US News & World Report Releases 2022-2023 HBCU Rankings, Methodology Explained


U.S News & World Report released the 2022-2023 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) rankings. The rankings occur annually to qualified institutions that are undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institutions that enrolls first time students. The methodology of how the list is made up goes as follows:

  • 77 HBCUs that were eligible to be included on the list were ranked
  • U.S. News used the same data in the HBCU rankings that was used in the 2022-2023 edition of the Best Colleges rankings, except for the peer survey results that were based on a separate HBCU peer assessment survey.
  • The ranking system is based on two pillars: quantitative and qualitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and U.S. News’ view of what matters in education.
  • The indicators used to capture academic quality fall into seven categories: outcome, measures, graduate indebtedness, assessment by administrators at peer HBCUs, faculty resources, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.

To read more about the methodology, visit the US News & World Report’s website linked here. Spelman College claimed the title as the top HBCU in the nation based on the list for the 15th consecutive year. Tuskegee and Delaware State made significant leaps in the rankings from last year and Claflin University and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University tied for the #9 spot in the rankings.

Below are the top 10 HBCUs ranked by U.S News & World Report

#1 Spelman College

Location: Atlanta, Georgia 

Last Year Ranking: 1

Acceptance rate: 52.6% (2020)

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,417 (Fall 2021) 

#2 Howard University

Location: Washington, DC

Last Year Ranking: 2

Acceptance rate: 38.6% (2020)

Undergraduate enrollment: 8,964 (Fall 2021)

#3 Tuskegee University

Location: Tuskegee, Alabama 

Last Year Ranking Tied For 4th with Morehouse & Hampton

Acceptance rate: 61.1% (2020)

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,184 (Fall 2021)

#4 Morehouse College

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Last Year Ranking: Tied for 4th with Tuskegee & Hampton

Acceptance rate: 77.1% (2020)

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,554 (Fall 2021)


#5 Xavier University of Louisiana 

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana 

Last year Ranking: 3

Acceptance rate: 80.6% (2020)

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,755 (Fall 2021)


#6 Hampton University


Location: Hampton, Virginia 

Last Year Ranking: Tied For 4th with Morehouse & Tuskegee

Acceptance rate: 36% (2020) 

Undergraduate enrollment:2,863 (Fall 2021)


#7 Florida A&M University

Location: Tallahassee, Florida 

Last Year Ranking: 7

Ranking Means That Florida A&M Is The #1 Public HBCU In The Nation

Acceptance rate: 33% (2020)

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,301 (Fall 2021) 


#8 Delaware State University 

DSU2-MCleryA Delaware State University student walks by the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center at DSU. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Location: Dover, Delaware

Last Year Ranking: 11 (Most significant gain in the top 10)

Acceptance rate: 40% (2020) 

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,399 (Fall 2021) 


#9 Claflin University (Tie)

Location: Orangeburg, South, Carolina 

Last Year Ranking: 10

Acceptance rate: 65% (2020)

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,779 (Fall 2021) 


#9 North Carolina A&T State University (Tie)

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina 

Last Year Ranking: 8

Acceptance rate: 56.7% (2020) 

Undergraduate enrollment: 13,560 (Fall 2022)


To see the full list as well as the list of the top colleges and universities in the nation visit the U.S. News & World Report website. 





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