How Triangle universities stack up in U.S. News’ 2017 rankings

Some interested facts about our colleges here:

It’s that time of year again: when U.S. News & World Report releases its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the country.

For its 2017 national rankings, three of the four North Carolina universities in the top 100 are in the Triangle.

First up was Duke University, ranked at No. 8, followed by Wake Forest University (27), UNC-Chapel Hill (30) and N.C. State University (92). Each institution’s rank was unchanged from the previous year, except for NCSU, which ranked at No. 89 in the 2016 report ( released in 2015).

In 2015, Duke had a 95 percent graduation rate and a 12 percent acceptance rate. UNC had a 90 percent graduation rate and a 30 percent acceptance rate. NCSU had a 76 percent graduation rate with a 50 percent acceptance rate.

Taking a look at the South category among the regional universities, N.C. Central University in Durham was the only school in the immediate Triangle area to make the list at No. 72. It ranked 65th last year. And in the 16-county Research Triangle region, Campbell University in Buies Creek ranked No. 30, down from 24th last year.

Two Triangle schools landed on the report’s top list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. N.C. Central University took 13, down from 12th last year. Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh ranked No. 47, up one spot from the previous year.

by: Marc DeRoberts, Triangle Business Journal

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