Alcorn rises into top 20 best HBCUs in 2018 U. S. News & World Report ranking

The list of accolades for Alcorn State University keeps growing, as the University moved up to the 19th best historically black college and university (HBCU) in the nation according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.

Alcorn jumped five spots from its position as 24th in the 2016 rankings. The University also ranks 37th in the Top Public Schools category, making it the only Mississippi HBCU to be ranked in the category. Alcorn remained amongst the Top 100 Best in the Regional Universities (South) category at number 95.

U. S. News recognizes highly ranked schools in different categories. Criteria evaluated in the U.S. News rankings include academic reputation, retention and graduation rates, among others. The organization ranked 74 HBCUs.

President Alfred Rankins shed light on the contributions of the entire Alcorn community to the University’s excellence.

“To consistently be ranked amongst the top schools in America is a credit to the great work our faculty, staff, students and alumni are putting into making Alcorn State University a quality institution of higher learning,” said Rankins. “We are honored for the recognition, and will continue our efforts to strive towards excellence.”

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Donzell Lee, credits the University for offering its student’s an experience of a lifetime.

“Alcorn is a place where students can come and earn an excellent and affordable education while creating life-long bonds with their peers,” said Lee. “This latest achievement is confirmation that our work is paying dividends and we are heading in the right direction.”

U.S News & World Report is a leading reference for prospective students seeking a college degree in a variety of fields. To be part of the ranking, a school must be designated by the Department of Education as an HBCU, be a baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students, and have been part of this year’s Best Colleges survey and ranking process.

To view the 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, please visit usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/hbcu.