UNCW One of 4 UNC System Schools Featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2022

Monday, July 12, 2021

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s academic excellence and opportunities for research and other high-impact learning experiences are among the characteristics highlighted in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2022. UNCW is once again included in the best-selling college guide that profiles 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges and universities in the nation.
The university, one of only four UNC System schools listed, has been featured in the guide multiple times, most recently in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
UNCW’s University Studies curriculum, First-Year Learning Communities available to students and the Honors College earned special mention in the annual printed guide, which arrived on shelves July 6. The guide highlighted UNCW’s strong marine biology program, as well as programs that set the university apart, including film studies, creative writing, the new coastal engineering major – the only program of its type nationally – and digital arts.
“Learning communities are a game changer,” one communication studies major said. “They allow freshmen to get used to a college workload, but in a familiar environment where they feel comfortable.”
Another student lauded extensive faculty support: “Professors work hard to engage students and help students succeed, even during challenging times.”
Compiled by former New York Times Education Editor Edward B. Fiske, the Fiske Guide has been a leading resource for nearly 40 years. The guide offers prospective students a glimpse into student life, degree programs, campus climate, athletic opportunities and admission criteria. Inclusion is based primarily on academic excellence, a key priority of the university’s Strategic Plan. College life, athletics and the campus environment are other factors considered.
UNCW has been consistently recognized for academics and affordability. The university is one of three UNC System schools ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 Public National Universities for 2021 and is ranked among the Top 20 on the publication’s list of “2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.” Several graduate programs also have been recognized on U.S. News lists of Best Graduate Schools and Best Online Graduate Programs.
-- Tricia Vance