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University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 962-3000

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking.  UNCW, a public institution with nearly 16,500 students, offers an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and graduate levels as well as doctoral programs in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice, and psychology. UNCW also offers a number of distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated R.N.-to-B.S.N. program, and an Executive M.B.A. program, taught exclusively online and specifically structured for working professionals.

UNCW is recognized nationally as a military-friendly university and works closely with Coastal Carolina Community College, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River to offer programs designed for military personnel and their families. UNCW is committed to providing resources to military-affiliated students transitioning to the university. The Office of Military Affairs coordinates a comprehensive program of support services for military-affiliated students and advocates for student veterans, active-duty personnel, and dependents.

UNCW’s faculty has created a multidisciplinary applied learning model for students, Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning (ETEAL). The model incorporates internships, study abroad experiences, community-based projects, research, directed independent study and other educational opportunities.

The university takes a leadership role in the long-term growth of the region. UNCW actively supports economic development through advanced biotech research at its CREST Research Park and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which works to identify and nurture high-growth, low-impact companies in southeastern North Carolina.

UNCW is dedicated to offering a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement. The university has formed numerous partnerships that provide students with internships, volunteer opportunities, and research experiences.

As a consistent member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and recipient of the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, UNCW is deeply committed to civic engagement. The university offers service-learning courses and philanthropic opportunities to faculty, staff and students.

UNCW has been recognized for impressive gains in graduation rates nationally among four-year public universities from The Education Trust, having significantly improved six-year graduation rates among underrepresented minorities and reduced the gap between white and minority students over the past decade. That progress occurred even as average graduation rates improved for all students. 

UNCW has been part of the UNC system since 1969. In 2013, the university completed its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges institutional reaffirmation process with no additional reporting required, an accomplishment only an average of 35 percent of universities achieve. UNCW frequently receives national recognition for quality and affordability from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, The Fiske Guide to Colleges and other prestigious publications.


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