UNCW Ranked 8th in Nation for Online Bachelor’s Programs

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been ranked 8th in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” the university announced today. 

The national recognition comes on the heels of UNCW’s recent elevation to the designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution in the newly released Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 

“This new ranking reflects UNCW’s continued commitment to providing an affordable, high-quality education, not only for traditional students but also working professionals, military-affiliated students and others who seek the convenience and accessibility of online degree programs,” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “UNCW continues to emphasize excellence in developing programs and modes of delivery to meet the diverse needs of our students.” 

UNCW previously earned other laudable recognitions from U.S. News for 2019, ranking 6th among public universities and 15th overall on a list of “Best Regional Universities in the South”; 5th most innovative public university in the South; and 9th in the region among “Best Colleges for Veterans.” The university also has five graduate programs represented on the publication’s list of Best Graduate Schools in 2019. 

U.S. News considers a variety of factors in developing its ranking of “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” which applies to programs in which all required coursework is completed online. UNCW was recognized for its two qualifying programs, nursing and clinical research. A score is assigned to each university on the list based on a number of elements, including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. UNCW received a score of 93 out of 100, an increase of a point over last year. 

Tied with UNCW are Colorado State University-Global Campus, the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Oklahoma. The university ranks behind only Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, Arizona State University, Ohio State University-Columbus, Oregon State University, Pennsylvania State University-World Campus, the University of Florida and the University of Illinois-Chicago. 

UNCW has consistently been recognized for excellence and value – cornerstones of the university’s Strategic Plan. In addition to the U.S. News rankings, UNCW was named a Best Southeastern School by The Princeton Review and was one of only four UNC System schools featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019, a publication that highlights the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities. The university also 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

-- Tricia Vance