NCCU is ranked 11th among more than 100 HBCUs. The schools ranked 1-10 are all private universities, making NCCU the first among public HBCUs.
"The news about our ranking comes just days after one of our largest freshman classes arrived on campus," NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms said. "It's always gratifying to receive accolades from an outside source like U.S. News. And it's exciting for us to be in the company of such acclaimed schools as Spelman, Howard and Morehouse. But, while we're proud of our place in the national ranking, our first priority is the retention and graduation of the students who are on campus today and we still have work to do."
Claiming the top three spots are Spelman College, Howard University and Morehouse College.
Howard is the only institution ranking about NCCU that has a larger enrollment with nearly 10,600 students. NCCU has a student body of more than 8,500.
NCCU dropped one spot this year from its previous number 10 ranking.
The Eagles made two other U.S. News & World Report lists for 2011. Its ranked 36th among public Southern regional universities and 74th overall among schools in the region.
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