Dec. 11, 2013/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu




 Kiplinger’s ranks School of the Arts at 24 on list of 100, up from 31 last year

WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is among the top 25 Best Values in Public Colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The School of the Arts climbed to #24 on the list for 2014.

UNCSA has been on the list of 100 every year since 2010, when it ranked 61st. In 2011, the school climbed to 48th, in 2012 it reached 41st, and in 2013 UNCSA was ranked 31st.

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.

“This is truly remarkable, but it is no surprise,” said Interim Chancellor James Moeser. “Our exceptional faculty and dedicated staff work very hard to provide the very best educational experience at the lowest possible cost to our students and their families.”

Moeser said UNCSA’s climb up the rankings could be endangered by escalating tuition charges for out-of-state students, who comprise up to 50 percent of UNCSA’s enrollment. Last year, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a 12.3 percent increase in tuition for nonresidents for the 2014-15 school year, adding nearly $2,340 to the price tag. Last week, the UNCSA Board of Trustees voted to raise out-of-state undergraduate tuition by only $800, or 4.2 percent, predicated on lawmakers repealing the 12.3 percent increase.

 “While it is difficult to place a monetary value on excellent training such as our students receive, we are aware that high tuition costs could make us out of reach for some talented students,” Moeser said.

UNCSA is a value not only for its students, Moeser added, but for the state and nation as well. “Our alumni are performing onstage and working behind the scenes of acclaimed productions across America and around the globe,” he said. “They are making award-winning films that create jobs, and they are contributing in significant ways to the cultural fiber of this country. The true value of UNCSA is immeasurable.”

UNC-Chapel Hill tops the list again this year. Other UNC campuses mentioned include: North Carolina State University at 16 (up from 21 last year); UNC Wilmington, 28 (up from 32); Appalachian State, 36 (unchanged); and UNC Asheville, 52 (unchanged).

Kiplinger’s assesses quality and affordability according to a number of measurable standards, including the percentage of students who return for sophomore year and the four-year graduation rate. 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 2014 issue posted online today at: www.kiplinger.com/links/college. 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 www.uncsa.edu.