University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

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Like No Other

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research, and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion, and global perspectives. As our academic reputation continues to rise year after year, we embrace a community of well-rounded students who will add their talents and interests to our campus.

UNCW is a public institution with 18,000 students and offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees and many distance learning options. UNCW’s 58 undergraduate academic programs are housed in the Cameron School of Business, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health & Human Services, Watson College of Education. Outside the classroom, students are involved in 300+ campus organizations, show their Seahawk pride for UNCW’s 19 NCAA Division I sports, and explore the historic downtown Wilmington and nearby beaches. 



One of Three UNC System Schools Ranked Among the Top 100 Public National Universities | U.S. News & World Report


Featured on The Princeton Review’s List of Best Southeastern Schools


Ranked in Top 20 Nationally Among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs | U.S. News & World Report

Coastal and Marine Science at UNCW

UNCW is an international, recognized leader in coastal and marine science education and research, and the first university in the U.S. to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in focused on coastal engineering. These programs leverage the university’s expertise in earth and ocean sciences, physical oceanography and environmental science, as well as the regional and geographic distinctiveness of coastal North Carolina. Students have the opportunity to experience extensive field research in the area’s waterways and coastal habitats under the direction of faculty scholars and access to state-of-the-art facilities, including the UNCW Center for Marine Science (CMS).

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “There is such a great sense of community just walking through campus among all of the other students, going to classes, eating lunch in Fisher with friends, or studying in the library.”

    • Sarah Burton, ‘22
  • “UNCW is a great university; the professors care about you and your professional growth. They genuinely care about your success both in the classroom and in the real world!”

    • Cindy Saucedo, ‘20
  • “From the moment I stepped on campus, I have felt support from the faculty and staff to help me get involved and adapt to UNCW.”

    • Alexus Ellis, ‘21