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UNCW began as Wilmington College in 1947 with 238 students, many of whom were veterans returning from military service following World War II. Today, the neo-Georgian building style and beautiful landscaping throughout campus make UNCW one of the most attractive campuses in the South.


UNCW is a Pedestrian First Campus.


UNCW is a Pedestrian First Campus

The UNCW campus is completely self-contained, meaning no portions of the city, including city roads, permeate the campus perimeter. A pedestrian-first culture is encouraged through the use of pedestrian corridors, including traditional sidewalks, multi-use paths, meandering trails, and greenways. Perimeter and off-campus parking and expanded on-campus shuttles already contribute to this effort.

UNCW is a Bicycle Friendly Campus.

This award is presented only to campuses with remarkable commitments to bicycling," said the director of the Bicycle Friendly America program, Bill Nesper.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is one of only 26 universities in the nation to be designated as a Bicycle Friendly University at the bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists. Only one other higher education institution in North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, has received this honor. The award was granted to UNC Wilmington for encouraging students, faculty and staff to partake in non-motorized forms of travel including commuting to campus on bicycles.


The ideal way to experience the UNCW campus is with a campus tour, guided by our enthusiastic UNCW Student Ambassadors and Seahawk Admissions Network for Diversity (SAND) members.


Star-News aerial photograph of UNCW circa 1960s

Campus Tours

Tours are offered when classes are in session; tours are not offered on holidays and when classes are not in session (student vacations, intersessions in Summer School, etc.). If a date is not available, you will not be able to select it when signing up via SeaLevel.








Morning Tour 10 AM 11 AM 10 AM 11 AM 10 AM
Afternoon Tour 2 PM 2 PM 2 PM 2 PM 2 PM

UNCW Holiday Schedule | University Calendar

Saturday Tours

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the university will offer campus tours at 1 p.m. on select Saturday dates. These tours are designed to accommodate guests traveling greater distances or who would otherwise be unable to visit the campus Monday through Friday.

Fall 2011 Semester, Saturday tours will be on the following dates:

September 10, 2011
October 1, 2011
November 12, 2011
December 3, 2011

Register for Saturday tours the same way you would for a normal weekday tour via SeaLevel. Saturday tours fill up quickly -- so register as early as possible.


To register for a campus tour, login to your SeaLevel account and click on "Visit UNCW" on the navigation area on the left of your homepage. Then choose "Schedule a Tour" from the drop-down menu. Finally, select the date you wish to visit and input the required information. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail on file with your SeaLevel account confirming your visit.

As a convenience to our guests, if a particular tour date or time is full (or a tour is not being offered on that day) SeaLevel will not allow you to choose that date/time.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Campus tours will last approximately one-and-a-half to two hours. Your tour will begin with a 20-30 minute information session with an admission counselor, which serves as a brief overview and introduction to the university and an in-depth look at the admission process and requirements. A walking tour of campus will begin immediately after this information session and cover all academic and student life aspects of campus.

Since all of our campus tours follow a predetermined route, you are encouraged to make appointments for before or after your tour with any other departments of interest before arriving on campus (e.g. a particular academic department of interest, Scholarships & Financial Aid, Athletics, the Honors Scholars Program, etc.).

Self-Guided Tours

If you are unable to visit campus during our regular business hours, you may elect to print the following PDF documents and tour the campus on your own: