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Mar. 13, 2014/For Immediate Release

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



 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance also places the School of the Arts on its top ten list of best values in public colleges in the region


WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) ranks second among the nation’s 10 best values in small colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The magazine also ranked UNCSA tenth on its list of 10 best values among public colleges in the southeast and mid-south.

The new rankings, announced last week, complement the magazine’s annual list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. That list of 100, announced in December 2013, placed the School of the Arts at 24, up from 31 the previous year.

On the small colleges list, New College of Florida placed first. UNC-Asheville, ranked 5th, was the only other North Carolina school included. Among the public college best values in the southeast and mid-south, UNC-Chapel Hill was first, and North Carolina State University was 5th.

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Interim Chancellor James Moeser said the new rankings affirm what UNCSA alumni, students, and their parents know. “There is tremendous benefit to having a career that you love, and that is what we make possible at UNCSA,” he said. “Our students are getting world-class education and training by faculty who are experts in their fields. They leave here ready for rewarding and meaningful careers. A degree from the School of the Arts is a sound investment.”

“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 added. “At UNCSA, we are doing all that we can to keep our costs low while maintaining our quality of education.”

Moeser said UNCSA is a value not only for its students, but also for the communities where they live and work. “The value of arts to a community – any community -- is immeasurable,” he said.  “Training in the arts is worth every penny.”

The new lists are part of Kiplinger’s “college finder” tool, which allows side-by-side comparison of schools to help students and parents identify the best college matches. In making its selections, Kiplinger’s starts with academic quality, then heavily weighs such factors as financial aid packages (excluding loans), giving extra credit to schools that hold down debt and steer students toward a diploma within four years.

The new lists rank public and private schools by region and campus size, in addition to listing best values under $30,000 a year.

The complete list of 30 Best Values in Small Colleges is available at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/college/T014-C000-S001-best-values-in-small-colleges.html.

The list of 30 Best College Values in the Southeast is available at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/college/T014-C000-S001-best-college-values-in-the-southeast-mid-south.html.

About Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation's first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation's first personal finance magazine. Kiplinger.com is the fastest growing website in the personal finance space. Located in the heart of our nation's capital, the Kiplinger editors remain dedicated to delivering sound, unbiased advice for families and businesses in clear, concise language.

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 dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking, and music. 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.