Total Enrollment
Student to Faculty Ratio
Average class size

Coastal Location
Safety, Health and Wellness
Fitness and Recreation
Majors & Degrees
Applied Learning
Campus Life
English Language Support
International Admissions Requirements
UNCW offers a world of education abroad opportunities.

One of North Carolina’s 16 public universities, is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. At UNCW you will enjoy a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking and thoughtful expression in a beautiful campus setting.

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Academic Excellence

  • 3rd Best program (Creative Nonfiction), Poets & Writers

  • 6th Best University in the South among public universities and 16th Best overall among regional universities, U.S. News & World Report

  • 10th Best in Value for Public Colleges and Universities, Consumers Digest

  • Ranked one of the Top 50 institutions in the country, The Business Journals

  • Best Business Schools Cameron School of Business makes list of Best Business Schools: 2016,The Princeton Review

Great Location

  • 15th Most Beautiful Coastal College Campus, Best Value Schools
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  • Average SAT score : 1192
  • Average ACT score : 26
  • Average GPA : 4.1 on a U.S. 4.0 scale
  • Student/Faculty ratio : 17:1
  • Average class size : 22
  • Campus size : 661 acres with 161 buildings
  • Undergraduate : 13,218
  • Graduate : 1,700
  • Total enrollment : 14,918

Most Popular Majors

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Marine Biology
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
Coastal Location
Wilmington is a charming, friendly city on the southeastern coast of North Carolina in the United States. Located just minutes from numerous beaches, Wilmington has a renowned historic district as well as a vibrant art culture, literature, film and music scene. Wilmington International Airport (ILM) provides commercial air service to cities both domestic and abroad, and is just six miles from the UNCW campus.

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Direct flights to:

  • New York: 2 hrs
  • Philadelphia : 1 hr 30 min
  • Atlanta : 1 hr 30 min
  • Charlotte : 1 hr
    Flight times are approximate

Wilmington, North Carolina Temperatures

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in °C 13.6 15.5 19.1 23.4 27.1 30.5 32.1 31.2 28.7 24.3 20 15.2
Average low in °C 2 3.3 6.6 10.9 15.6 20.4 22.6 21.8 18.7 12.6 7.4 3.2
Safety, Health and Wellness
UNCW is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment where students can learn, live and work. An on-campus Student Health Center offers student-centered, quality medical and pharmacy services, along with consultations about nutrition, men’s and women’s health, stress management and much more. From homesickness to test anxiety, healthy eating to personal development, UNCW provides resources, support services, and educational and social programs to help students feel their very best inside and out.
Fitness and Recreation
UNCW offers a variety of wellness opportunities including a recreation center with cardiovascular conditioning machines, free weights and weight machines. It also includes sports courts, an indoor track, pools, group exercise studios and a climbing wall. UNCW offers intramurals, sport clubs, recreation fields and adventure programs such as camping trips, surfing and kayaking clinics.

Majors & Degrees
Students have the option to double major and/or minor in all areas of study.

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  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • International Studies
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Oceanography
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre


  • School of Health & Applied Human Sciences
    • Athletic Training
    • Exercise Science
    • Physical Education & Health (K-12)
    • Public Health Studies
    • Recreation, Sport Leadership & Tourism Management
    • Recreation Therapy
  • School of Nursing
    • Clinical Research
    • Professional Nursing
    • RN to BSN (online accelerated program)
  • School of Social Work
    • Social Work


  • Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Development
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management & Leadership
  • Marketing – Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing – Professional Selling
  • Operations Management


  • Education of Young Children
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education


  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Podiatry
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine


  • Africana Studies
  • Applied Behavior Analysis & Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities
  • Asian Studies
  • Brazilian/Portuguese Studies
  • Campaign Management
  • Choral Music
  • Classical Studies
  • Creative Writing – Nonfiction
  • Creative Writing – Poetry
  • Digital Arts
  • Educational Studies
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • European Studies
  • Forensic Science
  • Geospatial Technologies
  • Gerontology
  • International Affairs
  • Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Latin American Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Middle East & Islamic Studies
  • Native American Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Nonprofit Management & Leadership
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Russian Studies
  • Science, Humanities & Society
  • Security Studies
  • Women’s and Gender Studies


  • M.S.A.C. Accountancy
  • M.S. Applied Gerontology
  • M.S. Biology
  • M.S. Chemistry
  • M.S. Clinical Research & Product Development
  • M.S. Coastal & Ocean Policy
  • M.S. Computer Science & Information Systems
  • M.A. M.A. Conflict Management & Resolution
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing
  • M.A.T. Education – Specialization Options
  • M.Ed. Education – Specialization Options
  • M.A. English
  • M.S. Environmental Studies
  • M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner & Nurse Educator Options
  • M.F.A. Filmmaking
  • M.S. Geoscience
  • M.A. History
  • M.S. Instructional Technology
  • M.B.A. International & Professional Options
  • M.A. Liberal Studies
  • M.S. Marine Biology
  • M.S. Marine Science
  • M.S. Mathematics
  • M.A. Psychology
  • M.P.A. Public Administration
  • M.S.A. School Administration
  • M.S.W. Social Work
  • M.A. Sociology & Criminology
  • M.A. Spanish
  • Certificate and Add-on Licensure programs available


