University Of North Carolina Wilmington

University Of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, or UNCW, is a public university located in Wilmington, North Carolina. It was established in the year 1947. The University offers over 70 undergraduate degree programs and over 25 master degree programs. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Cameron School of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • School of Nursing
  • Watson School of Education

UNCW's athletics department has both men and women sports teams that participate in a variety of sports. The teams are nicknamed the Seahawks. They are a member of the NCAA's Division I and take part in the Colonial Athletic Association.

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Contacting UNC Wilmington

University of North Carolina-Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington , NC 28403-5963
General Phone: (910) 962-3000

UNC Wilmington Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management682business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts435German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, economics, geography, ...
Education and Teaching376curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational admin and supervision, instructional media design, special ed, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of disabled, education of learning disabled, ...
Science303biology, marine biology, chemistry, geology, oceanography, physics
Media189communication studies
Therapy and Counseling184psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy128parks and recreation management, health and physical education, athletic trainer, recreational therapy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine105registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Family and Social Work95public administration, social work
Security and Law Enforcement83criminal justice and safety
Photography and Commercial Art81cinematography
Conservation and Resource Management45environmental studies, environmental science
Fine Arts37fine arts, art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering27computer and info science, computer science
Religion and Philosophy24philosophy and religious studies
Mathematics23mathematics, statistics
Drama and Performing Arts18drama
Medicine13gerontology, health professions
Music8music, music performance
Medical Administration0public health education

Number of programs and degrees for UNC Wilmington in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,45763
Postbaccalaureate certificate04
Master's degree39830
Doctor's degree12
Post-master's certificate01

UNC Wilmington Student Body

In 2007-2008, UNC Wilmington had a total enrollment of 12,180 students (11,494 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 6%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 29%
20-21 33%
22-24 20%
25-29 9%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina82%
New Jersey2%
New York1%

UNC Wilmington Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %
Part-Time 33 %

UNC Wilmington Room and Board (2007)

UNC Wilmington offers campus housing for 3,481 of its 11,494 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Wilmington, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

UNC Wilmington Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530610
SAT Math540630
SAT Writing510600
ACT Verbal2126
ACT Math2026
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT84%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT28%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UNC Wilmington Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,528
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,695
Room and board $ 7,280
Room charge $ 4,470
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,900
Books and supplies $ 934
Other expenses $ 2,510

Financial Aid:
UNC Wilmington participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 298400)

UNC Wilmington Faculty

UNC Wilmington has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track84102
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2963

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year21$123,44110$108,049
Associate professorcalendar year9$98,1872*
Lecturercalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year31$114,10213$101,440

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year99$94,32927$88,954
Associate professoracademic year87$74,46354$73,796
Assistant professoracademic year85$61,75994$62,479
Lectureracademic year26$44,07261$47,238
No academic rankacademic year2*1*
All faculty totalacademic year299$74,716237$64,090

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UNC Wilmington Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Colonial Athletic Association
Baseball Colonial Athletic Association
Track Colonial Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4880128

UNC Wilmington Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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