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October 9, 2007


Albany -- More bragging rights for Albany State University. The school ranks in the top third of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report. Students and administrators say it really wasn't much of a surprise.

Tosh Sevier isn't originally from Albany, he moved here more than a decade ago with his family. But when it came time to pick a college, he could have moved back to Massachusetts, or gone just about anywhere else, but chose to stay here, to attend Albany State University. "My experiences here have been great," said Sevier. "Interaction with peers, relationships with professors has been wonderful, so I think it's well deserved."

He's talking about a new ranking by U.S. News and World report which ranks ASU 26th among 81 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. "A predominately black institution," said Sevier, "gives you a lot of identification, so you learn a lot about your culture, you get to mature around things that relate to you. I think it's an outstanding opportunity for any African American student to attend an HBCU."

President Dr. Everette Freeman says the ranking only confirms what he already knew about Albany State.  It moves students in a new direction.  He said, "They come to Albany State for the quality education and they become proud alums because they have achieved their potential as a result of having attended ASU."

But Freeman says he has no intention of remaining stagnant, he only wants ASU to move higher on the list. "You are 26th this year, where are you going to be next year?"

He replied, "Well, you can't predict that you're going to be number one, but that's what we're shooting for. You've got to shoot for number one."

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