Winston-Salem State University is the No. 8 historically black college and university in the nation and the top in North Carolina, according to rankings released late last year by The Wall Street Journal.

“I am so pleased that the Wall Street Journal has ranked us the No. 8 HBCU in the country and the No. 1 in North Carolina,” WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson said. “This is such an exciting time at WSSU. We are making great progress on our strategic plan for 2016-21, which reflects our commitment to producing graduates who are ready for whatever is next in their lives. We are transforming the learning experience and are thrilled to be receiving accolades for our work.”

WSSU also is the second-highest ranked public HBCU. The Top 10 list, pulled from the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College’s inaugural college rankings, analyzes institutions based on resources, engagement, outcomes and environment. Resources take into consideration student-teacher ratio, finance per student and research papers per faculty. Engagement looks at accredited programs, student engagement, student recommendations, and interaction with students and teachers. Outcomes address graduation rate, graduate salary, and academic reputation. Environment looks at student, faculty and staff diversity, and student inclusion.

The rankings are based on federal higher education data and surveys of 100,000 college students.