That is according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which recently released its 2014 list of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” The magazine begins with almost 600 institutions and rates their top 100 public universities nationwide based on the balance of excellence and cost.
UNCW has moved up four spots on the list this year from 2013. The local university is now ranked 28 out of 100.
Another North Carolina university–UNC–came in at the top spot this year. Two other state colleges–the N.C. School of the Arts and Appalachian State University–made the top 30, coming in at 24 and 30, respectively.
“To be recognized on this list is a great honor and exemplifies that a quality education can be affordable,” UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller said. “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.”
This is the latest in a series of recognitions UNCW has received this year. The Princeton Review named UNCW as one of the “Best in the Southeast” on their “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”
The university was among the top 20 on Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list, and Colleges of Distinction, a free website service for college-bound students, named the university as one of the top public colleges and universities for 2013-14.
Kiplinger’s new rankings will appear in the February print issue but are online now for viewing.