Three college chapters in North Carolina made it into DU's Sweet 16 list, and in fact they were all in the top ten.

Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 listing of top-producing college chapters throughout the nation. The following list of chapters made it into the elite group out of nearly 120 DU collegiate chapters.

To qualify for the "DU Sweet 16," chapters needed to raise more than $11,000 in grassroots income during the 2010 calendar year. Collegiate chapters throughout the country have raised more than $513,680 this year, with $290,650 coming from the Sweet 16 chapters.

"Ducks Unlimited's university program has become a critical part of our overall fundraising effort. Not only is it vital from a direct financial perspective, but it's also a source of organizational awareness and a strong and consistent volunteer base," said David Schuessler, DU's national director of grassroots fundraising. "The volunteers who make up these 16 college chapters are the future conservation leaders of not only DU, but all conservation efforts in the country. I personally thank them for their efforts."

1. Aggieland Chapter
College Station, Texas

2. North Carolina State University
Raleigh, N.C.

3. University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

4. Milw. School of Engineering
Milwaukee, Wis.

5. UNC-Wilmington
Wilmington, N.C.

6. East Carolina University
Greenville, N.C.

7. Purdue University
West Lafayette, Ind.

8. Bemidji State University
Bemidji, Minn.

9. Mississippi State University
Starkville, Miss.

10. Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colo.

11. Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

12. Citadel Ducks Unlimited
Charleston, S.C.

13. Louisiana Tech Dawgs
Ruston, La.

14. Auburn University
Auburn, Ala.

15. University of Arkansas Razorback Chapter
Fayetteville, Ark.

16. Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kan.