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College Choice Releases 2017 Ranking of the 50 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 50 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities for 2017.


Many HBCU schools are celebrating over 100 years of existence. Attention to community, spirituality, African-American studies, tradition, and social justice drive and distinguish HBCUs. They have also been featured in the news over the past few months due to comments from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as well as a meeting between President Trump and a group of HBCU presidents.

"There are over 100 HBCUs in the United States, and they have had an outsized influence on the entire country," Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. "Luminaries like Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. all attended HBCUs. But it's not by sticking only to an elite group that HBCUs have produced such amazing thinkers and leaders. In fact, half of all HBCUs have a freshman class with three-quarters of their students from low-income backgrounds."

College Choice developed its list by looking at traditional metrics of institutional excellence such as student-to-faculty ratio, incoming student test scores, and regional accreditation according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics and U.S. News & World Report. College Choice also incorporated data on return on investment, or the difference between tuition costs and expected early career salary, found on Payscale.

The ranking for the 50 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities finds Howard University in the top spot. Spelman College is in second, and Hampton University rounds out the top three.

The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Alabama A & M University
Alabama State University
Albany State University
Alcorn State University
Bluefield State College
Bowie State University
Claflin University
Concordia College Alabama
Coppin State University
Delaware State University
Dillard University
Edward Waters College
Elizabeth City State University
Fayetteville State University
Fisk University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Fort Valley State University
Grambling State University
Hampton University
Howard University
Huston-Tillotson University
Jackson State University
Johnson C Smith University
Kentucky State University
Lane College
Le Moyne-Owen College
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Mississippi Valley State University
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A & T State University
North Carolina Central University
Oakwood University
Prairie View A & M University
Rust College
Southern University and A & M College
Southern University at New Orleans
Spelman College
Stillman College
Texas Southern University
Tougaloo College
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Virginia State University
Virginia Union University
West Virginia State University
Winston-Salem State University
Xavier University of Louisiana

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

African American Civil War Museum Announces the "Museum Passport to Freedom Festival: Back to School"

Innovative, interactive program designed to engage students, educators

The African American Civil War Museum announces its second Museum Passport to Freedom Festival welcoming students back to school on August 19, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

The Museum Passport to Freedom Festival: Back to School event will be hosted at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum on August 19, 2017 and includes a host of fun games, activities, music and food. Parents can pick up free school supplies for their scholars to start the school year. Supplies will be distributed to attendees while they last, between 10am and 2pm; children must be present for parents to collect supplies.

The Museum Passport to Freedom Festival is a part of the Encouraging Students to Visit the Museum Outreach Program. More than 2,000 students have participated in the program since its inception in December 2016. Educators have given it high marks for helping to form a framework for teaching African American history in the classroom, according to museum Founding Director, Frank Smith.

"We've had a number of successes with the outreach program," Smith said. "In addition to the educational materials provided to teachers, the museum has instituted several interactive activities, such as Museum Passport to Freedom, which was influenced by research from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, that shows children who visit museums score higher on achievement tests in math, reading and science. The activities are designed to promote critical thinking, listening and analytical skills."

The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, located on Vermont Ave NW, was dedicated in 1998 with a mission to preserve and tell the stories of the 209,000 members of the U.S. Colored Troops who served in the Civil War

Labor Day 2017: Sept. 4

The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. The parade inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’s holiday” on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated “Labor Day.” This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of workers in America.

Who Are We Celebrating?

159.8 million
The number of people age 16 and over in the nation’s labor force as of May 2017.

Our Jobs
Largest Occupations, May 2016

Number of Employees





Combined food preparation and serving workers, 


including fast food

Office clerks,






Customer service representatives


Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand


Waiters and waitresses


Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, 


medical and executive

General and operations managers


16.3 million

The number of wage and salary workers age 16 and over represented by a union in 2016. This group included both union members (14.6 million) and workers who reported no union affiliation but whose jobs were covered by a union contract (1.7 million). Among states, New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (23.6 percent), and South Carolina had the lowest rate (1.6 percent).

15.3 million

The number of employed female workers age 16 and over in service occupations in 2015. Among male workers age 16 and over, 11.7 million were employed in service-related occupations.


The percentage increase in employment, or 143.7 million, in the United States between December 2015 and December 2016. In December 2016, the 344 U.S. counties with 75,000 or more jobs accounted for 72.8 percent of total U.S. employment and 78.1 percent of total wages. These 344 counties had a net job growth of 1.4 million over the year, which accounted for 80.7 percent of the overall U.S. employment increase.

Another Day, Another Dollar

$51,212 and $40,742

The 2015 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively. The 2015 real median household income of $56,516, an increase in real terms of 5.2 percent from the 2014 median of $53,718. This is the first annual increase in median household income since 2007, the year before the most recent recession.


The 2015 median Asian household income, the highest among race groups. The median income of non-Hispanic, white households was $62,950 and for black households it was $36,898. For Hispanic households the median income was $45,148.

Fastest Growing Jobs


The projected percentage growth from 2014 to 2024 in the number of wind turbine service technicians (4,400 jobs in 2014), the projected fastest-growing occupation. Meanwhile, the occupation expected to add the greatest number of positions over this period is personal care aides (458,100).

Employee Benefits


The percentage of full-time, year-round workers ages 19 to 64 covered by health insurance during all or part of 2015.

Say Goodbye to Summer

Labor Day is celebrated by most workers in America as the symbolic end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season.


The number of shoe stores for back-to-school shopping in 2015. Also catering to back-to-school needs were 28,910 family clothing stores; 7,885 department stores; 7,185 children and infants’ clothing stores; 6,475 office supply and stationery stores; and 6,870 book stores.


The number of sporting goods stores nationwide in 2015. Examples of these types of stores include athletic uniform supply, fishing supply and exercise equipment, as well as bicycle and golf pro shops. In U.S. sports, college football teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing its first game the Thursday following Labor Day.


The number of travel agents employed full time, year-round in the United States in 2015. In addition, there were 17,915 tour and travel guides employed full time, year-round nationwide. On a weekend intended to give U.S. workers a day of rest, many people climb into their drivers’ seats or board an airplane for a quick end of the summer getaway.


The number of paid employees (for the pay period including March 12) who worked for a gasoline station in the United States in 2015. Oregon (11,003 paid gasoline station employees) and New Jersey (18,095 paid gasoline station employees) are the only states without self-service gasoline stations. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in February 1887.

The Commute to Work

6.5 million

The number of commuters who left for work between midnight and 4:59 a.m. in 2015. They represented 4.6 percent of all commuters. The most common time was between 7 a.m. and 7:29 a.m. — with 20.9 million commuters.


The percentage of workers age 16 and over who worked at home in 2015.


The percentage of workers age 16 and over who drove alone to work in 2015. Another 9.0 percent carpooled and 0.6 percent biked to work.

26.4 minutes

The average time it took workers in the United States to commute to work in 2015. New York (33.1 minutes) and Maryland (32.6 minutes) had the most time-consuming commutes.

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