The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. UNCW is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 14,000 students, the university is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. The university is dedicated to offering a community rich in diversity and inclusion, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.
Consistently recognized by national publications as a top public undergraduate institution, UNCW ranked #16 on the “Best Regional Universities in the South” list on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2016,” placing sixth among public universities. UNCW was also named to the 2015 “Best Southeastern” schools by The Princeton Review, making this the 11th consecutive year the university has been honored with this designation. The prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges featured UNCW in its 2015 edition, and Consumer’s Digest ranked UNCW 10th on its list of the “Top 50 Values for Public Colleges and Universities.” Best Value Schools also included UNCW on its “30 Most Beautiful Coastal College Campuses” list.
Established as Wilmington College in 1947, the institution joined the state university system in 1969. The first graduate programs were authorized in 1977. The university’s academic units, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the Cameron School of Business, the Watson College of Education and the Graduate School offer 55 bachelor’s degrees in 49 majors and 42 graduate degree programs, as well as two terminal degrees, an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in marine biology. The UNC Board of Governors recently approved two additional doctoral degrees in psychology and nursing practice.