Sunday, August 14, 2022

UNCW ranked among best graduate schools

UNCW is recognized again on the U.S. News and World Report list among best graduate programs and other disciplines. (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON — The U.S. News and World Report has listed UNCW among its 2023 Best Graduate Schools. It ranks science, social sciences and humanities, health, and other programs based on academic expert ratings.

UNCW’s rank overall increased 25 places, while its public affairs program increased its position by nine places.

The part-time MBA, social work and geology programs were also ranked, and the geology program reached recognition on the list during its first year.

Two types of data are taken into account within the Best Graduate Schools ranking list: expert opinion and statistical information. All MBA and education program rankings are juried on data and peer assessments submitted by the colleges/universities.

As far as the UNCW geology, public affairs and social work programs, peer assessments are the major influence on its ranking.

The UNCW graduate programs were also recognized for being one of the top online programs of 2022, specifically, the online nursing program, which was came in the top 50 on the “Best Online Master’s in Nursing” list.

Both UNCW’s online master’s in business and master’s in education programs were also ranked in the 2022 top online programs report.

The U.S. News and World Report also announced UNCW to be one of only three UNC System schools to make the Top 100 Public National Universities as “Best Colleges 2022.” UNCW has made this list for three years now, along with UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University.

According to a release from UNCW, the university currently offers 58 majors, 37 masters degrees and five doctoral degrees. Its student enrollment has increased by 40% from 2009 to fall 2021. Distance education student population and enrollment has also grown, as well, tripling in numbers from 2015 until fall 2021. Graduate student enrollment has more than doubled since 2009.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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