The university’s history goes back as far as 1947 when Wilmington College was established. The college underwent many structural changes over the years until July 1, 1969, when Wilmington College became the sixth campus of the University of North Carolina. The campus is situated near the historic district of Wilmington, in the south-eastern region of North Carolina. It is no more than four miles from the Cape Fear River and five miles west of Wrightsville Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a picturesque campus of soaring moss-laden trees and grand brick buildings within easy reach of regional attractions. UNCW is 10 minutes away from Wrightsville Beach, which was ranked one of National Geographic’s Top 20 Surf Towns in the world. UNCW was ranked 15th Most Beautiful Coastal College Campus by Best Value Schools.
Wilmington, North Carolina was initially situated on the east side of the Cape Fear River about twenty-eight nautical miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The town was originally founded by the English, and subsequently settled by New Englanders, Virginians, South Carolinians, the Welsh and the Scotts. Wilmington’s official status changed from town to city in 1866; businesses continued to grow throughout the rest of the nineteenth century and the city prospered. A strong preservation movement began in the 1970’s and set about restoring the old town back to its former elegance and beauty, encouraging tourism and even more business. Its population has now grown to 118,000, with people coming to Wilmington from all over the United States to enjoy the warm weather, the nearby beaches and southern living.
- 400+ Dining establishments
- 55+ Parks & gardens
- 100+ Annual festivals and events
- 230+ Block National Register Historic District
- 400+ Film/TV credits
- 50+ Diverse attractions from river to sea
- 300+ Miles of coastline in North Carolina, 3 Beach Towns in Wilmington
Autumn: Aug-Dec, Spring: Jan-May
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Students may live on-campus or off-campus. On-campus housing is limited so students are placed in the remaining open spaces. Housing is not guaranteed but once you are admitted to the university, instructions for applying to housing will be sent.
Students must take between 12-15 credits per semester from modules in the 300-400 range, at level 3 or 4.