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University of North Carolina Wilmington
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601 South College Road,
Wilmington, NC 28403-5904

(910) 962-3243

(910) 962-3038

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From its establishment in 1947, to its current enrollment of nearly 13,000 students and status as one of the preeminent public Master’s universities in the nation, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has transformed the lives of her alumni over the past 63 years.

UNC Wilmington boasts undergraduate learning opportunities second to none and professors whose commitment to expertise in their fields is surpassed only by their dedication to students. As North Carolina’s coastal university, UNC Wilmington offers a diverse, talented and engaged student body an opportunity for applied learning in an unparalleled environment.


UNC Wilmington offers more than 73 baccalaureate degree concentrations through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Cameron School of Business, the Watson School of Education, and the School of Nursing. All undergraduates complete a core liberal arts curriculum known as “Basic Studies” which cultivates and develops the transferable skills essential for life and success in the 21st Century. Pre-professional programs are offered for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in law or various health related specialties.

In the classroom, students receive the one-on-one attention and opportunities for original scholarly activities typically found at smaller private universities for the price of a much larger public university. Class sizes are kept small, with a student to faculty ration of 17 to 1 and average class size of 21.


UNC Wilmington’s faculty and staff devote each day to the pursuit of knowledge, whether through research and other scholarly activities or by sharing its classrooms. There are more than 850 faculty members; women make up 46 percent of the faculty, and minorities make up 13 percent. The faculty at UNC Wilmington are leaders, experts, and visionaries in their fields of study, with more than 86 percent holding a Ph.D. or terminal degree.

Student Body

UNC Wilmington’s undergraduate enrollment is approximately 11,500, with 58 percent women, 42 percent men, and 13 percent minorities. All North Carolina public universities may not exceed 18% out-of-state enrollment. UNCW values this opportunity for geographic diversity; currently students from 42 states and 47 countries are represented in our student body.
More than 180 student organizations range from academic and honorary organizations to those that are service-oriented, and from sports clubs to fraternities and sororities. NCAA Division I sports attract loyal Seahawk fans and lend excitement to campus. Community service is of paramount importance to the student body which contributes more than 56,000 hours annually to volunteer and service learning projects in the Wilmington area.


UNC Wilmington is located along the Cape Fear Coast of southeastern North Carolina, four miles east of the Cape Fear River and historic Downtown Wilmington and five miles west of Wrightsville Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

Wilmington has played an integral role in shaping the history of the United States, and, today, has stayed true to its relaxed Southern roots while becoming a burgeoning modern city and popular tourist destination. Also known as “Hollywood East”, Wilmington is the capital of North Carolina’s film industry.


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