Virginia Union University Breaks into the Top 50 HBCU according to U.S. News & World Report 

September 13, 2021

(Richmond, Virginia – September 13, 2021) – Virginia Union University is listed as a Top 50 HBCU, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges rankings released on September 13, for the first time in university history. Additionally, the rankings list VUU as a top 30 performer on social mobility. 

"Virginia Union University is focused on enhancing the academic experience and career preparation of our 21st Century students," said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President & CEO of Virginia Union University. "This ranking is in line with what our market research found that VUU is the highest value and most affordable option among peer institutions. We are proud that our dedicated work and perseverance are recognized as we continue to move upward toward an even higher best-in-class ranking." 

VUU moved up seven spots in the 2022 Best HBCUs rankings, from 55 to 48. U.S. News & World Report ranking measures the quality of the undergraduate education at historically Black colleges and universities and compares HBCUs with one another for this ranking.

Regarding social mobility, U.S. News and World Report lists VUU as a Top 30 performer on social mobility. According to the publication, this indicator measures the performance of students who received federal Pell Grants. The social mobility ranking was computed by aggregating the two ranking factors assessing graduation rates of Pell-awarded students: Pell Grant graduation rates and Pell Grant graduation rate performance. U.S. News and World Reports’ full analysis of Virginia Union University can be found here. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/virginia-union-university-3766