Kiplinger recently released its national list of Best Values in Public Colleges for 2012 and our very own University of North Carolina – Wilmington ranked at number 15 out of 100 top schools! This is wonderful news. University of North Carolina WilmingtonJust last year, it was ranked at 27. That’s a significant leap!

According to their website, Kiplinger evaluates 500 public 4-year colleges throughout the nation to compile their top 100 list. They evaluate test scores, admission and retention rates, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratios, in-state student costs, and financial aid. Currently, UNC-W maintains a 45% graduation rate for 4-year students and a 66% rate for 6-year students, and consistently ranks in the top 5 colleges in North Carolina. UNC-W was outranked by only one other North Carolina school, UNC – Chapel Hill, which ranked number 1 overall.

Quality colleges - just another reason why living in Wilmington is so great!