From its establishment as Wilmington College in 1947 with 238 students to its 2011 enrollment of more than 13,000, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has transformed the lives of its students over the past 65 years and has had a major impact on the community it serves.
Consistently recognized by national publications as a top public undergraduate institution, the university continues to soar to even greater heights. In the 2012 edition of “America's Best Colleges” published by U.S.News & World Report, UNCW was ranked the fourth best public regional university in the South. This is the 14th consecutive year UNCW was in the top 10.
UNCW was named among the 2012 “Best in the Southeast” by The Princeton Review, making this the eighth consecutive year the university has been honored with this designation. Colleges were selected based upon student responses to a survey about their respective schools’ academics, administration, campus life and student body.
The prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges featured UNCW in its 2012 edition. Kiplinger’s 2011 rankings include it as one of the top five “Best Values” among public universities in the state. UNCW is number 17 on Forbes’ list of “America's Best College Buys.” This ranking places UNCW in the magazine's top 20 among all colleges and universities in the U.S. for providing a high quality education at the lowest cost to students.
UNCW also ranked among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools recognized by G.I. Jobs as “Military Friendly Schools.” Southeastern North Carolina has a large and growing military community and the university has made numerous changes to its admissions and advising processes to better assist its military-affiliated students, which include active duty, veterans and dependents of active duty.
The 2011 freshman class has the highest average SAT score (1176) in the university's history, among the highest in the UNC system. The average high school GPA for the class was 3.97.
The university is made up of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the Cameron School of Business, the Watson School of Education and the Graduate School. It offers bachelor’s degrees in 52 majors, 35 master’s degrees, a Ph.D. in marine biology and an Ed.D. in educational leadership.
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