Historically Black Colleges Where Alumni Donate the Most



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.

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.

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.

Claflin University (SC) 47.7 %
Spelman College (GA) 39.3 %
Bennett College (NC) 35 %
Lane College (TN) 32.9%
Fisk University (TN) 22.8 %
Tougaloo College (MS) 18.7%
Tuskegee University (AL) 18.3%
Johnson C. Smith University (NC) 17.4%
Xavier University of Louisiana 16.7%
Hampton University (VA) 15.2%