UNCW again ranks among best colleges; earns new accolade for focus on veterans

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UNCW has held its spot on a regional best colleges list and earned a place among the best colleges for veteran students. Courtesy photo.
UNCW has held its spot on a regional best colleges list and earned a place among the best colleges for veteran students. Courtesy photo.

UNC-Wilmington has maintained its spot on an annual list of best colleges and has achieved a new accolade for its commitment to veterans.

The local university is once again at number 16 in the U.S. World News and Report’s “Best Regional Universities” rankings. It also kept its place among the top 10 public universities in the south.

For the first time, UNCW received recognition on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges for Veterans” list, coming in at number 14 among all universities in the south, and fourth among the public universities on the list.

The regional list is comprised of schools that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs in four geographic regions – North, South, Midwest and West. The “Best Colleges for Veterans” list provides information about top-ranked schools committed to making college education more affordable for military veterans and active-duty service members, according to U.S. News.

“These rankings reflect UNCW’s steadfast commitment to providing students with a high-quality and affordable education,” Chancellor Zito Sartarelli said. “Our university consistently receives national recognition because our faculty and staff are dedicated to teaching and mentoring students, advancing research and actively engaging with the communities around UNCW.”

Inclusion on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list is especially meaningful to UNCW, Sartarelli added, because the institution was founded in 1947 to provide educational opportunities to veterans returning from World War II.

“Today, UNCW continues its tradition of service to veterans and active-duty personnel by offering flexible online and traditional programs and operating the Onslow County Extension site in partnership with Coastal Carolina Community College, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River,” he noted.

Among other notable recognitions, UNCW was also recently given a nod from The Princeton Review as as one of the “Best Southeastern” schools on its regional bests list. And in July, UNCW was named a 2015-16 College of Distinction and one of the 30 Most Beautiful Coastal College Campuses by Best Value Schools. The campus also placed tenth on the Top 50 Values for Public Colleges and Universities.