UNCW Ranked 7th in Nation for Online Bachelor’s Programs, 62nd Best College Value

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been ranked #7 on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. 

U.S. News reviews a variety of elements to determine college rankings, including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. The Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings are awarded only to programs where all required coursework is completed online. UNCW was recognized for its two qualifying programs, nursing and clinical research. UNCW ranks behind only Ohio State University – Columbus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Temple University (tied for 2nd), Arizona State University, Utah State University, Oregon State University and is tied with Pennsylvania State University – World Campus, once again indicating its prestige and prominence among high-quality institutions.

UNCW was also named a Best College Value for 2018 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, ranking 62nd among the top 100 public universities nationwide, up six places from the 2017 ranking. Of the six North Carolina universities in Kiplinger’s top 100, UNCW ranks 2nd in 4-year graduation and 3rd in average salary earned after graduating; this places UNCW graduates in a powerful position. Students are more likely to graduate on time than they would at other public institutions in the state, and their eventual salaries are potentially higher. 

“As one of the institutions that make up the nationally respected University of North Carolina system, UNCW is committed to providing an accessible and affordable, high-quality education,” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “These rankings recognize our continued commitment to developing distance education programming and the university’s overall affordability and value. Our students get an outstanding return on their investment through our faculty and applied-learning experiences that position them to compete for jobs or continue their education.”

Kiplinger’s selects the top 100 public, private and liberal arts institutions based on admissions rates, academic quality, retention, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates and cost. Academic excellence and affordability are key objectives in UNCW’s Strategic Plan.

UNCW has consistently been recognized for excellence and value by prominent ranking organizations. The university is ranked 6th among public universities and 14th overall in the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Regional Universities (South) for 2018, and ranked 1st in North Carolina and 40th nationally on a list compiled by Military Times of the top four-year colleges for military-affiliated students. UNCW also is featured in The Princeton Review list of "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region" and in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, a publication that highlights the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities.

 - Tricia Vance and Christina Schechtman