  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. Marine Biology
  • Ph.D. Psychology
  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice
  • Applied Learning
    Applied learning is an essential part of the UNCW student experience. Students integrate theories, ideas and skills they have learned into new contexts, thereby extending their learning. While many of these for-credit experiences take place outside the traditional classroom, UNCW also offers applied learning components that enhance standard classes as well as ones that are implemented as non-credit options. The four core categories of applied learning are:
    • Undergraduate Research
    • Study Abroad
    • Internships
    • Service Learning
    UNCW is committed to applied learning not only because we excel at it, but because there is strong evidence that correlates multiple, high-impact applied learning experiences with continued academic success, as well as a more successful transition to the next phase of a student’s life– whether it be graduate work or the workplace.

    Applied Learning

    Campus Life
    More than 260 student organizations
    • Performances
    • Athletics
      • 19 NCAA Division I athletic teams
      • 60 intramural and club sports
    • Traditions
      • Oozeball
      • Beach Blast
      • Convocation
      • Involvement Carnival
      • UNCWelcome
    • Commitment to diversity and inclusion through education, support and advocacy through:
      • The Upperman African American Cultural Center, which supports the recruitment, retention and academic achievement of black students at UNCW; and
      • Centro Hispano, which supports the rapidly growing number of Hispanic students applying to, attending and completing degrees at UNCW.
    Get Involved

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
    • International student orientation
    • Host family and student mentor programs
    • Events, excursions and trips specifically for international students
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    International Students

    Expenses 2016-17

    Health Insurance$1,608
    Total$37,082 USD
    Please note: The above figures are estimates and are subject to change. Total cost of attendance is calculated to help students anticipate their costs and to determine eligibility for financial aid.


    A limited number of competitive, merit-based awards are available.


    • Safe, affordable and well-maintained residential facilities
    • All residence halls include:
      • Cable TV
      • Computer labs
      • Round-the-clock staff ensures security
    • Some offer pools and recreation areas
    • First-year students are required to live on campus

    Campus Dining

    • 15 on-campus dining locations
    • Dining halls
    • National brands
    • Convenience stores
    • Coffee shops
    • Food trucks
    • Vegan, vegetarian, Halal and Kosher options

    Academic Support

    The University Learning Center (ULC) is committed to being a vital part of UNCW students’ education. The ULC offers free tutoring, a writing center and a math lab, and helps students improve their general study skills.

    Career Center

    The UNCW Career Center is a comprehensive career counseling service that provides one-on-one counseling, résumé clinics, interview workshops, job and internship fairs, and a database of more than five million U.S. employers. The Career Center provides mentoring opportunities with local professionals and posts more than 5,000 jobs and internships each year for students and alumni.
    UNCW’s English as a Second Language program provides intensive English language instruction, support and cultural experiences. The program focuses on academic preparedness through a standardized curriculum and is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

    Conditional Admission

    • Available to students who do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirement and wish to pursue the ESL program prior to starting a degree program at UNCW
    • To qualify, students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a U.S. 4.0 scale
    • Does not guarantee admission to a specific major
    International Admissions Requirements

    All Applicants Must Have:

    • Completed online application
    • Non-refundable application fee
    • Official transcripts, translated to English, for coursework completed outside of the U.S. for secondary school and post-secondary institutions (if applicable)
    • Average GPA of 4.1 on a U.S. 4.0 scale
      • Minimum GPA of 2.50
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Personal essay and short answer question
    • Extracurricular involvement
    • Proof of English proficiency (see requirements, next page)
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    English Proficiency Requirements

    Students must meet one of the following criteria:
    • TOEFL: Average score of 75-85 (minimum of 71)
    • IELTS: Average score of 6.0-6.5 (minimum of 6.0)
    • SAT: Critical Reading score of 450 or higher
    • ACT: Reading score of 20 or higher
    • English is native language (some exceptions apply)
    • Successfully complete Level 4 in UNCW’s ESL program.
    • Level 4 participants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have an attendance rate above 85 percent while in the ESL program.
    • Two college-level courses of English composition at a U.S. college or university with a “B” or higher (transfer students only).
    Students interested in transferring post-secondary school credit must submit a Credential Evaluation Report from an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) company. For more information, please visit www.uncw.edu/intladmissions.

    Once You’re Admitted

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will issue you a visa eligibility certificate (Form I-20) that you will use to obtain your F-1 visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate. ISSS will be here to assist you as you prepare for your arrival and support you as you settle into your new home away from home.

    Application Deadlines

    Fall or summer entry: April 1
    Spring entry: October 1
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