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Howard Awards Highest Number of Doctorates to Blacks

WASHINGTON (January 5, 2009) – Howard University continues to be recognized for producing the most African-American doctorates in the United States, according to the National Opinion Research Center.

The preliminary report, Doctorate Recipients from United States Universities, shows that from 2003-2007 Howard University awarded 296 doctoral degrees to African Americans. The following rounded out the top five doctoral degree-granting institutions: Nova Southeastern University, University of Michigan, Walden University, and the University of Maryland. Three other Historically Black Universities also ranked in the top 20: Clark Atlanta University, Morgan State University, and Jackson State University.

Last fall, the National Science Foundation ranked Howard University first as the producer of the highest number of African-American bachelor’s degree recipients who continued on with their studies and earned science and engineering doctoral degrees nationally.

Howard led the country with 224 doctoral recipients in science and engineering from 1997-2006. HBCUs took eight of the top 10 spots. Rounding out the leaders were Spelman College (150), Hampton University (135), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (100), Morehouse College (99), North Carolina A&T University (89), Southern University A&M College at Baton Rouge (79), and Xavier University (73). Our prominence in this area is a testament to our faculty for their student mentoring and professional activities, and research that facilitates the success of our students.

For more information on Howard University visit www.howard.edu.

Updated 4-3-09

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