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University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5963
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 28403
General information:  (910) 962-3000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  13,937 (12,447 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Our powerful academic experience stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship in an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and in our doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership. Substantial research activity, combined with our hallmark teaching excellence and moderate size, advances distinctive student involvement in faculty scholarship. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, affordable access, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty635272
Research and public service101
Total graduate assistants-426
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$985$985$985$1,0304.6%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,608$7,900$8,338$8,6243.4%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,608$7,900$8,338$8,6243.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$16,587$17,332$18,438$20,60111.7%
Off Campus$16,587$17,332$18,438$20,60111.7%
Off Campus with Family$9,187$9,432$10,100$11,97718.6%
On Campus$27,686$29,153$30,541$32,7387.2%
Off Campus$27,686$29,153$30,541$32,7387.2%
Off Campus with Family$20,286$21,253$22,203$24,1148.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$4,163
In-state fees$2,317
Out-of-state tuition$16,098
Out-of-state fees$2,317
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition planX
  • Sally Mae Tuition Plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,42569%————
Grant or scholarship aid95547%$5,560,461$5,822
Federal grants43821%$1,766,616$4,033
Pell grants43321%$1,740,616$4,020
Other federal grants131%$26,000$2,000
State/local government grant or scholarships55327%$1,616,289$2,923
Institutional grants or scholarships88543%$2,177,556$2,461
Student loan aid1,10154%$6,777,406$6,156
Federal student loans1,08653%$5,877,044$5,412
Other student loans884%$900,362$10,231
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid16,58753%$39,477,717$5,993
Pell grants3,49928%$13,965,821$3,991
Federal student loans6,32851%$43,456,560$6,867
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$9,855$11,502$12,089
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$5,818$7,000$7,958
$30,001 – $48,000$7,556$8,461$9,275
$48,001 – $75,000$9,775$12,624$13,141
$75,001 – $110,000$14,566$16,048$16,968
$110,001 and more$15,894$16,519$17,730
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment13,937
Undergraduate enrollment12,447
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,687
Graduate enrollment1,490
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 80%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 87%
25 and over: 13%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 83%
Out-of-state: 16%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 40%
Part-time: 60%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 18%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 80%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 19%
Enrolled in some distance education: 11%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 71%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants11,1843,8837,301
Percent admitted54%56%53%
Percent admitted who enrolled34%36%32%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading540620
SAT Math560630
SAT Writing520600
ACT Composite2226
ACT English2126
ACT Math2226
ACT Writing68
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 86%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 50 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 71%
Transfer-out rate: 13%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 44%
6-year: 67%
8-year: 68%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 52%
6-year: 71%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 67%
Female: 74%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 80%
Asian: 67%
Black or African American: 69%
Hispanic/Latino: 62%
White: 72%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 66%
Non-resident alien: 75%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General1338--
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography8255-
Category total215135-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General56958--
Business/Managerial Economics0---
Finance, General0---
Management Information Systems, General0---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General0---
Category total569121--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric187---
Category total187---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-8--
Computer Science28---
Information Technology0---
Category total288--
Biology Teacher Education1---
Chemistry Teacher Education0---
Curriculum and Instruction-4--
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities12---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-84-
Educational/Instructional Technology-8d-2
Elementary Education and Teaching184d15d--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education13---
French Language Teacher Education0---
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching231--
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching10---
Mathematics Teacher Education12---
Music Teacher Education3---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching0---
Reading Teacher Education-12--
Secondary Education and Teaching-4--
Spanish Language Teacher Education4---
Special Education and Teaching, General26---
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-24--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other0---
Category total288d76d42
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing5721--
English Language and Literature, General8312--
Category total14033--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature7---
German Language and Literature2---
Spanish Language and Literature171-2
Category total261-2
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer13---
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-13-1
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other18d0--
Public Health Education and Promotion43---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse141d---
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy29---
Category total244d13-1
History, General482--
Category total482--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-13--
Category total-13--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General2418--
Statistics, General6---
Category total3018--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies6---
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution-6--
Category total618-0
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science62---
Environmental Studies256-1
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management-0--
Category total876-1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General21---
Kinesiology and Exercise Science57---
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General45---
Category total123---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other13---
Category total13---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General5428d--
Geology/Earth Science, General186--
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical09--
Physics, General8---
Category total8043d--
Psychology, General23921--
Category total23921--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy---4
Public Administration-24--
Social Work5815--
Category total5839-4
Social Sciences
Economics, General5---
Political Science and Government, General55---
Category total2366-6
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation13---
Cinematography and Film/Video Production71---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General9---
Fine/Studio Arts, General30---
Music Performance, General4---
Music, General9---
Category total136---
Grand total2,753431916
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AAA MenWomen
All Track Combined80109
Swimming and Diving2839
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1952 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)10/1/1987 - 6/30/2012Resigned
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program2/1/2000 - 6/30/2012Resigned
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/21/2004 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/21/2004 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1986 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1982 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession111
Drug law violations111117
Liquor law violations1359
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations344
Liquor law violations021
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible333
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault201
Motor vehicle theft834
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible233
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate6.7%5.4%4.5%
Number in default164124103
Number in repayment2,4242,2622,273
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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