Carolina ranks fifth among national public universities for 21st consecutive year

U.S. News & World Report names Carolina Best Value among public universities for 17th time.

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(Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Today, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill builds on a more than 20-year history of top national university rankings in the newest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings.

For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings list Carolina in fifth place for top public schools among national universities. Carolina ranked 28th overall among public and private institutions. Carolina also climbed to 10th place overall in the latest rankings for best value schools. The University has held first place among public institutions in the best value category for 17 years.

“These rankings demonstrate what we see happening on our campus every day: The Carolina community working to fulfill our mission of life-changing research and world-class scholarship,” said Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. “I am particularly proud to see Carolina once again recognized for remaining accessible and affordable to our students. We are passionately public and we will continue to make a significant impact on the people of our state and beyond.”

U.S. News & World Report assessed the year’s Best Colleges rankings by looking at 17 academic quality indicators, including graduate and retention rates; social mobility; faculty resources; academic quality assessments by peer institution presidents, provosts and deans; financial resources; student excellence and alumni giving.

Additional 2022 Best Colleges rankings for UNC-Chapel Hill include:

  • Ranked fourth nationally in a new ranking for undergraduate bachelor of science in nursing
  • Ranked eighth overall for the Undergraduate Business Program
  • Tied for ninth in entrepreneurship, reflecting growth of the College of Arts & Sciences’ popular minor in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship and the courses and programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
  • Tied for 10th place for Best Colleges for Veterans, up two rankings from 2021. This ranking reflects Carolina’s continued commitment to military and military-affiliated students
  • Tied with six other institutions for 28th overall for best national university among both public and private schools