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Sept. 13, 2002 -- No. 477

Carolina ranks fifth among public campuses in U.S. News & World Report rankings

CHAPEL HILL -- U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the fifth best public university in the nation as part of its annual "America’s Best Colleges" guidebook.

The magazine will post the rankings on its Web site,, Friday (Sept. 13) at 12:01 a.m. EDT and publish them in the Sept. 23 issue of the magazine as well as in an annual newsstand book. The magazine and the book are scheduled to be on newsstands Monday (Sept. 16).

Among public universities, 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 at fifth.

Carolina also placed fifth last year. Those same five campuses have either traded or tied for the top five slots in the magazine’s public campus category over the past several years.

Overall, Carolina ranked 28th, tied with Tufts University, among both public and private campuses – identical with last year’s listing. The other top public campuses were listed between 20th (Berkeley) and 25th (UCLA and Michigan) overall.

In other categories, U.S. News listed Carolina 20th among national universities and third among public campuses 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. UNC also was fifth on the magazine’s overall list of campuses, public or private, with graduates carrying the least debt load.

In a new ranking category, called "programs that really work," Carolina was listed tied for 10th with Harvard University for its first-year experience programs. Schools in this category were cited for efforts to build into the curriculum first-year seminars and other programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis. Four other public campuses appeared higher on that list.

Another sub-category of "programs that really work" was undergraduate research/creative projects, in which UNC was listed 20th, tied with Johns Hopkins University, UC-Berkeley and Williams College. This category reflects opportunities for students to engage in independent or small-team work, under the direction of a faculty mentor. The students conduct intensive and self-directed research or creative work that results in an original scholarly paper or other product that they can formally present on or off campus.

Among public and private universities offering undergraduate business degree programs, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School tied for fifth with the University of Virginia and was listed third among public campuses. In specialty areas, Kenan-Flagler's rankings also included fifth for marketing, seventh for finance, management and operations (tied with UC-Berkeley), and ninth for accounting.

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