UNCW Military Collaboration
J. Marshall Crews in his book From These Beginnings about the founding of UNCW, stated that "On September 4, 1947, at 4 p.m., Wilmington College, with seventeen faculty members, opened the doors to 238 students, seventy-five percent of whom were veterans.” Since that time UNCW has become one of the leading universities in the southeast and maintains a deep tradition of educating and collaborating with local military personnel - both active-duty and retired - and their spouses and families.
UNCW is consistently named by G.I. Jobs Magazine as on of the Top Military Friendly schools in the nation and the UNCW Onslow Extension Site continues to dedicate all effort necessary to create the most powerful learning experience possible for student military veterans.
UNCW and Military - Joint Committees
In order to better serve our military affiliated students, in 2007 UNCW established the UNCW Military Advisory Board and the UNCW Military Task Force. Through these collaborations, UNCW will continue to dedicate all effort necessary in order to create the most powerful learning experience possible for both active duty military students and military veterans at UNCW.
The UNCW Military Task Force
This intra-campus committee established in fall 2007, works to address current and future issues affecting the admission, continuing enrollment, progress toward a degree, and quality of the university experience for UNCW students who are active duty members of the military, military veterans and military spouses. The Task Force consists of UNCW faculty, staff, and administrators throughout campus who collaborate to create and/or refine policies, advocating for our military affiliated population.
UNCW Military Advisory BoardUNCW maintains a deep tradition of educating and collaborating with local military personnel, both active and retired. Consequently in fall 2007, Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo established the UNCW Military Advisory Board to advise our university on issues that affect military personnel and their families and to raise awareness about military connections at UNCW and in the community of Southeastern North Carolina. The MAB, consisting of current commanding officers of local military installations, local educational and political leaders, and UNCW leaders, has been charged with identifying and recommending opportunities to ensure that current and future policies at UNCW do not inordinately affect military veterans in our student population.
The UNCW community is dedicated to supporting "Seahawks Who Serve", having created specific admission processes for both active-duty and veteran members of the armed services..
The Military Admissions page is a great resource and lists of services for UNCW Military affiliated students:
- Admissions Contacts
- GI Bill Website
- Military Residency
- Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
- UNCW Veterans Services
- Military Degree Completions Program Candidates
- Military Support Services
- Transfer of Credit
- Student Organizations
- Student Veterans Organization
- Transfer Student Organization
- Tau Sigma National Honor Society
- Tuition Assistance - (external link) Form for Active Duty Military Only
- Free Online Tutoring (external link)
- Resumes From Military to Civilian
The Seahawk Perch promotes the success of off-campus, non-traditional, graduate and military-affiliated students by providing resources, educational opportunities, and programs which connect these populations to the university and Wilmington communities.
The Seahawk Perch is staffed by highly trained and friendly student assistants who can help you get acclimated to the university, find off-campus housing, get involved with student organizations, and meet other students like yourself.
Military Students Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Does UNCW have a ROTC program?
No. UNCW does not have a ROTC program. To view schools in North Carolina with a Navy ROTC program, view the Navy's website (external link).
Question: Who do I contact at UNCW in order to get the required documents needed for my Military Degree Completion Program package?
Contact Amanda Parkstone in the Office of Transfer Admissions by phone 6-8 weeks prior to the military program deadline to discuss program details and UNCW procedures (910.962.2550)
You may also view the Military Affiliated Student website for more information regarding the numerous degree completion programs offered through the various branches of the armed services.
Military Student Support and Resources
Welcome Home Blog (external link)
Welcome Home Blog on Facebook (external link)
UNCW Military Students in the News
The VVA Veteran - Lost & Found Connections; Vietnam Veterans' Struggle to Come Home
Wilmington Star News - From battlefield to classroom
Feature article, From battlefield to classroom by Star-News reporter Pressley Baird highlights UNCW's practice of admitting military students as transfers, and the excellent service and support the university provides to our military students. Great story
UNCW Magazine Spring 2010 IssueCover Story UNCW Embraces Veterans As Students featuring UNCW student and Marine Corps veteran, Allison Westpfahl
UNCW Named Among Top Military Friendly SchoolsIn 2010, for the second year in a row, UNCW was named by G.I. Jobs Magazine as one of the top Military Friendly schools in the nation. See story coverage in the Star News Online (external link)
- For 2011, G.I. Jobs Magazine announced UNCW, for the third year in a row as one of the top Military Friendly schools
- Best for Vets: Colleges 2010 In a recent evaluation by Military Times EDGE, UNCW ranked number 48 out of 4,000 colleges and universities as Best for Vets in 2010 (external link). The evaluation ranked colleges and universities on Financial Assistance, Academic Flexibility, Campus Culture and Support Services
Most Popular Colleges for 2011In a recent evaluation by Military Times EDGE, active duty service members, using tuition assistance to attend college, ranked the University of North Carolina System in the top 50 of the Most Popular Colleges for 2011 (external link).
Lost & Found Connections; Vietnam Veterans' Struggle to Come Home by Dr. Eleanor Krassen Covan, professor and coordinator of the Gerontology program at UNCW and author of the feature article in the November/December 2012 edition of Vietnam Veterans of America publication, The VVA Veteran.