Washington, D.C. – August 17, 2010 – Fisk University is one of three Historically Black Colleges and Universities to earn a tier one ranking on the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.
Fisk, ranked #122, finished behind Spelman (#59) and ahead of Morehouse (#127) on the tier one list consisting of 246 national colleges and universities.
The exclusive rankings, which include rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at http://www.usnews.com/colleges, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31.
Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.
That Fisk moved from Tier 2 to Tier 1 is extremely rare and demonstrates the continuity of emphasis on academic excellence and cultivation of the whole person.
The 2011 Best Colleges feature the established rankings of the Best National Universities and Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, while also including rankings of A+ Schools for B Students, Great Schools at Great Prices, and Up-and-Coming Schools, among others.
The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges. U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges’ ranking methodology and presentation. For more details on these changes, go to http://www.usnews.com/collegemeth.