North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University ranked No. 2 in the nation for social mobility in Washington Monthly’s 2013 College Rankings. The university’s total score was 64 out of 100 placing the national rank at No. 53. 

"North Carolina A&T State University takes pride in offering a learning centered environment conducive to student success and preparing graduates for the global workforce. We are pleased that we were recognized in the Washington Monthly ranking system," said Joe B. Whitehead, Jr., provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Washington Monthly calculated the number of students receiving Pell Grants, the cost of tuition and the predicted graduation rate versus the actual graduation rate to form social mobility scores. The overall score is decided by three factors–social mobility, service and research.

N. C. A&T was also ranked No. 19 for ROTC programs under the service category. Included in the service category were ranks for Peace Corps (No. 224), federal work-study funds spent on service (No. 189), community service participation (No. 155) and service staff, courses and financial aid support (No. 155). 

In the rankings’ research category, N.C. A&T was listed at No. 156 for the number of faculty members in national academies, No. 218 for faculty receiving significant awards, No. 220 for science and engineering PhDs, No. 164 for bachelor’s to PhD ratio and No. 181 for research expenditures. 

The magazine compiled and analyzed information from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System to assign rankings.