U.S. News & World Report Magazine, 2007 Edition

  • Fifth among the nation's top public universities and 27th overall among both public and private campuses. Among public campuses, the University of California at Berkeley ranked first, followed in a tie for second by the universities of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Virginia. The University of California at Los Angeles was fourth, followed by UNC at fifth for the sixth consecutive year. These same five campuses have either traded or tied for the top five slots in the U.S. News public campus category over the past several years.

  • Among undergraduate business programs, the Kenan-Flagler Business School ranked fifth nationwide.

  • In other U.S. News rankings, Kenan-Flagler Business School tied for fifth with the New York University and the University of Texas at Austin among undergraduate business degree programs. Kenan-Flagler tied for third among public campuses. Kenan-Flagler was listed fifth for marketing and tied for fifth in productions/operations management. Other specialties ranked were management (fourth) and marketing (fifth).

  • UNC ranked first among national public campuses and ninth overall in "Great Schools, Great Prices," based on a formula determining which schools offer best value by relating academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. Another category – least debt among students – listed UNC 18th among public campuses and 22nd overall with 34 percent of graduates posting an average debt totaling $13,801 in 2005.

  • U.S. News included Carolina in a category called "programs to look for" -- highlighting outstanding examples of academic programs that lead to student success.

  • Carolina was listed among 15 campuses, including four publics, with exemplary senior capstone experiences. Such honors programs permit students to create a special senior project integrating what they have learned. Carolina was among 40 public and private campuses cited for their first-year experiences programs, which include first-year seminars and other programs bringing small groups of students together with faculty and staff on a regular basis. UNC was one of 18 public campuses selected.

    Links: UNC News Release

"The Top American Research Universities," 2004 Edition

  • 4th among public universities and 26th among all institutions. This publication is produced by Lombardi Program on Measuring University Performance at the University of Florida. The rankings are based on categories such as research, endowment assets, private giving, faculty, and advanced training.

    Link: http://thecenter.ufl.edu/research_data.html

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine

  • 1st among the 100 best U.S. public colleges and universities that offer the best combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs as ranked by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. Carolina has been first for five consecutive times since the magazine began its periodic surveys in 1998. The magazine's 2006 analysis stressed academic quality, as well as cost and financial aid offerings. Carolina was the only school in Kiplinger's survey that meets 100 percent of each student's financial need.

The Princeton Review/Random House's "America's Best Value Colleges," 2006

  • A "best value" among 81 schools chosen for "America's Best Value Colleges, 2006 Edition" by The Princeton Review/Random House for outstanding academics, relatively low costs, and generous financial aid packages. Carolina has appeared in this publication two years in a row.

Forbes/The Princeton Review's "Most Entrepreneurial Campuses"

  • 1st for fostering entrepreneurship across the campus according to The Princeton Review and Forbes.com. UNC has an undergraduate business degree offering with a concentration in entrepreneurship in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, a new minor in entrepreneurship in the College of Arts and Sciences and a new campus wide Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative. In 2000, UNC became the nation’s largest university requiring undergraduates to own laptop computers. With more than 850 wireless access points, UNC provides wireless connectivity in classrooms, labs, libraries, residence halls and quadrangles.

    Link: Forbes Magazine
    UNC News Release

Institute of International Education's "Open Doors"

  • 1st among public research universities, for the third consecutive year, recording the highest rate of undergraduates studying abroad in 2003-2004; 6th among all public and private research universities for the total number of undergraduates going abroad, according to an annual report published by the Institute of International Education.

    Link: UNC News Release

NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

  • 1 of 5 U.S. higher education institutions to receive the first Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award, presented by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, recognized UNC for making innovative efforts to incorporate international approaches into campus learning. One UNC initiative cited is the Global Education Center, which will house three major components of international education: student services, academic programs and faculty research.

    Link: NAFSA site

The Scientist, 2005

  • 1st among U.S. academic institutions recognized as “best places to work for postdocs,” according to The Scientist magazine. Based on conditions for postdoctoral fellows working in the life sciences as part of the magazine’s third annual survey. Carolina was 6th among all U.S. institutions, including government institutions and private research centers.

Kaplan/Newsweek’s "How to Get into College" Guide, 2007 edition

  • Among 25 "New Ivy" campuses in the 2007 Kaplan/Newsweek "How to Get into College Guide." Includes schools with first-rate academic programs fueling their rise in national stature. Based on admissions statistics and interviews with administrators, students, faculty and alumni. Reports Newsweek: "If a moviemaker needs an idyllic setting for a film about college life, Chapel Hill might just take the prize."

Peace Corps’ "Top Producing Colleges and Universities"

  • 11th among top U.S. colleges and universities for the number of alumni volunteering to serve in the Peace Corps in 2005. That was up from 14th the previous year. Currently, 59 Chapel Hill graduates are representing the United States abroad by serving people who live in the developing world as Peace Corps volunteers. Since Peace Corps' inception, 921 Carolina alumni have joined the organization, making the university the 25th largest producers of total corps volunteers.

Black Enterprise "Top 50 Colleges and Universities for African Americans" 2006

  • 32nd in the 2006 "Black Enterprise Top 50 Colleges for African Americans" list. Based on surveys with more than 500 African-American education professionals about which schools were both a good academic and social fit for African-Americans.

