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First-Year Admission - Deadlines & Applying
UNCW offers two concrete deadlines for applications. Applications are not reviewed or evaluated until they become complete (the application and all credentials have been received).
- Early Action (Non-Binding) - November 1
Applicants will receive a decision on or around January 20.
- Regular Decision - February 1
Applicants will receive a decision on or around April 1.
Official admission decisions are only communicated via US Mail. No admission decision will be given in-person, via E-mail or over the phone.
- Spring Admission
UNCW does not accept first-year applications for the spring semester. However, select first-year applicants who applied for the fall semester may be admitted to UNCW through the First-Year Spring Admit (FYSA) program. Note: This is a decision from the admission committee; students cannot apply for admission to the FYSA program.
How to Apply
When possible, we strongly encourage the use of an online application (more than 95% of our applicants applied using an online application last year).
In addition to submitting the application for admission, there are additional items both you and your high school will submit.
- SAT and/or ACT with Writing scores, directly from the CollegeBoard or the ACT (the SAT number code for UNCW is 5907, the ACT number code is 3174)
- Required essay and short answer question
- Non-refundable $60 Application Fee
- North Carolina Residency Form (for in-state residents applying with a paper application)
- If you are a permanent resident, you must provide a copy of your Green Card.
Your High School Submits
- An official transcript, directly from all high schools you have attended
- Mid-year grades, when they become available
- Letter of recommendation from a core academic teacher or guidance counselor
- If you are dual-enrolled in college classes while in high school, submit your official college transcript(s) in addition to your high school transcript.
- School profile
For home-schooled students
- The transcript must be notarized to be official
- The school report should be completed by the school administrator, which may be the parent
- SAT II subject tests are not required but are recommended to demonstrate proficiency in specific subjects
- The applicant should provide course descriptions which usually consist of one or two sentences about the main objective of the course, any unique or comprehensive assignments that were involved, and standards used to evaluate academic progress
- It is not necessary to send in samples of projects such as essay or research papers
- The recommendation letter should be from a professor if the student has been dual enrolled in a local college or university, or an advisor or employer – someone who can comment on the candidate’s academic potential and ability to succeed in a university setting (should not come from a family member)