UNC Wilmington Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

University of North Carolina Wilmington
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UNC Wilmington, with an acceptance rate of 72 percent, admits the majority of those who apply, but admission is selective. Applicants will need above average grades and test scores to have the best chance of being admitted. In order to apply, prospective students will need to submit an application along with high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Be sure to check out UNC Wilmington's website for more information about application requirements including important deadlines for admissions.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • UNC Wilmington Acceptance Rate: 72 percent
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for UNC Wilmington
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 560 / 630
    • SAT Math: 570 / 630
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 22 / 26
    • ACT English: 21 / 26
    • ACT Math: 22 / 26
    • ACT Writing: - / -

UNC Wilmington Description

UNC Wilmington is a public university located in southeastern North Carolina, just five miles from Wrightsville Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. UNC undergraduates can choose from 52 bachelor's degree programs. Professional fields such as business, communications, education, and nursing are the most popular. The university is highly ranked among southern master's universities. UNCW wins high marks for value, and among North Carolina's public universities it is second only to UNC Chapel Hill for its four-year graduation rate. On the athletic front, the UNCW Seahawks compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 15,740 (13,914 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38 percent male / 62 percent female
  • 86 percent full-time

Costs (2016–17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,951 (in-state); $20,920 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,104 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,060
  • Other Expenses: $4,998
  • Total Cost: $23,113 (in-state); $37,082 (out-of-state)

UNC Wilmington Financial Aid (2015–16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 71 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 57 percent
    • Loans: 52 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,374
    • Loans: $6,596

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Finance, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology
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Transfer, Graduation, and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 15 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 53 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field, Swimming, Tennis, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Golf, Track and Field

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics