University of North Carolina--Wilmington

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601 S. College Road

Wilmington, NC 28403-5963

Phone: (910) 962-3000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#15 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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University of North Carolina--Wilmington is a public institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,348, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 661 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of North Carolina--Wilmington's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 15. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,199 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,301 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

According to the school, the University of North Carolina Wilmington is unique among public comprehensive universities because it offers effective learning environments for undergraduates that integrate teaching and mentoring with research and service at a level that rivals exclusive research institutions of similar size. Students consistently praise the quality of interactions with UNCW's world-class faculty and express strong satisfaction with their overall educational experience. UNCW's strength in the natural sciences, especially biological sciences, chemistry, geological sciences and other disciplines that form the core of our internationally respected niche in marine science, is the result of decades of intentional focus and investment, and our coastal environment is ideal for hands-on research. In the arts and literature, UNCW's high profile programs are film studies and creative writing. The Department of Film Studies takes advantage of UNCW's location in Wilmington, N.C., the home of Screen Gems Studios, the largest full-service motion picture facility in the United States east of California. The department has evolved into one of the most popular majors on campus. The Master of Fine Arts in creative writing was designated one of the top 50 creative writing programs in the nation in the Nov./Dec. 2009 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. One of the top publications in the profession, Poets & Writers ranks UNCW's program fifth in creative nonfiction. Degree programs in the College of Health and Human Services, Watson School of Education and Cameron School of Business are designed specifically to serve professional workforce needs in the region. The College of Arts and Sciences stresses applied learning experiences across the liberal arts disciplines to prepare students to bridge the gap between the classroom and the complex problems of 21st century communities. Due to its location near the large military installations of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station in Jacksonville, NC, UNCW is focused on providing access to higher education and ongoing support to retired and active duty military personnel and their dependents. The university's efforts to integrate military-affiliated students into campus life have been cited as a model at the state and national level. UNCW's commitment to veteran students recently earned it a top spot on GI Jobs magazine's national ranking of the most military-friendly colleges and universities. UNCW also has an institutional commitment to instill in its students a strong sense of civic responsibility and volunteerism. More than 4,700 students contributed more than 51,000 hours to volunteer and service learning projects in 2009. The economic value of that community service exceeds $1 million. Also for 2009, the university was recognized by the Peace Corps as one of the top 25 medium-sized schools in the nation for producing Peace Corps volunteers.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1947
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $3,115,880


When applying to University of North Carolina--Wilmington, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at University of North Carolina--Wilmington is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 54.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 54.2%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of North Carolina--Wilmington is 16:1, and the school has 35.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of North Carolina--Wilmington include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 49%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Education 9%
Social Sciences 9%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Psychology 8%

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Student Life

University of North Carolina--Wilmington has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,348, with a gender distribution of 40 percent male students and 60 percent female students. At this school, 33 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66.9 percent of students live off campus. University of North Carolina--Wilmington is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 13,733
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of North Carolina--Wilmington offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of North Carolina--Wilmington also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of North Carolina--Wilmington, 63 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of North Carolina--Wilmington.

Students who have cars on campus 63%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of North Carolina--Wilmington, 51.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,911.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,199 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,301 (2012-13)
Room and board $7,900 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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