U.S. News & World Report Ranks The Lincoln University Among Nation’s Top 20 Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – The Lincoln University ranked among the top 20 for Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), advancing seven places from last year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual HBCU rankings released this month.

In total, there were 81 HBCUs; 70 of which were ranked and 11 of those were unranked. Schools designated as such by the U.S. Department of Education were compared only to one another for this ranking and were ranked  based on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and is based on U.S. News & World Report’s nonpartisan view of what matters in education.

 “I think our advancement in the HBCU rankings demonstrates and highlights our commitment to enhance the quality of our academic programs, resources and environment for our students,” said Dr. Robert R. Jennings, president of The Lincoln University.  “Our progress is no small accomplishment and we hope to move even higher on the list in years to come.”

The indicators used to capture academic quality fall into six categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

According to U.S. News, the data that were used in the HCBU rankings – except the peer survey results, which used a separate HBCU peer assessment survey – were the same as those published and used in the 2014 edition of the Best Colleges rankings.

The HBCU rankings are as follows with multiple schools holding the same ranking in some cases, while other rankings were not given:

1. Spelman College
2. Morehouse College
3. Howard University
4. Fisk University
5. Tuskegee University
5. Xavier University of Louisiana
7. Claflin University
8. North Carolina A&T State University
9. Clark Atlanta University
9. Delaware State University
9. Florida A&M University
12. Dillard University
12. North Carolina Central University
14. Johnson C. Smith University
14. Tennessee State University
14. Tougaloo College
17. Winston-Salem State University
18. Elizabeth City State University
18. Morgan State University
20. Alabama A&M University
20. The Lincoln University – Pennsylvania

For the complete list of HBCU rankings according to the US News and World Report, visit:


The Lincoln University, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society.  Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women.  Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. 

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