NCCU Obtains Notable U.S. News & World Report 2022 Rankings

Posted September 28, 2021, 11:40AM

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) continues to boast its stellar academic profile and educational value in the newest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best College rankings.

NCCU earned the No. 13 spot among the top 20 Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs). The university was also the second-highest ranked HBCU in the state of North Carolina.

“The U.S. News & World Report rankings underscore North Carolina Central University’s success in providing innovative academic and research opportunities for our students,” said NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.  “The rankings are just one indicator that affirm the university’s steadfast commitment to producing graduates who receive an affordable, high quality education combined with diverse experiential offerings that ultimately transform communities and industries – locally and globally.

In the category of southern regional colleges, the university maintained its No. 21 ranking among top public schools and rose to No. 16 in economic diversity.

NCCU also moved up from No. 28 to No. 21 regionally – among Best Colleges for Veterans in the South.

Additional 2022 Best Colleges rankings for NCCU include:

  • Gained No. 10 position for the Top Performers on Social Mobility category, which compares how well universities and colleges do in enrolling and graduating Pell Grant-eligible students.
  • Ranked No. 48 in value, among 102 Regional Universities in the South.

The rankings were based on the following criteria: retention and graduation rates, social mobility, class size, faculty resources, academic quality assessments by peer institution presidents, provosts and deans, financial resources; student excellence and alumni giving. More details regarding the America’s Best Colleges listings are available at


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