( http://www.uncw.edu/admissions/ )
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is committed to enrolling students with the motivation to actively participate in a powerful learning experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. We support the development of a campus community that is diverse, that is distinctive by our students’ engagement in community involvement, and that advances scholarly activity through involvement in faculty research. We value unique talent and academic potential. Every applicant who is extended an offer of admission has a proven record of academic achievement and a commitment to utilize the UNCW experience as preparation for a life of service and success. Admission counselors will carefully review the academic qualifications of each applicant in a conscientious effort to admit students who have the potential for further academic achievement and growth.
Every enrolling UNCW student must have an immunization record on file at UNCW (as required by law) before registration. (See Immunization and Health Forms section.) UNCW reserves the right to cancel admission offers to students who do not submit their enrollment deposits or immunization records by the enrollment deposit deadline.
UNCW will cancel the offer of admission to students who do not enroll into their admitted term. Students must send a written request for consideration for a different term to the Office of Admissions by the application deadline date for that term.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs must approve any exception to university admission requirements.
Any student who supplies false or misleading information or who conceals pertinent facts in order to enroll in the University of North Carolina Wilmington will be subject to immediate dismissal from the university.
Application Deadline and Notification Dates
- For Freshmen for Summer Session II and Fall
- Application Deadline
| Decision Notification Mailing Dates
- The university reserves the right to refuse to review applications for first-year admission that are not submitted by February 1.
- A non-refundable $100 enrollment deposit is required on or before May 1 from all admitted students intending to enroll at UNCW.
- The university reserves the right to cancel admission, registration, housing assignments, or orientation registration for any admitted student who does not pay the enrollment deposit by May 1.
- For Transfer Applicants for Summer and Fall
- Application deadline is March 1
- After March 1, the university processes transfer applications on a space available basis and reserves the right to return an application and fee without processing the application.
- A non-refundable $100 enrollment deposit is required on or before May 1 or by the date specified on the acceptance letter, whichever is latest, from all admitted students intending to enroll at UNCW.
- The university reserves the right to cancel admission, registration, housing assignments, or orientation registration for any admitted student who does not pay the $100 enrollment deposit by the designated deadline.
- For Transfer Applicants for Spring (January) Semester
- Admission for the spring term is extremely limited. The Office of Admissions will announce by September 21 if applications will be accepted and considered for the spring semester. Prospective transfer students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions or visit the Office of Admission Website www.uncw.edu/transferadmissions to inquire about space availability for spring.
- Application deadline is October 15.
- A non-refundable $100 enrollment deposit is required on or before December 1 or by the date specified on the acceptance letter, whichever is latest, from all admitted students intending to enroll at UNCW.
- For Transfer Online Accelerated Program Applicants
- The program has different application deadlines, the dates can be found by visiting http://onlinedegree.uncw.edu/.
- Admission notification is viewable in the World Wide Connect application portal.
- For Former (Re-Enrolling) Students
- Students applying to re-enroll should direct all inquiries to the Office of the Registrar.
- After the Office of the Registrar receives all required documentation for re-enrolling, applications are processed within three to four weeks.
- A non-refundable $75 application fee must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. This fee can be taken by credit card at the time of submission of the online application or taken by the Registrar’s Office after the online re-enrolling application is completed.
- For Permission Students (Special Undergraduate and Permission Visiting) for Fall and Spring
1. The Fall application deadline is May 1.
2. Spring application deadline is November 1.
3. New students must register and remain enrolled in the term for which they were admitted. Students who decide to begin enrollment in a term later than their admission term (excluding the summer term) must contact the Office of Admissions to submit a new application for the later term.
- For Summer Visiting Students
The summer term includes two sessions. Any applicant admitted for summer is eligible to take classes in the first session, second session or both sessions.
Students who decide to begin enrollment in a term later than their admission term must contact the Office of Admissions to submit a new application for the later term. Summer admission is limited to summer enrollment exclusively.
Admission – Freshmen
Admission to the university is highly competitive. All applicants must submit the SAT I or ACT with writing. Applicants may apply to enter the university at the beginning of the fall semester and at the beginning of the summer term. The university encourages rigorous coursework during high school and awards credit based on scores earned on Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, and/or grades on college level courses taken during high school. Students should consult their high school counselor for further information. The university honors Common Application, NACAC, College Board and ACT Application Fee Waiver forms if properly signed.
Additionally, listed below are the high school minimum course requirements, as established by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina system, for consideration for admission to the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Meeting the high school minimum course requirements does not infer or guarantee admission to UNCW.
