UNCW Recognized as a Quality and Affordable Institution by Two Premier Publications

Monday, August 26, 2013

­Colleges of Distinction and Washington Monthly have both selected the University of North Carolina Wilmington as one of the country¹s top-tier institutions, the University announced today. Colleges of Distinction has named UNCW as one of the top public colleges and universities for 2013-14, while Washington Monthly selected the school as their thirteenth pick overall on their "Best-Bang-for-Your-Buck" list.

The Colleges of Distinction guide aims to provide students, counselors, and parents with information about schools that excel in four key areas: engaging students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck" ranking is an exclusive list of institutions in the country that are taking part in making quality education and marketable degrees affordable. The list has a total of 349 colleges and universities.

"We are honored to be only one of two North Carolina schools to be included on Colleges of Distinction's list," said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. "Offering our students innovative teaching methods by a world-class faculty at an affordable rate remains a key institutional priority for us, and this recognition of those efforts is incredibly gratifying. While we have just hit a record high in enrollment, we continue to focus on recruitment of quality students both nationally and internationally, which bolsters our educational initiatives and the growth of our campus."

Western Carolina University is the only other North Carolina institution recognized on Colleges of Distinction's list, which is comprised of 48 schools. UNCW will be featured in the Colleges of Distinction eGuidebook this fall. The Washington Monthly's list can also be currently viewed on their website. Their "Best Bang for the Buck Rankings" list is broken into five categories: All Schools, National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Master's Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges. UNCW places thirteenth overall in their All Schools category.

This acknowledgment comes on the heels of the University¹s announcement on Friday that for the first time ever, the school has more than 14,000 enrolled students, up 5.7 percent from last year. Incoming freshmen have an average SAT score of 1190 and GPA of 4.06. Additionally, the University has also seen an increase in their number of applicants.

The University was also recently recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the "Best in the Southeast" on their "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list. Selections are based upon an institution¹s academic excellence, as well as student's ratings on several factors like campus dining, professors and overall campus life.

UNCW is North Carolina's coastal university and is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 14,000 students, UNCW is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and its powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master¹s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is continuously recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability.