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NCCU Top Story: NCCU Earns Placements on Washington Monthly Rankings


Published: Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington Monthly magazine’s annual College Guide and Rankings has placed North Carolina Central University 19th in its list of the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Southeast.

The university was also mentioned in the master’s-level category rankings of American colleges and universities.  

The magazine considers student loan default rates, predicted and actual graduation rates, the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants and how much students pay for college after grants and scholarships to rank colleges as Best Bang for the Buck.

“At NCCU, our priority is to offer the best academic environment as well as an affordable education to our students,” said Dr. Debra Saunders-White, chancellor of NCCU. “Placement within national rankings reinforces our mission of Eagle Excellence.”

The Best Bang for the Buck list covers five different geographic regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, West and Southeast. The Southeast region includes colleges and universities from Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The 2015 Best Bang for the Buck list is derived from “The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You.” The publication features 1,544 colleges. 

NCCU placed 65th in the master’s-level universities category. The master’s-level category rates institutions based on three criteria: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s) and civic engagement (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

The university previously placed in 2012, 2013 and 2014 rankings of American colleges and universities.

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