Tougaloo College Ranks #12 in HBCUs

Natosha Pengarthit ‘18

According to US NEWS & World Report, Tougaloo College and Delaware State rank #12 for Best Colleges of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Historically black institutions were compared only with one another for these rankings. All HBCUs listed met the requirement of being an institution currently designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU as well as an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students.

In total, 80 HBCUs were eligible to be included on the list; seventy-six (76) of those were ranked. Among the 76 ranked HBCUs, institutions that placed in the top three-fourths display their individual ranks. The remaining ranked schools display the bottom quartile ranking range and are listed alphabetically. The top two schools are Spelman and Howard.

The U.S. News ranking system rests on two pillars: quantitative and qualitative measures proposed by education experts as standards of academic nature. These standards fall into six categories: outcome measures, assessment by administrators at peer HBCUs, faculty resources, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.

Tougaloo has an acceptance rate of 51.8% according to According to another study put out by Niche, Tougaloo is ranked #2 among the most liberal colleges in Mississippi.