U.S. News & World Report ranks Wingate University 6th in Best Value in the South

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University is listed 6th among Best Value colleges and universities in the South based on quality and net cost. The rankings of the nation’s top schools were released today in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges.

Wingate University is the highest rated school in North Carolina having moved up two rankings from last year. Among other schools in the Carolinas, Appalachian State University rated 7th; The Citadel 8th; and Elon University 15th. “I’m proud to work at a university that makes an outstanding education so affordable for our students,” said Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Services Rhett Brown. “Wingate is within financial reach of a much broader population than most people assume.”

U.S. News considers a school’s academic quality combined with the 2011-12 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. “Wingate University welcomed the largest student body to our institution this fall with 2,648 students enrolled in our graduate, professional and undergraduate programs,” said Dr. Jerry E. McGee, president. “They will be taught by the best credentialed faculty we have ever assembled. These are very good days for our institution.”According to the U.S. News website, “the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”