The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), sometimes referred to as UNC Wilmington, is a public, co-educational university located in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States. UNCW enrolls over 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students each year as part of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System.
UNCW opened its doors on September 4, 1947 as Wilmington College. At the time the school operated as a junior college, offering freshman-level courses to 238 students during the first school year, of which 75% were veterans returning from military service following World War II. Under the control of the New Hanover County Board of Education, Wilmington College earned accreditation from the North Carolina College Conference in 1948 and became a member of the American Association of Junior Colleges. Further accreditation came in 1952 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
In 1958, Wilmington College was placed under the Community College Act of North Carolina, passing control from the New Hanover County Board of Education to a board of trustees as a state-supported college under the supervision of the North Carolina Board of Higher Education.
Wilmington College became a senior college on July 1, 1963, when the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation allowing the school to offer a four-year curriculum and award bachelor's degrees. Six years later, July 1, 1969, the name of the school was changed to The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, making UNCW the fifth campus of the University of North Carolina system. On August 22, 1977, UNCW was authorized to offer its first graduate programs at the master's level. Currently, UNCW has over 14,570 students enrolled and nearly 500 full-time faculty members. The school offers fifty-two bachelor's degrees, thirty-six master's degrees and doctoral degrees in marine biology and educational leadership and administration.
The university offers degrees in humanities, sciences, health, business and professional fields. The universityâs highly ranked marine science program draws a variety of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States. The proximity to the Atlantic Ocean is a draw for incoming freshman.
Teal is the official school color of UNCW, with navy and gold as alternate colors. The school color has become a point of pride for students, which is widely illustrated with spirit shirts bearing slogans such as âFeel My Tealâ and exclusive teal-colored Rainbow Sandals being offered through the university bookstore.
The middle 50% SAT scores for incoming freshman in 2012 were 1130 to 1250, with a middle 50% weighted GPA of 3.71 to 4.33. In 2013 the total number of applicants submitted was 11,838, accepting 6,160 resulting in a 52% acceptance rate. The freshman class in 2013 had 1,939 students.
In 2000, the Student Recreation Center was opened to students, staff, and faculty members. It houses three basketball courts, exercise machines, a weight training area, an indoor running track, and an indoor climbing wall. It also includes a group exercise room which supports multiple clubs and activities, including Yoga, Pilates, and an Aikido club. In 2012, the Student Recreation Center completed an expansion of facilities, as well as construction on a new nadatorium. This construction doubled the size of the existing Recreation Center.
Lumina Theater, named after the boardwalk theater that was once found on Wrightsville Beach features 360 stadium seats, a 15.5' x 30' screen, Dolby Digital surround sound, 35mm capabilities and a digital projection system. Lumina screens blockbusters, independents, cult classics, art films, international films and student films throughout the academic year, four or more days a week, except during University holidays and breaks. Some notable Lumina events included a multi-part, high-definition screening of BBC's Planet Earth series over the span of several weekends, and a yearly 24-hour lock-in.
Galloway Hall is UNCW's first residence facility on campus, and has a standard hall-style double room arrangement with shared bathrooms for the entire hall. Housing 400 students, predominately first-years, Galloway has a very social atmosphere.
Graham-Hewlett and Belk dormitories are configured in suite-style dorm arrangements with eight to ten individuals sharing a bathroom. Graham-Hewlett houses 384 residents and Belk houses 192 residents, and both facilities consist of predominately first-year students. Belk is the only dorm on campus which is exclusively female, as all other dorms are coed.
Schwartz Hall houses 160 residents, and is home to mostly first-year students. A double room layout features shared bathrooms but is distinguished by its "pod" layout in contrast with the typical hall style dorms. Schwartz Hall is also home to special interest housing, which includes the "Men of Teal" floor, "Teaching Fellow" floor and "Wellness" floor.
