Winston-Salem State University was ranked fifth among top historically black colleges and universities by College Choice, an online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find colleges.
Tuskegee University took the top spot, followed by Hampton University, and Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The University of Arkansas was ranked fourth.
College Choice rankings of HBCUs are based exclusively on factors that college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to a nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market.
Historically black colleges and universities play a critical role in America’s educational landscape. There are more than 100 historically black colleges and universities, a majority of them located in the Southeast.
“Not only do historic black colleges and universities produce one-fifth of all African-American college graduates, they also do an extremely good job of generating graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related programs,” said Jenny Castro, lead editor of the ranking. “HBCUs serve as important pipelines for students whose families have never graduated from institutions of higher learning.” John Hinton, Winston-Salem Journal, Saturday, July 25, 2015