SC State University Sustains Top HBCU Ranking with U.S. News and World Report

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

US News Best CollegesU.S. News and World Report has once again identified the top colleges and universities throughout the United States. Proclaiming its historic reputation as the only public Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the state of South Carolina, SC State ranked No. 15 out of 80 on the HBCU list and fifth in the nation amongst public HBCUs.

For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has produced a ranking of the undergraduate education at HBCUs.  The colleges and universities, which were compared only with one another for these rankings, are deemed baccalaureate-granting institutions that enroll primarily first-year, first-time students and are part of the U.S. News and World Report 2012 America’s Best College rankings.

Regarded as the most influential of all college rankings, U.S. News and World Report has identified America’s top colleges for more than two decades using guidelines to include peer assessment (25 percent), graduation and retention rates (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity  (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (five percent).

For more information on SC State’s ranking with U.S. News and World Report, visit