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The University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC 4-Year Public
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UNC Wilmington Admissions

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UNC Wilmington Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of UNC Wilmington's admissions stats.

UNC Wilmington 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15%
Mean SAT Score 1277
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 7.6%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18.5%
Waitlist No

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Applying Early to UNC Wilmington?

These are the early application deadlines for The University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II No –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

UNC Wilmington does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

What Does UNC Wilmington Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at UNC Wilmington

Curious about the factors that are considered by UNC Wilmington during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important

Make sure to check with UNC Wilmington for more information on admission factors.

UNC Wilmington 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UNC Wilmington must submit the following items. Double check with UNC Wilmington's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UNC Wilmington?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to UNC Wilmington have an average unweighted GPA of 4.1

Out of all students that were admitted, 8% submitted a class rank. At UNC Wilmington 15% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 43% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At The University of North Carolina Wilmington, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 8%
3.75 and 3.99 24.8%
3.50 and 3.74 12%
3.25 and 3.49 2.6%
3.00 and 3.24 1.2%
2.50 and 2.9 0.4%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

UNC Wilmington considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2022, 7.6% of UNC Wilmington's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18.5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UNC Wilmington?

To be competitive with other UNC Wilmington applicants, you should strive to earn between 1220 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UNC Wilmington 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1220, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UNC Wilmington student is 1277.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UNC Wilmington students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UNC Wilmington students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UNC Wilmington?

To be most competitive at UNC Wilmington, you should strive to earn between 24 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UNC Wilmington's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UNC Wilmington students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

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UNC Wilmington Admissions FAQs

Do I have to submit test scores to UNC Wilmington?

✅ UNC Wilmington is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UNC Wilmington?

❌ UNC Wilmington does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UNC Wilmington?

❌ UNC Wilmington does not offer eary action.

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UNC Wilmington ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


24 to 28


24 and Less


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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


1220 to 1320


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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UNC Wilmington, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.06. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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