Top Rated Historically Black Colleges & Universities

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Howard University

#1 Spelman College
Atlanta, GA
Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman College is the oldest historically black college for women in America.
$29,064 Tuition and Fees 
2,137 Undergraduate Enrollment 

#3 Hampton University
Hampton, VA
Graduates of Hampton University alumni include Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King Jr., and Booker T. Washington, influential African-American educator.
$26,702 Tuition and Fees 
3,799 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Pirates
Conf: Southern    

#5 Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
Founded in 1915, Xavier University of Louisiana is a private institution. $23,606 Tuition and 2,327 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Gold Nuggets
Conf.: NAIA I

#7 Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC
Founded in 1869, Claflin University is a private institution.
$16,722 Tuition and Fees  2,038 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Panthers 
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#9 Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL
Located in Tallahassee, Florida A&M University known as FAMU has more than 100 student organizations and several fraternities and sororities to join.
$17,725 (out-of-state), $5,785 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
8,024 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Rattlers 
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA FCS

#11 Dillard University
New Orleans, LA
Founded in 1869, Dillard University is a private institution.
$18,711 Tuition and Fees 
1,291 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bleu Devils
Conf.: GCAC, NAIA I

#12 Delaware State University
Dover, DE
Delaware State University is a public institution which offers a Greek system, where 3 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 3 percent is involved in a fraternity.
$16,904 (out-of-state), $7,868 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 4,050 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Hornets 
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA FCS

#14 Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD
Morgan State University is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.
$18,167 (out-of-state), $7,900 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 6,362 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bears
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA FCS

Tuskegee, AL
Tuskegee University has more than 100 groups and organizations and the first to create a nursing baccalaureate program in the state of Alabama. The home of Alice Coachman, first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
$22,235 Tuition and Fees    N/A Undergraduate Enrollment 
Mascot: Golden Tigers
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA II

#17 University of Maryland -Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD
University of Maryland-Eastern Shore is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.
$18,048 (out-of-state), $8,042 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
2862 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Hawks 
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA FCS

#20 Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, TX
Prairie View A&M University is a public institution that offers a Greek system, where 1 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 2 percent is involved in a fraternity. $24843 (out-of-state), $10,553 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
7,986 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Panthers
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#22 Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville State University is a public institution that offers a Greek system, where 1 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1 percent is involved in a fraternity.
$16,523 (out-of-state), $4915 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
5393 Undergraduate Enrollment 
Mascot: Broncos
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#2 Howard University
Washington, DC
Howard University is a historically black college located in Washington, D.C.
$26756 Tuition and Fees 
6,354 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bison
Conf: MEAC, NCAA FCS    

 #3 Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA
Morehouse College is the only four-year liberal arts all male. Edwin Moses is the all-time Olympic great hurdler. Dr. Martin Luther King is their most famous alumni.
$27,278 Tuition and Fees 
2,108 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Maroon Tigers
Conf: SIAC, NCAA II 

#6 Fisk University
Nashville, TN
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a private institution.
$21,480 Tuition and Fees
664 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bulldogs 
Conf.: NAIA

#7 North Carolina A&T State University
Greensboro, NC
North Carolina A&T State University is a historically black school in Greensboro. The Aggies sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
$19,822 (out-of-state), 
$6,612 (in-state) Tuition and Fees  
10,341 Undergraduate Enrollment 
Mascot: Aggies 
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA FCS

#10 North Carolina Central University
Durham, NC
North Carolina Central operates a variety of centers and institutes, including the Juvenile Justice Institute and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change.  
$19,391 (out-of-state), $6684 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 6,355 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Eagles 
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA FCS 

#12 Tougaloo College
Tougaloo, MS
Founded in 1869, Tougaloo College is a private institution with 65.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Tougaloo College is 9:1.
$10,600 Tuition and Fees 
793 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bulldogs
Conf.: GCAC, NAIA I  

#15 Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, GA
Clark Atlanta University is a merger between Atlanta University and Clark College. Notable people are civil rights activist and writer W.E.B. DuBois, who taught social work at the university.
$23,438 Tuition and Fees 
3,302 Undergraduate Enrollment 
Mascot: Panthers
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA II

