Top HBCU Liberal Arts College Rankings 2014

Last Updated on May 30, 2018

HBCU Liberal Arts College Rankings: A Johnson C. Smith female French language major looks at a globe in the media center. JCSU has been recognized as one of the top-ranked liberal arts colleges in 2014 by Washington Monthly magazine.
Photo via Johnson C. Smith University.

Independent news magazine-Washington Monthly has recently released its annual Liberal Arts College Rankings list. Known for its unique standard and methodology, the magazine evaluates and ranks colleges in the Unites States based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories. It rates schools based on their ability to recruit and graduate low income students (Social Mobility), their production of cutting edge scholarship and PhDs (Research), and how they encourage students to give something back to their nation (Service).

Founded in 1969, Washington Monthly is a non-profit bimonthly magazine that takes pride in their ranking system. Unlike, traditional college rankings, it does not rely on ‘crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige for its rankings.' Rather it evaluates institutions based on what they are doing for their students and the country. The publication has mentioned that it does not consider any one criterion more important than the other. Instead, while calculating the final score it weighs all three criteria equally.

Among 246 schools ranked in 2014, 14 Historically Black Colleges and Universities have proudly made to the list. Here are the names of the HBCU’s that have been considered worthy to be included in the Liberal Arts College Rankings list.

HBCU Liberal Arts College Rankings 

Tougaloo College Tougaloo, MS
Claflin University Orangeburg, SC
28 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
31 Morehouse College Atlanta, GA
38 Spelman College Atlanta, GA
Fisk University Nashville, TN
80 Savannah State University Savannah, GA*
Dillard University New Orleans, LA
Rust College Holly Springs, MS
157 Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, NC
178 Bennett College for Women Greensboro, NC
180 West Virginia State University  Dunbar, WV*
189 Kentucky State University Frankfort, KY*
206 Huston-Tillotson University Austin, TX

*Indicates a public school

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