What HBCU Will Give You The Best Career? Use The Social Mobility Index” To Find The Answer

If you are trying to figure out what HBCU, or any college for that matter, will be the best fit for you, you better think way beyond parties and what your social life might look like.

Many students make the unfortunate decision to base the choice based on name recognition, which can be very powerful.

In order to help students make some sound choices in deciding what school to attend, CollegeNET, Inc. developed what they call the “Social Mobility Index.”

The SMI ranks almost 1,400 four-year U.S. colleges and universities based on how well they enroll students from low-income backgrounds and graduates them into meaningful careers.

“Most higher education rankings evaluate colleges and universities as if comparing brands for consumer purchase,” says Jim Wolfston, CEO of CollegeNET. “The SMI, on the other hand, helps policymakers, students and their families see which colleges and universities are doing the most to drive U.S. economic mobility. We hope the SMI encourages more institutions to embrace and expand their role as conduits for restoring the promise of the American Dream. The first step in doing this is to identify and learn from colleges and universities like these 12 HBCUs.”

There were 12 HBCUs named as Social Mobility Innovators for 2019 and all of these schools rank among the top 10 percent of schools on the SMI.


1.Winston-Salem State University

2. Florida A & M University

3. North Carolina A & T State University

4. North Carolina Central University

5. Prairie View A & M University

6. Grambling State University

7. Elizabeth City State University

8. Tennessee State University

9. South Carolina State University

10. Tuskegee University

11. Johnson C. Smith University

12. Southern University