#17 Jackson State University
Jackson, MS
Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a public institution with 39.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Jackson State University is 18:1.
$17,614 (out-of-state), $7,121 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
7,621 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Tigers
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#19 Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA
Virginia State University is a public institution.
$18,841 (out-of-state), $8,726 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
4,302 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Trojans
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#21 Alcorn State University
Lorman, MS
Alcorn State University is a public institution.
$6,938 (out-of-state), $6,938 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
3,172 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Braves
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#22 Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk State University is a public institution.
$20,658 (out-of-state), $9,490 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 4,689 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Spartans  
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA FCS

#22 Johnson C. Smith University
Charlotte, NC
Johnson C. Smith University is a private institution with 76.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Johnson C. Smith University is 11:1. 
$18,236 Tuition and Fees 
1,394 Undergraduate Enrollment 
Mascot: Golden Bulls 
Conf.:CIAA, NCAA II

Key Log: College Conferences: CIAA-Central Intercollegiate Association; MEAC- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference; SIAC-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; SWAC- Southwestern Athletic Conference; Red River Athletic Conference; A.I.I.- Association of Independent Institutions; NJCAA- National Junior Athletic Association; Affiliations:: NCAA-National Collegiate Athletic Association (FCS= Football Championship Series)- formerly Div. IA, Div. II); NAIA- National Association of Intercollegiate Association (Div. I, II, III).  

#22 Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY
Kentucky State University is a public institution that offers a Greek system, where 2 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 4 percent is involved in a fraternity.
$18,704 (out-of-state), $7,796 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
1,757 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Thorobreds
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA I

#27 Bowie State University
Bowie, MD
Bowie State University is a public institution that has 45.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 16:1.
$18,874 (out-of-state), $8,234 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
5,188 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bulldogs  
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#29 Bethune-Cookman University
Daytona Beach, FL
Bethune-Cookman University is a private institution with 46.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students; the student-faculty ratio is 15:1.  $14,814 Tuition and Fees  
3,992 Undergraduate Enrollment 
Mascot: WIldcats
Conf.MEAC, NCAA FCS

#26 Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
Normal, AL
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.  
$18,236 (out-of-state), $9,857 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
5,038 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bulldogs   
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#27 Lincoln University
Lincoln University, PA
Lincoln University is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.
$16,802 (out-of-state), $11,666 (in-state) Tuition and Fees
2,002 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Lions 
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#29 Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, NC
Elizabeth City State University is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.
$7673 (out-of-state), $3673 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
1,371 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Vikings
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II






#31 Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL
Alabama State Universitywas founded by freed slaves and boasts notable alumni like Fred Gray, the attorney who defended Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  
$19,396 (out-of-state), $11068 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
4,208 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Hornets 
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#31 Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA
Fort Valley State University is a public institution with 55.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 19:1.
$19,744 (out-of-state), $4,186 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
2,344 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Wildcats 
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA II

#31 Southern University and A&M College
Baton Rouge, LA
Southern University and A&M College is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.
$18,080 (out-of-state), $8,666 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
6,503 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Jaguars
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#45 Oakwood University
Huntsville, AL
Founded in 1896, Oakwood University is a private institution.
$16,720 Tuition and Fees 
1656 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Ambassadors
Conf.: USCAA Div. I

#45 Texas Southern University
Houston, TX
Texas Southern University is one of the largest historically black colleges in the country. $21,623 (out-of-state), $9,173 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
7,967 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Tigers 
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#48 Talladega College
Talladega, AL
Talladega College is a private institution.
$12,340 Tuition and Fees 
782 Undergraduate Enrollment 
Mascot: Tornadoes
Conf.: GCAC, NAIA II

#48 University of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC
University of the District of Columbia is a public institution.
$12,416 (out-of-state), $5,888 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
3,859 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Firebirds
Conf.: ECC, NCAA II

