Delaware State University is now in the top 10 among 81 Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.
U.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of HBCUs today. Del State is now in 9th place, up from 13, tied with Clark Atlanta University and Florida A&M University.
“There has never been any doubt in my mind that the continuation of DSU’s rise in the… rankings has been within our capacity because of some very strategic work by the entire DSU family,” DSU President Harry Lee Williams said. “The ranking is just one measure that says, ‘yes, DSU is on the right path.'”
The HBCU rankings are based on things like academic quality, peer assessments, student retention, faculty and financial resources as well as alumni giving. DSU says its improvements in peer assessments, SAT scores of incoming freshmen and its freshmen retention rate are among the reasons behind the university’s continued rise in the ranking.
When U.S. News & World Report first published its HBCU ranking in 2008, DSU ranked #22, and rose to #17 in 2009 and 2010. Since Dr. Williams assumed the DSU presidency in 2010, the University moved up to #15 in 2011, #13 in 2012 and now to #9 in 2013.
Once again Spelman College of Atlanta, Ga. has earned the top spot in the country by the magazine, a distinction it has held since 2008. Morehouse College came in second, followed by Howard University, rounding out the top three.