Grambling State finished the 2016 season as the highest ranked HBCU football program in the final FCS Coaches Top 25 poll released on Tuesday.
The Tigers finished No. 15 in the poll voted on by the coaches.
Grambling (11-1) won the SWAC Championship against Alcorn State and Celebration Bowl over North Carolina Central.
They were also crowned black college football national champions for the 15th time in program history.
NCCU (9-3), winners of a MEAC for the third straight season, were ranked No. 19. North Carolina A&T, which lost in the first round of the FCS playoffs, was placed at No. 20. The Aggies were 9-3.