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First-Year Admission -
Several other items are taken into consideration when making your admissions decision in an effort to get to know you on a personal level. These items include your required essay, your short answer question, involvement and letter of recommendation.
Required personal essay and short answer question
UNCW requires both a personal essay (no more than 650 words) and a short answer question (at least 250 words). Since UNCW does not offer personal interviews, approach your essay like a personal interview. Don’t waste your time with demographic information (your name, age, hometown, high school, etc.), as it is already included on your application for admission. Do tell us everything we need to know about you to fully-understand your academic potential, work ethic, distinguishing characteristics, etc.
PROOFREAD your essay and the short answer. While we are not anticipating a Pulitzer Prize-winning essay, we are expecting a well thought out college essay. It is never a bad idea to have a parent or educator proofread your essay as well.
In addition to reviewing your short answer writing for admission purposes, we also want to see who has composed the best “Why UNCW” response to this question. Each year the Office of Admissions will select some of the most well written answers and enter them in the running for a UNCW book scholarship. The amount of the book scholarship will be determined at the time of the award.
From clubs and organizations to varsity or junior varsity athletics and part-time or full-time jobs to volunteer and community service activities, paint a picture of yourself beyond the classroom. This is your space on the application to brag about yourself, so tell us your most impressive achievements first (leadership positions, varsity letters, awards, etc.) and end your list with the clubs and organizations you have recently joined or are merely a member of. If you run out of room on the application, send us a resume.
Letter of Recommendation
Your required letter of recommendation must come from a core academic teacher (English, foreign language, math, science, or social studies) or your guidance counselor. This recommendation should not merely recap your GPA and class rank, but should address your preparedness for a rigorous collegiate environment, your academic integrity and social character. Ultimately, your recommendation is an expert review of your qualifications to join our freshman class.
Ask someone to not only write you a recommendation, but also to write you a good recommendation. Often times the best person to write this recommendation is an individual who has experienced first-hand your worth ethic and determination in the classroom and has observed or knows of your activities outside of the classroom.
A second letter of recommendation will be considered, if provided, but is not required. Recommendations not coming from a core academic teacher or guidance counselor will not fulfill this admission requirement.
Home School Students
For the required recommendation letter, students are encouraged to submit one from an instructor other than the parent. This is usually possible since most home-schooled students have taken or are taking a dual-enrolled course at a local college. If that is not the case, the student should submit one from an employer or former employer. For further suggestions, please contact the Admissions office.