University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

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Giving Flight to Imagination

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 the national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking as well as 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 nearly 17,500 students that offers a full range of undergraduate- and graduate-level programs as well as doctoral degrees and many distance learning options. The 60+ academic programs at UNCW are housed in the Cameron School of Business, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Health & Human Services, the Watson College of Education, and the Graduate School. Outside the classroom, students get involved in more than 270 campus organizations, show their Seahawk pride for UNCW’s 19 NCAA Division I athletic teams, and explore historic downtown Wilmington and nearby beaches. 



Named a “Best Southeastern School” | The Princeton Review


Ranked 92nd among “Top Public National Universities” | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked #32 among “Best Public College Values” for providing a high-quality, affordable education | Kiplinger, 2019


Recognized as a “College with Great First-Year Experiences” | U.S. News & World Report, 2019


Elevated to a “Doctoral University: High Research Activity” institution | Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is an internationally recognized leader in coastal and marine science education and research—and the first university in the US to offer a Bachelor of Science in 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 participate in extensive field research in the area’s waterways and coastal habitats under the direction of faculty scholars and gain access to state-of-the-art facilities, including the UNCW Center for Marine Science.

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What students are saying about us...

  • “UNCW is a great university. The professors care about you and your professional growth. They genuinely care about your success in both the classroom and the real world!”

    • Cindy Saucedo ’20