Every year, the U.S. News & World Report publishes a list of the top historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the nation. U.S. News is highly regarded as a publisher of college news, advice, and authoritative rankings, and they use a strict set of criteria to determine which colleges and universities will make their lists.
To be considered for this list of the top HBCUs in the United States, each school must be currently listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities registry. The candidates must also be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that focuses on enrolling first-year, first-time students instead of non-traditional students. In addition to these criteria, the candidates must also be included in U.S. News’ 2018 Best Colleges rankings.
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80 HBCUs were eligible to be included in the 2018 Historically Black Colleges and Universities rankings; 74 of the eligible HBCUs were ranked in the list, while the six HBCUs that were unranked in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings were also unranked in the 2018 Historically Black Colleges and Universities rankings. U.S. News uses quantitative measures of academic quality, such as assessments, student retention, graduation rates, and financial resources, as well as the publisher’s nonpartisan view of criteria that mater in education to rank universities in order of desirability. Unlike other U.S. News lists which include a wide range of HBCUs and PWIs, the HBCUs on this list were only compared against each other.
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We have compiled a list of the top 25 HBCUs based on these rankings. There have been significant changes from the 2017 list, including:
Tuskegee University dropped out of the Top 5 and is now tied with Florida A&M University for the #6 ranking
Morgan State University rose from #20 in the 2017 list to #16 in the 2018 list
Alabama A&M University, Bowie State University, Fayetteville State University, and Prairie View A&M University replaced Tennessee State University and Elizabeth City State University in the Top 25
Article Courtesy of HBCULifestyle.com