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The University of North Carolina Wilmington works closely with our North Carolina Community College partners to ensure a seamless transfer process. The Pathways to Excellence program is a partnership between UNCW and 47 Community Colleges within the North Carolina system.  It is a pathway for guaranteed transfer admission to UNCW for students completing an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Engineering with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in transferable college-level coursework. 

As a pathway for guaranteed transfer admission, the Pathways to Excellence program does not apply to first-year admission. Students planning to apply as first-year students, including dual enrolled or early college high school students, should not pursue the Pathways to Excellence program. For more information about applying as a first-year student, please visit

To learn more, check out a quick video about the UNCW Pathways to Excellence program here.

Current colleges that hold a Pathway to Excellence agreement with UNCW are as follows: