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It isn't polite to brag.

Would it be rude to say that in your very first year, you'll work right alongside internationally acclaimed faculty who are tops in their field? Or that we have world-class facilities and an almost endless variety of housing options—some with a pool?

We couldn't begin to describe the energy on campus, or the limitless opportunities available—like researching the pharmaceutical use of marine organisms, working on an archaeological dig in Egypt, contributing to more than 70,000 volunteer hours, or just piling in the car before dawn with surf champions. And we probably shouldn't boast about the fact that anyone can fit in here, either.

So, how do we tell you we're
one of the best college experiences in the Southeast?

We just did.

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The Princeton Review consistently designates UNCW as one of the best overall bargains among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation based on cost and financial aid.

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In Kiplinger's rankings of best values in public colleges, UNC Wilmington is among the top public universities in the nation and one of the top five in North Carolina.

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Environmental Science students complete 100 internships per year at sites like the North Carolina Aquarium, Coastal Land Trust, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, General Electric and the EPA.

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Physics and Physical Oceanography professor John Morrison has done research in every ocean and visited laboratories on every continent, and always strives to involve students in his work. Former students now work for the Navy, NOAA and NASA.

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Tan lines with a résumé to match.

Our commitment to Applied Learning (putting what you learn in class to good use in the world) means you could be spending a lot of time outdoors.

You might collect native plant specimens, assist in butterfly husbandry, track tides and other oceanographic data or lead elementary school students on an after-school excursion. You'll get a tan—but not necessarily from laying out.

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For 15 consecutive years, U.S.News & World Report has ranked UNC Wilmington among the top 10 public regional master's universities in the South.

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Watson College of Education students have a 98 percent pass rate on the Praxis II tests, and 98 percent who complete the program receive teacher licensure.

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UNCW is a pedestrian campus—650 acres of lawns, walking and biking paths and neo-Georgian buildings. Bikes and skateboards are so common that there are racks for both at nearly every building, along with bike repair stations scattered across campus.

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Oozeball is UNCW's annual mud volleyball tournament. Each year, nearly 1,000 players dive, set and serve ... in eight inches of mud. A popular event for more than 20 years, Oozeball is one of our spring traditions.

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Watch talented Seahawks perform an a cappella version of FUN.'s “Some Nights” at Dub Idol, one of the most popular campus events of the year.

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The Involvement Carnival is a chance for students to learn more about student organizations, academic departments, community service agencies and local businesses. And—like the best carnivals—there's free food and giveaways.

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Free cake on your birthday. Ethnic food from around the world. Donuts decked out Seahawk style. Check out the Campus Dining Facebook page for special menus and offers at 15 locations around campus. Or read more about the use of local and sustainable food practices here.

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Flock of Seahawks.

It's not an 80's pop band—it's our philosophy. Our students represent a spectrum of human experience, from cultural and ethnic background to first-year students, transfer students, veterans and professionals.

With more than 250 student organizations, it's easy to get involved and meet people with shared interests. But it's just as easy to make friends with someone totally different. Join a volleyball game at Beach Blast. Make the Trek at Convocation. Sling mud during an Oozeball match or spend time in Fisher Student Center. All Seahawks are bonded by spirit, traditions and appreciation of our differences. Welcome to the flock.

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A few clubs dedicated to diverse perspectives:

African Student Organization
Asian Student Union
Black Student Union
Campus Christian Fellowship
Caribbean Student Association
Hillel of UNCW
Historically African-American Greek organizations
Loved Ones of the Armed Forces
Mi Gente
Minority Association of Pre-Health Students
My Sister's Keeper
NAACP
Puro Teatro
PRIDE
Ritmo Latino
Transfer Student Organization

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Intern at a marketing firm in Australia. Learn Mandarin and earn sociology credit in China. Study art and philosophy in Florence and Paris. The Office of International Programs provides information on more than 500 programs in 50-plus countries. You can even get your passport right on campus.

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"Regardless of where you choose to go, studying abroad changes your life and broadens your mind. It makes you a better citizen of the world and that's what is important."

­—Erin Bailey
at the London Eye

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"Studying abroad changes you from the inside out. It gives you the ability to see beyond the ordinary and to appreciate different cultures. You will come home with a hunger for adventure, a thirst for knowledge and a love for the world around you."

­—Katherine Freshwater
in Chile

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Professor Valerie Rider takes students to Valparaiso, Chile each summer where they immerse themselves in the Spanish language.

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After attending a Study Abroad Information Session Sara Gurkin signed up for a semester in Europe. One of her many excursions included touring the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

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Soumya Sidana spent spring break serving patients in Ecuador with UNCW's MedLife chapter, taking advantage of service learning opportunities.

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Academics

Disciplines that offer majors and minors are indicated by an asterisk.
Additional minors are listed separately below.

