A recent report by U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of North Carolina Wilmington 6th in the category of Top Public Schools and 11th in Best Colleges for Veterans, along with some other recognitions.
The public university was founded in 1947 and sits upon 661-acres in the heart of Wilmington.
“Over the past two years or so, the university has made strides to better welcome their active duty and veteran students — this includes dependants,” said James LaPorta, a senior majoring in political science and journalism at UNCW. “As of June 16th, UNCW has about 1,594 military affiliated students, according to the director of Military Affairs at UNCW, who is a former Marine intelligence officer.”
LaPorta, who has previously worked for The Daily News, began attending the university in 2014 after serving in the Marine Corps as an infantry sergeant who also worked in intelligence.
“Last year the teachers gave up their lounge so that the veterans organization could create a veterans lounge and resource center,” LaPorta said Sunday afternoon. “The lounge just won a grant from Home Depot to buy whatever they need — furniture, computers etc.”
The ranking of the Best Colleges for Veterans category is based on colleges that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees, according to U.S. News & World Report website.
“UNCW’s strong commitment to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement forms the foundation for the student-centered learning experience our university offers,” Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli said. “We’re proud of our university, and we appreciate the recognition that these rankings bring to our stellar programs.”
The report by U.S. News & World Report also placed UNCW as 16th in the Regional Universities South category and 183rd in Business Programs.
“Veterans get special parking privileges at the university and the veterans organization there has brought in notable speakers, like Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry,” LaPorta said.
According to the university’s website, UNCW also was recently recognized as a top regional university by The Princeton Review and was ranked as the 5th Best Public University in North Carolina on a list compiled by USA Today and College Factual.