With its current enrollment of nearly 13,000 students and status as one of the preeminent public Master’s universities in the nation, the University of North Carolina Wilmington boasts exceptional undergraduate learning opportunities and faculty whose commitment to expertise in their fields is surpassed only by their dedication to students. UNC Wilmington offers a diverse, talented and engaged student body the opportunity for applied learning in a beautiful, coastal environment.
All incoming first-year students enter the university through University College, UNCW's general education college. Through this experience in a student's first two to three semesters, students fulfill University Studies requirements in ten disciplines: fine arts, foreign language, history, life and biological sciences, language and literature, mathematics, philosophy and religion, physical and chemical sciences, physical education, and social and behavioral sciences. Thus, all students graduate from UNCW with a well-rounded liberal arts background.
Typically during their sophomore year, first-year students will declare a major (transfer students typically enter the university with a major). With more than 73 baccalaureate degree concentrations through the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health & Human Services, Cameron School of Business Administration, and Watson School of Education, students receive one-on-one classroom attention and opportunities for original scholarly activity and research typically found at smaller private universities. Select students take part in the Honors Scholars Program, a rigorous four-year program in the support of life-long learning and top-tier academics.
In addition to traditional academic programs, pre-professional advising programs serve pre-health professions (medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, physicians assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine) and pre-law students seeking to enter professional graduate programs after their undergraduate experience at UNCW. Through partnerships with sister institutions in the UNC System, UNCW also offers several pre-engineering programs.