University of District of Columbia

#58-76 Arkansas Baptist College
Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Baptist College is a private institution with 57.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 22:1.  
$8,760 Tuition and Fees 
878 Undergraduate Enrollment 
Mascot: Buffaloes 
Conf.: NJCAA

#58-76 Benedict College
Columbia, SC
Benedict College is a private institution.
$19,958 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Tigers 
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA I

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Cheyney, PA
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the oldest Black college and follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.  
$18,386 (out-of-state), $12,104 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
722 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot:  
Conf.: 

#58-76 Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, FL
Edward Waters College is a private institution.
$13,525 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Tigers
Conf.: GCAC, Mid-South, NAIA I

#58-76 Wiley College
Marshall, TX
Wiley College is a private institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.
$12,306 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Wildcats 
Conf.: Red River, NAIA

Unranked Concordia College
Selma, AL
Concordia College is a private institution.
$10,320 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Hornets
Conf.: USCAA

#34 Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN
Tennessee State University boasts a who’s who list of undergraduates like famed TV personality Oprah Winfrey is one of the school’s many notable graduates.  
$20,178 (out-of-state), $7,458 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
6,503 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Tigers
Conf.: Ohio Valley

#34 University of Arkansas–Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.
$14,304 (out-of-state), $7,944 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
2,517 Undergraduate Enrollment   Mascot: Golden Lions  
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#36 Bennett College
Greensboro, NC
Bennett College is a private institution with 72.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 11:1.
$18,513 Tuition and Fees 
493 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: 
Conf.: 

#36 Mississippi Valley State University
Itta Bena, MS
Mississippi Valley State University is a public institution that has 59 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 15:1.  
$6,422 (out-of-state), $6,422 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
1,977 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Delta Devils 
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#50 Bluefield State College
Bluefield, WV
Bluefield State College is a public institution that offers a Greek system, where 4 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 4 percent is involved in a fraternity.  
$13,683 (out-of-state), $10,038 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
1,379 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Big Blue 
Conf.: NCAA II

#50 Lincoln University
Jefferson City, MO
Lincoln University is a public institution  that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.
$14,172 (out-of-state), $7,632 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
2,512 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Tigers 
Conf.: GLVC, MIAA  

#50 Virginia Union University
Richmond, VA
Virginia Union University is a private institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.
$17,723 Tuition and Fees 
1,295 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Panthers
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#58-76 Harris-Stowe State University
St. Louis, MO
Harris-Stowe State University is a public institution with a student-faculty ratio at Harris-Stowe State University is 16:1.
$9,973 (out-of-state), $5,340 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
1,442 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Hornets
Conf.: AMC, NAIA I

#58-76 Huston-Tillotson University
Austin, TX
Huston-Tillotson University is a private institution.
$14,346 Tuition and Fees 
965 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot:Rams
Conf.:   Red River, NAIA I

#58-76 Jarvis Christian College
Hawkins, TX
Jarvis Christian College is a private institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.  
$11,720 Tuition and Fees 
900 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bulldogs
Conf.: Red River, NAIA 

#58-76 Lane College
Jackson, TN
Lane College is a private institution.
$10,690 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Dragons 
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA II

Unranked  Miles College
Birmingham, AL
Miles College is a private institution.
$11,794 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bears
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA II




#36 West Virginia State University
Institute, WV
West Virginia State University is a public institution that offers a Greek system, where 5 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 2 percent is involved in a fraternity.
$17,666 (out-of-state), $8,212 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
3,755 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Yellow JAckets 
Conf.: Mtn East, NCAA II

#36 Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC
Winston-Salem State University is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.  
$16,188 (out-of-state), $5,941 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Rams 
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#40 Albany State University
Albany, GA
Albany State University is a historically black school where freshmen are required to live on campus, unless they commute from a nearby home.
$16,136 (out-of-state), $5675 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
6262 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Golden Rams
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA II

#40 Central State University
Wilberforce, OH
Central State University is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.  
$8,346 (out-of-state), $6,346 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
1,784 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Marauders 
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA II

#53 Coppin State University
Baltimore, MD
Coppin State University is a public institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.
$13,834 (out-of-state), $7,563 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
2507 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Eagles
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA I

