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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?

12,346 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,910 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 highest degree offered at UNCW is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 73% of the faculty were full-time.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington Rankings

UNCW is ranked #376 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. Out of the 56 colleges in North Carolina, it is ranked at #9.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that UNCW has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for UNCW

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 94
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 126
Best Colleges for the Money 305
Best Colleges 376
Best Colleges for International Students 443
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,694

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 )
1
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?

$18,910 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
4.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNCW is $18,910. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UNCW

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,443 $14,083 $18,673 $22,314 $23,469

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

12,346 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,502 undergraduate students at UNCW, with 12,346 being full-time and 2,156 being part-time.

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

There are also 1,985 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,346 full-time undergraduates at UNCW, 40% are male and 60% 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 242
Black or African American 480
Hispanic or Latino 853
White 9,675
International Students 199
Other Races/Ethnicities 897

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, University of North Carolina at Wilmington awarded 7,908 undergraduate degrees and 1,526 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 54 0
Allied Health Professions 0 6 0 0
Anthropology 0 31 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 753 70 0
Chemistry 0 51 27 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 202 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 42 8 0
Computer Science 0 70 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 17 0
Criminology 0 101 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 7 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 17 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 83 3 2
Economics 0 10 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 16 17
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 102 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 31 0 0
General Biology 0 172 5 0
General Education 0 0 63 0
General English Literature 0 70 8 0
General Psychology 0 239 19 0
Geography & Cartography 0 9 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 31 17 0
Germanic Languages 0 4 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 2 0
Health & Physical Education 0 112 0 0
History 0 44 19 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 5 0
International Studies 0 65 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 7 0
Mathematics 0 39 12 0
Music 0 9 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 4 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 118 16 0
Nursing 0 789 123 9
Other Health Professions 0 41 19 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 25 0 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 23 0
Physics 0 12 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 69 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 18 0
Public Health 0 93 0 0
Recreation Administration 0 50 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 61 0 0
Romance Languages 0 47 5 0
Social Work 0 79 69 0
Sociology 0 28 8 0
Special Education 0 12 0 0
Statistics 0 16 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 171 75 0
Writing Studies 0 49 16 0
Total 0 7,908 1,470 56

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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