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Strategic Plan


UNCW leadership identified the highest priorities for the first three years of the strategic plan. Some of these priorities required new strategic investments while others, already in progress, were further developed. University leaders focused on top priorities that required initial support for planning and design.

Key Strategic Plan Pillars

Unparalleled Opportunities
National Prominence
Community Commitment
World-Class Operations

Our Mission

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state's coastal university, integrates teaching and mentoring with research and service. UNCW’s commitment to student engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and civic responsibility defines the student experience. Graduates of our undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs are prepared to serve the needs of local, state, and global communities.*

*The mission statement was approved by the UNCW Board of Trustees on July 27, 2023. Approval pending by the UNC Board of Governors.

Our Vision

UNCW transforms lives.