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Frequently asked Questions

What is the contact info for the Honors College?

UNCW Honors College
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
910.962.3408 (office) 910.962.7020 (fax)
honors@uncw.edu (email)

How do I apply to the Honors College?
When should I apply to the Honors College?
Does the application require a fee?
Are there any required test scores or minimum GPA to be considered for acceptance?
How many students are accepted?
What are some benefits of being in Honors?
Are there scholarships?
Can I study abroad while in Honors?
What is the average class size of an Honors class?
Can I visit the Honors College?
Is an interview required?
Where is the office of the Honors College located?
What if I have more questions?

How do I apply to the Honors College?

The general UNCW application has an "Additional Information" section that will ask you if you are interested in being considered for the Honors College. Select "Yes." Honors will reach out if we need supplemental materials from you.

More details are on our application page.

For current UNCW freshmen and sophomores interested in applying to join Honors, we have an online application

When should I apply to the Honors College?

We recommend that students apply by the UNCW Early Action deadline, which is usually mid-October. Applying Early Action will allow the Admissions Office to make a decision on your application sooner, which will allow Honors to make a decision on your application sooner. The sooner you apply, the better your chances of being offered a merit scholarship through the Honors College or through the university. 

Does the application require a fee?

There is no fee to apply to Honors.

Are there any required test scores or minimum GPA to be considered for acceptance?

We do not pre-set a specific test score or GPA for acceptance to Honors. However, please note that the most recent Honors freshman class has an average SAT (NEW SAT) score of 1377 (Critical Reading/Math), an average ACT score of 30, and an average of 4.25 weighted high school GPA.

How many students are accepted?

We receive about 700 applications annually. The number accepted and the number enrolled differs from year to year. For example, the Fall 2019 Honors freshman class has 190 students.

What are some benefits of being in Honors?

  • Personal growth and academic challenge
  • Small classes with lots of personal attention
  • Chances for merit scholarships
  • Special cultural enrichment and study abroad opportunities
  • Interdisciplinary and experiential seminars
  • Early engagement in research
  • Living-learning community in Cornerstone Hall
  • More opportunities for faculty-student interaction
  • Priority class registration
  • Service projects and the chance to make a difference

Learn more here.

Are there scholarships?

We are able to award scholarships on the basis of merit to about half of our incoming honors students. When you are accepted to both UNCW and the Honors College, you are automatically considered for competitive Honors College Merit Scholarships. 

We wish we could grant merit scholarships to 100% of our incredible students, but they are quite competitive. The awards may range from $500 a year to an award equivalent of in-state tuition and fees. 

Learn more about scholarships.

Can I study abroad while in Honors?

Yes, we encourage all of our Honors Scholars to study abroad. Click here for information about studying abroad with the Honors College, or here to go to the website for the Office of International Programs.

What is the average class size of an Honors class?

Honors class sizes are relatively small. In 2018-2019, the average size of HON classes was 17 students, with classes ranging from 5 to 20 students. This helps you develop close interactions with the faculty from your very first semester. Click here to see a listing of current Honors courses.

Can I visit the Honors College?

We would love to have you as a visitor! Click here to set up an appointment to visit the Honors College.

Is an interview required?

No, but if you visit us, we can schedule time to meet with you, a class for you to visit, a trip to the honors housing in Cornerstone Hall, and other opportunities to make the visit a full experience at UNCW. Be sure to first go to the UNCW Admissions homepage to register your visit to UNCW.

Where is the office of the Honors College located?

We are located in Randall Library on the second floor, Suite 2006. Our mailing address is:

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

What if I have more questions?

Many of your questions are addressed in the Honors Student Handbook. If you have a question that is still not answered, please do not hesitate to call the Honors College at 910-962-2929.