UNA Climbs in Annual Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

Sep. 17, 2020

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392 

FLORENCE, AL – For the second year, the University of North Alabama has ranked among the best Public Regional Universities of the South category, according to the 2021 list released by U.S. News & World Report. This year, UNA moved up to 17th in this category, and the institution ranked in four other notable categories as well. 

“We are very pleased to receive this designation for the second year, especially in the midst of so many challenges we have faced as an institution during these past six months,” said UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts. “Our performance across each of these categories indicates that we continue to provide a high-quality education to all of our students, from traditional to online to international.” 

In addition to UNA’s regional ranking, the University was also listed as: 

  • 24th in Best Colleges for Veterans (tie) 
  • 40th in Best Value Schools 
  • 40th in Regional Universities South (tie) 
  • 99th in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie) 

“At UNA, we have a dedicated faculty, committed to ensuring a first-rate education for our students,” said Dr. Ross Alexander, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at UNA. “Being ranked among the top public schools in the south as well as among the regional universities in the south, which includes public as well as private institutions, illustrates our ongoing commitment to recruiting, retaining, and graduating the best students to fill the workforce needs of the state and region.” 

About The University of North Alabama 

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA 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 Big South 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/