The September issue of Ebony, the largest-circulation news magazine published for the African American community in the United States will publish five lists of the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country. Oakwood University, the Seventh-day Adventist-affiliated institution in Huntsville, Alabama, ranks number one on the list of top science programs.
The other top black educational institutions in the country, according to Ebony, are Alabama State University in the liberal arts and Alcorn State University in the social sciences. Two professional schools at historically black institutions are also included in the listings, the business school at Morehouse College and the law school at Southern University and A&M College. Melody Thuston released this information on behalf of the publisher, Johnson Publishing Company.
Tim Allston, public relations director at Oakwood, has told Adventist Today that this is not a total surprise since the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education published a news article earlier this summer which placed Oakwood with the fifth largest number of graduates of historically black colleges who have applied to medical school this year.
Oakwood had more than 40 seniors from the class of 2012 who have applied to medical schools. The largest number among the historically black institutions is 87 at Howard University in Washington DC. Xavier University in New Orleans had 68, Spelman College had 57 and Hampton University ranked in the same range as Oakwood.
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