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North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Throughout the years North Carolina A&T State University's elite academic programs have led to pioneers in the areas of politics, media, business, engineering, sports the Armed Services. Become an Aggie and watch your goals realized.

Whether it is running for president, being an executive for a pro franchise or hosting a popular television show, N.C. A&T offers tremendous opportunities for its student population. N.C. A&T has a lot to offer beyond the typical classroom setting. The large variety of student organizations, intramural sports and leadership opportunities foster excellence and make for an unforgettable and rewarding college experience. Lasting friendships are created through participation in athletics, Greek life, the A&T student newspaper (A&T Register), WNAA 90.1 FM, Blue & Gold Marching Machine, ROTC and much, much more.

Unlike other campuses, where students are randomly assigned to residence halls, at N.C. A&T you can choose from 13 different halls including traditional rooms, suites, and two or four bedroom apartments. Currently, more than 4,000 students take advantage of the convenience and community of campus life.

Innovative, Creative and Dedicated
N.C. A&T is the nation's No. 1 producer of minorities with degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Aggieland is the third largest producer of African-American engineers with master's degrees and it is a leading producer of African-American engineers with doctorate degrees. Females comprise approximately 30 percent of the students in the College of Engineering, thus ranking the college sixth in the country in the percentage of degrees awarded to women.

N.C. A&T is one of only two schools in North Carolina with an accredited mass communication and journalism program. N.C. A&T had the first nationally accredited accounting program in the country among HBCUs. N.C. A&T was reaffirmed for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for another 10 years. N.C. A&T is ranked among the top three HBCUs in the nation for science and engineering research. More than 95 percent of N.C. A&T's full-time tenured faculty have doctorates.

N.C. A&T is one of the top producers of certified public accountants among HBCUs. N.C. A&T is the only HBCU in the nation with a landscape architecture program, and the only university in North Carolina with an undergraduate landscape architecture program.

N.C. A&T is also a leading producer of minority landscape architects and veterinarians. N.C. A&T's motorsports program races internationally.

The School of Business and Economics holds the distinction of being the nation's only HBCU with its own Wall Street trading room.

Greensboro Four
On Feb. 1, 1960 four black freshmen at North Carolina A&T State University, Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair, Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), and David Richmond took seats at the segregated lunch counter of F. W. Woolworth's in Greensboro, N.C. They were refused service and sat peacefully until the store closed. They returned the next day, along with about 25 other students, and their requests were again denied. The Greensboro Four inspired similar sit-ins across the state and by the end of February, such protests were taking place across the South.

Finally in July, Woolworth's integrated all of its stores. The original Woolworth's counter and stools now sit in the Smithsonian Museum, but a Sit-In Museum is being planned for the old Woolworth's building where the event actually occurred. The four have become icons of the civil rights movement. A statue of the four sits prominently in front of the Dudley Building on the West Campus.

Homecoming
North Carolina A&T's Homecoming celebration is one of Greensboro's largest tourist attractions. Thousands of Aggies participate in the elaborate parade, football game and activities totaling millions of dollars in revenue for the city. More than 40 events are normally planned throughout the week. Homecoming lives up to its reputation consistently. Each year the gameday crowd ranks among the most highly attended games nationally in the Division I Football Championship Series. The Aggies annual Homecoming comedy show and concert attracts some of the most popular names in entertainment.

US News & World Report Rankings Place N.C. A&T as Top Public HBCU in Nation
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University ranked No. 1 in the nation among public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges rankings.

"We are excited to have been named the top public HBCU in the nation by U.S. News & World Report," said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. "This is good news for us. We are also pleased to have been ranked No. 8 in the nation among HBCUs.”

Out of all 70 HBCUs ranked, N.C. A&T moved from No. 11 to No. 8 and held on to the state’s No. 1 place for the second consecutive year.

“This ranking is a clear indication that we are moving the university's aggressive agenda centered around innovative research, exemplary teaching and learning and creative scholarship in the right direction,” said Martin.

In U.S. News’ Best Grad School edition N.C. A&T ranked No. 75 for industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering and No. 104 for social work. The university came in at No. 152 for best undergraduate engineering programs and No. 246 for high school counselor ratings also listed in the Best Colleges edition.

N.C. A&T also made the Best Online Programs edition and placed No. 106 for best online bachelor’s programs, No. 18 for best online graduate computer information technology programs and No. 85 for best online graduate education programs.

U.S. News & World Report used the U.S Department of Education’s list of colleges and universities to assign ranking positions. Annual rankings are scored by graduation and retention rates, evaluation of faculty and peers at the university, resources used by faulty, financial resources, alumni giving rates, and student selectivity.

N.C. A&T Ranked No. 2 in the Nation for Social Mobility
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University ranked No. 2 in the nation for social mobility in Washington Monthly’s 2013 College Rankings. The university’s total score was 64 out of 100 placing the national rank at No. 53.

"North Carolina A&T State University takes pride in offering a learning centered environment conducive to student success and preparing graduates for the global workforce. We are pleased that we were recognized in the Washington Monthly ranking system," said Joe B. Whitehead, Jr., provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Washington Monthly calculated the number of students receiving Pell Grants, the cost of tuition and the predicted graduation rate versus the actual graduation rate to form social mobility scores. The overall score is decided by three factors–social mobility, service and research.

N. C. A&T was also ranked No. 19 for ROTC programs under the service category. Included in the service category were ranks for Peace Corps (No. 224), federal work-study funds spent on service (No. 189), community service participation (No. 155) and service staff, courses and financial aid support (No. 155).

In the rankings’ research category, N.C. A&T was listed at No. 156 for the number of faculty members in national academies, No. 218 for faculty receiving significant awards, No. 220 for science and engineering PhDs, No. 164 for bachelor’s to PhD ratio and No. 181 for research expenditures.

The magazine compiled and analyzed information from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System to assign rankings.