NC colleges appear on U.S. News & World Report rankings

jstancill@newsobserver.comSeptember 9, 2013 

Rankings out on top colleges, universities

U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 rankings are released on Tuesday, with wide representation from North Carolina colleges and universities on national and regional bests.

On the best national university list, Duke University tied for seventh with MIT and University of Pennsylvania, while Wake Forest University was 23rd, UNC-CH was 30th and N.C. State University was 101st. Among the public universities on the national ranking, UNC-CH was fifth. Among national liberal arts colleges, Davidson College near Charlotte ranked ninth.

North Carolina universities with regional appeal did well in the magazine’s annual ranking. Elon University rated first in the South, while Appalachian State was ninth, UNC-Wilmington was 15th, Queens University was 18th and Campbell University was 27th.

Among colleges with a regional market, High Point University was first, while Meredith College in Raleigh was second.

The magazine compiled an additional ranking for historically black colleges and universities, and North Carolina had seven on the list. N.C. A&T State was eighth, while N.C. Central University was 12th.

The publication looked at other categories, including undergraduate business and engineering programs, schools with the best price after financial aid, and universities whose graduates finish with the least debt. U.S. News also published lists of “A-Plus Schools for B Students.”

The rankings are published Tuesday online at

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