The neo-Georgian building style and beautiful landscaping throughout campus make UNCW one of the most attractive campuses in the South.
The campus has experienced dramatic change since 2002 as a result of the N.C. Higher Education Facilities Bond issue, a privatized housing initiative and other in-house funding mechanisms. More than $508 million dollars in funding for major capital projects have resulted in 30 new or renovated buildings for academics, housing, athletics and campus life.
The newest buildings on campus include McNeill School of Nursing, the Seahawk Crossing student residence facility, the campus’ first parking garage and a shellfish research hatchery at the Center for Marine Science.
- Ground was broken in 2010 for a teaching laboratory building for the psychology department and a new marine biotechnology building at the Center for Marine Science.
- The Student Recreation Center which opened in 2000 is being expanded to nearly double its current size and will include a new natatorium. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2012 and is funded by student fees.
- Wagoner Dining Hall is being renovated to increase seating capacity, new culinary stations and an expanded Chef's Table.
- The 70,536-square-foot Fisher Student Center opened in 2006 and is connected to the renovated Fisher University Union and the Burney Center by a covered colonnade. The $31 million construction and renovation project was funded by student fees.
- Warwick Center was renovated and now houses the financial aid office, student accounts and parking and transportation.
- UNCW's Center for Marine Science at Myrtle Grove is one of the most technologically advanced coastal ocean science research facility along the eastern seaboard. It supports research in oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, marine biomedical and environmental physiology, marine biotechnology and aquaculture, and marine geology.
- UNCW's Ev-Henwood 108-acre coastal forest research and teaching station in Brunswick County. The nature preserve is available for public tours.
- The nation's only undersea laboratory, Aquarius, is managed by UNCW.
- The Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve, a 10-acre tract dedicated to the preservation of the rich and varied flora of southeastern North Carolina.
- The Upperman African-American Cultural Center is located in the University Union.
- Wise Alumni House, a stately historic mansion that serves as the alumni association's headquarters. The house was dedicated June 7, 1997, following repayment of the association's $400,000, three-year renovation loan. The university is celebrating the 100th birthday of the house in 2009.
- Historic Kenan House is the home of UNCW's chancellor. It is a 7,500-square-foot Neoclassical Revival dwelling constructed in 1911 and deeded to the university by the Kenan family in 1968.