Four (4) course units in English
- emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature
Two (2) course units in foreign language
- two (2) units of the same foreign language (American sign language does apply)
Four (4) course units of mathematics, in any of the following combinations:
- algebra I and II, geometry, and one (1) unit beyond algebra II,
- algebra I and II, and two (2) units beyond algebra II, or
- integrated math I, II, and III, and one (1) unit beyond integrated math III
- The fourth math unit must be one for which algebra II is prerequisite
Three (3) course units in science
- one (1) unit in a life or biological science (for example, biology)
- one (1) unit in physical science (for example, earth science, chemistry, physics)
- one (1) additional science
- at least one of these courses must include a lab
Two (2) course units in social science
- one unit must be U.S. history, but an applicant who does not have the unit in U.S. history may be admitted on the condition that at least three (3) semester hours in that subject will be passed by the end of the sophomore year
The Admissions Committee will also consider:
- The difficulty of the coursework taken (advanced, college prep, honors, advanced placement, international baccalaureate, dual enrolled, etc.)
- Grades, grade point average, and/or class rank
- Standardized test scores–SAT and/or ACT (with writing section)
- Recommendation from guidance counselor or core academic teacher
- Extracurricular activities, community activities, talents, interests, work experience and/or life experience
- The required essay and short answer.
Application Procedure for Freshmen
Applicants are required to comply with the following:
- Submit a completed application by one of the two deadline dates (November 1, early action or February 1, regular decision).
- Submit a NON-REFUNDABLE $75 application fee with the application. Web applicants may submit payment online.
- Submit an official transcript directly from all the high schools attended to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5904. We cannot accept transcripts directly from the student.
- Complete the required essay and short answer, and submit with the application.
- Request that a recommendation from a guidance counselor or core academic teacher be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions at UNCW.
- Submit the SAT or the ACT (with the writing section). If not reported on the high school transcript, SAT and ACT scores must be submitted directly from either The College Board or ACT (UNCW College Codes are: SAT #5907, ACT #3174). For more information about the SAT, write or call: College Board SAT Program, P. O. Box 025505, Miami, FL 33102, (866) 756-7346. For information about ACT, write or call: ACT Registration, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52243-0414, (319) 337-1270.
It is important that the high school transcript and test scores reach the university by the appropriate application deadline date so that all matters relating to the application may be complete before the final notification date and the opening of the semester in which the student expects to enroll.
Admission – Transfer Students
Applicants may apply to enter the university at the beginning of the fall term, summer term or spring term. The university awards credit based on scores earned on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST).
Students who wish consideration for transfer to the University of North Carolina Wilmington from another institution must meet the following minimum transfer requirements (meeting minimum transfer requirements does not infer or guarantee admission to UNCW as a transfer student):
- If the applicant is under the age of 21, they must meet high school minimum course requirements;
- Six (6) course units in language, including,
- four (4) units of English emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature,
- two (2) units of language other than English
- Four (4) course units of mathematics, in any of the following combinations:
- algebra I and II, geometry, and one (1) unit beyond algebra II,
- algebra I and II, and two (2) units beyond algebra II, or
- integrated math I, II, and III, and one (1) unit beyond integrated math III.
It is recommended that prospective students take a mathematics course unit in the twelfth grade.
- Three (3) course units in science, including
- at least one (1) unit in a life or biological science (for example, biology),
- at least one (1) unit in physical science (for example, physical science, chemistry, physics), and
- at least one (1) laboratory course.
- Two (2) course units in social studies, including one (1) unit in U.S. history, but an applicant who does not have the unit in U.S. history may be admitted on the condition that at least three (3) semester hours in that subject will be passed by the end of the sophomore year.
- Must be eligible to return to the institution last attended.
- Must have attained at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA (4.00 system) based on transfer courses attempted and on all transferable courses at all institutions attended.
- Must have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours of transferable credit.
- Must have completed at least six semester hours of college-level English.
- Must have completed at least three semester hours of college-level mathematics.
We will also consider:
- The individual grades received in courses and the academic rigor of courses completed.
- Declared major and courses completed toward that major.
- Essay, extra-curricular activities, work experience, and military service.
- High school grade point average and coursework, if applying with fewer than 24 hours completed.
Students seeking admission are required to have all transcripts of previous college or university work submitted to the Office of Admissions by the Office of the Registrar of each institution they have attended. Students with current or previous military experience are required to submit military transcripts.
UNCW may, on a case-by-case basis, waive one or more of the high school minimum course requirements (#1 above). Waivers will be considered under the following circumstances:
- The applicant is 21 years old or older.
- The applicant is under 21 years of age and has a high school diploma or GED and:
- Has the associate of arts, the associate of science, the associate of fine arts, the baccalaureate, or any higher level degree from an accredited institution.
- Has completed 6 semester hours in college-level English, math, science, social sciences, and foreign languages with a 2.50 on a 4.00 scale (total of 30 semester hours).
Application Procedure for Transfer Students
Students wishing to transfer are required to comply with the following procedures:
- Submit a complete application by the appropriate application deadline date.
- Submit a $75 NON-REFUNDABLE application fee with the application.
- Submit an official transcript from each college or university attended, including summer school. It is the applicant’s responsibility to request official transcripts are submitted by each institution attended to the Office of Admissions, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5904 by the application deadline date.
