NCCU Shines in 2023 U.S. News and World Report Rankings Report

Posted September 16, 2022, 10:51AM

University No. 14 among HBCUs in nation, No. 2 HBCU in state, Top 5 Public HBCU

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) continues to soar in the newest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best College rankings.

NCCU earned the No. 14 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, and among the top 5 public HBCUs in the nation.

“North Carolina Central University is dedicated to providing our scholars with an invaluable academic experience that allows them to thrive both personally and professionally,” said Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., NCCU chancellor. “The U.S. News & World Report rankings showcase that we continue to deliver the Eagle Promise to our students by providing tools that help champion their future.”

In the category of southern regional colleges, the university rose to:

  • No. 9 from No. 16 in economic diversity.
  • No. 18 from No. 21 among top public schools.
  • No. 44 from No. 48 in best value.

NCCU also maintained its 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.

The 2023 rankings were based on the following factors, including graduation and retention rates, social mobility, faculty resources and alumni giving, among others. More details regarding the Best Colleges listings are available at

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Consistently ranked as a top Historically Black College or University, NCCU’s flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing and the arts prepare students for professions ranging from clinical research to information science. Founded in 1910, NCCU remains committed to diversity in and access to higher education. With a mission to investigate health disparities, the university’s two state-of-the-art research institutes give students real-world experience working alongside faculty researchers and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry professionals. The university’s Strategic Plan 2019-2024, Charting a New Landscape for Student-Center Success, focuses on four areas: student access and success; innovation, research and entrepreneurship; collaboration and partnerships; and institutional sustainability. Visit

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