Fisk University was ranked fifth for the second consecutive year among the eighty-one historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) listed in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Black Colleges” rankings for 2009.
Fisk shared top five honors with Spelman College, Howard University, Morehouse College and Hampton University. Fisk’s freshman retention rate (84%), student to faculty ratio (11/1), academic excellence among incoming freshmen (20-23 average ACT Score, 43% of incoming freshmen finished in the top 25% of their high school class) and alumni giving rate (25%) were key statistics that led to Fisk’s ranking.
Fisk also earned eighth place on the “Top 50 Colleges for African Americans” list by Black Enterprise Magazine. The magazine considered a pool of 1,400 colleges, based on their accreditation as four-year institutions that contain a minimum African American population of three percent. More than 700 higher education professionals completed surveys on peer institutions to comprise the listings. Measurements on the survey included social and academic environments ranked from one (week) to five (strong), as well as African American graduation rates and the percentage of African American students included in the undergraduate population. Fisk finished with social and academic scores of 4.3 out of 5 and eclipsed Hampton University, Howard University and Morehouse College in the category of average high school grade point average (3.4) of incoming freshmen.