WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North
Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)
continues to climb in the rankings of
the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges
by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. UNCSA
is ranked 31st for 2013, up from 41st in
2012. In 2011, UNCSA ranked 48th, and in
2010 it ranked 61st.
The report features schools that deliver
a quality education at an affordable
price. UNCSA made the list thanks to its
high four-year graduation rate, low
average student debt at graduation,
available financial aid, low sticker
price, and overall great value,
according to Kiplinger’s.
“North Carolina can certainly be proud
of its arts conservatory,” said
Chancellor John Mauceri. “UNCSA
continues to excel not only in the
caliber of our artistic achievements,
but also in our academic performance and
Mauceri added that the new ranking
illustrates the hard work, dedication
and passion of the students, faculty and
staff. “Even in challenging economic
conditions, we continue on our
trajectory of ever-increasing
excellence,” he said.
Upon hearing about the Kiplinger
rankings, UNC President Tom Ross
wrote to Chancellor Mauceri:
"Congratulations to you and your team.
This is fantastic! Jumping 30 positions
in four years is amazing. Great work!"
Six schools in the University of North
Carolina system were ranked by
Kiplinger’s this year. UNC-Chapel Hill
continues to top the list, as it has
since Kiplinger’s began its ranking in
1998. Of the other UNC system schools,
only UNCSA improved it rank this year.
The other ranked schools are: N.C.
State, 21st, down from 19th last year;
UNC-Wilmington, 32nd, down from 15th;
Appalachian State University, 36th, down
from 33rd; and UNC-Asheville, 52nd, down
Kiplinger’s assesses quality and
affordability according to a number of
measurable standards. Last year,
Kiplinger’s revamped the rankings to
give more weight to academic value, such
as the percentage of students who return
for sophomore year and the four-year
graduation rate. Cost criteria include
low sticker prices, available financial
aid and low average debt at graduation.
While the criteria have shifted, the
overall focus on value remains the same.
Many schools, including UNCSA, have
appeared on the list multiple times, a
confirmation of the consistent value
these colleges provide.
The annual public school rankings appear
in Kiplinger’s February 2013
issue — on newsstands today — and online
Web visitors will find special features,
including an FAQ about how the public
colleges are ranked, a slide show of the
top 10 schools, and a tool that lets
readers sort by in-state and
out-of-state cost, average debt at
graduation, and admission rate.
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As America’s first state-supported
arts school, the University of North
Carolina School of the Arts is a unique
stand-alone public university of arts
conservatories. With a high school
component, UNCSA is a degree-granting
institution that trains young people of
talent in music, dance, drama,
filmmaking, and design and production.
Established by the N.C. General Assembly
in 1963, the School of the Arts opened
in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and
Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of
the University of North Carolina system
in 1972. For more information, visit