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University of North Carolina at Wilmington Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of North Carolina at Wilmington ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is University of North Carolina at Wilmington Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington was awarded 53 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

UNCW landed the #416 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UNCW held the #481 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 55 colleges in North Carolina, UNCW is ranked at #8.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UNCW?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a competitive 67%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 34% of students accepted to UNCW submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 660. Math scores were between 585 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 600 to 660 )
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SAT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 585 to 650 )
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UNCW received ACT scores from 73% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 23 to 27 )
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University of North Carolina at Wilmington Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of North Carolina at Wilmington is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access student will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of North Carolina at Wilmington is 71%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  71 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of North Carolina at Wilmington enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UNCW the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 50%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  50 out of 100
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Average Overall Diversity at UNCW

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,502 undergraduates at UNCW with 12,346 being full-time and 2,156 being part-time.

UNCW Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

UNCW scored 43.07 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  43.07 out of 100
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How Much Does University of North Carolina at Wilmington Cost?

The overall average net price of UNCW is $18,093. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UNCW

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,233 $13,818 $17,810 $20,969 $22,297

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UNCW, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UNCW, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $6,941 a year. That adds up to $27,764 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNCW is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UNCW Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UNCW make about $41,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.

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Location of University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a public institution situated in Wilmington, North Carolina. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Contact details for UNCW are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5963
Phone: 910-962-3000
Website: www.uncw.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wilmington-NC/UNCW/8357990919
Twitter: http://twitter.com/uncwilmington

University of North Carolina at Wilmington Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students from 52 majors graduated from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Of these students, 3,856 received undergraduate degrees and 650 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 723 $40,200
Nursing 625 $57,800
General Psychology 235 $25,200
General Biology 200 $25,600
Communication & Media Studies 187 $30,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 143 $36,800
Natural Resources Conservation 111 $24,400
Criminology 110 $30,600
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 104 $23,500

Learn more about the majors offered at University of North Carolina at Wilmington along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UNCW

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 7,833 students took at least one online class at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. This is an increase from the 7,146 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 7,833 3,040
2016-2017 7,146 2,540
2015-2016 6,424 2,051
2014-2015 4,487 1,571
2013-2014 3,613 1,102

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