The Lincoln University ranked among the top 20 for Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), advancing seven places from last year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual HBCU rankings released this month.

In total, there were 81 HBCUs, 70 of which were ranked and 11 that were unranked.  Schools designated as such by the U.S. Department of Education were compared only to one another for this ranking and were ranked based on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and is based on U.S. News & World Report’s nonpartisan view of what matters in education.  

“I think our advancement in the HBCU rankings demonstrates and highlights our commitment to enhance the quality of our academic programs, resources and environment for our students,” said Dr. Robert R. Jennings, president of The Lincoln University.  “Our progress is no small accomplishment and we hope to move even higher on the list in years to come.”

The indicators used to capture academic quality fall into six categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the data that was used in the HCBU rankings – except the peer survey results, which used a separate HBCU peer assessment survey, were the same as those published and used in the 2014 edition of the Best Colleges rankings.

The HBCU rankings are as follows, with schools sharing the same ranking in some cases:

1. Spelman College  
2. Morehouse College  
3. Howard University  
4. Fisk University  
5. Tuskegee University  
5. Xavier University of Louisiana  
7. Claflin University  
8. North Carolina A&T State University  
9. Clark Atlanta University  
9. Delaware State University  
9. Florida A&M University  
12. Dillard University  
12. North Carolina Central University  
14. Johnson C. Smith University  
14. Tennessee State University  
14. Tougaloo College  
17. Winston-Salem State University  
18. Elizabeth City State University  
18. Morgan State University  
20. Alabama A&M University  
20. The Lincoln University - Pennsylvania  
 
For the complete list of HBCU rankings according to the US News and World Report, visit:

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/hbcu.