Morehouse Ranked Among Top Black Colleges in the Nation
MOREHOUSE IS RANKED NO. 4 in U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever list of “America’s Best Black Colleges.”This year is the first time US News has compiled a special-focus ranking of black colleges. These schools also have been – and will continue to be – ranked within their appropriate categories in U.S. News’s annual “Best Colleges” issue, published annually in August. The “America’s Best Black Colleges” rankings are posted on www.usnews.com/blackcolleges, and are published in the magazine issue dated October 8.
“The high ranking of these UNCF member colleges validates for a national audience what the statistics have long proven,” said Michael L. Lomax, president and chief executive officer of UNCF and a 1968 Morehouse graduate, in a press release issued on the topic. “UNCF’s small, private colleges can compete with colleges and universities across the country in their ability to give tomorrow’s leaders the education they need to succeed.”
According to the UNCF press release, HBCUs represent just three percent of the nation’s more than 4,000 colleges and universities, but 24 percent of all African American college students started college at HBCUs, according to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Additionally, HBCUs award 24 percent of the undergraduate degrees earned by African Americans.
The fact that US News has issued these rankings of black colleges, Lomax added, is in itself a testament to what HBCUs are accomplishing.
“It’s time that these colleges and universities stopped being the best-kept secrets in American higher education. The 60,000 students who attend UNCF colleges know what these colleges offer, and so do the 350,000 Americans who have graduated from them,” he said. “Now, thanks to U.S. News, the rest of the country will know, too.”
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