UNCW students showing school pride

Points of Pride

  • The 2012 U.S.News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook ranked UNCW fourth among public regional undergraduate universities in the South. This is the 14th year UNCW has been in the top 10. The publication placed UNCW third on its list of “up and coming” universities.
  • UNCW skyrocketed to number 17 on Forbes Magazine’s list of America's Best College Buys for providing a high quality education at the lowest cost to students.
  • For a third year, UNCW is part of an exclusive group of higher education institutions included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
  • G.I. Jobs put UNCW on its 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools.
  • Princeton Review awarded UNCW its “Best in the Southeast” designation for the eighth year in a row.
  • Since 2003, UNCW’s graduation rate has increased 10 percentage points.
  • More than 74 percent of freshmen surveyed said UNCW was their first choice.
  • Among UNC system schools, UNCW’s student-athletes have the best graduation rates in the state. Among CAA schools, the Seahawks graduation rates are tied for second.
  • Over the past decade, the university has constructed or renovated more than 40 buildings. The School of Nursing building opened in August 2010, and construction is underway on a teaching laboratory building for the Department of Psychology. Also under construction is an addition to the Student Recreation Center.
  • This year, the university was placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. While UNCW has been on the list for five straight years, it earned the “with distinction” honor after students dedicated 70,000 hours to service learning and volunteerism throughout the Wilmington community – 20,000 hours more than the previous year. (The value of one service hour is $20.85 for 2009 - The Independent Sector.)
  • UNCW is ranked 25th in the nation among medium-sized schools for producing undergraduate Peace Corps volunteers, one of only three North Carolina schools on the list. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 123 UNCW alumni have volunteered.

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