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04/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Largest Historically Black Colleges (PHOTOS)

Three percent.

Of the nation's colleges and universities, three percent are historically black colleges and universities -- aka HBCUs. But what's the value of attending an HBCU, some may ask, especially in this Age of Obama when the The First Couple are African Americans, when Beyonce and Jay-Z top the record charts, when Oprah continues her reign over the pop culture landscape? A whole lot, wrote Beverly Daniel Tatum in her inaugural post for HuffPost College. "In the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), where Black students are woefully under-represented in most predominantly white institutions, HBCUs have demonstrated great effectiveness in fostering academic success," wrote Tatum, president of Spelman College, the oldest school for black women.

Though Spelman College and Morehouse College, both in Atlanta, are among the most recognizable HBCUs, they aren't the most populous.

Here are the largest historically black colleges in the country.