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University of North Carolina Wilmington

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Introduction

The University of North Carolina – Wilmington (UNCW) is located in coastal Wilmington, North Carolina. It was founded as Wilmington College in 1947 and has since grown to serve approximately 13,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students across 52 majors, 35 master’s degrees, a Ph.D. program, and an Ed.D. program.

UNCW seeks to provide a powerful, relevant education through classroom teaching, research, and community engagement. Its many new and high-tech facilities, including the Center for Marine Science, offer students a modern approach to science and education.

Academics

UNCW is split into four academic colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the Cameron School of Business, and the Watson School of Education. There is also the Graduate School, which offers master’s and doctorate degree in a wide variety of studies.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest program within UNCW. It is home to 21 departments, through which students can earn Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Sciences degrees. There are a number of special undergraduate tracks – including engineering programs, professional writing programs, and pre-professional programs – offered jointly by the College and other institutions.

The College of Health and Human Services was added to the University’s academic offerings in June 2010, with the mission of training future health service providers and becoming an authority in professional health education. Health students can choose from among the three Schools: Health and Applied Human Sciences, Nursing, and Social Work.

For students with other specific interests, there is an assortment of additional programs and centers, including the Center for Marine Science, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Honors Scholars Program.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

UNCW welcomes well-rounded students who are passionate about studying and who are ready to become an active part of the UNCW community.

The University maintains relatively high academic standards: the average high school GPA for the incoming 2011 class was 3.80, and middle 50 percent SAT scores were between 1130 and 1250. UNCW offers class credit for AP, IB, CLEP, and DSST tests.

If you are interested in learning more, the admissions office encourages you to come for a Visit Day, information session, or daily tour. The schedule is posted on the UNCW website. While you’re exploring the school, keep an open mind! UNCW students have until their sophomore year to declare their majors.

Financial Aid

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) is dedicated to helping students find a feasible, affordable way to pursue a degree at UNCW. The first step in applying for aid is to fill out the FAFSA, which is available for free at www.fafsa.gov. This form determines eligibility for federal aid programs, including federal work-study programs, grants for tuition, and loans.

Students may also apply for scholarships through the OSFA and departmental website. Most departments offer awards that typically range between $500 and $1500. Criteria for the scholarships may include academic excellence, financial need, a minimum GPA, or general merit.

OSFA also provides a number of resources and guidelines for those seeking outside aid. Students can earn scholarship money from the state of North Carolina, from sponsored scholarship competitions that appear on UNCW’s Advertised Scholarship page, or from any number of additional sources. Once a student has won an award, they must inform the University promptly so that payment can be processed.

North Carolina residents who have a combined family income of less than 200% of the poverty level may be eligible for the SOAR program. SOAR students demonstrate high academic achievement, a willingness to learn and be mentored, and a desire to participate in community service. In exchange, they receive a package of grants and loans that shoulder the financial burden of attending UNCW.

A list of all of the available university scholarships with descriptions can be found online in the university catalogue.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4118th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in North Carolina.

Students

Your life as a UNCW student begins with a two-day freshman orientation (one day for transfers), during which you’ll meet many of your fellow classmates and learn everything you need to know about getting started on campus.

The Campus Activities & Involvement Center (CAIC) makes it easy to find a campus group that’s right for you. You can join one of UNCW’s 230+ student organizations, get involved in student government, or find out about special events using the tools or resources available there.

Another way to get involved is just by meeting people in your classes and residence halls. There are 45 residence halls that service the UNCW campus, including traditional dorms, suites, and apartments. Nearly 40 percent of students live on campus, and students who opt to move off campus can access most of the community’s services through the Seahawk Perch, UNCW’s network for off-campus residents.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

UNCW is a NCAA Division-I college and member of the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association). Seahawks compete with 19 varsity sports teams for both men and women and are nationally ranked in many sports. Head Coach Dave Allen has been named CAA Coach-of-the-Year 12 times, having led his swimming teams to 12 CAA championships and two Eastern titles. In 2011, UNCW hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship.

The college also has a Club Sports program, which offers more than 25 different types of sports for high-level intercollegiate competition. Club Sports are managed by Campus Recreation, keep regular practice schedules, and often travel to games and tournaments.

Finally, for students who are looking for a more casual way to participate in sports, there are a number of fun and low-pressure intramural teams for activities like basketball, disk golf, volleyball, and horseshoes. Intramural games are played amongst teams of students, faculty, and staff, and almost always take place on campus.

Additional School Information

Though less than a century old, UNCW is already a school steeped in tradition. Start off the year with UNCWelcome, a series of events and activities that kick off the fall semester. Past programs have included concerts, beach parties, workshops, and even a hypnotist.

