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UNC Chapel Hill ranked 5th-best public university

Posted August 21, 2008 11:43 p.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2008 12:06 a.m. EDT

— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks fifth among the nation's public universities for the eighth consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine.

"Carolina is consistently recognized among the five best public universities in America," said Chancellor Holden Thorp. "We find value in assessing the various measures that determine such rankings. In the case of U.S. News, we are most interested in results from areas including faculty resources and student success. Our focus is on retaining and attracting excellent faculty, who are the key to recruiting the very best students from North Carolina and beyond to Chapel Hill."

The new rankings appear in the 2009 edition of the magazine's "America's Best Colleges"" guidebook, which hits newsstands early next week.

Among public universities, Berkeley was first, followed by Virginia, UCLA , the University of Michigan and UNC.

The rankings are based on a formula factoring in responses to opinion surveys about academic quality from peer campus presidents, provosts or admissions officials. Objective data covers areas such as student graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.