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UNA Ranks, Once Again, Among the Best Schools in the South

Oct. 18, 2023

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama has ranked among the Top Public Regional Universities in the South, according to the most recent list released by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to being in the Top 20 in that category, UNA has also placed among the Best Colleges for Veterans and Best Undergraduate Nursing programs. 

“The University of North Alabama continues to excel as one of the region’s best institutions, and the U.S. News & World Report rankings are indicative of our excellent academic programs and student services,” said UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts. “There is no question that UNA has emerged as a top-choice university for learners of all ages.” 

For 2023, UNA placed at Number 14 among all public regional universities in the South, which marks the University’s second consecutive year in the Top 20 for its classification. The University also placed 12th among Best Colleges for Veterans among its peers in the South. 

“These rankings reflect UNA’s ongoing positive trajectory as an institution that is innovative and expansive,” said Dr. Katie Kinney, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “I am continually proud of the faculty at UNA and the high-quality education they provide our students.” 

For the first time, UNA also made the U.S. News & World Report listing of the Best Undergraduate Nursing programs in the country. Leaders in the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions celebrated the announcement. 

“In our fiftieth year of educating leaders in the health care industry, this is affirmation that the UNA brand of graduating the best and brightest among those in nursing and other health professions is becoming more widely held knowledge,” said Dr. Tera Kirkman, Dean of the College. “We are thrilled to appear in the rankings for the first time.” 

The Sanders College of Business and Technology has also been recognized in the Online Programs Rankings by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (Excluding MBA)” and as one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs.” 

“We are honored to receive the distinction of being ranking among the Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs and Best Online Master’s in Business Programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Greg Carnes, Sanders College Dean. “At the Sanders College of Business and Technology, we understand the unique needs and aspirations of our students, and we are dedicated to empowering them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers. This accolade serves as a testament to our unwavering pursuit of excellence in online education.”


About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/