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Among Public National Universities,
U.S. News & World Report

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UNC System Schools Featured in the Fiske Guide
to Colleges


Nationally, Best Online Bachelor's Programs,
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Chancellor’s Corner

Portrait of Chancellor Volety

A Message from the Chancellor

When UNCW set out to reshape our website, we asked the Seahawk community for input. You requested a modern, mobile-friendly design with improved functionality and enhanced accessibility. You also wanted a site that inspires, engages, celebrates and reflects our stories, as individuals and as a community. No matter where our students are on the journey of learning, we offer many exciting opportunities to help Seahawks soar. Explore UNCW’s stellar academics with our new Program Finder feature.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has partnered with Cape Fear Community College to create a transfer opportunity for community college students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in oceanography.


Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW

With the generous support of our alumni, donors and friends, UNCW is primed to build on our reputation of academic excellence to create student experiences and produce global solutions like no other institution.


Educational Excellence
Outreach & Engagement
Global Connections
Our Alumni & Friends
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A Transformational Investment

‘Ecotech’ Helps Coastal Communities 

The North Carolina Ecosystem Technology project has been awarded $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation's Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines, to develop an economic engine that could rapidly improve the quality of life in rural coastal communities using ecosystem technology, or ecotech, an emerging branch of applied science.  

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A Living Laboratory

Protecting Caribbean Corals

UNCW researchers in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History have discovered the first effective bacterial probiotic for treating and preventing stony coral tissue loss disease, a mysterious ailment that has devastated Florida’s coral reefs since 2014 and is rapidly spreading throughout the Caribbean.


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App Aids in Exploration

The Coastal Eco Explorer App

Coastal Eco Explorer is a mobile application guiding Carolina Beach State Park hikers in the exploration of ecologically sensitive terrain. This pioneering app was created by faculty in the Watson College of Education in collaboration with North Caroline State Park rangers. 

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    Wilmington declared the first World War II Heritage City in the U.S.

  • 2nd

    Largest Movie and TV Production Facilities in the U.S.

  • 322

    Miles of Pristine Shoreline in NC