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FAMU Tops List of HBCUs in New 2021 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

FAMU Tops List of HBCUs in New 2021 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings
Posted By: Will Moss on September 14, 2020

Florida A&M University once again is the highest-ranked public historically Black college and university, according to U.S News & World Report 2021 Best Colleges ranking of Top Public Universities.

FAMU ranked 117 among Top Public Universities, up from No. 123 a year ago. The next highest ranked public HBCU, North Carolina A&T University, lands at 136.

The U.S News & World Report 2021 Best Colleges rankings were released Monday morning.
Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson

“Our rankings reflect the university’s commitment to student success and our motto 'Excellence with Caring,'” FAMU President Larry Robinson said in a release.

Robinson’s goal is to land FAMU in the top 100 of national public universities.

“Rankings are important barometers, but it is impossible to measure the hard work of everyone on our team and the impacts of our students throughout their careers,” he stated.



Among the Top 10 HBCUs, FAMU is tied for 7th, behind private schools, Spelman, Howard, Xavier (Louisiana), Tuskegee, Morehouse, and Hampton University.

In the HBCU category, FAMU is tied as the top public HBCU, with North Carolina A&T University.
FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Kelvin Lawson

FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Kelvin Lawson said the rankings illustrate “what we can do with a focused plan and improved investment is our critical priorities.”
Florida A&M University campus

Among the other highlights of the annual survey, FAMU ranked No. 20 in social mobility, a reflection of the six-year graduation rate of Pell grant eligible students.

Robinson said the social mobility ranking is “the truest indicator” of FAMU’s ability to alter the economic trajectory of individuals and families for generations.

“We’ve long known that HBCUs play a key role in the growth of the Black middle class,” Robinson said. “This ranking confirms FAMU’s commitment to continuing this tradition while welcoming any and all to join the FAMULY.”

Contact senior writer Byron Dobson at bdobson@tallahassee.com or on Twitter @byrondobson.
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