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University of North Carolina Wilmington

Immerse Yourself in the UNCW Experience

At the University of North Carolina Wilmington, passionate and engaged teaching, learning and research matter. UNCW is unique in its dedication to combining a small-college commitment to excellence in teaching with a research university's opportunities for student involvement in significant faculty scholarship.

The university maintains an intimate learning environment for undergraduates, integrating teaching and mentoring with research and service. It promotes and engages in high-quality scholarship, master’s-focused graduate education and selected doctoral programs. Our attractive and secure campus encourages intellectual and cultural diversity, fosters regional engagement and values individual growth and development.

UNCW began as Wilmington College in 1947 with 238 students, many of whom were veterans returning from military service following World War II. Today, approximately 13,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students experience the university’s unique blend of teaching, research and service learning opportunities, a mix of classical and innovative approaches that creates powerful learning experiences which give our graduates a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.

Prestigious rankings by U.S.News & World Report, Forbes, Fiske Guide to Colleges, Kiplinger's, Princeton Review, G.I. Jobs, Fulbright Scholars and others reflect the quality of experience our students receive.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is accredited by AACSB international (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


Our Mission

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Our powerful academic experience stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship in an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and in our doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership. Substantial research activity, combined with our hallmark teaching excellence and moderate size, advances distinctive student involvement in faculty scholarship. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, affordable access, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts. 

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