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New ranking has UWA among the best in Alabama

The University of West Alabama has been ranked as the best among colleges and universities in Alabama in a national listing of 2019 College & University rankings. The WalletHub report ranking includes both public four-year schools and private, not-for-profit, four-year schools nationwide, and UWA is the highest ranking school in Alabama.

For the 2019 ranking, nearly 1,000 higher education institutions were compared, with 30 key measures grouped into seven categories including student selectivity, cost & financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes and career outcomes.

UWA ranked exceedingly high in all of the categories, including first in admission rate as well as gender & racial diversity, fourth in student to faculty ratio, and fifth for net cost. UWA is the only Alabama school to rank in the top 50 for the south region of the nation.

“It is most encouraging to see our university ranked at the top in Alabama with all of these factors taken into consideration,” said UWA President Ken Tucker. “We work diligently to identify the needs of our students, both current and prospective, and marshal our resources to meet those needs and provide additional opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and ability to be successful throughout their lives.”

The ultimate goal of the ranking is to provide information to students who will be announcing early decisions for enrollment in the coming weeks. The ranking is a determination of the top-performing schools with the lowest possible costs to undergraduates. In addition, the ranking analyzes post-attendance metrics, like student loan default rate and post-graduation earnings.

“A ranking such as this one, based on sound methodology and solid figures, gives us affirmation that we are moving in the right direction and that we are indeed serving our students and providing a quality education at a reasonable cost and in an environment that becomes both a welcoming and safe campus,” Tucker said.

Learn more about the methodology, findings, and ranking: https://wallethub.com/edu/college-rankings/40750.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, October 31 issue of the Demopolis Times.)