U.S. News and World Report has released its Fall list of their Best College Rankings for 2016 that included Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCUs that are on the list of Black Colleges are compared to one another in a separate list of HBCU rankings. In order to obtain consideration the Universities must be a part of the U.S. Department of Education Registry of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Eighty of the one hundred HBCUs were eligible for the 2016 rankings but of the 80 only 72 made the cut. One additional criteria is that the qualifying universities must grant undergraduate baccalaureate degrees and enroll first time and first year university students.
The criteria for the rankings include other factors such as the student body, academic quality, financial resources, faculty selection, and alumni giving. Alcorn State University is tied for 27th on the list with Albany State University. Alcorn has proven its dedication to making education affordable in a caring, nurturing environment. Malaika Ali, a Freshman Nursing major from Mobile, Alabama stated, “I have always wanted to be a nurse and pursue a career in the medical field and looking into Alcorn I have always wanted to attend an HBCU and with them having a good nursing program and no out of state fees I was sold on attending.”
Alcorn State plans to continue in its quest to become the premiere HBCU in the country. To read the full rankings go to http://colleges.usnews.rankings andreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/hbcu.