Tennessee State University has been ranked among the top 20 historically black colleges and universities, according to a new study from U.S. News and World Report.
The Best College Rankings for 2013 has TSU listed at number 19 out of 80 eligible private and public historically black colleges surveyed.
Spelman College was at the top, followed by Howard University and Morehouse College.
University officials said the listing and other national recognition continue to emphasize TSU's academic reputation among universities across the country.
"We are pleased that a national audience will be reminded that TSU is an outstanding educational institution that encourages leadership, service and commitment to the community we serve," said Dr. John Cade, associate provost.
The historically black colleges on the list were compared only with one another for the rankings.
In order to be on the list, a school must be designated currently by the U.S. Department of Education as a historically black college. To qualify for the U.S. News ranking, a historically black college also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first year, first-time students and must be a school that is currently part of the 2012 Best Colleges rankings.
The rankings also used a separate peer survey among administrators, asking the president, provost and admission deans at each to rate the academic quality of all the other historically black colleges and universities with which they were familiar.
In addition to the survey results, the rankings are based on retention, graduation rates, test scores and the strength of faculty.
The complete ranking is available at U.S. News and World Report.
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