. Beyond the obvious question of financial aid packages and admission (duh!), also think about these questions:

~ Do you want to be in a metropolitan city or a college town?

~ Does the school have at least 3 of the professional schools/academic programs you want to pursue?

~ How important is a strong athletic program? Is their a team to join or root for?

~ Do you dream of being an actress or TV personality one day (in addition to pursuing med school, as dictated by your parents)? If so, does your school have a respected drama program, or college TV station?

~ How important and easy is it for you to travel home, or visit friends on long weekends or during holidays?

~ Do you want to be involved in Greek life? If so, what is it like on that campus? Are chapters on the yard, suspended, or do they exist at all?

Upon evaluating these variables, and those unnamed factors important to you/your advisee, it's easy to create your own Top 10!

Congrats to the graduates in the Class of 2007!

8 comments:

xxxcouture said...

eh hem eh hem, Bennett College for Women is missing!!!

Southern_Lady said...

And SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY A&M COLLEGE!! Go Jags!

downbrown said...

Your financial aid package is the first thing a student needs to be worried about. Many of those so-called black enrollees are really immigrants from the Islands or Africa not our black youth from the States. Furthermore, with the yearly hikes in tuition 6 of those schools on the list are almost impossible for many "black" students who come from humble beginnings to pay for, even if they have excellent grades; I speak from first hand experience.

downbrown said...

Your financial aid package is the first thing a student needs to be worried about. Many of those so-called black enrollees are really immigrants from the Islands or Africa not our black youth from the States. Furthermore, with the yearly hikes in tuition 6 of those schools on the list are almost impossible for many "black" students who come from humble beginnings to pay for, even if they have excellent grades; I speak from first hand experience.

Devonte said...

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dreamgirl said...

love the blog!!!

I bleed orange & green:)

Anonymous said...

To me, black is black. And I'm a black American. The schools are looking for people who have the grades and the package, and too many of us have bought into the good grades = "acting white" BS.

true supermodel said...

"Furthermore, with the yearly hikes in tuition 6 of those schools on the list are almost impossible for many "black" students who come from humble beginnings to pay for, even if they have excellent grades"

I think I read somewhere that Harvard pays the tution for students who come from families who make less than 30,000 a year.


IF the black students from African or the Islands have the grads then why shouldn't they get in.