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Applying as a Current UNCW Student

Frequently Asked Questions

Apply as a continuing student by December 31st for Spring or June 30 for Fall. Students can only begin during main terms. 

Applicants can expect decisions in August for Fall admission or January for Spring admission.

No, you will stay in your current housing if selected. All other opportunities from Honors will be opened upon admission. 

Honors class sizes have 20 students or less. This helps you develop close interactions with the faculty from your very first semester.

Our courses are also interdisciplinary, giving students the opportunity to approach a topic from several different angles.

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Students who enter the Honors College after their first semester must take:

  • (2) Honors University Studies courses (e.g. Honors ENG 103)
  • (2) HON 120 courses (1-credit-hour interdisciplinary seminar)
  • (1) HON 210 course (3-credit-hour interdisciplinary seminar)
  • 3 credit hours of honors electives
  • 6 credit hours of 499 in the major (e.g. BIO 499, SOC 499, EEL 499)

This is a total of 20 credit hours. However, only 5-8 of these credit hours will be truly "extra" (in bold) as the other courses count towards university or requirements. 

See this worksheet for course requirements for transfer students and students who enter Honors after arriving at UNCW.

Best Practices for Applying to Honors as a Current Student

We want to set you up for success and it is unlikely for us to accept students outside this criteria.

  • GPA of at least 3.3 by 27 credit hours of work or 3.5 by 58 credit hours of work.
  • At least 2-3 University Studies course requirements (6-9 credits) left to complete.
    • If you have completed more than 40 credit hours before applying, or have fewer than 2 University Studies courses left to complete, note in your application how you plan to account for that obstacle in your completion of honors requirements.
  • If you have completed all of your University Studies requirements, you may not have time to complete all of the requirements to graduate with full University Honors.
    • If you have a GPA of at least 3.2, consider a 6-credit-hour Departmental Honors project (counts towards electives in many majors) to graduate with Departmental Honors. 

Contact Us

Office of the Honors College

Honors College
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5958

We are located in Randall Library on the second floor, Suite 2007