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In his book, From These Beginnings, about the founding of UNCW, J. Marshall Crews states that "On September 4, 1947, at 4 p.m., Wilmington College, with seventeen faculty members, opened the doors to 238 students, seventy-five percent of whom were veterans." Since that time, UNCW has become one of the leading universities in the southeast and maintains a deep tradition of educating and collaborating with local military personnel - both active-duty and retired - and their families.

UNCW is consistently named by G.I. Jobs Magazine as on of the Top Military Friendly schools in the nation and the UNCW Onslow Extension Site continues to dedicate all effort necessary to create the most powerful learning experience possible for student military veterans.

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In order to better serve our military-affiliated students, UNCW established the UNCW Military Advisory Board and the UNCW Military Task Force in 2007. Through these collaborations, UNCW will continue to dedicate all effort necessary in order to create the most powerful learning experience possible for both active-duty military students and military veterans at UNCW.

The UNCW Military Task Force

This intra-campus committee, established in fall 2007, works to address current and future issues affecting the admission, continuing enrollment, progress toward a degree, and quality of the university experience for UNCW students who are active-duty members of the military, military veterans and military spouses. The Task Force consists of UNCW faculty, staff, and administrators throughout campus who collaborate to create and/or refine policies advocating for our military affiliated population.

UNCW Military Advisory Board

UNCW maintains a deep tradition of educating and collaborating with local military personnel, both active and retired. Consequently, in fall 2007, Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo established the UNCW Military Advisory Board to advise our university on issues that affect military personnel and their families and to raise awareness about military connections at UNCW and in the community of Southeastern North Carolina. The MAB, consisting of current commanding officers of local military installations, local educational and political leaders, and UNCW leaders, has been charged with identifying and recommending opportunities to ensure that current and future policies at UNCW do not inordinately affect military veterans in our student population.

Military Admissions

The UNCW community is dedicated to supporting "Seahawks Who Serve", having created specific admission processes for both active-duty and veteran members of the armed services.

The Military Admissions page is a great resource and provides a lists of services for UNCW Military affiliated students, which include:

  • Admissions Contactsmarinesthatserve
  • GI Bill Website
  • Military Residency
  • Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
  • UNCW Veterans Services
  • Military Degree Completions Program Candidates
  • Military Support Services
  • Transfer of Credit
  • Student Organizations
    • Veterans Education and Transition Support (VETS)
    • Transfer Student Organization
    • Tau Sigma National Honor Society

Additional Resources


PERCH promotes the success of off-campus, non-traditional and graduate students by providing resources, educational opportunities, and programs which connect these populations to the university and Wilmington communities.

PERCH is staffed by highly trained and friendly student assistants who can help you get acclimated to the university, find off-campus housing, get involved with student organizations, and meet other students like yourself.

Military Students Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Does UNCW have a ROTC program?

No. UNCW does not have a ROTC program. To view schools in North Carolina with a Navy ROTC program, view the Navy's website (external link).

Question: Who do I contact at UNCW in order to get the required documents needed for my Military Degree Completion Program package?

Contact Patty Martinez by phone 6-8 weeks prior to the military program deadline to discuss program details and UNCW procedures (910.450.5507)

You may also view the Military Affiliated Student website for more information regarding the numerous degree completion programs offered through the various branches of the armed services.

Military Student Support and Resources

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Welcome Home Blog on Facebook (external link)

Training and education are two different things. Training gives you a skill set to perform a specific task. Education provides you with academic theory for problem-solving issues. ~ Master Sgt. Juan Lopez, USMC