UNC Wilmington Named One of the “Best Value” Public Colleges in America by Princeton Review for Fourth Consecutive Year

UNC Wilmington again received the distinction of being names a Best Value College by The Princeton Review for 2012. It is the fourth consecutive year that UNCW has been part of this prestigious listing.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has been named one of the nation's "Best Value" Public Colleges and Universities by The Princeton Review. UNC Wilmington was named to Princeton Review's 2012 list, released Feb. 7, and was previously listed on the "Best Values" lists for 2011, 2010 and 2009.

In its profile, The Princeton Review editors praised UNCW as a modern university that "remains true to its small school roots," noting that most classes have less than 30 students even though nearly 2000 new freshmen enter the school each fall. Students surveyed by the Princeton Review noted the quality of the faculty. One stated, "There have been several classes that I wasn't expecting to get much out of that I've just loved because of the professor."

"It's a great honor for UNC Wilmington to again be chosen by the Princeton Review as one of its "Best Value" universities," said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. "The UNC system boasts one of the lower in-state tuitions in the nation, and we strive to match that with the highest quality instruction and hands-on opportunities for our students to participate in undergraduate research, high-level scholarship and outreach/community involvement projects. This distinction from the Princeton Review is a tribute to the dedication of UNCW's faculty and staff to the success of our students."

The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition, subtitled "The 150 Best Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In," features profiles of 75 public and 75 private colleges with detailed information about their campus culture, facilities and financial aid offerings. "Best Value Colleges" were selected based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities the company regards as America's academically best undergraduate institutions.

The full "Best Value Colleges" list is available on The Princeton Review's website at www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx. Similar information is posted by USA TODAY, the Princeton Review's online publishing partner. USA TODAY's site (bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com ) features an exclusive interactive map that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools. 

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