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How does USNews rank HBCUs, and should I care?

Currently a junior and I’m starting to look into colleges, particularly HBCUs. I stumbled upon the USNews HBCU rankings and was wondering how much stock I should put into these rankings. Are there aspects they overlook that are important to consider, especially for an HBCU?

7 months ago

US News ranks HBCUs based on the same criteria they use for all other schools—graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and peer assessment. However, these factors may not fully capture the unique environment and benefits that HBCUs offer, such as a strong sense of community, support for students of color, and often a rich historical legacy.

While rankings can provide a starting point in evaluating colleges, they should not be the sole factor in your decision. Consider what you value in a college experience—perhaps a robust academic program in your field of interest, cultural fit, opportunities for internships and networking, or support services that cater to the needs of students like yourself. Visit campuses if you can, talk to current students and alumni, and look beyond traditional measures of prestige to understand the real value that each HBCU brings. Remember, the best college for you is the one where you will thrive academically and personally, not necessarily the one at the top of a list.

Lastly, consider how each HBCU is viewed within the respective field you're interested in. Some schools might be particularly well-respected for certain majors or have strong connections with industries that aren't necessarily reflected in US News rankings. Above all, trust your intuition and preferences as much as the statistics, and you'll find a school where you can excel and enjoy your college experience.

7 months ago

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