Kentucky State University ranks among the country’s top liberal arts institutions, which emphasize undergraduate education, according to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

U.S. News and World Report also ranked KSU 25th among historically black universities in the nation.

The rankings were released today on the magazine’s website, The results also will be included in the magazine’s September issue, which will hit the newsstands Sept. 24.

Based on data submitted by the individual colleges and universities, U.S. News and World Report compiles its annual America’s Best Colleges rankings, which it releases each summer. The rankings are based on each school’s score with reference to graduation rates, class size, faculty qualifications, standardized test scores, incoming freshmen’s grade point averages in high school, acceptance rate and the alumni giving rate. The book helps prospective students determine the best higher education institutions to meet their needs. The Princeton Review compiles a similar list, which named KSU a Best College in the Southeast in August.