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First-Year Admission - Course Requirements

To be considered for admission to UNCW, first-year applicants must meet minimum course requirements (MCR) established by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System. Any student not meeting MCR will not be considered for admission. If you have questions about a course fulfilling a requirement in a MCR category, please consult your high school guidance counselor and/or contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Four (4) Course Units of English
    Emphasizing grammar, composition and literature.

  • Two (2) Course Units of the Same Foreign Language
    Two consecutive units of the same foreign language. American Sign Language (ASL) does fulfill the foreign language requirement in North Carolina.

  • Four (4) Course Units of Mathematics
    Including algebra I, geometry, algebra II, and a fourth mathematics course for which algebra II was the prerequisite (typically, this may include pre-calculus, advanced functions and modeling, discrete math, college algebra, an AP- or IB-level calculus or statistics course, etc.).

  • Two (2) Course Units of Social Studies
    Including at least one course unit of United States history.

  • Three (3) Course Units of Science
    Including at least one course unit of a physical or chemical science (chemistry, physics, physical science, etc.), and one course unit of a life or biological science (biology, oceanography, anatomy and physiology, etc.). At least one course unit must contain a laboratory portion.

Meeting MCR does not guarantee admission to UNCW; most first-year students successful in gaining admission to the university go well beyond these requirements. The admissions committee strongly encourages you to take courses beyond the MCR which will allow you to be most academically successful.


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