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What are the top black colleges in America?

QUESTION: What are the top black colleges in America? Signed, Researching Colleges

Dear Researching Colleges: As you are considering which college to attend, remember that it's important to ask yourself what your personal priorities are. Don't rely solely on lists of top colleges or rankings to make decisions about your future.

With that said, here is a starting point. Black Excel, which publishes a Web site and book to help African-American students with college, developed a top 10 list of historically black and predominantly black colleges. The Black Excel Web site located at has profiles of Clark Atlanta University, Fisk University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T University, Spelman College, Tuskegee University and Xavier University. For more detailed profiles, take a look at their Web site.

In addition to these resources, do your own research. Read the colleges' Web sites, speak with students and faculty and visit the campuses in person. The top 10 colleges for one student are not necessarily the top 10 colleges for you. Make your own list.

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Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the founders of SuperCollege and the award-winning authors of 11 books on college admission, financial aid and scholarships. Together they were accepted to all of the Ivy League colleges and won more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to graduate from Harvard debt-free.