The U.S. News & World Report has ranked UNC-Chapel Hill fifth in their list of top public schools among national universities.

This marks 20 years that UNC has been ranked among the nation’s best universities. The ranking from the U.S. News & World Report also placed UNC among their best value schools list among public national universities and 14th overall among both public and private institutions.

“Carolina strives every day to serve the people of our state, the nation and the world through excellence in teaching, research and service,” said UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz in a release. “Our passion and dedication to this effort has earned Carolina a top-five ranking among public universities for the 20th consecutive year. Remaining accessible and affordable to all is fundamental to our mission, and we are honored with the distinction of ‘best value’ among public universities.”

The public universities ranked above UNC were University of California – Los Angeles, University of California – Berkley, University of Michigan, and University of Virginia. UNC was tied with Wake Forest for 28th overall among both public and private schools.

Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Yale rounded out the top five in terms of overall national universities.

Read the entire list from the U.S. News & World Report here. does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.