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UNCW earns “Best Public National University” ranking

Once again, UNC Wilmington ranks as one of the best public national universities in the state and nation, according to the “2023-24 Best Colleges” rankings from U.S. News & World Report. UNCW is 109 on the list.  

“At UNCW, we are committed to transforming students’ lives,” said Provost James J. Winebrake.  “To be recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s best public universities underscores our mission, vision and priorities to offer unparalleled opportunities and education that best equip our students for the future.”

The 2023-24 academic year began with enrollment of the largest first-year class in university history. According to preliminary data, the number of first-year students increased by over 300 students to more than 2700. The number of undergraduates also increased to nearly 14,500, adding to the university’s total enrollment of nearly 18,000. The data will be finalized later this fall. 

Cynthia Demetriou, associate provost for Student Engagement, Enrollment, and Retention, praised campus partners from all corners of campus.

“Enrollment and retention is a campus-wide effort, and our success is a result of UNCW’s outstanding faculty and staff who care deeply for student success,” said Demetriou. 

Within the annual U.S. News rankings, UNCW saw improvement in several categories: Best Value Schools-National Universities, Top Performers on Social Mobility-National Universities, and Undergraduate Computer Science Programs. UNCW also ranked in the following categories: Overall National Universities, Undergraduate Business Programs, Undergraduate Nursing Programs, Best Colleges for Veterans-National Universities, and a new category, Undergraduate Psychology Programs. 

The university recently launched its newest Strategic Plan: Soar High, Soar Far, Soar Together in 2023-24. Four key pillars represent the foundation of the new strategic plan: unparalled opportunities, nationally prominent programs, community commitment and world-class operations and infrastructure.