Rankings, Recognitions & Prominent Alumni

No. 1 historically black university (HBCU) in the nation (Washington Monthly's 2021 College Guide and Rankings, Money magazine's Best Colleges 2020), as well as America's largest HBCU for the eighth consecutive year (U.S. Dept. of Education)

No. 1 ranked public HBCU (Forbes' America's Top Colleges, 2021)

Chart describing A&T's annual economic impact in NCNo. 1 producer of African American undergraduates in both Engineering and Agriculture and in masters degrees in Mathematics/Statistics and Engineering (U.S. Dept. of Education)

No. 1 producer of degrees awarded to African Americans in North Carolina

No. 1 graduate business school at a public HBCU (U.S. News & World Report, Best Graduate ) 

No. 1 producer of Black engineers who go on to earn doctoral degrees

No. 1 nursing school among all HBCUs, 2022 (TopRNtoBSN.com)

No. 1 in America among all HBCUs in voter registration, 2020 (ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, 2021)

No. 2 public university in America for combining research and classroom teaching. (Wall Street Journal)

No. 2 university in 17-campus UNC System in new alumni earnings - $54,900  (U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges, 2022)

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

No. 39 in Social Mobility (U.S. News and World Report, Best Colleges, 2022)

No. 46 in Most Innovative Schools (U.S. News and World Report, Best Colleges, 2022)

No. 140 (tied) among America's top public universities (U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges, 2022)

Most affordable of North Carolina's top universities. A&T alumni earn more in average early career earnings than those of all but one other UNC System campus: $54,600) (Money Magazine’s Best Colleges 2020)

Graduate Programs (rankings drawn from U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Programs, 2021)

  • No. 55 (tie) in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • No. 66 (tie) in Industrial/Mechanical/Systems Engineering
  • No. 96 in Best Business Schools
  • No. 146 (tie) in Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering
  • No. 159 (tie) in Mechanical Engineering
  • No. 154 - 202 in Best Engineering Schools

Online Programs (rankings drawn from U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Programs, 2021):

  • No. 3 online MBA in North Carolina (Online MBA Today)
  • No. 11 in online STEM education for women (Guide to Online Schools)
  • No. 17 in Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans 
  • No. 27 (tie) in Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology
  • No. 58 (tie) in Best Online Master's in Education


Prominent alumni include:

  • U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC)
  • Oscar-winning producer Terrence J
    Chicago Bears football star Tarik Cohen
    Tarik Cohen
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan
  • Tarik Cohen, former running back, Chicago Bears of the NFL
  • MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" winner and landscape architect Walter Hood
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., civil rights activist
  • The Hon. John Houston, senior judge with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego
  • Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten, President, Simmons University
  • Dr. Tomika P. LeGrande, President, Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, one of only three women to play in pro baseball's Negro Leagues before Major League Baseball was racially integrated
  • Brad Holmes, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Detroit Lions of the NFL
  • 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
  • N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry E. Frye (ret.), first Black justice and chief justice on the court
  • Judge Elreta Alexander-Ralston, first Black woman graduate of Columbia Law School, first Black woman elected to the bench in America
  • Kevin Wilson Jr., Academy Award-nominated filmmaker
  • 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
  • Janice Bryant-Howroyd, founder and CEO of ActOne
  • Willie Deese, retired president, Merck Global Manufacturing Division
  • Lt. Col. Paul "Loco" Lopez, U.S. Air Force
  • North Carolina Secretary of Revenue Ronald Penny
  • Dr. Yolanda S. Neal, President, Watts College of Nursing
  • Darryl Johnson, defensive end, Charlotte Panthers
  • Addie Whisenant, White House director of African American Media under President Barack Obama 
  • Donna Scott James, president and managing director, Lardon Associates LLC
  • Brandon "Big Stuff" Parker, offensive tackle, Las Vegas Raiders of the NFL
  • Dmitri Stockton, president and CEO of GE Consumer Finance for Central and Eastern Europe
  • Franklin "Mac" McCain, cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL
  • Zonya Johnson, Broadway actor and singer
  • Former U.S. Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
  • Retired Brig. Gen. Jimmy E. McMillian

A&T alumni rank 2nd in UNC System in early career wages Money Magazine

Most Affordable of North Carolina's top universities Money Magazine


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