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University of North Carolina at Wilmington Data & Information Overview

317 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
68% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of North Carolina at Wilmington Ranked?

#350 Best Colleges in Nation
#9 Best Colleges in NC
Registered Nursing Highest Ranked Major

2023 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 317 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, UNCW is ranked #350 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UNCW held the #491 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 93 colleges in North Carolina, UNCW is ranked at #9.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UNCW?

68% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
41% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

University of North Carolina at Wilmington has an acceptance rate of 68%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for UNCW.

Average Test Scores

About 41% 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 590 and 660. Math scores were between 570 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 590 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington  ( 570 to 650 )
200
800
UNCW received ACT scores from 61% 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 )
1
36

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
72% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 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
0
100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of North Carolina at Wilmington

84% Freshmen Retention
53% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of North Carolina at Wilmington has a freshmen retention rate of 84%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100
0
100

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 53%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  53 out of 100
0
100

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington Undergraduate Student Diversity

11,989 Full-Time Undergraduates
18.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
62.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,650 undergraduates at UNCW with 11,989 being full-time and 2,661 being part-time.

How Much Does University of North Carolina at Wilmington Cost?

$19,136 Net Price
48% Take Out Loans
$30,512 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UNCW is $19,136. 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 +
$11,710 $14,643 $19,195 $22,872 $23,876

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 48% of students took out student loans averaging $7,628 a year. That adds up to $30,512 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNCW is 3.1%. 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?

$49,739 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UNCW make about $49,739 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future UNCW graduates since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.

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Location of University of North Carolina at Wilmington

North Carolina State
11,989 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
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

58 Majors With Completions
4,021 Undergraduate Degrees
1,171 Graduate Degrees
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, 4,021 received undergraduate degrees and 1,171 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
Nursing 782 $63,331
Business Administration & Management 689 $39,700
General Psychology 245 $25,602
Communication & Media Studies 210 $29,926
General Biology 193 $31,283
Health & Physical Education 181 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 165 $36,429
Public Health 156 $29,370
Criminology 111 $27,209
Natural Resources Conservation 102 $26,261

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

95% Take At Least One Class Online
35% Take All Classes Online

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 2019-2020, 17,032 students took at least one online class at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. This is an increase from the 8,500 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 17,032 6,269
2018-2019 8,500 3,540
2017-2018 7,833 3,040
2016-2017 7,146 2,540
2015-2016 6,424 2,051

Learn more about online learning at University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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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.

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