Carolina’s Recent National Rankings and Ratings
U.S. News and World Report Magazine’s "America’s Best Colleges"
· Fifth among public universities and tied for 28th overall among public and private universities. Among publics, the University of California at Berkeley was first, followed by the University of Virginia. The universities of Michigan at Ann Arbor and California at Los Angeles tied for third on the public list, followed by UNC.
· 20th overall and third among publics granting doctoral degrees for offering the best value based on a formula reflecting academic quality and factoring in a net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of financial aid.
· Fifth overall for graduates carrying the least debt load.
· 10th overall – tied with Harvard University -- for first-year experience programs.
· 20th overall – tied with three other schools -- for undergraduate research/creative projects.
· Fifth among public and private campuses offering undergraduate business programs. In specialty areas, the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s rankings included fifth for marketing, seventh for finance, management and operations (tied with UC-Berkeley), and ninth for accounting.
· Cited Carolina becoming the first major highly selective public university to announce an end to early decision admissions in a related guidebook story.
"The Top American Research Universities," 2002 Edition
· Fifth among public universities. The University of California at Berkeley was first, followed by the universities of California at Los Angeles, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Michigan at Ann Arbor. This publication is produced by TheCenter, part of the Lombardi Program on Measuring University Performance, at the University of Florida. The rankings are based on data covering areas such as research, private support, faculty and advanced training.
Kaplan/Newsweek’s "How to Get into College" Guide, 2003 edition
· One of 12 "hot colleges." Wrote the editors, "… with a tough economy, the hottest schools may well be the best bargains – those offering excellent academics at more affordable prices. That’s why our list … is dominated by some of the country’s top public universities, like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."
· Cited in two guide stories about admissions practices that prominently feature UNC’s national leadership last spring in eliminating binding early decision admissions. Coverage included a color photo of Chancellor James Moeser on campus.
· "As America’s oldest public university, (Carolina) has a deep sense of tradition, and that makes students feel connected," editors wrote. "Although tradition is important, Carolina is also thinking about the future. In the next decade, the school plans to invest at least $245 million in genomic sciences." The guide cited spin-off companies produced by faculty research in areas ranging from Parkinson’s disease medicines to industrial uses for carbon nanotubes.
"The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges"
· Second on a list of the top 10 "hot and trendy" national universities, according to the Kaplan 2002 National Survey of High School Guidance Counselors. Carolina was listed second behind Harvard University.
· Listed among top schools that:
· Are academically challenging. This listing is based on recommendations by guidance counselors to straight "A" students looking for schools with the highest academic standards.
· Offer the best freshman housing and academic facilities (including libraries, science labs and technology support).
· Offer the best value for a student’s tuition dollar.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine
· First among 100 best public colleges combining great academics and affordable tuitions. These rankings are based on cost, quality and financial aid factors.
· "Overall the rankings aren’t radically different from our 1998 and 2000 surveys," according to the magazine’s accompanying story. "In fact, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tops the rankings for the third time – a remarkable threepeat for the Tar Heels." The story noted how difficult it is to gain admission to the top 10 publics including UNC that admit fewer than 40 of every 100 applicants.
The 2003 Fiske Guide to Colleges (19th Edition) by Edward B. Fiske
· One of 21 public universities in the United States and Canada that are a "best buy university" for 2003 based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.
· "As the flagship campus of the state university system and the oldest public university in the United States, UNC-Chapel Hill has earned its place among the South’s most prestigious universities," according to the guide. The Fiske Guide cited UNC’s nationally recognized honors program and quoted a senior: "’College town’ in the dictionary should show a picture of Chapel Hill.’"
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
· First among public campuses and sixth overall in a ranking assessing the success of America’s leading universities in integrating African-Americans. The evaluation rates the nation’s 26 highest academically ranked universities in 13 categories or factors of racial diversity.
· "In recent years the administration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has made a concerted effort to increase the level of black students and black faculty on campus," according to the journal. "The university is particularly strong in the categories dealing with student diversity. The university is ranked second in the percentage of total black enrollments and first in the percentage of black freshmen. Chapel Hill also fares well in most measures of black faculty. The university has nine African-American faculty members who hold endowed chairs. That is the highest number in the United States."
· A previous 2002 ranking in the journal listed Carolina among four highly ranked universities with 100 or more black professors. That survey also showed UNC has the most tenured black faculty – 51 – among top universities.
The Wall Street Journal
· 12th among master’s of business administration degree programs. The Kenan-Flagler Business School was the only Southeastern university listed among the top 15. The ranking is based on The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive Business School Survey focusing on the opinions of recruiters who recruit full-time business school graduates.
In sub-category rankings, The Journal ranked Kenan-Flagler:
· Second in management consulting.
· Fourth among public campuses.
· Fifth among "hidden gems."
· Eighth among large schools with an enrollment of 500 or more.
· In an accompanying story about the "hidden gems," the Journal noted that recruiters are well aware of Kenan-Flagler’s core values: teamwork and leadership. "… Many recruiters said the chemistry is strong with North Carolina, meaning they have generally good feelings about the school and its students. They gave students high marks for teamwork, fit with the corporate culture and their general-management perspective."
· The same story cited Kenan-Flagler’s concentration in sustainable enterprise, which teaches students to balance profitability with environmental and social responsibility. It noted an award recognizing the school as a world leader in teaching social and environmental responsibility.
Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation
· 12th in a scorecard ranking research universities by licensing and patenting prowess. In the University Research Scorecard 2002, analysts ranked universities by their technological strength – a calculation based on the number of U.S. patents, multiplied by the "current impact index" (a measure of how often patents over five years are cited in the current year, relative to all U.S. patents).
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Compiled September 2002