Sunday, September 24, 2023

UNCW again ranks among best public universities in nation

UNCW has ranked among the nation’s top universities for the 2023-2024 school year. (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON — UNCW has been ranked 109 among U.S. News & World report’s rankings as one of the best public national universities in the state and nation for 2023-2024.

“At UNCW, we are committed to transforming students’ lives,” Provost James Winebrake said in a press release. “To be recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s best public universities underscores our mission, vision and priorities to offer unparalleled opportunities and education that best equip our students for the future.”

The 2023-24 academic year began with enrollment of the largest first-year class in university history. According to preliminary data, the number of first-year students increased by over 300 students to more than 2,700 total. The number of undergraduates also increased to nearly 14,500, adding to the university’s total enrollment of nearly 18,000. The data will be finalized later this fall. 

Within the annual U.S. News rankings, UNCW saw improvement in several categories: Best Value Schools-National Universities, Top Performers on Social Mobility-National Universities, and Undergraduate Computer Science Programs.

The university also ranked in the following categories: Overall National Universities, Undergraduate Business Programs, Undergraduate Nursing Programs, Best Colleges for Veterans-National Universities, and a new category, Undergraduate Psychology Programs. 

The university recently launched its newest Strategic Plan: Soar High, Soar Far, Soar Together in 2023-24. Four key pillars represent the foundation of the new strategic plan: unparalleled opportunities, nationally prominent programs, community commitment and world-class operations and infrastructure. 

Tips or comments? Email

Want to read more from PCD? Subscribe now and then sign up for our morning newsletter, Wilmington Wire, and get the headlines delivered to your inbox every morning.

Related Articles