Earlier this week, Forbes released its America’s Top Colleges Ranking 2015. For the institutions that made the cut, current students, alumni, professors, and prospective students have many reasons to be proud. The US is home to thousands of colleges and universities, Forbes salutes 650.

Higher learning institutions place tremendous value in not just being an accredited institution, but in rising in the ranks to become a prestigious, accredited recognition. These rankingsDisplaying Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 12.21.48 PM.png influence budget, decisions for the prospective student, the nature of prospective students, funding, reputation, alumni contribution, and many other crucial elements to the schools.

Spelman is the first historically black college or university (HBCU) that appears on the 2015 list. The all-female school is highlighted for its 27 major offerings and for notable alumni like author Alice Walker and Sam’s Club President and CEO Rosalind Brewer. One of the earlier HBCUs, and the nation’s oldest institution of higher education for Black women, this settlement of sisterhood was founded in 1881, and the achievement dates back just as far. Forbes recognizes Spelman as one of the premier HBCU’s, ranking it #273 overall, #196 in private colleges, #55 in the south, and #89 in ‘Grateful Graduates’ (a list measuring colleges and universities with the best return on investment).

These ladies have a legacy of excellence and several reasons to be proud, congratulations.

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written by: Brittany Ireland