70 Years of Excellence

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About Our Anniversary

Wilmington College first opened its doors on Sept. 4, 1947, welcoming 238 students to enhance their lives through advanced education. Seven decades later, UNCW has evolved into a nationally recognized institution serving more than 16,000 students from across the United States and around the world. Seahawks everywhere have much to celebrate as the university commemorates its 70th anniversary during the 2017-18 academic year.