Graduates of Spelman College listen to actor Danny Glover during commencement ceremonies for the womens' school on May 19, 2002. (Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- Spelman College is considered the No. 1 historically black college in the U.S.
The 131-year-old Atlanta school took the top spot on the 2012 U.S. News & World Report list of the nation's best Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).
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Nearby Morehouse College also fared well; it ranked No. 3 on the list. Clark Atlanta University tied with North Carolina's Bennett College and Johnson C. Smith University, and Mississippi's Tougaloo College for the No. 15 spot.
Other Georgia schools on the list include Fort Valley State University (tied for No. 27), Albany State University (No. 32) and Paine College (tied for No. 36).
Read the full U.S. News & World Report list