Fisk University retains its ranking as the fifth best HBCU among the eighty-one schools listed in the 2009 edition of the “Historically Black Colleges and Universities” listings by U.S.News & World Report, the nation’s leading source of service journalism and news. The exclusive rankings are available online at:
To determine the rankings among HBCUs, U.S. News gathers data from and about each school in different areas related to academic excellence. Each indicator is assigned a weight (expressed as a percentage) based on the magazine’s judgments about which measures of quality matter most.
The following indicators were used to determine Fisk’s rank:
Peer Assessment (25 percent)
Retention (25 percent)
Faculty Resources (20 percent)
Student Selectivity (15 percent)
Financial Resources (10 percent)
Alumni Giving Rate (5 percent)
Final scores for each ranked school were rounded to the nearest whole number and ranked in descending order. Schools that receive the same rank are tied and are listed in alphabetical order.
“For nearly a quarter century, consulting the U.S.News & World Report rankings has been a vital first step for prospective college students and their parents in the complex process of determining which institution best fits their goals,” said U.S.News & World Report’s editor, Brian Kelly. “Designed as a one-stop resource, the rankings supply hard data and analysis to help college applicants make apples-to-apples comparisons of schools across the country. Through these rankings, and the ‘America’s Best Colleges’ guidebook, our goal is to help equip students and their families to make a knowledgeable decision based on clear, comparative research.”
Fisk University is a coeducational university in Nashville, Tennessee that is grounded in liberal arts. A recent National Science Foundation study revealed that Fisk alumni earned more doctorate degrees in the natural sciences than African-American graduates from any other college or university in the nation. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Fisk is ranked 1st of moderately selective colleges when it comes to graduating low-income students.