The US News & World Report recently did an analysis of colleges and universities where students graduated with the least and the most amounts of debt debt. Clark Atlanta University ranks at the top of schools where students exit with most debt.

This finding is perhaps unsurprising, since 94 percent of students borrow money to attend the HBCU. The average debt of a 2011 Clark Atlanta graduate is a whopping $47,066. That could easily cripple someone with a well paying job, talk less of a recent college graduate

The report calculated the average debt of graduating students, the percent of students who borrowed and their U.S. News National Universities rank.

On a more positive note, Howard University was ranked sixth on the list of colleges or universities with students graduating with the least debt at an average of $15,080.

U.S. News ranked 270 colleges for the 2013 Best National Universities, 229 of which reported data on graduates’ debt.

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  • Malik Hemmans

    Not surprising at all….

  • Mrs. Jones

    I’ll never attend an HBCU. If you grew up around all black,lived around all blacks,went to elementary,middle,and High school with all blacks,then why would you attend an HBCU?? The ONLY HBCU I would attend is Spelman. I would attend an PWI because this would is made up of people from different nationalities,background,and cultures.

    • a

      Thank you! While I appreciate the bonds you make at HBCU’s it does seem to make things rather boring.

      And this article comes to no surprise. Clark is the #1 HBCU party school (followed by Bethune Cookman).

      I knew a handful of kids who ended up flunking out.

    • Pseudonym

      I didn’t attend an HBCU, but I think they have their place and serve a certain population very well. I have known a lot of HBCU grads who did not do well enough in high school to go to top schools for undergrad who excelled at college and went on to top and even Ivy League graduate programs. I honestly think that their HBCU was key to their graduate success and don’t think they would achieve that same success going to larger state schools with populations of 10,000 or more.

      While they can go over the top at times, HBCUs are big on teaching professionalism and networking skills which prepare young kids for the “real world.” I think a lot of other universities assume students will catch on or already have these skills and attention to this detail is a unique aspect of HBCUs.

      Also, if you are interested in working with black populations (say in medicine, law, sociology, history, etc.), I think an HBCU is the perfect place to be b/c they often have better relationships with their surrounding black communities than non-HBCU universities or research centers (think Tuskegee experiments).

      and- full disclosure- all this is coming from a person who has never attended a SINGLE class at an HBCU, so I am no expert. This is just my thoughts from anecdotal evidence from friends and family I know personally. (Also, depends on the HBCU- I think those other than the big ones such as Howard, Moorhouse, and Spelman, and debatable for Hampton- have gone waaaaaaay down in quality since the 90s.)

  • Skegee Grad

    I graduated from Tuskegee University and grew up with/lived around/went to school with black people as well and choosing to attend an HBCU is not at all about that! The choice is so much more. There’s a wonderful and rich history and heritage at each HBCU. There is amazing research and development going on at these schools that have helped society progress in many ways. The classes are generally smaller and therefore the professors are more assessable. I have professors that still know my name after 10 yrs. I’ve often compared notes with my brother who didn’t attend an HBCU as well as others so these are not just my opinions. There is also a very diverse mixture of cultures and nationalities that attend HBCU’s. True the HBCU’s experience is not totally rosy and happy but I will always be grateful because I got way more than an academic education there.

    • pyt_ina

      THANK YOU! Proud FAMU grad here and I wouldn’t change my experience for anything. People who made the mistake of attending PWIs just need to accept that their expereince was lackluster and stop using every opportunity to throw shade.

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  • Starla

    They better take a paper route on the side.

    I wonder what the tuition is for that school.

    • Patience

      It could be the tuition, or it could be that students are taking longer to graduate, or even going as far as using the extra money leftover after everything is paid for non-school expenses, thus needing additional funding.

  • Roses

    Wow I’m surprised Howard (my alma mater) is number 6 because my behind is being kicked royally with student loans! Lol I loved attending an HBCU and I wouldn’t of had it any other way! I get praise for attending Howard from just as many Caucasian people as African-American people….Quality is Quality…So sick of folks attacking HBCU’S

    • JC

      White people praise for for attending Howard? Was it awkward?

    • Roses

      Lol….More shocking than awkward….

    • Tracy

      Not really if you know Howard’s history.