The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named a leading public university by recently-released collegiate rankings.

Carolina ranked 28th in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges,” in a six-way tie with NYU, Tufts, UC-Santa Barbara, Florida, and Wake Forest. That ranking is unchanged from last year. Only four public universities ranked ahead of UNC: UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Michigan, and Virginia.

In addition, USNWR ranked Carolina as the tenth-best value in the nation – top among public universities for the 17th straight year.

UNC also had some individual schools and programs rank highly with U.S. News & World Report: Carolina’s undergraduate nursing program ranked fourth in the nation; the business program ranked eighth; and the entrepreneurship program ranked ninth. UNC also ranked as the nation’s tenth-best university for veterans, up two spots from last year.

In a statement, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said: “These rankings demonstrate what we see happening on our campus every day: The Carolina community working to fulfill our mission of life-changing research and world-class scholarship. I am particularly proud to see Carolina once again recognized for remaining accessible and affordable to our students. We are passionately public and we will continue to make a significant impact on the people of our state and beyond.”

U.S. News & World Report was not the only publication to release an annual college ranking. Times Higher Education ranked UNC as the 52nd-best research university in the world – up four spots from last year – in its annual World University Rankings.

For comparison, Princeton is America’s number-one university according to U.S. News & World Report, and Oxford is number one in the world according to Times Higher Education. Duke University came in slightly ahead of UNC – tying for ninth in USNWR’s national ranking, and placing 23rd in THE’s global list. does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.