University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Our commitment to student engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and responsible citizenship is expressed in our programs.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University has been selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, the nation’s best and most interesting colleges and universities.
  • The University of North Carolina Wilmington has the 10th most affordable accredited Master of Social Work program among universities in the East.
  • UNCW has been ranked as one of the 2016 Top Military-Friendly Online Colleges by SR Education Group.

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In 1946 a college center was established under the direction of the North Carolina College Conference and under the administration of the Directorate of Extension of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It offered courses on the freshman level to some 250 students during the 1946-47 academic year.


Our commitment to student engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship is expressed in our baccalaureate and master's programs, as well as doctoral programs in areas of expertise that serve state needs. Our culture reflects our values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation.


Sponsored Programs And Research Compliance (SPARC) is the service unit on campus responsible for the negotiation, acceptance and oversight of externally sponsored programs. SPARC provides complete sponsored programs administration and support.

SPARC is also the administrative unit responsible for seeing the university remains in compliance with federal, state and UNCW policies pertaining to research.


The UNCW Career Center is a comprehensive career counseling and resource center dedicated to empowering students and alumni as active participants in their own career development. Our goal in the Career Center is to meet the needs of UNCW students, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents. Please choose the appropriate link on the left-hand side of this page to get more information!


Student services

The goal of the Counseling Center is to assist enrolled students in maximizing their success at UNCW and in life. The center's staff provides confidential counseling services to help students build a more satisfying and successful college experience. Services include individual and group counseling for personal, relationship, or substance abuse concerns. In addition, staff members provide outreach and consultation services on a broad range of topics for students, faculty, staff and the university community.

Our Orientation program is designed to help you make a smooth transition to UNCW. You will learn what you need to know to make a successful academic and personal adjustment to UNCW.

Housing services

The Office of Housing and Residence Life at the University of North Carolina Wilmington offers students safe, affordable, and well-maintained residential facilities, complemented by exceptional customer service from highly trained staff. The department fosters inclusive communities for holistic student learning by promoting personal responsibility, offering intentional programming, and providing leadership development opportunities. We value efficient use of resources, technological innovation, sustainable practices, and continuous improvement to better serve our residential community.

Library services

William Madison Randall Library supports the mission of the University by providing information resources and learner-centered services and by cultivating a rich physical and virtual environment dedicated to the open exchange of ideas and an information-literate community.

ICT services

Information Technology Services is an innovative organization committed to providing a technologically progressive environment for students, faculty and staff. We are dedicated to lead, to collaborate and to support with cost effective services that promote the mission of our university.

Medical services

The mission of the Abrons Student Health Center (SHC) is to provide student-centered, affordable, and quality health services.

Made up of Medical Services, Health Promotion, and Pharmacy, we help students maintain wellness and make healthy choices.

Student Life

Campus life

The Department of Campus Recreation organizes and administers a variety of structured and self-directed recreational services that enhance the overall wellness of the university community. Our mission is to provide quality recreational experiences and facilities thus enhancing the overall educational experience of the campus community.

Sports facilities

The Student Recreation Center creates opportunities for individuals to improve their total fitness, develop healthy lifestyle habits, improve sports and outdoor recreation skills, reduce stress, increase energy level, improve strength and endurance, realize the positive rewards from an active lifestyle as well as meet and interact with others. 

Student clubs

The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement works with the 28 social fraternities and sororities at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. These values-based organizations work to promote good scholarship, leadership opportunities and development, brotherhood/sisterhood, and service to the community. Fraternities and Sororities at UNCW provide about 13.0% of our current undergraduate population with a way to be involved in a valued campus tradition.


The University of North Carolina Wilmington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

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