Fisk University in Forbes’ Top College Rankings


Edwina Harris Hamby, Ph.D.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement


615-329-8768 office

615-473-7325 cellular

NASHVILLE, TN, JULY 24, 2013–Forbes’ magazine released its 650 Top Colleges’ rankings today and Fisk University ranks #188, the fourth highest ranked institution in Tennessee, ahead of the University of Tennessee, Belmont University, Christian Brothers University, East Tennessee State University and Tennessee State University.

Fisk also ranked #134 among all private institutions in the nation and #38 among all institutions in the South. Fisk is the highest ranked historically black college/university on the list.

President H. James Williams commented, “The Fisk brand of academic excellence continues to be validated by these rankings.  We are delighted with this good news, which comes just after our announcement that we ended fiscal year 2013 in the black.”

The FORBES list of 650 schools distinguishes itself from competitors by its focus on “output” over “input.”  The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), in conjunction with Forbes, compiled its college rankings using five general categories, with several component factors within each category. The weightings for each category are listed in parentheses:  Student Satisfaction (25%), Post-Graduate Success (35%), Student Debt (17.5%), Four-year Graduation Rate (11.25%), and Academic Success (11.25%).

For additional information, please contact Dr. Edwina Harris Hamby at or (615) 329-8768 or (615) 473-7325.

About Fisk University

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and currently ranks in the top 20% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to The Washington Monthly. Fisk has been ranked in The Princeton Review’s “Best Southeastern Colleges” publication for twenty consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk #145 in the elite Tier One group of 246 liberal arts institutions selected for the distinction among the 1,400 colleges and universities in the nation and Fisk is one of only three HBCUs ranked in Tier One. Fisk has earned four R&D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations. No other HBCU has ever earned an R&D 100 Award.  According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, please visit

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