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Spelman College is No. 1.

College Choice, an independent online publication that evaluates the nation’s colleges in multiple categories, ranked the all-women’s institution as the top school among historically black colleges and universities for 2016.

According to College Choice, which gave the school a score of 100, “Spelman College is consistently ranked number one as the best HBCU in the country. It is also nationally ranked in the top 50 liberal arts colleges. It has a track record of producing Fulbright and Truman Scholars and is known for being the second-biggest producer of African-American medical students in the country.

“The school offers undergraduate degrees in over 20 major areas of study, including dual degrees and honor degrees. The school’s departments also enjoy independent accreditation, making it one of the most accredited colleges within the nation.”

Next up: Howard University at No. 2, with a score of 94.

Howard, according to College Choice, “continues to have a sterling reputation as one of the best universities in the country. Its business and law schools are both ranked in the top 25 in the country, and the student body has even received national recognition — Huffington Post ran a poll that cited Howard students as the second best-dressed college in the country [behind New York University].

“It is the most comprehensive HBCU in the nation and produces more doctoral recipients than any other university.”

Rounding out the top five are:

3) Hampton University with a score of 93.8

4) Morehouse College with a score of 92.7

5) Tuskegee University with as core of 92.6

Let the HBCU debates begin.

College Choice also lists schools based on region, religion, gender and course of study. Check www.collegechoice.net for the complete list.

Gregory Clay is an editor, writer and television/podcast commentator focusing on current news events. Based in Washington D.C., he has worked at Newsday and McClatchy and once gave a speech at a convention for the Texas State Bar Association.