Fisk University is ranked eighth on the 2008-2009 “Top 50 Colleges for African Americans” list found in the September issue of Black Enterprise Magazine.
Fisk shares top ten honors with Spelman, Swarthmore, Morehouse and Amherst Colleges, in addition to Howard, Hampton, Harvard, Georgetown and Stanford Universities.
Rankings were compiled from a pool of 1,400 accredited, 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.
Founded in 1866, Fisk is Nashville’s first university. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African Americans who earn Ph.D.s in the natural sciences than any school in the nation.