The website BestColleges.com recently put out its own ranking of the top 30 historically Black colleges and universities or HBCUs in the United States and Morehouse College came out at the top of the heap.
By using its “established rankings methodology,” the website ranked the Atlanta institution as No. 1. Taking second place was Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Spelman College in Atlanta took third place.
BestColleges.com devises its ranking by factoring colleges’ and universities’ acceptance rates, retention rates, SAT and ACT scores of each school’s incoming class and graduation and enrollment rates.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education said it reached out to BestColleges.com to ask why Spelman College – who ranked first last month on U.S. World & News Report rankings – came in third, given that the college has a higher graduation and retention rates than Morehouse. In the response to JBHE, the website’s college analyst stated, “Unfortunately, Spelman did not report the SAT writing score of its entering class to IPEDS during the 2011 data collection. That missing data point threw off our calculation. However, we were able to track down the missing number, and we recalculated accordingly. Spelman now ranks at #3 on our list.”
BestColleges.com coined itself as a resource for prospective college students, who are looking to choose colleges or universities that are right for them. Through its use of student surveys, faculty surveys, independent research ranking systems and input of credible sources, the website has created a database of schools in the U.S. to help students and their families learn more about their options in the United States.