WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – UNC Wilmington dropped slightly in the latest U.S. News and World Report college rankings, although the university still ranks relatively high.
The school fell to sixth among public regional universities in the South and 15th among all schools in that group.
UNCW's peak rankings were in 2012, when it landed 11th among all schools in its category and fourth among public schools.
U.S. News doesn't compare UNCW against all universities. Instead, the magazine groups schools into several categories: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities, and regional colleges.
The university released the following statement Tuesday:
"We are honored to again be recognized on this coveted list, along with several others in recent weeks. To remain in the top of these categories year after year, even when our rank may change slightly, speaks volumes about the work being done at UNCW and the way our peers value that contribution to higher education. Our campus has strong quality indicators, including our highest enrollment and the record-high caliber of our incoming freshmen, so we would likely show slower gains than another type of campus, where small improvements may translate to faster movement in the rankings. We have also seen the dramatic impact of funding cuts in these rankings; for example, UNCW faculty salaries are not competitive when compared to our peer institutions, despite their dedication and globally recognized work."
Click here to read UNCW's press release regarding the U.S. News and World Report rankings.
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