DSU rises in ranking of Historically Black College and Universities

Delaware State University has moved up to 12th in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of public and private Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs).

Among public HBCUs, the University is the 4th highest ranked, trailing only North Carolina A&T University (tied for No. 7), Florida A&M University (No. 9) and North Carolina Central University (No. 10). Behind Delaware State University among public institutions is Morgan State University (which is ranked 14th overall).

Last year, the University ranked 13th.

Delaware State University President Dr. Wilma Mishoe said the University’s continued elevation in the HBCU rankings means the institution is moving in the right direction.

“While being ranked 12th is very respectable, we firmly believe Delaware State University’s best is yet to come,” Dr. Mishoe said. “As we strive for and achieve higher levels of excellence, our continued future rise in the ranking will be just one of many positive results of our earnest efforts here at Delaware State University.”

The magazine’s rankings are based on retention and graduation rates – 22 percent of the ranking criteria scoring. The other categories and the weight they are given include: peer assessment (25 percent), financial resources (10 percent), alumni giving (5 percent), as well as other areas. Social mobility – a new category weighted at 8% — measures a school’s success at graduating low income students.

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