Admissions

Counselor

HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS 

Thank you for all of the hard work and effort you put into preparing your students for their transition from high school to college. This website was designed to help you in working with prospective University of North Carolina Wilmington students.

2017-2018 Updates from Admissions

  • We've compiled the information that school counselors may need into one place. View the PDF file of our 2017-2018 Teal Guide for Counselors.
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Your Admissions Connection (Regional Counselor)

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WebEx with Admissions: Our counselors want to connect with you and your students! If we are unable to visit your school in person we would love to host a WebEx session to virtually meet you and answer any questions you might have. Email your regional counselor for additional details.

Admissions Criteria

  • Overview: When reviewing a first-year application for admission, the admissions committee will look carefully at your academic rigor and coursework, standardized test scores, and personal qualities. When reviewing a first-year application for admission, the admissions committee will look carefully at your academic rigor and coursework, standardized test scores, and personal qualities
  • Course Requirements: To be considered for admission to UNCW, first-year applicants must meet minimum course requirements (MCR) established by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System. Any student not meeting MCR will not be considered for admission.
  • Standardized Testing: A standardized test score is required for admission to the university. UNCW will consider either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT, or both if both are provided.
  • Academic Consideration & GPA: We will consider several aspects of your academic history in making our admissions decision. Among these factors are your academic rigor and coursework; grades, grade point average and class rank (if provided); and an increasing strength of schedule.
  • Additional Consideration: 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.

Dual Enrollment, Homeschool, & Early/Middle College

  • Dual Enroll: Selected high school juniors or seniors who wish to pursue an academic program at the collegiate level while attending high school may enroll at UNCW if they meet the qualifications for participation in this program. This program is available primarily to students in the Wilmington area.
  • Homeschool: Home-schooled students must submit a notarized transcript that is signed by the School Administrator. Detailed course descriptions are not necessary. If more information is needed about a course, the student will be contacted.
  • Early/Middle College: Applicants from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools receive special consideration in admission to UNC system universities based on North Carolina law. According to House Bill 97 Section 11.16.(a) “any student who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for admission to the constituent institution has the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student.”

Admissions Applications, Deadlines, and Decisions

  • Applications: Students can applly one of three ways: SeaLevel Web Appllication, Common Application or College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) All applications are viewed the same, UNCW has no preference.
  • Deadlines: 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).
  • Decisions: Students who are admitted, whether they applied during our Early Action round or with our Regular Decision group, have until May 1st to formally commit to UNCW by paying their enrollment deposit.

UNCW Visit Programs

  • Special Group Tours: Only school officials (teachers, counselors, etc.) and designated school group leaders (AVID, Gear Up, Upward Bound groups, etc.) should request school-sponsored tours of campus.
  • Campus Tours: During the academic year (August-May), tours are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10am and 2pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am and 2pm. During the summer (May-August), tours are offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am and 2pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am and 2pm, and Fridays at 10am only. Additionally, we offer various Saturday tours throughout the fall and spring semesters
  • Virtual Tour: Prospective students and families can navigate the campus and learn about our unique programs and culture through self-guided tours. Whether at home or on campus, our interactive student guide will accompany you as you explore our university's offerings
  • Soaring Sophomores: Only high school sophomores will receive an invitation in early March. The event invite will be sent to their SeaLevel account. Registration is required and must be completed using SeaLevel.
  • Just Juniors: Only high school juniors will receive an invitation. This invite is sent to their SeaLevel account. Registration is required and must be completed using SeaLevel. 
  • Seahawk Saturday: Only high school seniors & prospective transfer students will receive an invitation; this invite is sent to their SeaLevel account. Registration is required and must be completed using your.
  • Seahawk Preview Day: All Admitted first year and transfer students are invited to attend UNC Wilmington's spring visit program. This invite is sent to their SeaLevel account. Registration is required and must be completed using SeaLevel.
  • Regional Receptions & Other Events: Throughout the school year, we will host regional receptions targeting specific applicant pools such as diverse and multicultural students, high-ability students, as well as high school counselor programs.