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Virginia State University named one of the Best Colleges for African Americans.

Published date: May 20, 2016

Virginia State University has been named one of the nation’s top 20 “Best Colleges for African Americans.” The listing was released recently by ESSENCE magazine. ESSENCE partnered with Money magazine to create the list of schools in the U.S. that best serve African Americans.

The research considered data compiled by Money Magazine for its annual “Best Colleges” ranking. The data included: graduation rates, net college costs after financial aid, and graduates early-career earnings. Virginia State University ranked number 20 out of ALL the colleges and universities in the United States. VSU ranked 2nd for all the Universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and 6th among all HBCU’s.

In addition to the Money Magazine criteria, ESSENCE also considered the racial climate on each campus. The top schools were found to provide Black students with the best combination of: representation, affordability, and postgrad earnings. For each school on the list, African Americans make up at least 10 percent of the student body.

“We pride ourselves in being recognized among the best Universities in the nation,” says VSU President, Makola Abdullah, Ph.D. “We are a university of opportunity and excellence; this ranking acknowledges and demonstrates our commitment and success in providing excellent educational opportunities for our students.”

In describing Virginia State, ESSENCE noted, “Whether it’s high ranking for programs in criminal justice and animation or it’s recognition for the academic excellence of student–athletes, Virginia State is a public university that has great opportunities for students across the board. The school developed an emphasis on entrepreneurship and workforce development for all students.”

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