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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
UNC Wilmington is an above-average public university located in Wilmington, North Carolina. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 12,023 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the UNC Wilmington acceptance rate is 72%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Psychology. Graduating 72% of students, UNC Wilmington alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,700.
About University of North Carolina - Wilmington...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
Address
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
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University of North Carolina - Wilmington Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1130-1260
ACT Range
22-26
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$16,218/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,421/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,188/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,014/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,628/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,007/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.107 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.120 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.120 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,023Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 82 responses
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  • Friendly
    63%
  • Southern
    18%
  • Open-minded
    10%
  • Excited
    4%
  • immature
    1%
  • Indifferent
    1%
  • Rude
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.133 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.155 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 80 responses
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  • Beach
    26%
  • Amazing
    21%
  • Strong Academic Focus
    13%
  • Add of the above as well as caring and supportive
    11%
  • Nice
    9%
  • Encouraging
    8%
  • Busy campus in a beach town, best of both worlds!
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.76 responses
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The campus is beautiful, as well as the surrounding area. A ten minute drive to the beach is a nice way to enjoy your college experience! Most professors are resourceful and willing to help students develop into successful individuals. The only changes I can foresee being beneficial to UNCW, would be to diversify the student demographics. As well as provide more resources for the student population, such as cultural or communal offices. Lastly, my other recommendation would be more parking should be provided through the use of parking decks.
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I loved my time at UNCW! I graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in public health with a pre-clinical concentration. I lived on campus all 4 years that I was there and I enjoyed the campus very much. I liked that all the campus buildings were in walking distance of each other, and it took no more than 20 minutes to get all the way across campus. Everyone there were kind and very laid back and the fact that the campus was only a 15 minute drive away from the beach was amazing! I enjoyed all my professors and I didn't want to leave UNCW after I graduated. My friends and I loved going to the basketball and baseball games as well. The only thing that I would change about UNCW was that I wished that off campus restaurants were able to be reached by walking instead of having to drive if I wanted food, but thankfully I had a meal plan while I was there and the food was great! I miss being a seahawk!
I am currently a sophomore at UNCW and I can say, I absolutely love this place. I come from a Hispanic background so the only downside for me is the low percentage of minorities on campus. Yes, there are several minorities and somewhat diversity but not as high as other universities. The atmosphere is amazing and the professors are great. Personally, I have never felt out of place or felt overlooked. UNCW is an amazing place with great academics!