SC State excels as one of the leading HBCU’s in America

Sunday, August 23, 2009

SC State University earned the #13 spot among America’s Best Historically Black Colleges in the 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.

Over the past 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.

For the third year in a row, U.S.News & World Report has ranked schools with the best undergraduate education at historically black colleges and universities. The colleges were compared only with one another for these rankings, using a special peer survey among only the HBCUs. In total, there were 80 black colleges and universities eligible to be ranked.

“We are excited about this modest ranking change for SC State University. The new ranking validates progress against our strategic vision to be recognized as one of the top 25 public universities among peer institutions. It acknowledges the hard work by faculty and staff, response to increasing admissions policies approved by the SC State University Board of Trustees and changing recruitment strategies to recruit a diverse student body (economic, ethnic and geographical). The rankings also makes us more competitive and strengthens our brand among state, regional and peer institutions, said SC State President George E. Cooper.”

In order to be on the HBCU Black Colleges and Universities 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 2010 America's Best College rankings.

U.S. News and World Report focuses on the following guidelines for rankings:
• Peer Assessment 25%
• Freshmen retention rate 25%
• Graduation rate 20%
• Student faculty 15%
• Financial Resources 10%
• Alumni Giving 5%

SC State ranked #15 among HBCUs in the country in the 2009 US News and World Report Best College rankings.