U.S. News’ “Best Colleges and Universities” confirmed that a UNC Pembroke education is one of the most affordable in the nation, according to its rankings that were released on August 18.
At the same time, The Princeton Review named UNCP a “Best Southeastern College” for the second year in a row in an August 20 news release.
The annual publications are among the most popular college and university rating guides. The Princeton Review rates Universities based on student opinion surveys, and U.S. News ranks them on data such as peer assessment, freshman retention, faculty qualifications and quality of student body.
This year, student surveys were taken from 656 for the “Best Colleges: Region by Region” section of PrincetonReview.com. UNCP is one of 146 schools on the site receiving “Best in the Southeast” designation.
“We believe these schools uphold the standards of our ‘Best Southeastern College’ distinction and provide students with a wide breadth of excellent schools to consider,” according to The Princeton Review announcement.
The annual U.S. News rating guide said UNCP grads finished college with the 4th lowest student debt in North Carolina and 20th in the South among peer institutions. Approximately 70 percent of UNCP graduates graduated with debt that averaged $14,777.
In two categories of diversity – racial and economic – UNCP also stood out in U.S. News rankings. The University ranks second in the South for racial diversity and 12th in the South and 3rd in North Carolina for the economic diversity of its student body.
UNCP ranks 6th in North Carolina for enrollment of international students on its campus and in the top 100 in the South, according to U.S. News. UNCP is a regional master’s-granting University in U.S. News’ ranking scheme.
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said he was pleased with the ratings, but cautioned that rankings are only one way to judge the quality of a university.
“We are very pleased to continue to rank among the nation’s finest universities in both publications,” said Chancellor Meadors. “Ratings should only be used as a starting point in evaluating an institution.
“It is important that prospective students visit the institution and make their decisions from what they see,” he continued. “We are pleased with our high rankings in several categories and feel that these rankings reflect the University as a whole.”