UNCW Recognized by Premier College Guides for Affordability, Quality and Beauty

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been recognized by three distinguished organizations for being an exceptional campus with affordable rigorous academic programs, the university announced today.
Leading consumer-information publication Consumers Digest named UNCW tenth in the country on their Top 50 Values for Public Colleges and Universities. Each institution is ranked on economic factors including cost of tuition, fees and room and board. Each school also received a preliminary evaluation, which takes into consideration factors like the academic excellence of the school’s first-time freshmen, student-faculty ratio, four-year graduation rates and student retention. UNCW placed highest in the UNC system with North Carolina State University and Appalachian State University following closely at #11 and #12.
UNCW’s innovative and teaching-centered education has landed the university on the 2015-2016 Colleges of Distinction list. The Colleges of Distinction’s methodology includes qualitative and quantitative data such as graduation rates, class size, experiential learning opportunities and core competency measures.
“UNCW is an exceptional university and these rankings are a true testament to the work our faculty, staff and students have accomplished,” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “It is a privilege to have joined this institution, which provides students with unique learning opportunities and experience beyond the classroom. It is this teaching philosophy that has been a catalyst of UNCW’s current and future success.”
Best Value Schools also included UNCW on its 30 Most Beautiful Coastal College Campuses list. Taking location into consideration, the list also looks at the other awards and recognitions an institution has received and notable features like historical significance and environmental friendliness. UNCW placed 15th overall, citing the beautiful campus and for its role as a “well-known – and well-respected – coastal university.”