FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – In the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Kentucky State University leaped into the top-25 of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) category. Ranked 22nd, the University climbed 16 spots from last year, when it ranked 38th.
Kentucky State is now the 12th-highest ranked public HBCU on the list, rising from 21st last year.
According to the U.S. News methodology, the publication surveys administrators at the nation’s HBCUs, asking the president, provost and admissions dean at each to rate the academic quality of all other HBCUs with which they are familiar.
Indicators include graduation and retention rates, social mobility, high school class standing, admission test scores, the strength of faculty and more.
Kentucky State also rose in the best regional colleges in the South category, improving to 30thfrom 33rd last year.
Kentucky was also named one of the top four top public schools among regional colleges in the South.