UNC Wilmington Again Among Best Universities in 2012 National College Guides from Fiske, Princeton Review

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Two of the nation’s most prestigious guides to colleges have again recommended the University of North Carolina Wilmington to prospective students and parents for its excellent academic programs. UNC Wilmington is included, for the third consecutive year, in the 2012 revised and updated edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and is featured for the eighth consecutive year as one of 135 institutions named by The Princeton Review to the "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

“The continued recognition of UNCW by the top college rankings organizations in the world is strong affirmation that the faculty and staff at this university take academic quality seriously,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “We are absolutely committed to student achievement and success. I congratulate our faculty and staff for nurturing this sustaining legacy of quality.”

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 is a selective, subjective and systematic look at 300+ universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Fiske aims to help readers discover the personality of a university based on subjects including student body, academics, social list, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities.

For its regional rankings, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and campus life. This student survey data is added to information collected directly from the schools, from visits to the schools, and from the opinions of Princeton Review staff to determine the final listing for each region.

“We’re pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees. We chose them as our ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. He added that the “regional best” colleges make up a select group, with only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges included.

For more information about the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012, please visit: www.sourcebookscollege.com/spotlight/fiske-best-buy-colleges.html. The “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” listing is posted on the The Princeton Review’s website at www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.

Media contacts:
Dana Fischetti, media relations manager, 910.508.3127 or fischettid@uncw.edu

William Davis, UNCW media relations, 910.962.2654 or davisw@uncw.edu