College of Arts and Sciences

Whatever you have a mind to study, we have great minds to guide you. Our College of Arts and Sciences professors aim to foster creativity across all disciplines, from marine biology to psychology and from creative writing to film studies. Our students develop a habit of inquiry, innovation and adaptation through classroom discussion, research and applied learning experiences. They investigate social cognition and brain processes and create computer systems that categorize ancient Greek texts. They intern at CNN, MTV and the National Institutes of Health, travel to the Middle East to perfect their Arabic and present their research regularly at national conferences.

College of Health and Human Services

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

School of Nursing

School of Social Work

Always wanted to change the world? As a Seahawk, you will. Help provide access to high-quality health care … ensure safe and affordable recreational activities … assist parents in finding quality child care … keep the food on our shelves safe and infectious diseases in check … advocate for health policy or explore new research frontiers. The College of Health and Human Services is committed to helping all of humanity live healthier, more prosperous and productive lives through real-world opportunities for students in nursing, applied health and social work. Our nationally accredited programs are taught by passionate teachers and scholars who seek to mentor the next generation of public health problem solvers.

Cameron School of Business

As a student of the Cameron School of Business, you'll focus on the technical, analytical and interpersonal skills needed to lead fundamental change in the 21st century. Our accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business places us in the top 30 percent of business education programs. Professors hold doctoral degrees and often titles such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Executives in Residence and Cameron Executive Network members—business people with senior management experience—instruct in their areas of expertise, mentor students and teach interviewing and networking skills. Courses include lecture, case studies, computer-based simulation, team-based projects and field studies to promote active learning. And you'll build your resume—more than 275 employers provided internships to Cameron students this past spring, including Barclays Capital, GE, Morgan Stanley, IBM, KPMG and Merrill Lynch, among others.

Watson College of Education

"As a teacher, I will be a part of something bigger than myself. It is the teacher who trains doctors, engineers and scientists. They are the backbone of the working world." —Ashli Edwards

The Watson College of Education is the fourth largest educator of teachers at the undergraduate level in the state of North Carolina and is rated "exemplary" by the State Board of Education. You'll be ready to enter the classroom after field studies and a full-time internship. We will prepare you to change the world and help develop the next generation of leaders—one student at a time.

Pre-Professional Programs

The University College houses our pre-professional programs. Advisors meet with students pursuing careers in law or health fields one-on-one to help navigate application timelines, requirements and program prerequisites. We encourage pre-professional students to volunteer, take on leadership roles in campus clubs and organizations, and take advantage of curricular programs and workshops to enhance their candidacy for graduate education. Recent graduates have been accepted to top programs, including University of Virginia, UNC Chapel Hill, Penn State, Wake Forest University, Ohio State, Tulane University, Elon University and more.

University College

All admitted "first-year" students start at the University College. You'll take a first-year seminar as well as University Studies courses, and you'll work with an advisor to create an academic plan. Students remain in the University College until they declare a major, usually during their sophomore year, and are admitted to the corresponding school.

Honors College

The Honors College attracts some of UNCW's brightest students, offering opportunities for independent and creative scholarly research, interdisciplinary seminars and study abroad. As a first-year student accepted to the Honors College, you could also live in the Honors House—a living-learning community for dynamic students. Honors students planning to enter graduate school after UNCW can also work with mentors on the application process for national scholarships and fellowships.

Additional Minors

Graduate Programs

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UNCW is among the top-ranked public master's universities in the South, with excellent master's programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Watson College of Education, the College of Health and Human Services and the Cameron School of Business.

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Our faculty is second to none in excellence with nine Fulbright recipients in the last 13 years.

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Experienced executives from around the world mentor business students as part of the Cameron Executive Network. They teach interviewing and networking skills, guest lecture and serve as experts on committees and discussion panels.

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Deborah Federonko '12 developed a business plan for creating bio-fuels from algae that won the Cameron School of Business Case competition and took second place in the Entrepreneurship Center's annual student Rocket Pitch, earning seed capital to launch the business.

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You won't hide in the back of a classroom.

Our faculty's commitment to knowledge is surpassed only by their dedication to students—which means they guide your exploration of a question rather than dictate the answer to you. Work one-on-one with faculty on research addressing real issues, like dropout prevention in at-risk high schools or alternative uses for livestock waste.

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A few clubs dedicated to diverse perspectives:

African Student Organization
Asian Student Union
Black Student Union
Campus Christian Fellowship
Caribbean Student Association
Hillel of UNCW
Historically African-American Greek organizations
Loved Ones of the Armed Forces
Mi Gente
Minority Association of Pre-Health Students
My Sister's Keeper
NAACP
Puro Teatro
PRIDE
Ritmo Latino
Transfer Student Organization

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More than three-quarters of rising UNCW seniors in the pre-professional health disciplines enter the graduate program of their choice.

