In the latest ranking of colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the top HBCU (historically black college or university) in the state of North Carolina for the third consecutive year.

The online news provider ranked N.C. A&T No. 10 out of 69 historically black colleges and universities in the 2015 rankings released on Sept. 9. To qualify for the U.S. News ranking, an HBCU also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must be a school that is currently part of the 2015 Best Colleges rankings.

The HBCUs are compared only with each other on the criteria of retention, faculty resources, faculty salary, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

“We are pleased to maintain our position as the No. 1 HBCU in North Carolina for the third consecutive year and to be ranked among the top 10 HBCUs nationwide," said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. "We will continue to aggressively assess our performance as we push toward the fulfillment of our strategic plan, A&T Preeminence 2020."

N.C. A&T, which is classified as doctoral-research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, also ranked: No. 15 in the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs; in the top third of the High School Counselor Rankings; and the top two-thirds of the Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering concentration rankings of the Best Engineering Schools on the graduate level.

To see additional rankings, visit A&T’s page on the U.S. News & World Report website.