Newer dormitories on campus include Honors (100 Honors Scholar residents), International (100 international and American residents) and Cornerstone Hall (265 residents arranged in "Learning Communities") and are arranged with a courtyard between them to form what is referred to as "Tri-house". These dormitories were constructed in the late 1990s and early 2000s and are considered to be the most luxurious and well-maintained freshmen residences on campus.
In addition to dormitories, UNCW also has on campus apartments and suites. There are 13 apartment buildings which can serve as home to 400 students. The University Apartments house 4 students, who all have separate bedrooms but share a bathroom, living room, and kitchen.
The University Suites, built in the late 1980s include seven suite buildings which can also house 400 students. Two floor plans consist of six bedroom units housing 12 students and 10 bedroom units housing ten students. All residents of the Suites share bathrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. University Suites are home to various sororities and fraternities on campus.
Seahawk Village is a luxury apartment complex of six buildings housing 85 students each. With a similar design to off-campus accommodations, Seahawk Village houses predominately upperclassmen. Seahawk Village features a club house with swimming pool, and includes a mix of two, three, and four bedroom apartments with a total of 524 beds. The apartments are fully furnished and feature a full-service kitchen and washer and dryer in each apartment.
Seahawk Landing features living arrangements similar to that found in the Seahawk Village facility, with expanded amenities including a sandwich/coffee shop, convenience market, and small-scale recreation facility located on site. Seahawk Landing houses 603 students in seven apartment buildings, predominately upperclassmen.
Seahawk Crossing, opened in 2009, is the most recent addition to residential facilities on campus. Seahawk Crossingâs four apartment buildings comprise four, six, and eight bedroom apartments and house 662 students. Apartment-pod style rooms are fully furnished, and residents are allowed access to the Seahawk Crossing parking deck.
There are many apartments and condos in the neighborhoods surrounding the university. The Seahawk Perch, which is maintained by the Dean of Students Office, is available to assist off-campus students.
UNCW has several options for campus dining. The primary venue for dining on campus is Wagoner Hall, commonly referred to as Wag by students and staff. Wagoner Hall serves as a standard dining hall setup, with various stations offering a variety of foods, including a salad bar and assorted desserts. Wagoner Hall is also host to "Wagsgiving", an annual Thanksgiving feast arranged for students. Students have termed the sick feeling resulting from overeating at Wagoner Hall as getting "the Waggles."
The newly renovated Dubâs CafÃ©, located in Warwick Hall, offers fewer options than Wagoner Hall, but is modeled in a similar cafeteria style.
The Fisher University Union houses Hawkâs Nest, a dining center where students can choose from a wide assortment of available options. Hawkâs Nest offers Mexican food, pizza, Asian cuisine, hamburgers and fries, sushi, Chick-fil-A and Quiznos. Also in Hawk's Nest there is a green and locally inspired grab and go restaurant.
Other on-campus dining options include Einstein Bros. Bagels, Courtside Bagel Shop, Dunkin Donuts, Java City, Landing Sandwich Shop and multiple convenience stores.
Greek-letter societies became an early part of student life at UNCW when the first social fraternity was formed in January 1964, just six months after Wilmington College became a four-year institution. Fraternities and Sororities have continued to grow at UNCW with membership now above 12 percent of the overall student population, exceeding the national average. There are 16 social fraternities and 9 social sororities. The National Pan-Hellenic Council has 6 historically black organizations, three fraternities and three sororities. UNCW also has one Christian sorority. Several fraternities and sororities have on-campus housing in University Suites and University Apartments.
