University Planning


The University of North Carolina Wilmington is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of UNC Wilmington.


UNCW Accreditation Liaisons:

Specialized Accreditation of Academic Programs

Specialized accreditations (pdf)

Brief timetable for UNCW's SACS accreditation review:

2008-09 Fifth-Year Interim Report
December 9, 2013 Reaffirmation of Accreditation (no additional report was requested)
June 2019 Fifth-Year Interim Report
January 2021 Launch Reaffirmation Preparation
2021-2022 Reaffirmation "Year of Record"
June 2021 UNCW Leadership Team Orientation in Atlanta
September 2022 Submission of Tenth Year Compliance Certification
November 2022 Off-site Review
December 2022 Submission of QEP
January 2023 Submission of Focused Report
Spring 2023 On-site Review
May 2023 Submission of Response Report
December 2023 Next Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Links to SACS publications

  • Principles of Accreditation (2012 Edition) (pdf)
    This is the current version of the standards with which an institution must comply in order to maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges.
  • Quality Enhancement Plan Handbook
    This document details a ten step process for developing the QEP. This handbook is now incorporated into the Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation (pdf).
  • Resource Manual (pdf)
    This manual contains rationale and notes, relevant questions to guide compliance response, and sample documentation for each of the standards.
  • Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation (pdf)
    This handbook describes the accreditation review process and the Quality Enhancement Plan.

Other SACS links: