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Voorhees University improves its standings in U.S. News & World Report Best HBCUs ranking

Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees University tied for #26 in the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) ranking released Sept. 12, improving its position from #46 last year. Voorhees tied with four other HBCUs, including Johnson C. Smith and Prairie View A&M universities. It also ranked the second-best HBCU in South Carolina and #13 among the best private HBCUs nationally, which was an improvement from #18 last year.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the ranking measures the quality of the undergraduate education at HBCUs. The 76 institutions ranked were compared only with one another.

“We know that there is excellence among us, and this ranking is a testament to that excellence,” said Ronnie Hopkins, president of Voorhees University. “Since the ranking measures the quality of the undergraduate educational experience, I am elated that our faculty are among the best in the nation in providing an exceptional teaching and learning experience for our students. I also applaud the staff who support them in that effort. We are moving our institution to the next level of excellence.”

Statistical indicators used in the HBCU ranking are nearly the same as those used in the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings for schools in the Regional Universities and Regional Colleges categories, but with different weights. Voorhees tied for #33 with the University of Tennessee Southern in the best Regional Colleges South category this year, improving from a tied position of #48 with the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, last year. In this category, Voorhees ranked #1 for best value and #3 for social mobility—which measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.

Criteria used for the ranking include but are not limited to peer assessment, average first-year retention rate, graduation rate, class size, student-to-faculty ratio, and SAT/ACT scores.

According to U.S. News, a school must currently be listed as part of the White House and U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunities through HBCUs to be included in the U.S. News HBCU ranking.

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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