Newsweek "Top 100 Global Universities"

  • 41st among “The Top 100 Global Universities” as compiled by Newsweek magazine’s international edition in August 2006. Based on a ranking taking into account openness and diversity, as well as distinction in research, using some measures from well-known rankings published by Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Times of London Higher Education Survey. Measures include highly cited researchers in various academic fields, articles published in Nature and Science, percentage of international faculty, percentage of international students, and library volumes.

The Princeton Review's“Colleges With a Conscience: 81 Great Schools With Outstanding Community Involvement”

  • One of the nation’s top universities in fostering social responsibility and public service, according to The Princeton Review and Campus Compact. Carolina appears in a book, “Colleges With a Conscience: 81 Great Schools With Outstanding Community Involvement.” Based on admissions practices, scholarships rewarding community service and support for service-learning programs.


The 2005 Fiske Guide to Colleges (21st Edition) by Edward B. Fiske

  • Among the 20 very “best buy” public universities in the U.S. and Canada as judged by the 2005 Fiske Guide to Colleges based on the quality of the academic programs in relation to the cost of attendance.


U.S. News & World Report Magazine's "America’s Best Graduate Schools" 2008 Edition

Among UNC schools, programs and specialty areas ranked in the U.S. News and World Report magazine for its 2008 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools:"

School of Public Health

  • 2nd (tied with Harvard University for master’s and doctorate programs)
  • Health-care management, 3rd (for master’s degree program)
  • Environmental/environmental health, tied for 8th

(Note: U.S. News listed environmental/environmental health under engineering schools. UNC has no engineering school, but related programs are based in public health.)

School of Medicine

    • Primary care, 2nd
    • Research, 20th

Specialty areas

    • Family medicine, 6th
    • Women’s health, tied for 8th
    • AIDS, 9th

Health Disciplines -- Nursing
Master’s programs

    • School of Nursing, 5th
    • School of Public Health, tied for 12th

Nursing specialties
     Clinical nurse specialist

    • Community/public health, 3rd (School of Nursing)
    • Community/public health, 4th  (School of Public Health)
    • Psychiatric/mental health, tied for 6th (School of Nursing)

Nurse practitioner

    • Family, 8th (School of Nursing)
    • Pediatric, 8th (School of Nursing)

Nursing service administration

    • 3rd (School of Nursing)

Kenan-Flagler Business School

    • Tied for 18th (for master of business administration degree programs)

Specialty areas

    • Accounting, 9th
    • Executive M.B.A., tied for 10th

School of Education

    • Tied for 22nd

Specialty areas

    • Administration/supervision, 10th

College of Arts and Sciences
Sciences Ph.D. Programs

Biological Sciences

    • Tied for 26th


    • Tied for 16th

Specialty areas

    • Analytical, 1st
    • Inorganic, 10th

(Note: U.S. News ranked several other sciences Ph.D. programs in 2006 but reissued those rankings only for biological sciences and chemistry in 2007 to correct a problem with last year’s survey, according to the magazine editors.)

School of Law

    • Tied for 36th

Business Week magazine, 2007

  • UNC Kenan-Flagler’s BSBA program has been ranked No. 15 in BusinessWeek’s first-ever ranking of the top 50 undergraduate business programs.
  • Other rankings of UNC Kenan-Flagler included:
    • No. 3 for "return on tuition"
    • No. 9 for academic quality
    • No. 11 hardest working students
    • Straight A+’s in teaching quality, facilities and services, and job placement
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler's Executive MBA Program Ranks No. 5 (2005)
  • UNC’s Executive Education Programs rank (2005):
    • No. 17 for custom programs
    • No. 19 for open-enrollment programs
  • 17th among master’s of business administration degree programs.UNC’s Kenan-Flagler overall ranking in 2006 is based on three weighted rankings:
    • No. 18 by corporate recruiters (45 percent).
    • No. 18 by graduates (45 percent). This is a composite ranking based on surveys of the Class of 2004 (50 percent) and student surveys conducted in 2002 and 2000 (25 percent each).
    • No. 10 for intellectual capital (10 percent), which tallies faculties' academic journal entries in 18 publications and reviews of books in the major business press.

Forbes Magazine, 2005

  • UNC Kenan-Flagler's MBA program was ranked No. 14 in Forbes magazine's 2005 ranking of MBA programs.

The Wall Street Journal, 2006

  • 8th among master’s of business administration degree programs. The Kenan-Flagler Business School is also ranked second among the top public schools in the country, and as the top school in the Southern United States. 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.

  • Other rankings of UNC Kenan-Flagler include:
    • UNC Kenan-Flagler also was ranked highly for academic excellence, with rankings of 7th in social responsibility and 8th in marketing.
    • By industry, recruiters in health care products and services ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler 2nd, and recruiters in financial services ranked it 9th.

Link: http://www.careerjournal.com/reports/bschool06/index.html

The Financial Times, 2007

  • In the Financial Times 2007 ranking of global MBA programs, UNC Kenan-Flagler was ranked 18th in the United States.
  • The Financial Times ranked non-degree Executive Development Programs 12th in the United States and 21st internationally in 2006.

Hispanic Outlook, 2006

  • 28th in the nation for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics, according to a May 2006 edition of Hispanic Outlook magazine.

Princeton Review's “Best 143 Business Schools"

  • Kenan-Flagler Business School's MBA Program was included in a new the Princeton Review book,“Best 282 Business Schools,” and the MBA program was ranked 6th for best campus environment.


Updated April 2007