Four universities in Florida make list of the best historically black schools in U.S.

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Miami Gardens’ Florida Memorial University has been recognized as one of the best historically black colleges and universities in the United States.

The South Florida university joins Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, and Edward Waters University in Jacksonville as one of four Florida institutions to make the list this year.

College Choice, a data-driven ranking publication, released its new list on Tuesday. Florida Memorial University, with about 2,000 undergraduate students, ranked No. 23 on the 50-position list.

According to the survey, which tapped information from college websites, US News & World Report, PayScale researchers, and the National Center for Educational Statistics, Florida Memorial earned high marks for graduating black teachers, affordability and reputation as one of the best schools in the nation for veterans.

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The Florida Memorial College Homecoming Parade flags in a 1998 file photo.

Chuck Fadely Miami Herald File

To determine the 50 best historically black colleges and universities, College Choice looked at retention rates, scholarships, financial assistance, student opportunity, equity and leadership training.

The four-year Florida Memorial University, which was established in 1879 and is one of the oldest academic centers in Florida, “emphasizes the importance of leadership formation,” College Choice said. The group looked at the school’s record on dropout prevention, financial management, entrepreneurship and personal development.

College Choice’s Top 5: Howard University in Washington, D.C., Spelman College in Atlanta, Hampton University in Virginia, Xavier University of Louisiana and Florida A&M University.


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