UNCW Moves up Four Spots, into Top 30, on Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been recognized by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine as one of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges, 2014,” the University announced today. UNCW has moved into the top 30, coming in at 28, up four from 2013.

Kiplinger’s begins with almost 600 institutions and ranks their top 100 public universities based on excellence and affordability. These new rankings will appear in their February issue but are now online.  

“To be recognized on this list is a great honor and exemplifies that a quality education can be affordable,” commented UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “UNCW takes pride in offering students from around the world reasonable and innovative academic programs. We want students to excel in their studies without as much of a financial burden and we believe UNCW allows them to do just that.” 

For the first time UNCW has more than 14,000 enrolled students, up 5.7 percent from last year. Incoming freshmen have an average SAT score of 1190 and GPA of 4.06. Additionally, the University has also seen an increase in the number of applicants.

UNCW has been recognized by several publications in 2013. The Princeton Review named UNCW as one of the “Best in the Southeast” on their “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list. Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” ranked UNCW within the top twenty and Colleges of Distinction named the University as one of the top public colleges and universities for 2013-14.

UNCW is North Carolina’s coastal university and is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 14,000 students, UNCW is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and its powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is continuously recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability.