SC State University Ranks 14th Among Top HBCU's in the U.S.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

US NewsSC State University, the only public, Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in South Carolina, has earned the 14th spot among America’s HBCU’s with U.S. News and World Report. 


To appear on the HBCU rankings list, a school must be currently designated by the Department of Education as an HBCU, a status created as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  Additionally, the college or university must be a baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must have been a school that is currently part of the U.S. News & World Report 2011 America’s Best College rankings.


“SC State University is dedicated to providing our students with exceptional educational opportunities in the state and is honored to once again earn a top spot in U.S. News and World Report’s HBCU listing. Our mission is to create a diverse learning environment for a faculty, staff and students, as it has been modestly presented through this acknowledgement,” said SC State President George E. Cooper.


This marks the fourth year that U.S. News & World Report has ranked schools with the best undergraduate education at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). The colleges were compared only with one another for these rankings, using a special peer survey among only the HBCUs.
Additional guidelines for rankings include the following categories and percentages:

  • Peer assessment: 25%
  • Freshmen retention rate: 25%
  • Graduation rate: 20%
  • Student faculty: 15%
  • Financial resources: 10%
  • Alumni giving: 5%

For more than 26 years, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The America's Best Colleges ranking package, which includes extensive editorial content and multimedia resources, has helped families navigate the difficult decisions involved throughout the college process, from college admission and selection to financing options.