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About UNC Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public, state school in an urban setting in Wilmington, North Carolina. UNC Wilmington was founded in 1947 and now enrolls around 17,915 students a year, including 14,650 undergrads.

UNC Wilmington offers housing for up to 4,788 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of UNC Wilmington's endowment was $104.113 million For each full-time student, UNC Wilmington spends about $8,470. UNC Wilmington employs one full-time professor for every 17 undergrads enrolled.

2021 UNC Wilmington Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 68%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 72%
Average GPA 4.0
Mean ACT score 25
Mean SAT score 1234
In-State Tuition $4,443
Out-of-State $18,508

2022 UNC Wilmington Regular Decision Application Deadline

February 15 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 15.

Early Admission at UNC Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to UNC Wilmington is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
UNC Wilmington admits 72% of students that apply early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for The University of North Carolina Wilmington

It is moderately difficult to get into UNC Wilmington. Around 68% of applicants get into UNC Wilmington each year. Last year, 13,633 students applied to UNC Wilmington and 9,266 were admitted.

UNC Wilmington Waitlist 2021

UNC Wilmington reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into The University of North Carolina Wilmington?

UNC Wilmington is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UNC Wilmington, applicants must submit the following items.

UNC Wilmington Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

UNC Wilmington Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 4.0 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into UNC Wilmington is 1234. The mean ACT score for UNC Wilmington students is 25.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UNC Wilmington.

Is UNC Wilmington Test Optional?

UNC Wilmington does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 41% submitted the SAT. 61% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at UNC Wilmington

Yes! UNC Wilmington provides on-campus housing for up to 4,788 students.

UNC Wilmington students are active in the school's Student Government Association, Association of Campus Entertainment and Residence Hall Association. Involvement Carnival, Festapalooza, and and Beach Blast are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UNC Wilmington.

Financial Aid at UNC Wilmington

UNC Wilmington meets 45% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $9,425 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is UNC Wilmington a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UNC Wilmington

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UNC Wilmington, around 84% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,156 students who started at UNC Wilmington as first-time freshman, 1,238 graduate within four years.

UNC Wilmington's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 74%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for UNC Wilmington Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 62% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $35,653 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UNC Wilmington sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UNC Wilmington a good school for you?

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Where is The University of North Carolina Wilmington Located?

UNC Wilmington is located in the urban setting of Wilmington, North Carolina.

If you want to see UNC Wilmington for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40 to Wilmington, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Wilmington International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UNC Wilmington and Wilmington are like without leaving home.

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College Info

601 South College Road Wilmington, NC 28403-3297

Campus Setting: Urban

UNC Wilmington Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UNC Wilmington is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UNC Wilmington is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UNC Wilmington ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 27

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UNC Wilmington is 25. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into UNC Wilmington. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UNC Wilmington SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1310


Math SAT Range

570 - 650


Reading SAT Range

590 - 660

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1310 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UNC Wilmington students is 1234. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UNC Wilmington, while applicants with SAT scores between 1160 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1160 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UNC Wilmington.

UNC Wilmington Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UNC Wilmington is like? There are approximately 17,915 students enrolled at UNC Wilmington, including 14,650 undergraduate students and 3,265 graduate students. 82% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from NC and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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