The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research, and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking, grounded in a community that values diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.
The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in 2018. In 2020, UNCW launched the Chancellor’s Renewal and Change Accountability Committee to work with the university’s administration to develop strategies and propose solutions to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion identified by leaders in Black student organizations, the African American Graduate Association and the Black Faculty and Staff Association.
Best Online Bachelor’s Program Nationally U.S. News & World Report
Best Online Bachelor’s Program for Veterans Nationally U.S. News & World Report
on Top 100 Best Public National Universities list U.S. News & World Report
The five-year Strategic Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals. Progress toward these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff.
UNC Wilmington aspires to make the following contributions to the UNC System Strategic Plan: continue increasing low-income and rural enrollments; reducing achievement gaps in undergraduate efficiency; and enhancing research productivity and critical workforce credentials.
Take a 360-degree tour of each of our 16 universities, either on your desktop, laptop, phone, VR headset, or through the GEAR UP NC VR app. The GEAR UP NC VR app is the first of its kind, and the largest VR project for social good to date. This marks the first time a university system has used the technology across all of its institutions.