#54 Savannah State University
Savannah, GA
Savannah State University is a public institution with 28.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 20:1.
$9,905 (out-of-state), $3,367 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
4,772 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Tigers
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA FCS 

#55 Southern University-New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
Southern University-New Orleans is a public institution with 45.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 18:1.
$15,322 (out-of-state), $6,421 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
2,108 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot:  Knights
Conf.: GCAC, NAIA I

#58-76 Langston University
Langston, OK
Langston University is a public institution.
$13,950 (out-of-state), $6232 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
2,033 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Lions 
Conf.: SAC, NAIA I

LeMoyne Owen University

#58-76 LeMoyne-Owen College
Memphis, TN
Founded in 1862, LeMoyne-Owen College is a private institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.  
$11,196 Tuition and Fees 
863 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Magicians 
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA II

#58-76 Livingstone College
Salisbury, NC
Livingstone College is a private institution that has 50.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 15:1.
$17,763 Tuition and Fees 
1,150 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Blue Bears
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#58-76 Morris College
Sumter, SC
Morris College is a private institution.
$13,886 Tuition and Fees 
747 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Hornets 
Conf.: A.I.I, NAIA II

Unranked  Texas College
Tyler, TX
Texas College is a private institution.
$10,008 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Steers
Conf: NAIA (SAC)(Red River)    

#40 Florida Memorial University
Miami, FL
Florida Memorial University is a private institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.
$15,536 Tuition and Fees 
1,280 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Fighting Lions
Conf.: Sun Conference

#40 South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, SC
South Carolina State University is a public institution that has 60.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 17:1.
$21,120 (out-of-state), $10,740 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
2,524 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bulldogs 
Conf.: MEAC, NCAA FCS

#44 Philander Smith College
Little Rock, AR
Philander Smith College is a private institution with 63.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 16:1.  
$12,714 Tuition and Fees 
891 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Panthers  
Conf.:  GCAC, NAIA I

#45 Grambling State University
Grambling, LA
Grambling State University is a public institution that has 40 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 20:1. They boast the all-time winnigest football coach, Eddie Robinson and more Pro Football Hall of Famers than any other HBCU.
$7435 (out-of-state), $7,435 (in-state) Tuition and Fees 
4,076 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Tigers 
Conf.: SWAC, NCAA FCS

#55 St. Augustine’s University
Raleigh, NC
St. Augustine’s University is a private institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective. It has one of the top track and field programs in the country.
$17,890 Tuition and Fees 
974 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Falcons
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#55 Voorhees College
Denmark, SC
Voorhees College is a private institution.
$12,630 Tuition and Fees 
475 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: TIgers
Conf.: A.I.I., NAIA

#58-76 Allen University
Columbia, SC
Allen University is a private institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective. $13,140 Tuition and Fees N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Yellow Jackets
Conf.: EIAC, NAIA

#58-76 Paine College
Augusta, GA
Paine College is a private institution.
$14,226 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Lions
Conf.: SIAC, NCAA II

#58-76 Rust College
Holly Springs, MS
Rust College is a private institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.
$9,700 Tuition and Fees 
1,004 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bearcats 
Conf.: GCAC, NAIA I

#58-76 Shaw University
Raleigh, NC
Shaw University is a private institution that follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.
$16,480 Tuition and Fees 
16,480 Undergraduate Enrollment  Mascot: Bears 
Conf.: CIAA, NCAA II

#58-76 Stillman College
Tuscaloosa, AL
Stillman College is a private institution.
$11,992 Tuition and Fees 
694 Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Tigers
Conf.: NAIA 

#58-76 Wilberforce University
Wilberforce, OH
Wilberforce University is a private institution.
$13,250 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Bulldogs
Conf.: A.I.I, NAIA

Unranked  Southwestern Christian College
Terrell, TX
Southwestern Christian College is a private institution.
$8,136 Tuition and Fees 
N/A Undergraduate Enrollment
Mascot: Eagles
Conf.: NJCAA Region 5

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