Rankings, Recognitions & Prominent Alumni

#1 public historically black university (HBCU) in the nation, as well as the America's largest HBCU for the sixth consecutive year. (U.S. News & World Report)

#1 producer of African American undergraduates in both Engineering and Agriculture and in masters degrees in mathematics and statistics (U.S. Dept. of Education)

#1 producer of degrees awarded to African Americans in North Carolina.

Chicago Bears football star Tarik Cohen
Tarik Cohen

#2 public university in America for combining research and classroom teaching. (Wall Street Journal)

#3 online M.B.A. in North Carolina. (Online M.B.A. Today)

#11 nationally best online school in STEM education for women. (Guide to Online Schools)

Most affordable of North Carolina's top universities. A&T alumni earn more in average early career earnings than those of all but two other UNC campuses ($51,800). (Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money 2019)

In the top 3 research universities in the UNC System for more than a decade.

The Department of Electronics, Computer, and Information Technology recognized as having one of the top online graduate Information Technology programs. (U.S. News & World Report)

Prominent alumni include:
  • U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC)
  • Kevin Wilson, Jr., Academy Award-nominated filmmaker
  • Chicago Bears star Tarik Cohen
  • MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" winner and landscape architect Walter Hood
    Janice Bryant-Howroyd
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., civil rights activist
  • 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
  • Former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry E. Frye
  • Actor/producer Terrence J
  • North Carolina Secretary of Environmental Quality Michael Regan
  • 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, founder and CEO of ActOne
  • Willie Deese, retired president, Merck Global Manufacturing Division
  • Lt. Col. Paul "Loco" Cruz, U.S. Air Force
  • North Carolina Secretary of Revenue Ronald Penny
  • Addie Whisenant, White House director of African American Media under President Barack Obama 
  • Donna Scott James, president and managing director, Lardon Associates LLC
  • Dmitri Stockton, president and CEO of GE Consumer Finance for Central and Eastern Europe
  • Zonya Johnson, Broadway actor and singer
  • Former U.S. Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
  • Retired Brig. Gen. Jimmy E. McMillian

A&T alumni rank third in the University of North Carolina University System in early career earnings Money Magazine

Most Affordable of North Carolina's top universities Money Magazine


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