HBCUs Do Not Fare Well in Rankings of the Nation’s Best Graduate and Professional Schools

U.S. News and World Report recently released its 2020 rankings of the best graduate and professional schools in the United States. Some of the graduate and professional schools at historically Black colleges and universities were included in the rankings, but in all cases, they were far down the list of the best schools and programs.

The rankings included 131 business schools. The highest-ranking HBCU business school was at Howard University in Washington, D.C. It ranked as the 70th best school.

Howard University also had the top-ranked law school among the HBCUs. Howard was in the 107th position in the rankings.

Florida A&M University was the 102nd highest-ranked engineering school. This was the highest-ranking for an engineering school at a HBCU. Howard University held the 140th position in engineering.

The nursing school at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles had the highest-ranked nursing school among HBCUs. It sat in 159th place.

Howard University had the highest ranking among HBCUs for its College of Education. It is ranked 112th in the nation.


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  1. Howard University’s School of Social Work was ranked #25 from what I can see. There’s no mention of this in this article. I believe they maintained the ranking they held last year. This should be commended!

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