College Rankings: A primary source of information

Colleges and universities are ranked on how they respond to a series of queries designed by a ranking systems. The ultimate barometer is the decision of the student and their parents/advisors. 

Ranking systems can provide major benefits for the prospective college student by providing ratings for each school’s demographics.

Most publications, like U.S. News & World Report, collects data on colleges and universities in areas such as:
• Graduation rates
• Retention rates
• Middle 50 percent of standardized test scores
• Percent of classes with under 20 students
• Percent of applicants accepted
• Percentage admitted who ranked in the top 10 percent.

This site provides  information for HBCU rankings that prospective students can use to compare a particular school standings on a given item such as the schools with the top enrollments, ethnic diversity, sports participation and more.

Alvin Schexnider, former chancellor of Winston Salem State University, talks about the challenges HBCUs face and the historical context for those challenges.