Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been listed as one of the top “Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Where Freshmen Return” by U.S. News & World Report.
Announced on April 15, FAMU ranked No. 4 on the “Freshman Return” list with an average freshman retention rate of 79.5 percent.
The “Freshman Return” list reveals the top 10 institutions, out of 68 ranking HBCUs, with the highest average freshman retention rate for first-year students from fall 2008-2011. FAMU exceeded the list’s average freshman retention rate of 63.5 by 16 percent. The rankings are based on the publication’s 2013 survey.
"One of the common challenges HBCU’s and many other institutions face is institutionalizing, in a systematic and sustained manner, initiatives to increase student retention, progression and graduation. This is due in impart to economic disparities," said William Hudson Jr., vice president for Student Affairs. "This top ranking by U.S News & World Report is a crucial testament to FAMU's ability to rise to the occasion, despite the odds, and meet these challenges through its tireless efforts to recruit, retain and graduate the nation's best and brightest students."
U.S. News also names FAMU among the top 10 HBCU's in the nation in its 2014 rankings.