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UNC Wilmington Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to UNC Wilmington, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is February 1 and the application fee costs $80.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

UNC Wilmington Admissions Stats at a Glance

UNC Wilmington 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 22%
Mean SAT Score 1234
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 41%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 61%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to UNC Wilmington?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! UNC Wilmington will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 20.

UNC Wilmington accepts about 72% of early action applicants and 68% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, UNC Wilmington admitted 7,22 of the 9,745 who applied 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.

How To Get Into The University of North Carolina Wilmington

UNC Wilmington is a moderately difficult school to get into. UNC Wilmington evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UNC Wilmington accepted 68% of all applicants, around 9,266 of the 13,633 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UNC Wilmington, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

In 2021, UNC Wilmington waitlisted 752 students. Of those, 213 eventually were offered a spot.

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 decides 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 put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UNC Wilmington

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UNC Wilmington 2021-2022 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)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UNC Wilmington?

Students admitted to UNC Wilmington have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 80% submitted a class rank. At UNC Wilmington 22% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 46% were in the top 25% and 91% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At The University of North Carolina Wilmington, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 80%
3.75 and 3.99 23%
3.50 and 3.74 12%
3.25 and 3.49 7%
3.00 and 3.24 3%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

UNC Wilmington does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of 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 2021, 41% of UNC Wilmington's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 61% 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 1160 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UNC Wilmington 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UNC Wilmington student is 1234.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UNC Wilmington students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UNC Wilmington students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 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 23 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UNC Wilmington's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UNC Wilmington students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

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Transferring to The University of North Carolina Wilmington

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UNC Wilmington.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in UNC Wilmington during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

UNC Wilmington Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UNC Wilmington?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UNC Wilmington.

Does UNC Wilmington accept transfer credits?

UNC Wilmington accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UNC Wilmington accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does UNC Wilmington accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UNC Wilmington accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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 UNC Wilmington's acceptance rate?

UNC Wilmington's acceptance rate is 68%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UNC Wilmington?

The early action acceptance rate at UNC Wilmington was 72% in 2021.

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UNC Wilmington Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UNC Wilmington? UNC Wilmington is a somewhat selective institution. The UNC Wilmington acceptance rate is 68%. This means that the institution accepts 67 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

UNC Wilmington ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


23 to 27


23 and Less


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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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1310 and Above


1160 to 1310


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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 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 4.01. 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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