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East Carolina University was ranked 55 out of 201 as a top performer in social mobility among national universities in North Carolina in the 2022 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

East Carolina University continues to be ranked as a top performer in social mobility among national universities in North Carolina in the 2022 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings which were released on Sept. 14.

ECU was ranked 55 out of 201 universities for social mobility. Placing in the top 30% of schools in the social mobility category is considered in the Best College ranking.

ECU was one of the top four nationally-ranked public universities in North Carolina. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington are among the other North Carolina schools in the national ranking, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings.

“Overall, ECU is listed 107th among 209 top public schools and 213th out of 391 national universities,” an ECU press release said. “Up from 109th and 217th, respectively, last year. ECU tied with several other schools in both categories.”

Factors such as, but not limited to, graduation rate performance, undergraduate academic reputation and financial resources per student are evaluated for the national rankings. This year, nursing was added to the discipline-specific rankings of undergraduate-level programs that U.S. News computes. ECU’s nursing program was ranked 76th out of 694 schools.

As for other undergraduate program rankings, ECU’s engineering program was ranked 109th out of 239 institutions and ECU’s business program ranked 212th out of 514 institutions. The rankings were based on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions, the release said. 

“In another ranking released Sept. 8 by Forbes, ECU was listed 315th out of 600 schools in America’s Top Colleges,” the press release said. “ECU was in the top four public institutions in North Carolina in the Forbes ranking.”

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