Conditional Admission

The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers conditional admission to applicants who have demonstrated strong academic performance but need additional English language preparation in order to be successful in their program of study.

Students requesting conditional admission must meet all the university’s international admission requirements except the English proficiency requirement.

Applicants who are conditionally admitted attend the UNCW English Language Center Program (ELC), an intensive English language program. Applicants are granted full admission to the University of North Carolina Wilmington upon successful completion of the advanced level (Level 4) of UNCW’s English Language Center program.

Conditional admission is often requested by applicants who must be admitted as degree-seeking students in order to obtain a visa. Other applicants seek conditional admission so they can begin a degree program the semester immediately following completion of the advanced level of the ELC program.

For undergraduate applicants, conditional admission does not guarantee admission into a specific degree program. Some programs require a separate and additional application in order for an application to be accepted into the specific program of study. Visit the webpage of your intended degree for more information.

Is conditional admission right for you?

  1. Do you want to enroll in a degree program at UNCW?
  2. Do you meet all of the UNCW admissions requirements except the English language requirement?
  3. Are you willing to participate in the intensive English language program offered at UNCW?

If you answered “yes” to all of the questions above, then conditional admission may be a good option for you.

How to apply

Undergraduate Applicants

  1. Complete the UNCW Application for Undergraduate Admission. Review the International Student Application Checklist to ensure you complete all requirements.
  2. After you complete the application, email International Admissions to request conditional admission.
  3. Apply to the UNCW ELC Program.
  4. Email the English Language Center Program to notify them that you are seeking conditional admission.

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