June 13, 2014 - The U.S. News and World Report found Fort Valley State University ranked in the top ten list of HBCU alumni that donate the most back to help their alma mater. The university ranked number seven in the nation, and number three in the state on the U.S. News Short List for alums that give the most money. Claflin University, Spelman College and Morehouse College were ranked in the top three.
The publication decided to examine a short list, separate from the overall school rankings, to magnify the individual data points of the report, in order to provide parents with a way to find undergraduate or graduate programs that excel, or have room to grow.
According to the report, financial contributions to colleges in the U.S. rose nine percent in 2013. Of the $33.8 billion donated to higher education institutions in 2013, 26.6 percent came from alums according to the 2013 Voluntary Support of Education report by the Council for Aid to Education.
The report found that for historically black colleges and universities, the average percentage of alums giving back to their schools hovers below ten percent. But, some HBCUs, like Fort Valley State, have alums that donate at a much higher rate. The U.S. News and World Report examined 45 ranked institutions within their short list.
Other schools that also had high average alumni giving rates included Tuskegee, Livingstone College, and Central Ohio State University.
Christina D. Milton, writer/social media specialist
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