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Academics

The University of North Carolina—Wilmington is "a beautiful place full of enthusiastic students and dedicated faculty." Students rave about the marine biology and film programs and highlight the creative writing department's "impeccable reputation." Located in sunny Wilmington students say, "It's a school at the beach that still has high academic standards," and students laud "the small class sizes and opportunities for personal relationships with professors." Students boast about "UNCW's impressive student-to-faculty ratio" and agree that "this academic community is supportive." An English major says, "Most of my professors are great." "There are a few in there who are boring…but for the most part they're engaging, interesting people who know their subject and care about their students." One student says, "The trick is to talk to upperclassmen for suggestions and put a lot of thought into registration," and another adds, "There have been several classes that I wasn't expecting to get much out of that I've just loved because of the professor." The consensus is that "your true experience is based on your commitment," and students say you'll be rewarded if you "Just take time to utilize the amenities UNCW provides you."

Student Body

The University of North Carolina—Wilmington, "has a laid-back atmosphere and a close-knit student body" on a "beautiful" campus. One student says, "It's awesome: beautiful weather, beautiful beaches, fantastic people, great atmosphere...basically everything you could ask for in a college experience." Clubs on campus are described as "numerous" and "accessible," and students say the "staff and administrators are dedicated to students' development as learners, leaders, and engaged citizens." However, there is disagreement about the level of enthusiasm on campus, with some saying, "You feel the teal' wherever you go" and others lamenting the lack of a football team and feeling that "If you're looking for school spirit, UNCW may not be quite the place for you." Students unite to plead for "a bigger library to house all the students eager to learn," saying, "It gets VERY crowded." Students also request "more access to computers and printers across the campus." Although students are pleased with the community created by residential housing, particularly the "support" of the housing staff such as RAs, many believe the "rooms could stand an upgrade."

Campus Life

The University of North Carolina—Wilmington is "a beautiful place full of enthusiastic students and dedicated faculty." Students rave about the marine biology and film programs and highlight the creative writing department's "impeccable reputation." Located in sunny Wilmington students say, "It's a school at the beach that still has high academic standards," and students laud "the small class sizes and opportunities for personal relationships with professors." Students boast about "UNCW's impressive student-to-faculty ratio" and agree that "this academic community is supportive." An English major says, "Most of my professors are great." "There are a few in there who are boring…but for the most part they're engaging, interesting people who know their subject and care about their students." One student says, "The trick is to talk to upperclassmen for suggestions and put a lot of thought into registration," and another adds, "There have been several classes that I wasn't expecting to get much out of that I've just loved because of the professor." The consensus is that "your true experience is based on your commitment," and students say you'll be rewarded if you "Just take time to utilize the amenities UNCW provides you."

Overview

Applicants
13,117
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
4.22

GPA Breakdown

87%
Over 3.75
7%
3.50 - 3.74
4%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,100
with Terminal Degree
728

603
Women
497
Men
133
Minority
63
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Graphics.
  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


David Scott Congdon
President, CEO of Old Dominion Freigh Line Inc.

Caroline Reda
Vice President, North America Region for Power Services, General Electric

Donald E. Godwin
Chairman and CEO, Godwin Bowman & Martinez, Dallas, TX

Brandon Beane
General Manager, Buffalo Bills Football Team

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 29

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,576

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,834

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,181

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,315

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,957

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,443
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,508
Required Fees
$2,648
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,126

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,026
Transportation for Commuters
$1,775

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,686
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,452
Foreign Countries Represented
53

Demographics

1.90%
Asian
4.16%
African-American
7.23%
Hispanic
78.42%
Caucasian
2.87%
Unknown
1.16%
International

62% female
38% male
11% are out of state
84% are full time
16% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
27%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Dr. Chris Stone

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Notetakers
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
272
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
19

10% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

19% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Seahawks)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Seahawks)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Sand Volleyball
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

91/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
12%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple for students

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Hannah Morgan
Campus Visitation Coordinator

Address
UNCW Admissions Office
601 South College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403-5904

Phone
910-962-3243

Email
morganhb@uncw.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Fisher Student Center
William Randall Library
UNCW Student Recreation Center
Trask Coliseum
Fisher University Union

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Wrightsville Beach (6 mi from campus)
Airlie Gardens
Mayfaire Town Center
Historical Downtown Wilmington
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: Mon, Wed, and Fri 10am & 2pm; Tue and Thu at 11am & 2pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10:00 - 2:00 pm - more sessions posted on website

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
tuckert@uncw.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Wilmington International Airport (ILM)is within 6 miles of campus. Shuttle buses, city buses, and taxi services are available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-40 becomes NC 132/College Road. Continue traveling south on College Road approximately 3 miles. Turn left onto Hurst Drive at the traffic light.

Local Accommodations
Contact the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce at (910) 762-2611 or the Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau at (910) 341-4030.


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