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U.S. News and World Report ranks Virginia State University as a Top-Ranked HBCU

Published date: September 10, 2018

Virginia State University (VSU) is ranked as the No. 19 historically black college or university on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. This is up 12 spots from the 2018 rankings where the University was ranked No. 31.

“The ranking is evidence of the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said President Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. “This ranking further supports that Virginia State University is committed in providing a transformative experience for students.”

VSU was also ranked on the U. S. News & World Report ranking as No. 29 as a top public school. Additionally, the University was ranked No. 78 in the “Regional Universities South” category.

This announcement comes just a couple of months after the University was named the Best HBCU and Best Board of Trustees by HBCU Digest, an online blog.

According to the U. S. News & World Report website, the HBCUs were compared only with one another for these rankings. To be on the list, a school must be currently designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU. To qualify for the U.S. News rankings, an HBCU also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must be a school that is part of the 2019 Best Colleges rankings. In total, 80 HBCUs were eligible to be included on the list. For more information, visit

About Virginia State University

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is a public, comprehensive 1890 Land Grant institution and historically black college/university which is the home to nearly 4,500 students. The University is committed to the preparation of a diverse population of men and women through the advancement of academic programs and services. The University offers 31 undergraduate degree programs, 17 graduate degree programs, two doctoral degree programs, and seven certificate program. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.