UNC Wilmington Again in U.S. News' Top 5 Public Master's Universities in the South; 14 Consecutive Years in Top 10

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is tied with the College of Charleston as the number 4 public master's university in the South, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings for regional universities. UNCW has been ranked in the top 10 of this elite listing for the last 14 years, and was ranked number 5 on the list last year.

"This ranking is an honor for our institution," said UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller. "It reflects the highest quality learning experiences, which our faculty and staff provide to our students every day. I am proud that UNCW has been able to continue our focus on quality, particularly in the current economic environment, by making the most of our resources through efficiency and innovation."

UNCW was highly ranked by U.S. News in three areas:
1) The new U.S. News list gives UNCW its highest regional ranking ever. It is listed at number 4 among public master's institutions in the South in the 2012 edition, up from number 5 last year. It held the number 6 position for two years, in 2010 and 2009.
2) Among all 127 public and private universities in the South that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's level programs, UNCW is ranked number 11, up from its ranking of 13 on last year's list.
3) UNCW is again included on the list of "up-and-coming" master's universities in the South. UNCW is tied for number 3 in the region, placing it in the company of 46 colleges and universities nationally that U.S. News identified as making the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

UNC Wilmington is a university of first choice for a growing number of high-achieving high school students. For fall 2011, entering freshmen came to UNCW from 85 of North Carolina's 100 counties, 30 states and 25 nations of citizenship. The Class of 2015, with about 1980 students, has an estimated average SAT score of 1176 and an estimated average high school GPA of 3.97 (final statistics are still being calculated).

The complete U.S. News & World Report rankings can be viewed online at www.usnews.com/colleges. The 350-page 2012 edition of the Best Colleges guidebook is available at USNews.com and will be on newsstands Sept. 20.

Media contact:
Dana Fischetti, media relations manager, 910.962.7259 or fischettid@uncw.edu