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UNC-Chapel Hill 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

Campus features from the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on November 10, 2020. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Sept. 13, 2021) – 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 UNC-Chapel Hill 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 UNC 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


About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 107 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 340,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and 159 countries. More than 185,000 live in North Carolina.


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