Money magazine has named Carolina one of nation’s top-rated colleges, giving it five stars under a new rating system the magazine adopted this year.
Carolina is one of 34 institutions out of more than 700 across the nation to receive a five-star rating. The rating reflects a weighted evaluation of three main categories: quality, affordability and outcomes.
In the past, the magazine ranked universities in the form of a list, with Carolina earning the No. 2 spot for value and best public colleges for 2022. The magazine said it changed the methodology of the ranking system this year to highlight the variety of high-value colleges in the U.S.
In its description of Carolina, Money Magazine noted UNC-Chapel Hill’s reputation as “one of the best bargains for a competitive school” and touted Carolina’s high graduation rate. The magazine also noted the Carolina community’s love of campus traditions, including the first sip at the Old Well.
In September, U.S. News & World Report listed UNC-Chapel Hill in fifth place for top public schools among national universities and 29th overall among private and public universities. In that same list, Carolina ranked No. 1. in the best value category for the 18th consecutive year.