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The University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC 4-Year Public
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About UNC Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Overview

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 provides on-campus housing for up to 4,788 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at UNC Wilmington! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of UNC Wilmington's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UNC Wilmington students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? UNC Wilmington has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UNC Wilmington has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UNC Wilmington on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at UNC Wilmington on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is February 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from UNC Wilmington by March 15.

2021 UNC Wilmington Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 68%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 72%
Average GPA 4.0
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 72%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 41%
In-State Tuition $4,443
Out-of-State $18,508
Percent of Need Met 45%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $9,425

Is UNC Wilmington a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at to get a clearer idea of what UNC Wilmington offers and if it sounds like a good choice for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for The University of North Carolina Wilmington

It is moderately difficult to get into UNC Wilmington. UNC Wilmington admitted 68% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 13,633 applications received in 2021, 9,266 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UNC Wilmington

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 84% of students who start at UNC Wilmington come back for their second year of college.Around 74% of students who started at UNC Wilmington earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for UNC Wilmington Grads

Job placement 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.

Check with UNC Wilmington directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

UNC Wilmington's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $104.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, UNC Wilmington spends about $8,470 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UNC Wilmington

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. UNC Wilmington meets 45% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UNC Wilmington full-time are awarded $9,425 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $35,653 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

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

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served 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! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UNC Wilmington. Based on this information, how does UNC Wilmington sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UNC Wilmington a good school for you?

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Where is UNC Wilmington?

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.

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College Info

601 South College Road Wilmington, NC 28403

Campus Setting: Urban

UNC Wilmington Application Deadline

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UNC Wilmington ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UNC Wilmington is 26. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into UNC Wilmington. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UNC Wilmington SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1220 - 1320


Math SAT Range

600 - 660


Reading SAT Range

610 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1320 and Above


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1220 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UNC Wilmington students is 1277. Applicants with SAT scores of 1320 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UNC Wilmington, while applicants with SAT scores between 1220 to 1320 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1220 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 18,030 students enrolled at UNC Wilmington, including 14,488 undergraduate students and 3,542 graduate students. 82% percent of students attend school full-time, 88% percent are from NC and 12% percent of students are from other states.


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