Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye

North Carolina Central University is ranked No. 1 among the nation’s top 100 colleges that awards large numbers of graduate degrees to African Americans in physical sciences and library and information sciences. During the 2016-2107 academic year, the university awarded seven graduate degrees in physical sciences and twenty-seven in library and information science to African Americans.
NCCU School of Law ranked No. 4 for awarding degrees to African Americans and in the top fifty for all minorities, including those of African, Asian and Hispanic descent.
Also in the ranking, published by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, NCCU ranked No. 5 for the number of graduate degrees awarded by School of Library and Information Sciences to all minorities, including those of African, Asian and Hispanic descent.
“NCCU’s increasing profile and ranking demonstrate the quality and caliber of education provided by the institution and the powerful learning experiences that lead to academic success for all students,” said NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye. “These rankings attest to the work of our faculty and staff and the excellent performance of our students.”
Additionally, the list, titled Top 100 Minority Degree Producers, put NCCU in the top ten for awarding graduate degrees in library and information sciences and communication disorders to individuals identifying with two or more races.

“North Carolina Central University is dedicated to providing quality education to students seeking advanced degrees,” said Dr. Jaleh Rezaie, associate provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “This commitment has led to the astonishing number of graduate students departing from NCCU career-ready.”
Also, regarding all minority groups, NCCU ranked in the top fifty among universities conferring graduate degrees in parks and recreation, physical science and communication disorders. NCCU was in the top fifty among institutions for awarding graduate degrees to African Americans in parks and recreation, communication disorders and public administration.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education releases its annual list of the nation’s Top 100 minority degree producers using the most recently available data from the U.S. Department of Education. The final rankings are based on the total number of degrees awarded, as well those identified as major fields of study or disciplines. For more information about the rankings and methodology, visit