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Carolina named the top public university in the South

The ranking also listed Carolina third among all public universities in the United States and 33rd among all public and private universities in the nation.

The Old Well in the spring.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2022 College Rankings has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the No. 1 public college in the South.

The ranking also listed Carolina third among all public universities in the United States and 33rd among all public and private universities in the nation.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings are based on 15 factors across four main categories, including resources, engagement, outcomes and environment. Carolina recorded its strongest score in the outcomes category, which reviews graduation rate, reputation, graduate salaries and debt after graduation.

“Carolina is committed to serving our state and, as a result, the entire Southern region of the United States,” said Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. “As the top-ranked public university in the South, we will continue to strive for excellence as we prepare our students to do great things. We have long aspired to be the leading global public research university in the nation, and our preeminence in these rankings will continue to attract the world’s best faculty, staff and students, along with the top national and international industry partners, to our region.”

Duke University was listed as the top private college in the South, and the University of Florida and the University of Virginia rounded out the top three public colleges.

Last fall, the U.S. News & World Report listed Carolina fifth among public universities for the 21st consecutive year and named UNC-Chapel Hill the best value among public universities for the 17th time, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Carolina 52nd among the world’s top 1,600 research universities.