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University of North Carolina at Wilmington Overview

University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a public institution situated in Wilmington, North Carolina. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of North Carolina at Wilmington Known For?

3,954 Undergraduate Awards
$32,298 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UNCW is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UNCW.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 73% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington Rankings

Out of the 64 colleges in North Carolina, UNCW is ranked at #10.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UNCW has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#68 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#135 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UNCW.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Other Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Other Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Other Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Value Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UNCW has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#26 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#39 Best Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#62 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#96 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#101 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#123 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual

Where Is University of North Carolina at Wilmington?

Location of University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Contact details for UNCW are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5963
Phone: 910-962-3000
Website: www.uncw.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wilmington-NC/UNCW/8357990919
Twitter: http://twitter.com/uncwilmington

How Do I Get Into UNCW?

You can apply to UNCW online at: www.uncw.edu/admissions/apply.html

Admission Requirements for UNCW

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UNCW?

67% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
34% Submit SAT Scores
UNCW has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 66%, and the acceptance rate for women is 67%.

Average Test Scores

About 34% of students accepted to UNCW submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 660. Math scores were between 585 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 600 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 585 to 650 )
200
800
UNCW received ACT scores from 73% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 27. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 23 and 27.

ACT English Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 22 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 21 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 23 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of North Carolina at Wilmington?

$32,298 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
4.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNCW is $32,298. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UNCW, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $6,990 a year. That adds up to $27,960 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNCW is 4.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,480 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,785 undergraduate students at UNCW, with 12,480 being full-time and 2,305 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UNCW

There are also 2,714 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,480 full-time undergraduates at UNCW, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UNCW

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of North Carolina at Wilmington students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UNCW Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 250
Black or African American 459
Hispanic or Latino 940
White 9,747
International Students 263
Other Races/Ethnicities 821

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. At this time, 35 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 48 countries are represented at UNCW. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, China, and India.

Online Learning at University of North Carolina at Wilmington

3,040 Took All Classes Online
7,833 Took At Least One Class Online
29.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at UNCW. In 2017-2018, 7,833 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UNCW has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UNCW

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of North Carolina at Wilmington was 29.2%. This is the #714 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UNCW regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UNCW majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 3%
Business, Management & Marketing 4%
Communication & Journalism 7%
Curriculum & Instruction 14%
Educational Administration 21%
General Education 2%
Health Professions 28%
History 22%
History 22%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 1%
Nursing 28%
Other Health Professions 18%
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 26%
Public Administration 6%
Public Administration & Social Service 3%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UNCW ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UNCW.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Chemistry #3
International Studies #3
Physical Sciences #5
Criminology #6
Other Health Professions #7
History #10
History #10
Instructional Media Design #23
Curriculum & Instruction #24
General Education #31
Social Sciences #31
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #31
Educational Administration #55
Teacher Education Grade Specific #57
Liberal Arts General Studies #85
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #85
Nursing #120
Education #151
Business Administration & Management #193
Health Professions #210
Business, Management & Marketing #242

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 789 1 123 9 922
Business Administration & Management 753 0 70 0 823
General Psychology 239 0 19 0 258
Teacher Education Grade Specific 171 0 75 0 246
Communication & Media Studies 202 0 0 0 202
General Biology 172 0 5 0 177
Social Work 79 0 69 0 148
Natural Resources Conservation 118 0 16 0 134
Health & Physical Education 112 0 0 0 112
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 102 0 0 0 102
Criminology 101 0 0 0 101
Public Health 93 0 0 0 93
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 83 0 3 2 88
General English Literature 70 0 8 0 78
Chemistry 51 0 27 0 78
Computer Science 70 0 0 0 70
Political Science & Government 69 0 0 0 69
Other Health Professions 41 6 19 0 66
Writing Studies 49 0 16 0 65
International Studies 65 0 0 0 65
General Education 0 0 63 0 63
History 44 0 19 0 63
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 61 0 0 0 61
Accounting 0 0 54 0 54
Romance Languages 47 0 5 0 52
Mathematics 39 0 12 0 51
Computer Information Systems 42 0 8 0 50
Recreation Administration 50 0 0 0 50
Geological & Earth Sciences 31 0 17 0 48
Sociology 28 0 8 0 36
Educational Administration 0 0 16 17 33
Anthropology 31 0 0 0 31
Fine & Studio Arts 31 0 0 0 31
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 25 0 0 0 25
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 23 0 23
Public Administration 0 0 18 0 18
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 17 0 17
Drama & Theater Arts 17 0 0 0 17
Statistics 16 0 0 0 16
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 14 0 0 14
Geography & Cartography 9 5 0 0 14
Special Education 12 0 0 0 12
Physics 12 0 0 0 12
Economics 10 0 0 0 10
Music 9 0 0 0 9
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 7 0 7
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 7 0 7
Allied Health Professions 6 0 0 0 6
Instructional Media Design 0 0 5 0 5
Germanic Languages 4 0 0 0 4
Natural Resource Management 0 0 4 0 4
Gerontology 0 0 2 0 2
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 2 0 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3,954 28 735 28 4,745

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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