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Faculty advisors work closely with students from orientation to graduation, dedicated equally to students' academic achievements and personal growth and success after UNCW.

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Bike or run to Wrightsville Beach by way of the Cross-City Trail, a 15-mile bicycle and pedestrian network that borders campus.

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Almost half our students participated in community service last year, totaling more than 70,000 hours of service through projects like beach clean-up, tutoring, spending time with senior citizens at the Young-at-Heart Social and mentoring kids at the Boys and Girls Club.

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"...and then we hit the beach."
The best way to end any story.

Play volleyball. Surf, skim or body board. Run the Loop. Get sand between your toes. Study. Write. Read. Fall asleep—but don't forget sunscreen.

And when you're feeling spirited (Seahawks always are), catch one of our NCAA Division I games. Or join one of our more than 50 club or intramural teams, from ice hockey to Ultimate Frisbee to rugby to crew.

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2012 CAA Champions:
The men's baseball team won their third title in the last nine years.


2013 CAA Champions:
The men's swimming and diving team won their 12th title in a row.

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"You become part of the campus, but the campus also becomes part of you."

–Anderson McNaull, '15

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Seahawks come from 42 states and 47 nations. Wilmington International Airport, about 7 miles from campus, provides daily non-stop service to New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Charlotte.

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"Bored" doesn't exist here.

Scuba dive. Learn to shoot a bow and arrow or sail a sunfish. Produce an original film. Write and debate a new Egyptian constitution. Run around on the beach with a broom*…we won't judge you, we'll join you. As one student put it, if you're watching TV, you're missing out on something great at UNCW.

Check out these clubs, or start your own.

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Seahawks spend warm spring days studying in hammocks under the shade of tall longleaf pines and moss-laden live oaks.

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Started by three Cameron School of Business alumni, Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt Bars are popular Seahawk hang-outs. The three Wilmington locations feature porches with rocking chairs.

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Graduate Angela Wood is now a public health analyst for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "I feel privileged to be able to help alleviate the healthcare crisis in Haiti and am happy to say that I use skills I learned at UNCW every day," she says.

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McNeill Hall houses nine simulation labs which, if needed, could be converted to a functioning hospital. Nursing students practice skills on dummies operated by professors using iPads.

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You might see a celebrity
or a deep-sea cephalopod.

Wilmington is home to more than 600 filmmakers, along with EUE/Screen Gems Studios—offering students internships, part-time jobs and experience with agencies. Festivals like Cucalorus give students the chance to work with international filmmakers. Or maybe you'd rather explore the world through a different lens—a microscope or our remotely operated underwater vehicle, the Super Phantom. UNCW's CREST Research Park is a world-class center on the Intracoastal Waterway with research vessels, specialized equipment, laboratories and a shellfish hatchery.

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In 2013, more than 20 geology students presented research at the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America with Professor Patricia Kelley. Students have also conducted field work in Iceland, Mexico, Brazil, the Galapagos Islands and Argentina.

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Matt Okoneski '11 studied marine bacteria that can kill harmful bacteria in humans. His research took him to Curacao, where he collected bacteria in underwater sand samples. After graduation, he went on to study medicinal chemistry in the Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan.

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Explore historic downtown Wilmington sites including the scenic one-mile Riverwalk and the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Memorial.

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Downtown offers unique shopping and dining options, an Art Walk/Gallery Crawl, ghost walks, trolley tours, a Downtown Sundown Concert Series, plus an Azalea Festival, River Fest and morning farmer's market.

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Seahawks from around the world paint the town teal during Homecoming. Alumni, friends, fans and families join students on campus for reunions, the TEALgate pregame party, Dub Idol, Port City Step Show, performances and, of course, the parade.

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Midnight Madness kicks off the UNCW men and women's basketball season with a performance by the UNCW Dance Team, three-point and dunk contests, team scrimmages and more.

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UNCW Fast Facts

A middle-sized institution with a small university look and feel created by dedicated faculty, an energetic, friendly campus and outstanding research and applied learning opportunities.

Location

Wilmington is a thriving coastal community seated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. Nationally known as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, it offers a relaxed lifestyle, historic charm and the natural beauty and advantages of a coastal location. Locals and visitors alike also know Wilmington as "Hollywood East" thanks to EUE/Screen Gems Studios, the largest production facility east of Hollywood.

Located just five miles from shopping, dining and entertainment along the downtown riverfront and five miles from Wrightsville Beach, UNCW is central to all Wilmington has to offer. Partnerships with the film industry, through the university's CREST Research Center for marine science and with local businesses and nonprofits create endless student opportunities for hands-on learning and valuable work experience.

Vision

Dare to Soar — our deepest and most sustaining values:

A commitment to the journey of learning

We emphasize inquiry, discovery, learning and serving self and community. Each student's journey is strengthened through collaboration with faculty in research and scholarship.

