Welcome to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where “giving flight to imagination” inspires our campus community to achieve excellence in teaching, research and service. Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a transfer student from another university or community college, a veteran or military-affiliated student, or a professional seeking to enhance your career, UNCW offers numerous ways for you to make your dreams a reality.
Our faculty and staff are committed to providing you with the best educational experience possible as you pursue new professional and personal skills. UNCW also continuously enhances its facilities and reviews its course offerings to ensure that our students have access to programs that will help them make a difference in their community, now and after they graduate. To further prepare you for success in the 21st century, our Strategic Plan emphasizes integrity, diversity and innovation as well as an ever-present dedication to community engagement.
UNCW recently earned the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution, according to the newly released Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. For students, this new designation means even more opportunities for applied learning experiences with faculty mentors.
I encourage you to learn about our history and enjoy our traditions as the semesters unfold. Our university has an outstanding reputation for excellence and affordability, according to U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019. The university has also earned a reputation as an institution that excels at helping working professionals and military-affiliated students achieve their higher education goals.
While you are a student at UNCW, we want you to develop thorough knowledge in your field of study, but we also hope you will cultivate a capacity for resourceful thinking, a commitment to lifelong learning, and a keen interest in the world around you.
Best wishes for your continued success,
Jose V. Sartarelli, Ph.D.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
You are joining a campus community that values excellence, integrity, diversity and innovation. UNCW offers you high-quality academic, applied learning and community engagement opportunities. Our faculty and staff are outstanding educators, mentors and guides. They will expect the best of you, and they will work with you to advance your education and prepare you for post-graduation success.
Here at UNCW, not even the sky is the limit. In 2018, our university launched a nanosatellite into space! Envision what you want to achieve as a student and make the most of your Seahawk experience, whether you attend classes on campus, online or a combination of both.
Congratulations on becoming members of the UNCW community. Best wishes for your continued success.
Henry L. Kitchin, Jr.
Chair, UNCW Board of Trustees