Stillman College has announced to students, alumni, community, and stakeholders that the school will withdraw from the U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings, effective immediately.

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There are organizations that do not accurately represent the impact that a Stillman degree has on the community, the state, and the nation," said Stillman College President Dr. Cynthia Warrick.


"Chief among these organizations is the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, which do not accurately measure and portray the value of a Stillman College education, nor the tremendous investments and outlook for our future, as we reshape our liberal arts profile to align with emerging workforce trends, like cybersecurity and data analytics."

In a message posted to the Stillman College website, Dr. Warrick called for the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings to create an independent task force including outside stakeholders to reevaluate the indicators used in developing the rankings.

Dr. Warrick says, "By incorporating factors that promote success at HBCUs like Stillman College, our students’ achievements and impact will be appropriately valued."

In the message Dr. Warrick mentioned six key reasons Stillman College has withdrawn from the U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings.

Those reasons were:

  • Standardized testing and the issues of resources and access
  • Stillman: A growing community for transfer students
  • Graduation rates are misleading
  • Missing metrics for unique populations
  • Stillman is a leader in social mobility for HBCUs
  • Incomplete metric of graduation rates


The news of Stillman's withdrawal comes just days after the college's 147th Commencement where 67% of their Class of 2023 graduated with honors.

For more information on Stillman's withdrawal from the U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings click here.

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