The nationally acclaimed US News & World Report’s famous college lists showcase anything from the colleges with the most distinguished faculty to the colleges with the most parties. Its recent list, The U.S. News Short List, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. In its recent Short List series, the publication released the top 10 colleges where students graduated with the most debt in 2011. Out of the 10 schools, four of them are HBCU’s: Clark Atlanta University, John C. Smith University, Bennett College, and Delaware State University — with Clark Atlanta University topping the list among the HBCU’s whose students graduated with the highest debt last year.
Most students do not take on six-figure debt to go to college, a new study by financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz has found. But, according to school-reported data, some students are still leaving college with much higher levels of debt than the national average. Students who borrowed for college and graduated in 2011 left owing $26,224 on average, based on statistics reported by 1,035 schools in an annual survey to U.S. News. For graduating classes with the highest average debt, student balances were roughly $18,000 to $28,000 more. Below is the list for the 10 colleges whose students graduated with the highest debt in 2011: