University of North Carolina Wilmington

1201–1500th
World University Rankings 2023
> 600th
US College Rankings 2022
601 S. College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28403, United States

About University of North Carolina Wilmington

Billing itself as "the state’s coastal university", the University of North Carolina Wilmington was established in the historic port city as Wilmington College in 1946.

It has since steadily evolved through junior, city college and four-year senior college status to join the University of North Carolina system in 1968.

Now one of 17 parts of a state network, it opened a graduate school in 1980 and offered its first doctorates from 2002. In 2018 it was raised to the level of Doctoral University: High Research Activity in the Carnegie Classification of institutions of higher education in the United States.

The school offers 55 bachelor's degrees, 35 master's degrees and four doctoral degrees: EdD in educational leadership; PhD marine biology and psychology and a doctorate in nursing practice.

It is most noted for expertise in coastal and marine science, operating from a $50m facility on Myrtle Grove. With roots back to the 1970s, it offered the university's first doctorates and regularly wins federal and other public grants for research projects into subjects such as the health of coral reefs.

Recently described as "one of the best surf schools in the mid-Atlantic", University of North Carolina Wilmington has also been rated the best university in North Carolina for veterans by a military publication.

The student recreation centre opened in 2000 and houses three basketball courts, exercise machines, a weight training area, an indoor running track, and an indoor climbing wall as well as a group exercise room.

Its sports teams play as the Seahawks.

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Key statistics

  • 19.1
    No. of students per staff
    (1)
  • 2%
    Percentage of International Students
    (1)
  • 64 : 36
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (1)
  • 15,940
    Number of FTE Students
    (1)
  • $21,246
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
    (2)
  • $40,200
    Salary after 10 years
    (2)
  • $10,897
    On-campus Room and Board
    (2)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2023 World University Rankings and (2) 2022 US Rankings

Subjects taught at University of North Carolina Wilmington

  • Physical sciences

    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Life sciences

    • Sport Science
    • Biological Sciences
    • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Social sciences

    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Sociology
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Geography
  • Arts & humanities

    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Engineering & technology

    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • General Engineering
  • Business & economics

    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Business & Management
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
  • Education

    • Education
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Psychology

    • Psychology