According to unofficial fall enrollment numbers, A&T is the largest HBCU in the nation. A&T, second-largest a year ago, has 10,734 students enrolled this year. Howard University in Washington, D.C., traditionally the nation’s biggest private HBCU, moved up to second this year with about 10,500 students.
Florida A&M, a state university in Tallahassee, Fla., has for years been the largest four-year historically black college and university in the nation. The big reason for A&T’s takeover of the No. 1 spot has been Florida A&M’s decline.
That’s largely for two reasons: A&T made a stronger effort to recruit transfer students from area community colleges and the university has improved efforts to keep students in school and on track to graduate.
N.C. A&T doesn’t play conference rival Florida A&M in football until next month, but the Aggies already hold a lead — in student enrollment.[Watch] North Carolina Winning Performance during the 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands. [contextly_auto_sidebar id=”PYcKAGP73bgUaNqGnLcKqiVPQbX7mW2G”]