UNC Wilmington

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UNC Wilmington (University of North Carolina at Wilmington, UNCW, UNC–W), is a public, co-educational university located in Wilmington, North Carolina

UNC Wilmington enrolls approximately 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students each year as part of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System.
The university offers degrees in humanities, sciences, health, business and professional fields. The university’s highly ranked marine science program draws a variety of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States. The proximity to the Atlantic Ocean is a draw for incoming freshman.

Teal is the official school color of UNCW, with navy and gold as alternate colors. The school color has become a point of pride for students, which is widely illustrated with spirit shirts bearing slogans such as “Feel My Teal” and exclusive teal-colored Rainbow Sandals being offered through the university bookstore.

The middle 50% SAT scores for incoming freshman in 2012 were 1130 to 1250, with a middle 50% weighted GPA of 3.71 to 4.33. In 2013 the total number of applicants submitted was 11,838, accepting 6,160 resulting in a 52% acceptance rate. The freshman class in 2013 had 1,939 students.

In 2010, Forbes ranked UNCW 17 on the 2010 list of “America’s Best College Buys.”


  • 3rd “Best Value” for in-state students among public universities in North Carolina.
  • 25th “Best Value” for in-state students among public universities in the United States.
  • 35th “Best Value” for out-of-state students among public universities in the United States.

Among its peer institutions (public master’s universities), UNCW ranks fourth nationally (behind James Madison, College of New Jersey, and Truman State).

U.S. News & World Report:

  • Top 20 (currently 13th) public master’s universities in the South.

UNCW ranked 6th among the top public master’s universities in the South in 2010.


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