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About UNCW

At the University of North Carolina Wilmington, passionate and engaged teaching, learning and research matter. The university maintains an intimate learning environment, integrating teaching and mentoring with research and service.

Established in 1947 as Wilmington College, the state’s coastal university opened its doors for veterans returning from World War II. More than 75 years later, UNCW is a top national institution with nearly 18,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and staff, over 170 buildings, and an ever-growing alumni network of more than 100,000.  

As a part of the 17-campus UNC System, UNCW offers a range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs and doctorate degrees. The university also offers accelerated online courses, including an RN to BSN program and an Executive MBA program. The flexible and affordable online programs were designed with working professionals in mind.

UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. Our university offers a wide variety of high-quality programs at all levels, both at the North Carolina campus and online.

UNCW is recognized nationally as military friendly. It is currently ranked among the “Best Colleges for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report.

Our Mission

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, integrates teaching and mentoring with research and service. UNCW’s commitment to student engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and civic responsibility defines the student experience. Graduates of our undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs are prepared to serve the needs of local, state, and global communities.*

Our Vision

UNCW transforms lives.

UNCW Hallmarks

Putting students first, supporting world-class faculty and staff, offering powerful learning experiences, and making the most of its proximity to the ocean are UNCW’s hallmarks. The university is guided by “Soar Higher Together,” a 10-year strategic plan that emphasizes unparalleled opportunities, nationally prominent programs, community, commitment, and world-class operations and infrastructure anchoring its future growth.

*The mission statement was approved by the UNCW Board of Trustees on July 27, 2023. Approval pending by the UNC Board of Governors.

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