If you want to find ways to get involved, head over to the Involvement Carnival, a showcase for the more than 230 student organizations at UNCW, and the perfect place to sign up for a new club or activity.

Finally, celebrate the beginning of the school year with the annual Beach Blast, a campus-wide celebration at Wrightsville Beach. There is free music, food, surfing lessons, and more, but the best part is meeting and getting to know your future classmates.

Bibliography

  • UNCW Department of Athletics 2009-2010 Annual Report. UNC Wilmington. Print.
  • UNC Wilmington. UNCW Marketing and Communications, 2010. Print.
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington. UNCWsports.com. Web. 19 July 2011.
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington. Web. 19 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 8th in North Carolina and 259th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in North Carolina and 513th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18 0.14
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.02
Arrest 12 0.09

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 366 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 10 0.01
Forcible Rape 32 0.03
Robbery 254 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,454 1.35
Larceny 3,843 3.56
Vehicle theft 411 0.38

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wilmington, NC 28403-5963
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population30,334 (30,334 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,915 (2.01 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,044
Families6,090 (2.71 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3703

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1125th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,026 $4,026 $16,163
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,317 $2,317 $2,317
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $310 $310 $784
FT Graduate Tuition $4,163 $4,163 $16,098
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,317 $2,317 $2,317
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $437 $437 $993
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,601 $20,601 $32,738
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,601 $20,601 $32,738
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,977 $11,977 $24,114

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,672 $6,199 $5,672 $6,199 $17,493 $18,302
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $985(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,900 $8,338
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,775 $2,916
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,900 $8,338
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,775 $2,916
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,775 $2,916

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$75
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 11,184 (3,883 male / 7,301 female)
Admitted 6,061 (2,179 male / 3,882 female)
Admission rate 54%
First-time Enrollment 2,053 (795 male / 1,258 female)
FT Enrollment 2,051 (793 male / 1,258 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (2 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment13,937

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Baseball Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Track & Field Conference Colonial Athletic Association

ACT Test Admission

468th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 37%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26

SAT Test Admission

302nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 78%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1100 / 1250

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,147
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,432
Board Fee$3,396

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 44 116 139 60 19 2,689 71 3,200
Accounting 2 1 2 1 56 1 63
Anthropology 3 1 23 28
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 13 13
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 1 1 9 13
Biology Teacher Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 9 4 120 3 141
Business Administration and Management, General 32 17 30 13 513 14 627
Business/Managerial Economics
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 2 1 3 71 3 82
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 2 4 1 58 3 71
Community Organization and Advocacy 1 3 4
Computer Science 2 1 1 1 22 1 28
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 1 5 8
Creative Writing 1 3 5 1 62 4 78
Criminology 1 7 5 2 85 3 108
Curriculum and Instruction 3 4
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 8 9
Economics, General 1 3 5
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 1 9 2 12
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 8 8
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 1 8 10
Elementary Education and Teaching 8 9 2 170 5 199
English Language and Literature, General 1 6 3 3 77 2 95
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 12 13
Environmental Science 2 3 55 2 62
Environmental Studies 30 1 32
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 1 2 10 14
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 25 2 30
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 1 3 2 7
Geography 1 19 21
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 22 1 24
German Language and Literature 2 2
Gerontology 2 1 1 7 1 12
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 3 1 13 18
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 19 1 21
History, General 2 44 2 50
Information Technology
International/Global Studies 6 6
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 23 24
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 2 8 10
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 1 1 52 1 57
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 10 13
Management Information Systems, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 2 3 6 1 72 2 87
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics Teacher Education 12 12
Mathematics, General 3 2 34 3 42
Music Performance, General 4 4
Music Teacher Education 2 1 3
Music, General 1 2 6 9
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 8 9
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 44 45
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 6 6
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 1 2 9 13
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General 8 8
Political Science and Government, General 5 3 45 1 55
Psychology, General 1 12 16 4 5 213 5 260
Public Administration 2 21 24
Public Health Education and Promotion 2 1 1 2 34 1 43
Reading Teacher Education 11 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 3 1 2 128 1 141
Secondary Education and Teaching 4 4
Social Work 5 2 1 1 62 73
Sociology 2 29 31
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 3 4
Spanish Language and Literature 3 2 14 20
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 23 1 26
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6 10 2 2 161 3 187
Statistics, General 1 5 6
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 2 1 20 24
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 2 1 25 29
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1162nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,510 ($79,240 male / $64,577 female)
Number of FT Faculty 625 (323 male / 302 female)
Number of PT Faculty 896
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $17,032,839
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