Top Historically Black Colleges Where Alumni Donate the Most

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Top Historically Black Colleges Where Alumni Donate the Most

At Tuskegee University in Alabama, 18.3 percent of alumni contributed in the two-year span. (Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG/Getty Images)

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Even after they graduate college, some students still feel connected to their alma maters.

But the proportion of alumni who ultimately donate varies widely across schools, including at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs.

Among the 46 ranked historically black colleges that submitted these data to U.S. News in an annual survey, the average proportion of alumni who donated during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years was 11.2 percent.

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But at the 10 HBCUs where alumni contributed the most during that two-year span, the average is significantly higher: 26.4 percent.

Topping the list was Claflin University in South Carolina, where 47.7 percent of alumni donated in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, followed by Spelman College in Georgia, an all-women’s school, at 39.3 percent. Claflin has topped the list in the past.

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There are also HBCUs where few alumni donate. Two examples are Fayetteville State University in North Carolina and Texas Southern University; at both schools, just 2 percent of alumni donated during the two-year period.

Here are the 10 historically black colleges and universities where the highest percentage of alumni donated during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

School (state) Average percentage of alumni who donated U.S. News historically black colleges and universities rank
Claflin University (SC) 47.7 9
Spelman College (GA) 39.3 1
Bennett College (NC) 35 17
Lane College (TN) 32.9 RNP*
Fisk University (TN) 22.8 8
Tougaloo College (MS) 18.7 11
Tuskegee University (AL) 18.3 4 (tie)
Johnson C. Smith University (NC) 17.4 15
Xavier University of Louisiana 16.7 6
Hampton University (VA) 15.2 3

*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of its ranking category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.

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U.S. News surveyed more than 1,800 colleges and universities for our 2016 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News’ data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Colleges rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News’ rankings of Best CollegesBest Graduate Schools or Best Online Programs. The alumni donation data above are correct as of July 11, 2017.


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