There are currently 15 national fraternities and one local fraternity at UNCW:
- Alpha Tau Omega
- Chi Phi
- Delta Chi
- Delta Kappa Epsilon
- Delta Sigma Phi
- Delta Tau Delta
- Kappa Alpha Order
- Kappa Sigma
- Lambda Chi Alpha
- Phi Gamma Delta
- Pi Kappa Alpha
- Pi Kappa Phi
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Sigma Gamma Mu
- Sigma Nu
- Tau Kappa Epsilon
There are currently 9 national sororities at UNCW:
- Alpha Chi Omega
- Alpha Delta Pi
- Alpha Gamma Delta
- Alpha Phi
- Alpha Xi Delta
- Chi Omega
- Delta Zeta
- Phi Mu
- Sigma Sigma Sigma
National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
The 4 historically black fraternities include:
- Alpha Phi Alpha
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- Omega Psi Phi
- Phi Beta Sigma
The 3 historically black sororities include:
- Alpha Kappa Alpha
- Delta Sigma Theta
- Zeta Phi Beta
- Sigma Alpha Omega
- Phi Sigma Pi
The university is organized into five colleges:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Cameron School of Business
- College of Health and Human Services
- Watson College of Education
- Graduate School
The university has 52 undergraduate degree programs, 36 master's degree programs and two doctoral programs.
William Madison Randall Library supports the mission of the UNCW through the provision of information resources, services and programs relevant to the needs of its students, faculty and staff. To accomplish this mission, the library provides diverse collections of informational resources in multiple formats, access to informational resources and assistance and instruction in identifying, evaluating and interpreting information.
Randall Library has two floors. The first floor features computer banks, group work areas, the Technology Assistance Center, and a coffee shop for students. The floor has a very social atmosphere, and is commonly used to complete group assignments. The second floor has a strictly enforced quiet policy.
Most recently added to the library are charging kiosks. The kiosk located near TAC in the back of the library "provides six secure locers to store your [iPhone, Android, iPad or other tablets] while it charges."
National Undersea Research Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) founded the National Undersea Research Program's National Undersea Research Center (NURC) for the Southeastern United States and Gulf of Mexico at UNCW in 1980. NOAA's Aquarius laboratory is an underwater habitat located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, adjacent to Conch Reef and is operated by UNCW/ NURC.
2010 - 2011 Rankings
In 2010, Forbes ranked UNCW 17 on the 2010 list of "America's Best College Buys."
- 3rd "Best Value" for in-state students among public universities in North Carolina.
- 25th "Best Value" for in-state students among public universities in the United States.
- 35th "Best Value" for out-of-state students among public universities in the United States.
Among its peer institutions (public master's universities), UNCW ranks fourth nationally (behind James Madison, College of New Jersey, and Truman State).
U.S. News & World Report:
- Top 20 (currently 13th) public master's universities in the South.
UNCW ranked 6th among the top public master's universities in the South in 2010.
The UNCW athletic teams are known as the Seahawks. They are NCAA's Division I members and field 17 varsity athletic teams for men and women. UNCW is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. The men's and women's basketball teams play at Trask Coliseum and the baseball team plays at Brooks Field. The teams' colors include navy blue, teal, and gold. The baseball team has made seven appearances in the NCAA tournament (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015) while the men's basketball team postseason accolades include four NCAA tournament appearances (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006), two trips to the NIT (1998, 2001) and one invitation to the Collegeinsider.com tournament in 2015.
- Thomas Tristram Hamilton, Jr. (1947â"1951)
- John T. Hoggard (1951â"1958)
- William M. Randall (1958â"1968)
- William H. Wagoner (1968â"1969)
- William H. Wagoner (1969â"1990)
- James R. Leutze (1990â"2003)
- Rosemary DePaolo (2003â"2011)
- Gary L. Miller (2011â"2014)
- Jose âZitoâ Sartarelli (2015-present)
- William J. Brooks (1951â"1991)
- Paul Miller (1991â"1999)
- Peg Bradley-Doppes (1999â"2004)
- Mike Capaccio (2004â"2007)
- Kelly Mehrtens (2007â"2010)
- Jimmy Bass (2010â"present)
- Clyde Edgerton, Creative Writing
- Herbert Berg, Philosophy and Religion
- Peter Jurasik, Acting for the Camera
- Official website
- Official Athletics website