Afro American

Spelman College remained at the top of the heap in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of historically Black colleges and universities.

The publication recently issued its yearly ranking of the best tertiary education institutions in the United States, including the best national universities, best public schools, best national liberal arts colleges, and best HBCUs.

As it was last year, Atlanta’s Spelman College—a liberal arts college for women—was considered No. 1 among the nation’s HBCUs, and Howard University in Washington, D.C., remained a step behind. Hampton University in Virginia moved up a rung to third place, however, switching places with Morehouse College in Atlanta, which moved from third place to fourth. Rounding out the top five was Tuskegee University in Alabama, maintaining the spot it has held for the past two years.

Completing the top 10, in order of rank, were: Xavier University, of New Orleans; Fisk University, of Nashville, Tenn.; Claflin University, of Orangeburg, S.C., which moved up one spot from last year; North Carolina A&T State University, of Greensboro, N. C., which also moved up one rank; and Florida A&M University, of Tallahassee, Fla., which moved down two positions from last year. read more