FVSU Ranked as Georgia's No. 1 Public HBCU for Fourth Consecutive Year

by Mechell McCrary

Posted on Sep 14, 2021

Fort Valley State University (FVSU) has again been named Georgia's no. 1 public historically black college according to U.S. News & World Report's annual "˜Best Colleges' rankings. FVSU maintained the top position for the fourth consecutive year, ranking 38th in the nation among all HBCUs.

Published this week, the best colleges list also named FVSU as one of the top performing schools in the country for social mobility. Ranked ninth among all regional universities in the south, FVSU climbed an impressive 19 spots from last year's list making it a top 10 school in this category. The social mobility category recognizes the university's strength in helping economically disadvantaged students successfully matriculate and graduate.

"These rankings are indicative of our institution's mission to make higher education accessible to more students while preparing them for graduate school and careers that can change the trajectory of their lives for the better," said FVSU President Dr. Paul Jones.

The social mobility indicator measured how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants. The social mobility ranking was largely determined by assessing degree-completion rates of Pell-awarded students.

U.S. News & World Report is the global authority in education rankings. The annual rankings serve as a resource tool for prospective college students and their families when seeking an institution of higher learning. Now in its 37th year, the rankings evaluate more than 1,400 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality.

About Fort Valley State University

About Fort Valley State University Fort Valley State University is a talent incubator for students who believe in their brilliance. Located in the heart of Georgia, FVSU combines the personal attention and family feel of a small, private college with the resources and research found at large public universities. Located on the second-largest acreage of any Georgia university, it is the only university in the world which at once is a University System of Georgia institution, a historically black university, and an 1890 land-grant institution, with a directive to use knowledge to improve the lives of students and non-students alike. Historically referred to as "the light in the valley," FVSU's legacy is built upon the belief that every human being is entitled to limitless learning and the benefits of knowledge. Leveraging the reputation for excellence FVSU has built since 1895, the university is preparing students to embrace their genius as future global leaders and enabling discovery which will make real that which is only now imagined. That's why our motto and tagline is "empower the possible." Visit

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