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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The University of North Carolina Wilmington has maintained its top fifteen ranking as one of the best overall universities in the South as well as its top ten ranking as one of the best public institutions in the South on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014” regional list, the University announced today.

The news arrives on the heels of rankings from Colleges of Distinction, Washington Monthly and The Princeton Review recognizing UNCW as a top-tier educational institution. Victory Media, known as a premier media resource for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, also announced today that UNCW made their “Military Friendly Schools List” for 2014.

US News & World Report’s 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.

“UNCW has just welcomed our largest freshman class, with record SAT scores and GPAs, so this honor from US News & World Report is particularly well-timed – in addition to being a point of deep pride for our faculty and students,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “Being singled out by our peers at similar institutions is a great measure of our progress as a public university, and only inspires us to continue to grow as a campus, to offer our students even more meaningful educational experiences, and to seek and retain world-class faculty and staff at every turn.”

For the first time, UNCW has more than 14,000 enrolled students, up 5.7 percent from last year. Incoming freshmen have an average SAT score of 1190 and GPA of 4.06. Additionally, the University has also seen an increase in the number of applicants.

The Princeton Review recognized UNCW as one of the “Best in the Southeast” on their “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list. Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” ranked UNCW within the top twenty and Colleges of Distinction named the University as one of the top public colleges and universities for 2013-14.

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