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Florida A&M Ranked By U.S. News & World Report As Top Public HBCU

This is the fourth year in a row the Rattlesnakes placed at the top of the magazine’s ‘Best Colleges’ list.

Florida A&M University has been ranked the top public HBCU for the fourth year in a row, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2023” guidebook.

Released Sept. 13, FAMU also ranked No. 103 nationally among public universities. The institution ranked no. 7 among all public or private HBCUs, with Atlanta’s Spelman College at No. 1.

“FAMU continues to carve a path forward in educating and training our graduates to have an impact in the communities where they live, work and serve,” the university’s president Larry Robinson said in a statement. “These rankings are no reason for complacency. They will encourage and inspire us to even greater achievements. We have more work to do.”

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FAMU’s Class of 2026 has a 3.91 incoming grade point average, according to Robinson.

“I’m excited by our continued rise in the rankings. It’s confirmation that we are moving in the right direction despite our short-term challenges. I am convinced our new strategic plan creates the framework for even greater improvements in the coming years,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Kelvin Lawson.

FAMU is currently crafting a five-year plan, but their previous plan, which covered 2017 to 2022, focused on improving retention, six-year graduation rates, expanding faculty research options, improving infrastructure, and more.

The U.S. News & World Report’s guidebook reviews 392 institutions, including 209 public, 179 private, and four for-profits offering undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

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