GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – ECU fell slightly in the U.S. News & World Report rankings this year.

A new listing by the organization ranked East Carolina University 210 out of 289 institutions in the national universities category. ECU was ranked 194 out of 280 universities last year.

This places ECU in the top tier of national universities, which the U.S. News & World Report defines as being in the top 75 percent of schools in their category. So while ECU is ranked 210 out of 289, that still places them in the top tier.

ECU was named one of 100 schools in “A+ Schools for B Students” which uses student SAT and ACT scores, class rank and freshmen retention rates to develop a list of colleges and universities where B students “have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving” according to U.S. News.

“At ECU, we work very hard to provide exceptional educational opportunities for our students and I believe this commitment to student success is reflected in our growing national stature,” said Dr. Ron Mitchelson, ECU provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in a news release. “We include students from many walks and are proud of the value that we add to their lives.”

Among ECU’s peer institutions, UNC-Charlotte ranked 202 and UNC-Greensboro ranked 220. North Carolina A&T University was ranked outside of the top 75 percent of national universities. In the Triangle, Duke ranked eight, UNC-Chapel Hill ranked 30 and NC State ranked 92. To view the full rankings, go to U.S. News & World Report’s website. 

Ranking metrics included: assessment by academic peers and high school counselors; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and alumni giving.