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A 3-d rendering of campus that includes chancellor's walk and price drive.

Our Process

students look at the campus master plan during a bfsa welcome week cookout

Phase 1: Discovery & Analysis

This phase will establish an understanding of existing conditions, assets, issues, program needs and aspirations; as well as the UNCW mission, vision and strategic plan. Analysis of needs and physical opportunities will be used to generate multiple concepts for land use, open space, circulation and infrastructure.

chancellor discusses campus master plan

Phase 2: Concept Advancement & Refinement

The preferred concept will be tested with stakeholder input and refined by; developing strategies for program accommodation and synergistic adjacencies; leveraging physical opportunities; and creating a connected open space network and campus edge/gateway identity.

leadership discuss the masterplan around a table.

Phase 3: Integration & Implementation

Natural and man-made campus systems will be coordinated to reinforce the overall land use strategy and campus framework. The final plan, computer model and graphics will be created to illustrate proposed projects and implementation strategies.

a presentation of the campus master plan is being given during welcome week.

Phase 4: Publication & Presentation

Documentation of the process and final recommendations of the 2024 Campus Master Plan will be presented to various UNCW constituents and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Give Us Your Feedback

The master planning process is an open and collaborative endeavor that depends on input and regular feedback to ensure a thorough level of analysis that honors and celebrates the distinct history, culture and context of UNCW.
Chancellor participates in a campus master plan discussion

UNCW 2024 Campus Master Plan

Chancellor Volety participates in a discussion of plans for the future of the UNCW campus.

UNCW 2024 Campus Master Plan Process

The UNCW 2024 Campus Master Plan process is exploring the physical planning needs and opportunities for the main campus. One of the focus areas the master plan will develop concepts for is the Chancellors Walk, Campus Commons, Veterans Hall and the Nest area.

The university's existing campus land use reflects typical institutional growth over time. A compact core accommodates a mix of academic and student support functions, which represents the legacy of the early campus. As enrollment and academic programs grew over time, areas of single use then developed outside of the core campus along Chancellors Walk along with supporting residential villages to the east.

Other focus areas that the UNCW 2024 Campus Master Plan will develop concepts for include the campus edge and gateway locations along College Road and the athletics zone.

Established in 2000, the original Center for Marine Science classroom and research facilities have grown over time to include additional office, support, research and small business start-up space.

The university has a rich history of engagement with the Wilmington community as well as seasonal visitors to Wrightsville Beach. The UNCW 2024 Campus Master Plan seeks to celebrate and leverage the university’s unique regional context by:

  • enhancing connections and partnership opportunities
  • reinforcing multi-modal connectivity with the recreational resources in the region
  • enhancing visibility of community resources.

Contact the UNCW Campus Master Plan Team

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Summer hours:
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.