College Choice, a leading college search resource, recently published its 2015 rankings of top 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the United States. Norfolk State ranked 23rd in the list. College Choice rankings of HBCUs are based on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, some the factors cited by freshmen included academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the job market. Each factor was weighted equally in the ranking and data was acquired from a variety of publicly available sources including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale.com. There are more than 100 HBCUs in the country. The origins of these institutions date back to the mid-1830s when many were established to educate newly freed slaves.