Accreditations & Accolades

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has a reputation for academic excellence and has received national recognition for our exceptional online programs.

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Accreditations

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of UNCW may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org)

UNCW School of Nursing

The baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

UNCW Cameron School of Business

UNCW's Cameron School of Business is accredited by AACSB International (AACSB). Fewer than 6% of the world's schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation.

UNCW School of Health & Applied Human Sciences

The UNC Wilmington MHA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). CAHME is the only organization recognized to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education and is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAHME accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers to ensure that integrity of healthcare management education.

Accolades

  • #2 in “Best Online Business Schools in North Carolina (MBA)” ‐ OnlineMBA.com (2024)

  • #2 RN to BSN in North Carolina - RegisteredNursing.org (2023)

  • Ranked among the "Top Public Schools" and “National Universities” ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2024)

  • Ranked among the “Top Performers on Social Mobility” ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2024)

  • Ranked among the “Best Value Schools” in the nation ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2024).

  • Ranked among the “Best Graduate Programs” in the nation ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2023)

  • #15 in “Best University for Military Service Members and Veterans” ‐ Military Times (2022)

  • Ranked among the “Best Colleges for Veterans” ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2024)

  • #13 in “Best Online Master’s in Nursing for Veterans” ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2024)

  • #29 in “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans” ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2024)

  • #9 among the Top 10 “Best Online MBA in Finance Programs” ‐ BestColleges.com (2024)

  • #18 in “Best Online Bachelor's Programs” ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2024)

  • #50 in “Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs” ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2024)

  • Ranked among the “Best Online MBA Programs” ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2023)

  • Ranked among the “Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) ” ‐ U.S. News & World Report (2024)

  • Ranked a "Best Southeastern College" by The Princeton Review (2023)

  • One of four UNC System schools included in Fiske Guide to Colleges, which highlights the "best and most interesting" colleges and universities (2024)

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