The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, attracts students who are academically curious, excited to learn, and willing to fully immerse themselves in our community of scholars. We’re part of the University of North Carolina System—one of North Carolina’s 16 public universities—and consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability.
UNCW is dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. The University values student engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and responsible citizenship. The culture emphasizes a commitment to diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation.
The College of Arts and Sciences is a cornerstone of the University’s pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, artistic achievement, and service. The College is committed to preparing students for lives of personal, civic, and professional fulfillment and advancing knowledge and creativity through the arts and sciences. Applied learning is a hallmark of the College’s experience; students participate in hands-on learning opportunities, including faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses.
The Cameron School of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, placing it in the top 30% of business education programs. It offers a wide range of business options for students and several study abroad options with accredited partner universities in 11 nations. The Cameron Executive Network matches motivated undergraduates with retired and active senior executives for a unique mentoring experience.
Within the College of Health and Human Services, three professional schools—the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work—collaborate across disciplines to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities in southeastern North Carolina and beyond. By integrating teaching, community outreach, and research with interprofessional collaboration, students develop values and ethics for professional practice and gain the knowledge, communication, and teamwork skills required of professionals.
The Watson College of Education offers numerous academic programs and minors to undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and licensure students. The programs are designed for individuals who want to become teachers or advance their careers in PreK-12 education. Graduate programs are also offered for professionals seeking a career in school administration, curriculum and instruction, policy, and advocacy at the early childhood level, higher education, and instructional technology.
University College guides and advises students as they join the UNCW family, helping them explore undergraduate curricula and career paths, prepare to declare an appropriate major, and succeed in their transition. University College serves all freshmen and select transfer, early college, military, first-year spring admit, and pre-professional students at UNCW.
The Honors College provides students with a strong learning community focused on achievement. More than 700 gifted and goal-oriented scholars in the Honors College receive benefits and resources to take their education further, faster.
UNCW’s faculty culture emphasizes teaching and mentoring, incorporating research as an important component of the student learning experience. A full 86% of faculty members have earned a PhD or the highest degree in their field.
Academic programs across campus encourage students to engage in hands-on, practical experiences through the University’s applied learning initiative. The Campus Activities & Involvement Center creates dynamic opportunities for student involvement through more than 260 registered student organizations. The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement creates opportunities in which students can serve the community while learning how to lead and inspire positive change.
Fitness and recreation
UNCW offers a variety of health and fitness opportunities, including the Student Recreation Center, equipped with cardio machines, free weights, and weight machines. It includes six multipurpose sport courts, an indoor track, racquetball courts, indoor and leisure pools, group exercise studios, and a climbing wall. UNCW also offers intramurals, sports clubs, multipurpose recreation fields, and adventure programs such as camping, surfing, and kayaking.
UNCW requires all fall freshmen to reside on campus for their first academic year. Research shows that students who live on campus make a smoother transition to collegiate life, achieve higher grade point averages, and graduate at higher rates.
UNCW’s 19 intercollegiate teams compete in NCAA Division I sports with Seahawk pride and integrity. UNCW’s student-athletes excel not only on the fields and courts but in the classroom as well, consistently posting strong academic success rates, with nine teams achieving perfect 1,000 scores in the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Rates report.
Wilmington is a charming and friendly city on the southeastern coast of North Carolina. Located just minutes from numerous beaches, it has a renowned historic district as well as a vibrant arts culture and literature, film, and music scene. Wilmington International Airport (ILM) provides commercial air service to cities both domestic and abroad and is just six miles from campus.