A love of place

As North Carolina's coastal university, we use our location to explore modern questions related to commerce, human health, nutrition, the environment and social and cultural dynamics. We believe the sea is also important in the context of history, the human condition, literature, music and art.

A belief in the power of ideas and innovation

Seahawks "invent the future" by embracing a culture of innovation—examining beliefs, taking risks, making difficult decisions and accepting and learning from both our failures and our successes.

Points of Pride

One of the best 4-year graduation rates and the best student-athlete graduation rate from all North Carolina public universities.

Highly ranked by The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes Magazine, and Fiske Guide to Colleges.

G.I. Jobs put UNCW on its 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools.

Seven straight years on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and “with Distinction” in 2012 for the 70,000 service learning and volunteer hours.

More than 74 percent of freshmen surveyed said UNCW was their first choice.

Ranked 25th out of medium-sized schools in the nation for producing undergraduate Peace Corps volunteers.

Over the past decade, the university has constructed or renovated more than 40 buildings, including the state-of-the-art School of Nursing building and the Teaching Laboratory building for the Department of Psychology.

Applied Learning

Our graduates are better prepared to succeed and lead in the 21st century. Applied learning is a graduation requirement for all students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Through applied learning, students learn to solve complex problems in real-world settings. Opportunities include internships, one-to-one research with faculty, field courses, creative projects, service learning and study abroad. Other departments offer similar hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields.

Seahawk Success

After graduation, Seahawks attend graduate and professional school or work in nearly every field, all over the world—from North Carolina to Uganda. Within five months of graduation, 65 percent of UNCW graduates are employed.

Our counselors in our Career Center are here to help:

  • Over 4,300 one-on-one career counseling sessions each year
  • Resumé clinics
  • Interview workshops
  • Job and internship fairs
  • Database of more than 5 million U.S. employers

Athletics

Seahawks tend to be health and fitness-minded—always up for a run on the beach, a hike in the trails beside campus or a workout session at the fitness center. Some options for athletes who want to play an NCAA Division I sport:

    Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

    Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Plus more than 50 club and intramural sports!

Admissions Facts

Admission to UNCW is competitive. More than 13,000 freshman students applied for one of 1,970 spaces available in the Class of 2017. More than 4,000 transfer students applied for one of the 1,500 spaces available.

Admitted Freshmen Averages

Middle 50% SAT: 1130–1250
(math and critical reading only)
Middle 50% SAT total: 1670–1870
Middle 50% ACT composites: 23–28
(UNCW requires ACT writing section)

Admitted Transfer Averages

GPA: 3.15
Average credit hours: 48

First Year Admission Deadlines

Freshmen

  • Application Postmark
  • November 1 (early action)
  • February 1 (regular decision)
  • Notification
  • On or about January 20
  • On or about April 1

Transfer Admission Deadline

Fall & summer semesters, apply by March 1. See website for details.

Visit and Apply

We invite you to visit, ask questions and tour campus.

Create a SeaLevel account and:

  • access UNCW's online application
  • schedule a campus visit
  • receive important messages about application status, special campus events and news

Undergraduate Admissions

910.962.3243
admissions@uncw.edu
www.uncw.edu/admissions

Graduate Admissions

910.962.3135
gradstudies@uncw.edu
www.uncw.edu/grad_info

Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Last year, more than a third of our students received financial aid. For in-state students, more than 40 percent of their total cost of attendance was covered by financial aid. Apply early for optimal access to funding.
www.uncw.edu/finaid

Academic Programs

Bachelor's degrees in 52 majors and 38 master's degrees. The university is divided into academic units, including the Cameron School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, Watson College of Education and the Graduate School.

Student Life

The atmosphere on campus is energetic but relaxed—on any given day, you'll find students outside, studying and enjoying the weather in hammocks, heading to class on bikes and skateboards, meeting for athletic practice or play rehearsal, chalking walkways, getting the word out about an organization or participating in the thousands of campus meetings and events that take place each year.

On-campus housing options range from suite-style residence halls to apartments with full kitchens and amenities like gyms, outdoor pools, washers and dryers in each unit and quiet study rooms.

Off-campus housing options are plentiful, with 26 communities within a one-mile radius of campus. The free Seahawk Shuttle system makes convenient stops on campus within this radius. Students who live farther than one mile away may park on campus with a parking pass.

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Diversity

UNCW continues to grow and encourage diversity in all forms through initiatives like Seahawk Admissions Network for Diversity, LGBTQIA Resource Center, Studies and Resource Center, Upperman African American Cultural Center, Centro Hispano and others.

At UNCW, 16.4 percent of first-year students, 16 percent of transfers and 22 percent of faculty identify themselves as minority.

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