UNCW Again Touted as One of the Country's Best

Friday, February 13, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been named one of the top 50 institutions in the country in The Business Journals’  2015 rankings of U.S. public colleges,” the university announced today. Featuring 484 public four-year colleges and universities, the rankings are based on 19 indicators of academic excellence and affordability. The University of North Carolina [Chapel Hill] and North Carolina State University were the only other institutions in the state that placed in the top 50 (#2 and #23, respectively).  

The ranking touts the university for its cost (five out of five stars); admission selectivity (four out of five stars); and prestige (four out of five stars). The Business Journals’  list also highlight UNCW’s 86.40% retention rate. 

“As North Carolina’s coastal university, we pride ourselves on offering affordable and rigorous academic programs that allow our students to enhance their education while preparing for their future,” said Chancellor William Sederburg. “This is just the latest indicator that our next chancellor will be leading a campus ripe with opportunities and momentum.”

The Business Journals reviewed data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for their analysis. The evaluation also considered recent college rankings from Forbes, Kiplinger’s, U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly, all of which included UNCW as a top contender. 

Earlier this year, UNCW announced its inclusion on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “most efficient” colleges and universities; Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s “Best Public College Values in 2015”; The Daily Beast’s “College Rankings 2014”; and Military Advanced Education’s “2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities.”

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, The Business Journals publishes 40 newspapers across the country and is a division of the American City Business Journals Inc.


The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 14,000 students, the university is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and a 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 master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. The university is dedicated to offering a community rich in diversity and inclusion, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.