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Voorhees College ranks as a Best Regional College in the South

The U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Voorhees College as a Best Regional College in the South in the Top Colleges and Universities for 2021. The Denmark, South Carolina institution is also ranked as the10th Best Regional College in the South for Social Mobility.

The annual rankings are based on graduation rates, graduation rates for low-income students, the amount of student loan debt students hold, opinions from a panel of experts, student to faculty ratio, faculty pay, test scores of incoming first-year students, and more. Among the 850 colleges and universities in the southern United States, Voorhees is listed as the 55th Best Regional College in the South.

The first college founded by an African American woman, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, Voorhees is also significantly ranked within the sphere of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  It is ranked the number 3 in the state of South Carolina and tied at number 50 – with two other institutions – among the 107 HBCUs. 

Voorhees College Interim President Dr. Ronnie Hopkins said the rankings by U.S. News and World Report are a strong indicator of te impact the college is making. “These external assessments are a testament to the quality of education that Voorhees College has been offering for over a hundred years.” He added, “As we prepare to celebrate our 125th year of existence in 2022, we are committed to providing even greater service and a higher quality of education for our students and community.”

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About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at


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