Rankings, Recognitions & Prominent Alumni

In 2023-24, North Carolina A&T became America's largest historically Black college or university (HBCU) for the 10th consecutive year. (U.S. Dept. of Education)

Chart describing A&T's annual economic impact in NC

America's Most Affordable doctoral research university based on estimated cost to attend for 2023-24 (Money magazine)

No. 1 producer of African American bachelor's degree earners in both Engineering and Agriculture and no. 2 in Communications/Journalism and Liberal Arts for 2021-22, the most recent year for which data is avaiable (U.S. Dept. of Education via Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

No. 1 producer of university degrees awarded to African Americans in North Carolina

No. 1 graduate business school among all HBCUs (tied with Howard, U.S. News & World Report, Best Graduate Schools

No. 2 nursing school among all HBCUs (TopRNtoBSN.com, 2023)

One of America's "Most Engaged" College Campuses, as measured by student voting and non-partisan democratic engagement (ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, 2022)

One of the top 3 research universities in the UNC System for more than a decade

No. 25 among all national universities on the Most Innovative Schools rankings (U.S. News and World Report, Best Colleges, 2024)

No. 78 among all national universities in Social Mobility (U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges, 2024)

Graduate Programs

Rankings below are drawn from U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Programs, 2023.

  • No. 46 (tie) in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • No. 63 (tie) in Best Business Schools
  • No. 75 (tie) in Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
  • No. 137 (tie) in Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering
  • No. 138 (tie) in Mechanical Engineering
  • No. 148 (tie) in Best Engineering Schools


Online Programs

Rankings below are drawn from U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Programs, 2024.

  • No. 8 in Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans 
  • No. 11 (tie) in Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology
  • No. 18 (tie) in Best Online Master's in Education for Veterans
  • No. 35 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans
  • No. 46 (tie) in Best Online online MBA Program for Veterans
  • No. 50 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs  
  • No. 58 (tie) Best Online Master's in Education Programs
  • No. 66 (tie) in Best Online MBA Programs 


Prominent alumni include

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan
  • U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC)
  • U.S. Congressman Jonathan Jackson (D-IL)
    Chicago Bears football star Tarik Cohen
    Tarik Cohen
  • Olympic medalists Trevor Stewart and Randolph Ross Jr.
  • Oscar-winning producer Terrence J
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., civil rights activist 
  • Tarik Cohen, running back, Charlotte Panthers, formerly Chicago Bears
  • MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" winner and landscape architect Walter Hood
  • The Hon. John Houston, senior judge with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego
  • Brad Holmes, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Detroit Lions of the NFL
  • Dr. Tomika P. LeGrande, President, Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr., Chancellor, North Carolina A&T
  • Dr. Vann Newkirk Sr., President, Wilberforce University
  • Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten, President, Simmons University
  • Dr. Yolanda S. Neal, President, Watts College of Nursing
  • Dr. Shah Ardalan, President, Randolph Community College
  • Dr. Patrena Elliott, President, Halifax Community College
  • Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, one of only three women to play in pro baseball's Negro Leagues before Major League Baseball was racially integrated
  • Dr. Ronald E. McNair, NASA astronaut who perished in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger tragedy
  • The A&T Four: Jibreel Khazan, Gen. Joseph McNeil, the late Franklin McCain and David Richmond
  • N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry E. Frye (ret.), first Black justice and chief justice on the court
  • Judge Elreta Alexander-Ralston, first Black woman graduate of Columbia Law School, first Black woman elected to the bench in America
  • Kevin Wilson Jr., Academy Award-nominated filmmaker
  • Alvin Attles, vice president of Golden State Warriors, NBA Hall of Fame
  • Retired Brig. Gen. Clara Leach Adams–Ender
  • Elvin Bethea, 2003 NFL Hall of Famer
    Janice Bryant-Howroyd
  • Janice Bryant-Howroyd, founder and CEO of ActOne
  • Willie Deese, retired president, Merck Global Manufacturing Division
  • Lt. Col. Paul "Loco" Lopez, U.S. Air Force
  • North Carolina Secretary of Revenue Ronald Penny
  • Darryl Johnson, defensive end, Charlotte Panthers
  • Addie Whisenant, White House director of African American Media under President Barack Obama 
  • Donna Scott James, president and managing director, Lardon Associates LLC
  • Brandon "Big Stuff" Parker, offensive tackle, Las Vegas Raiders of the NFL
  • Dmitri Stockton, president and CEO of GE Consumer Finance for Central and Eastern Europe
  • Franklin "Mac" McCain, cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL
  • Zonya Johnson, Broadway actor and singer
  • Former U.S. Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
  • Retired Brig. Gen. Jimmy E. McMillian

One of America's 25 "Most Innovative" universities Money Magazine

Most Affordable doctoral research university in America Money magazine


producer of Black graduates in Engineering, Agriculture U.S. Dept. of Education