PEMBROKE, N.C. – The University of North Carolina at Pembroke ranked first in the South for the diversity of its student body in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges and Universities 2010.”
UNCP also ranked 1st among North Carolina public master’s granting universities for the number of international students and 3rd for the economic diversity of its students. The University ranked 20th in the South in economic diversity.
The publication, which is popular for comparing colleges and universities, was released on August 20. U.S. News ranks colleges and universities on a wide range of data concerning faculty qualifications, peer assessment, selectivity of admissions, retention and graduation rates, alumni support and quality of student body.
Overall, UNCP falls into a large unranked tier of master’s granting colleges and universities in the South. The University compares favorably with these institutions in key areas including:
- percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students - 43 percent;
- percentage of full-time faculty - 87 percent;
- peer assessment or how other universities rate your academic strength - 2.6 in a range of 2.3 – 3.0 for other institutions;
Earlier in August, UNCP was named a “best Southeastern university” the Princeton Review, a popular rating service that relies heavily on surveys of students.
Chancellor Charles Jenkins stated that the University is pleased that the rankings support the efforts of the University.
“UNC Pembroke works diligently to offer the best possible education experience to each of its students,” Dr. Jenkins said. “It is an honor to be included in so many categories of U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Colleges and Universities 2010’ because it affirms that our efforts are successful.”