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 the America's largest HBCU for the seventh consecutive year (U.S. Dept. of Education)

No. 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 historically Black college or university (U.S. News & World Report) 

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

No. 2 public university in America for combining research and classroom

 teaching. (Wall Street Journal)

No. 3 online M.B.A. in North Carolina. (Online M.B.A. Today)

No. 11 nationally best online school in STEM education for women. (Guide to Online Schools)

No. 17 online master’s programs in computer information technology for veterans (U.S. News & World Report)

No. 61 Best Undergraduate Teaching (U.S. News and World Report 2021)

No. 48 in Social Mobility (U.S. News and World Report 2021)

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)

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

The Department of Electronics, Computer, and Information Technology recognized as having one of the top online graduate Information Technology programs. (U.S. News & World Report)


Prominent alumni include:
  • U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC)
  • Kevin Wilson, Jr., Academy Award-nominated filmmaker
    Chicago Bears football star Tarik Cohen
    Tarik Cohen
  • Tarik Cohen, running back, Chicago Bears of the National Football League
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan
  • MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" winner and landscape architect Walter Hood
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., civil rights activist
  • Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten, President, Simmons 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 National Football League
  • 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
  • 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
  • Actor/producer Terrence J
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dmitri Stockton, president and CEO of GE Consumer Finance for Central and Eastern Europe
  • Franklin "Mac" McCain, defensive back, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Zonya Johnson, Broadway actor and singer
  • Former U.S. Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
  • Retired Brig. Gen. Jimmy E. McMillian

A&T alumni rank third in the University of North Carolina University System in early career earnings Money Magazine

Most Affordable of North Carolina's top universities Money Magazine


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