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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
    B+
  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 12,157 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the UNC Wilmington acceptance rate is 61%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Psychology. Graduating 73% of students, UNC Wilmington alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,000.
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association

University of North Carolina - Wilmington Rankings

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UNC Wilmington Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1190-1320
ACT Range
23-27
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,771/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,079/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
76%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.107 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.128 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.128 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
8
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
8
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    32%
  • On Campus
    55%
  • Online
    13%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,157Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,295
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 88 responses
  • Friendly
    63%
  • Southern
    18%
  • Open-minded
    10%
  • Excited
    3%
  • immature
    1%
  • Indifferent
    1%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.141 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.163 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 88 responses
  • Beach
    27%
  • Amazing
    19%
  • Add of the above as well as caring and supportive
    11%
  • Strong Academic Focus
    11%
  • Encouraging
    8%
  • Nice
    8%
  • Busy campus in a beach town, best of both worlds!
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
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 NORMAL online courses are great! Everything is organized really well and the professors provide a great helping hand and are great with communication if you are having trouble. Due to the Pandemic, we had to take online classes half way through the semester and it didn't go very well to say the least. The professors gave us 3-4x more work than we had when we were on campus PLUS lectures to watch/read. It makes no sense that they assigned more work, especially when everyone is so stressed. However, no was prepared for this thing to happen, especially any time soon.
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The University of North Carolina Wilmington has a lose-knit community with caring and knowledgable professors! I am a psychology major with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. The university has many opportunities for students to be involved on campus. However, if you're like me and like to do your own things outside of campus life, there are many easily accessible recourses and living opportunities off campus as well. UNCW offers countless ways to enjoy clubs, religious organizations, volunteer opportunities, and intramural sports as well! Campus dining also offers many various locations with lots of job opportunities as well. This is one of the few colleges that provides opportunities for undergraduate participation in research labs and field experience out side of the classroom. I was involved in a directed independent study and an internship through my supervised counseling practicum course!
Without this school, I wouldn't be who I am today. It helped me grow and mature. I love the accepting nature of everyone, and the diversity of the school. I love how there are so many classes to choose from. All of my professors were kind, understanding, and helpful. The campus is beautiful, and it is close to the beach. Wrightsville beach and Topsail beach. The nightlife is wonderful and there's always something to do! There's always a place for peace and quiet, but if you want to have fun, you will find it.