University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of North Carolina at Wilmington Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of North Carolina at Wilmington, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of North Carolina at Wilmington Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington was awarded 225 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is sports kinesiology and physical education/fitness general.

Overall Quality

UNCW is ranked #491 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

UNCW also holds the #9 spot on the Best Colleges in North Carolina ranking.

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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

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, University of North Carolina at Wilmington is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of North Carolina at Wilmington is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 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 86% 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  86 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UNCW for first-time, full-time students is 50%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  50 out of 100
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University of North Carolina at Wilmington Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,785 undergraduates at UNCW with 12,480 being full-time and 2,305 being part-time.

How Much Does University of North Carolina at Wilmington Cost?

The overall average net price of UNCW is $19,055. 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 +
$12,229 $14,415 $19,592 $22,190 $23,570

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 54% of students took out student loans averaging $6,990 a year. That adds up to $27,960 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNCW is 3.9%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UNCW make around $41,600 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.

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Location of University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Wilmington makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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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 most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Of these students, 3,936 received undergraduate degrees and 921 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 752 $40,200
Nursing 727 $57,800
Communication & Media Studies 242 $30,400
General Psychology 222 $25,200
General Biology 191 $25,600
Health & Physical Education 175 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 150 $36,800
Natural Resources Conservation 124 $24,400
Criminology 101 $30,600
Public Health 90 $32,100

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 2018-2019, 8,500 students took at least one online class at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. This is an increase from the 7,833 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 8,500 3,540
2017-2018 7,833 3,040
2016-2017 7,146 2,540
2015-2016 6,424 2,051
2013-2014 3,613 1,102

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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