Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dominique-René de Lerma: U.S.News: Top 50 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Rankings

Dominique-René de Lerma:
For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News has produced a ranking measuring the quality of the undergraduate education at historically black colleges and universities. In order to be on the list, a school must be currently designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU. To qualify for the U.S. News ranking, an HBCU also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must be a school that is part of the 2015 Best Colleges rankings.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 defines an HBCU as "any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary (of Education) to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation."

If an HBCU is listed as Unranked in the 2015 Best Colleges rankings, it is also listed as Unranked in the HBCU rankings

In total, there were 80 HBCUs eligible to be included on the list; 69 of those were ranked and 11 of those were Unranked.

1. Spelman College
2. Howard University
3. Morehouse College
4. Hampton University
5. Tuskegee University
6. Xavier University of Louisiana
7. Fisk University
8. Florida A&M University
9. Claflin University
10. North Carolina A&T State University
11. North Carolina Central University
12. Tougaloo College
13. (Tie) Delaware State University
13. (Tie) Dillard University
15. (Tie) Morgan State University
15. (Tie) Winston-Salem State University
17. Johnson C. Smith University
18. Clark Atlanta University
19. Jackson State University
20. Elizabeth City State University
21. (Tie) Lincoln University of PA
21. (Tie) Tennessee State University
23. (Tie) Alabama A&M University
23. (Tie) University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
25. (Tie) Bennett College
25. (Tie) Bowie State University
27. Alcorn State University
28. (Tie) Albany State University
28. (Tie) Fayetteville State University
30. South Carolina State University
31. Bethune-Cookman University
32. Virginia State University
33. Oakwood University
34. Norfolk State University
35. (Tie) Philander Smith College
35. (Tie) University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
37. Prairie View A&M University
38. (Tie) Fort Valley State University
38. (Tie) Kentucky State University
40. Stillman College
41. (Tie) Alabama State University
41. (Tie) Central State University
41. (Tie) West Virginia State University
44. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
45. (Tie) Paine College
45. (Tie) Southern University and A&M College
47. Savannah State University
48. Livingstone College
49. Texas Southern University
50. (Tie) Bluefield State College
50. (Tie) Florida Memorial University
50. (Tie) Grambling State University
50. (Tie) Mississippi Valley State University

For more on the rankings INCLUDING unranked schools not on the list, go to

Dominique-René de Lerma

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