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UNCW Jumps to #15 on Kiplinger's 2012 "Best Value" List

Chancellor's Walk on the UNCW campus
Chancellor's Walk on the UNCW campus


UNCW has jumped to number 15 on Kiplinger’s 2012 list of the top 100 public universities across the country providing the best value for students and their families.

The school has held the 27th spot for the last two years. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that the ratingsare published in the personal finance magazine’s February issue.

According to the list, UNCW is the second best value for public education in North Carolina, behind UNC Chapel Hill, which has held the number one spot in both the state and nation for eleven consecutive years.

The magazine evaluates schools on their sticker prices, financial aid offerings, post-graduation debt averages, and student retention rates among other criteria.

Just last month, UNCW’s Board of Trustees approved a 6.5 percent tuition increase for the 2012-2013 school year.

Along with that increase, the board is also factoring in what’s called a “peer alignment” that adjusts the tuition rate in comparison to UNCW’s national peer schools.

If the changes are approved by the UNC Board of Governors, in-state undergraduate tuition will increase by $600.

After growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia, Michelle attended Virginia Tech before moving to Wilmington to complete her Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her reporting and nonfiction writing have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, within the pages of Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Before moving to Wilmington, Michelle served as the general manager for WUVT, a community radio station in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Scott and their pups, Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.