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Best colleges list gives NCCU high marks. Where do the Eagles rank?

A decorated mortar board is pictured during 2016 commencement at North Carolina Central University.
A decorated mortar board is pictured during 2016 commencement at North Carolina Central University. The News & Observer, 2016 file photo

North Carolina Central University maintained a top spot in the 2017 rankings of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the latest listing from U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine’s annual report, titled “America’s Best Colleges,” included data on 74 HBCUs, with NCCU ranking 13th overall among private and public HBCUs, tying with Delaware State University. The school tied for No. 80 among regional universities in the South.

The annual rankings gave high marks to NCCU for its freshman-to-sophomore retention rate, class sizes and strength of full-time faculty, among other factors.

U.S. News & World Report notes that, like NCCU, many HBCU campuses are expanding their student base by diversifying enrollment. “Increasingly, the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities are an appealing option for applicants of all races,” the report notes.

More details regarding the America’s Best Colleges listings are available at usnews.com/best-colleges.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1

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