UNCW Earns Top Rankings

UNCW Recognized as One of the Most Efficient Regional Universities by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has made U.S. News & World Report’s exclusive list of the country’s “most efficient” colleges and universities. UNCW placed fourth in the “Regional Universities (South)” category of five.

UNCW Recognized with High Marks by U.S. News and World Report

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 20 regional universities in the South. UNCW also maintained its top ten ranking as one of the best public institutions in the South on this year’s “Best Colleges” rankings.  

Fiske Guide to Colleges

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is included in the 2015 updated edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is a selective and systematic look at 300+ colleges and universities. It offers a list of schools where ACT and SAT scores are optional, a pre-professional guide that outlines the best schools based on majors or course of study and questionnaires to help students figure out what kind of school best suits them.

Social Work's MSW Program Nationally Recognized for Affordability


U.S. News & World Report’s Top 25 Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans Includes UNCW


Kiplinger's List of 25 Best College Values Under $30,000 Per Year

The university placed 11th on these rankings, which are part of Kiplinger’s new College Finder tool. The tool complements Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s annual Best Values in Public Colleges, a listing that also includes UNCW.

Kiplinger's 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

UNCW was recognized by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine as one of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges, 2014.” UNCW moved into the top 30, coming in at 28, up four from 2013. 

Digital Viewbook

A digital viewbook created for the University of North Carolina Wilmington by Creosote Affects won a Merit Award in the "Interactive Viewbook" category in the 29th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report. More than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools submitted entries.

UNCW Receives Positive Outlook from Moody’s Investor Service


Princeton Review

"Best in the Southeast"

The University of North Carolina Wilmington was named one of the “Best in the Southeast” on The Princeton Review’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list.

"Best 297 Business Schools"

Once again, the University of North Carolina Wilmington was recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the best institutions in the nation to attend to pursue a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The professional MBA program in UNCW's Cameron School of Business is listed in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review's "Best 297 Business Schools."

U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has maintained its top fifteen ranking as one of the best overall universities in the South as well as its top ten ranking as one of the best public institutions in the South on U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Colleges 2014" regional list.

U.S.News & World Report

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Cameron School of Business ranks first on a national list, compiled by U.S. News & World Report, that measures the average debt load among MBA program graduates.

Institute of International Education

Open Doors, an annual publication of the Institute of International Education, measures student mobility of higher education institutions in the U.S.  The 2014 report ranked UNCW 9th in the nation for universities within the same Carnegie classifications for sending students abroad! This report is based on academic year 2012-13 when we sent 762 Seahawks abroad.  This is a strong indication that the university nurtures a culture of global preparedness and that that culture is gaining national attention. This is the second year in a row that UNCW has achieved this national ranking.

Recognized as a Leading Innovator by IdeaScale

UNCW has been recognized by IdeaScale, a leading crowdsourcing and open innovation software provider, as the winner of the Innovation Awards Competition in the category of Efficiency Expert. UNCW was recognized for maximizing their potential as a year-round educational provider.

Colleges of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction named UNCW as one of the top public colleges and universities for 2013-14. The Colleges of Distinction guide aims to provide students, counselors, and parents with information about schools that excel in four key areas: engaging students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly selected UNCW as their thirteenth pick overall on their “Best Bang for the Buck” list. The ranking is an exclusive list of institutions in the country that are taking part in making quality education and marketable degrees affordable. The list has a total of 349 colleges and universities.

Fulbright Top producerFulbright Scholar

Paul Castagno, UNCW Professor of Theatre, was a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholar award.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The evaluation team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmed the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s reaccreditation. SACS requires reaccreditation to ensure that high-education institutions are offering the highest quality programs. MORE>>


Additional Accolades for UNCW

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