North Carolina Central University remained in the top tier of public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 rankings of the nation’s best historically black colleges and universities.
In its annual listing of top postsecondary schools, U.S. News placed NCCU 12th among the more than 100 colleges and universities founded for African-Americans, one notch lower than last year. The top nine spots in the rankings were all claimed by private institutions, led by Spelman College, Howard University and Morehouse College. The two public universities ranked ahead of NCCU were Florida A&M at 10th and North Carolina A&T at 11th.
The U.S. News rankings are based on a range of criteria, including a peer survey among top administrators of HBCUs, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The weighting of the criteria tends to favor smaller, more selective institutions over larger state universities.
The full report on the HBCU rankings can be viewed at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/hbcu