- UNC Wilmington has fixed tuition rates for all incoming students.
- High school students can earn college credit through dual enrollment.
- The school is approved by Veteran Affairs for military benefits and support.
Founded in 1946, the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW) graduated its first class in 1949. Today, the university boasts over 16,000 students, and provides 55 bachelor's programs, 35 master's options, and four doctoral degrees. Through the UNCW Blackboard platform, students are able to pursue degree programs online. The institution's curriculum continues to evolve, opening the College of Health and Human Services in 2010. The U.S. News and World Report ranked the school among the top regional universities in the South, and five of the university's graduate options rank among the top graduate schools.
UUNCW Tuition, Accreditation, and Admissions Info
- In-state undergraduate students: $3,602
- Out-of-state undergraduate students: $15,006
- In-state graduate students: $4,164
- Out-of-state graduate students: $16,366
Accreditation and Approvals
The University North Carolina Wilmington is regionally accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Specific programs receive accreditation from agencies such as the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Council on Social Work Education.
UNC Wilmington admissions require freshmen applicants to fulfill prerequisite coursework in English, math, social studies, science, and foreign languages. Students must hold a 2.5 GPA, but many accepted candidates hold at least a 3.8. Applicants must supply transcripts, and homeschool transcripts must include a school administrator's notarized signature. High school applicants also provide ACT/SAT scores, a personal essay, and a response to a short answer question. UNCW acceptance rate for undergraduate students is 67%.
Transfer students under 21 years old must fulfill high school course prerequisites, and hold a 2.5 GPA after at least 24 college credits.
Graduate admission standards vary by program. For instance the master's of science in biology requires GRE scores and a bachelor's degree related to the field, while the master's of fine arts in creativing writing calls for a writing sample, a statement of interest, and an assistantship essay. Candidates should consult the department of interest to determine requirements, but in general, they can expect to submit an application and transcripts.
- Student population: 16,747
- Average GPA for freshmen during high school: 4.22
- Date founded: 1947
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Retention Rate: 83.2%
- Required Standardized Test(s): ACT/SAT for undergraduate learners; varies for graduate learners.
- Public/Private: Public
- Graduation Rate: 79.7%
- Athletics: NCAA Division I; Colonial Athletic Association
- Mascot: Seahawk
- Colors: Navy, teal, and gold
- Address: 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
- Phone Number: (910) 962-3000
- Social Media: Facebook; Twitter; Instagram
UNCW Online Degrees Offered
- Candidates can pursue five bachelor's degrees online: the bachelor of science in clinical research, the bachelor of arts in criminology, the bachelor of arts in elementary education, the bachelor of arts in international studies, and the bachelor of science in nursing.
- The school offers nine master's programs online, including three education degrees in curriculum, instruction, and supervision; teaching; and school administration.
- Two other master's programs are available in health and human services for nurse educators, and clinical research and product development.
- Additional master's degrees involve instructional technology, chemistry, history for educators, and liberal arts.
- Learners can also purse the doctor of nursing practice online.