UNCP scores well in U.S. News ratings


The University of North Carolina at Pembroke scored well in several important categories of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges and Universities 2008.”

The publication, which is among the most popular for comparing colleges and universities, was released on August 17. U.S. News ranks colleges and universities on a wide range of data concerning faculty qualifications, peer assessment, selectivity of admissions, alumni giving and quality of student body.

UNCP finished high in areas of affordability, ethnic and economic diversity, the percentage of classes under 20 and the amount of needs-based financial aid. In the rating scheme, UNCP is listed as a master’s granting university, and U.S. News data allows for regional, state and some national comparisons.

  • For the percentage of classes under 20 students, UNCP finished 1st among North Carolina master’s granting public universities.
  • For the percent of international students, UNCP finished 1st among North Carolina master’s granting public universities.
  • For ethnic diversity, UNCP finished 1st in the South and in North Carolina for master’s granting universities and tied for 6th among national universities.
  • In the category of affordable tuition, fees and housing, UNCP finished 4th among all North Carolina master’s granting universities.

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said college ratings are just one of many indicators that serve as a reference in evaluating higher education institutions.

“UNC Pembroke is very pleased to continue to rank among the nation’s finest universities in U.S. News,” said Chancellor Meadors. “However, ratings should only be used as a starting point in evaluating an institution.

“It is important that a prospective student visit the institution and make their decisions from what they see and experience, when possible,” he continued. “We are pleased with our high rankings in several categories and feel that these rankings reflect well upon the University.”