Why Choose Us?

With countless opportunities to learn, explore and strengthen the skills you care about most, as well as the benefits that come from small class sizes, excellent faculty and a tightly-knit community that cares, UNC Pembroke graduate students get a unique opportunity to make a name for themselves here.


Here are some noteworthy recognitions that make UNCP stand out from the crowd:


Best colleges

UNCP is ranked highly by the 2020-21 Best Colleges US News and World Report in multiple categories:

  • Top Public Schools and among the best in Regional Universities South
  • Top Performer on Social Mobility in Regional Universities South
  • #1 in Campus Ethnic Diversity among Regional Universities South
  • Best Nursing Schools: Master's Institutions (nationwide)
  • Best Public Affairs/Public Administration (MPA) programs (nationwide)
  • Best Graduate Schools for Social Work (MSW) programs (nationwide)
  • Best Online Business Administration (MBA) programs (nationwide)


Washington monthly


Washington Monthly 2020 College rankings place UNCP in the"Best Bang for the Buck" Master's Universities nationwide.


Military Friendly


UNCP is once again ranked as one of the top military-friendly universities in the country by the Military Friendly© and Military Times.


Niche best


Niche© ranked UNCP highly in several categories:

  • Colleges with the Best Professors in America
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America
  • Colleges with the Best Professors in NC