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 a 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 add their talents and interests to our campus. 

UNCW is a public institution with nearly 17,500 students that offers a full range of bachelor’s and graduate-level programs as well as doctoral degrees and many distance learning options. UNCW’s 60+ academic programs are housed in the Cameron School of Business, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Health & Human Services, the Graduate School, and the Watson College of Education. Outside the classroom, students can get involved in 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


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


Ranked #8 for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” | U.S. News & World Report

Transfer Students at Wilmington 

Transfer students are a vital and vibrant part of the University of North Carolina Wilmington community, making up 49% of the incoming class each fall. UNCW welcomes transfer students from two-year institutions, four-year institutions, and the military. With an average age of 22, some transfer students come to UNCW after other work or life experiences. The UNCW community is dedicated to supporting “Seahawks Who Serve,” with specific admission processes for members of the armed services. All active and veteran military personnel who’ve served at least two years can apply to UNCW as transfer students, even with little to no traditional college credit; military training and experience qualify as transfer credit. 

An Inside Look

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