- Submit official military transcripts (if applicable) to the UNCW Office of Admissions.
- Have an official high school transcript or GED sent to the Office of Admissions by the application deadline date.
Transfer Articulation Agreements
UNCW participates in several articulation agreements governing the transfer of students and courses. These include:
- The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) governing the transfer of students from NC community colleges to UNC institutions.
- UNCW’s bilateral articulation agreements which provide students with admission assurances when they graduate from a partnering community college as stated under the agreement.
- Special program articulation agreements for the following programs:
- Aquaculture Technology
- Early Childhood Education
- Marine Technology
- Special course transferability articulations with US and foreign colleges.
For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions at UNCW (phone: (910) 962-3243; e-mail: UNCWtransfer@uncw.edu) or the state transfer articulation website.
Transfer Students and University Studies
North Carolina Community College transfer students entering UNCW fall 2014 and spring 2015 are held to all components of University Studies. Those who have earned an AA or AS degree will receive a waiver of Foundations and Approaches & Perspectives requirements with the exception of PE, foreign language, Living in Our Diverse Nation, Living in a Global Society, and First Year Seminar. They will be held to all other requirements. All other transfer students will be held to University Studies requirements in their entirety, with the exception of First Year Seminar.
North Carolina Community College transfer students who have earned an AA or AS degree meeting the requirements of the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) that matriculate summer 2015 will receive a waiver of Foundations and Approaches & Perspectives requirements with the exception of PE; foreign language; and 3 credits from Living in Our Diverse Nation or Living in a Global Society. They will also receive a waiver of 3 credits each of Writing Intensive, Information Literacy, and Quantitative and Logical Reasoning competency requirements. AS and AA degree-holding transfer students will be held to all other University Studies requirements. All other transfer students will be held to University Studies in its entirety, with the exception of First Year Seminar.
For more information on University Studies refer to the Academic Programs section of the catalogue.
Admission – Audit Students
Students who wish to take courses without receiving credit should apply to the Office of the Registrar immediately after the semester registration date. UNCW admits audit students on a space-available basis. See website: http://uncw.edu/reg/registration-audit.htm.
Admission – Graduate Students
Applicants to UNCW’s graduate programs should direct all inquiries concerning admission to the Graduate School. Please refer to the Graduate School website for admission requirements.
Admission – International Students
The University of North Carolina Wilmington welcomes interest and inquiry from international students, defined as those who are not U.S. citizens or who are not U.S. permanent residents. In addition to meeting academic requirements, international applicants for freshmen and transfer admission must submit scores (TOEFL or IELTS) to demonstrate English proficiency if English is not their native language, or if they do not meet other established criteria for waiving submission of test scores, as detailed on the Web site: http://www.uncw.edu/admissions/INTLEnglish.html. International students requesting UNCW’s F-1 visa sponsorship must also provide documentation proving that the financial obligations associated with their study at the university can be fully met. For details on international admission requirements and a list of all required documents, please refer to the Web site: www.uncw.edu/intladmissions. UNCW admits international students for every semester. Certain academic programs require a separate, additional application in order to be admitted to those programs; for example, the Cameron School of Business and the School of Nursing.
The Office of International Programs will advise international exchange students. Visit Web site http://www.uncw.edu/intprogs/.
Admission – Permission/Visiting Students
Students from other colleges or universities who intend to return to their home institution may attend UNCW as permission/visiting students in the fall or spring semesters or summer sessions. The university does not assume responsibility for determining a student’s course selection when such credits are to be transferred elsewhere. Transcripts of work completed at UNCW must be requested through the Office of the Registrar to assure a record of academic work is sent to the home institution of the permission/visiting student. Enrollment as a permission/visiting student from another institution in no way obligates the university to continue a student’s enrollment at UNCW at the expiration of the permission/visiting period. All application deadline dates apply to permission/visiting students.
To attend fall or spring semesters, students apply as permission students and must submit the non-degree seeking undergraduate permission application, $75 application fee, and an official transcript from their current or most recently attended college or university. Permission students must be in good academic standing at their current or most recently attended institution and have attained at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA in order to be considered for admission. A student may only attend as a permission student for two consecutive semesters (not including summer session).
To attend summer school, students apply as summer visiting students and submit the Summer Visiting Student application. The Summer Visiting Student application is available by February of each year at www.uncw.edu/summer.
Admission – Professional Colleges, Schools, and Select Programs
(Degree Programs in the Cameron School of Business, Watson College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, and Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Biology, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Music, and Psychology).
Applications may be obtained from the appropriate school or department following admission to the university.
Admission – Senior Citizens
North Carolina General Assembly Session Law 2009-451, Senate Bill 202, Section 8.11.(b) repealed the waiving of tuition for North Carolina citizens age 65 and older.
Interested parties will need to apply for degree or non-degree admission using the appropriate application and will need to adhere to all application requirements.
Admission – Dual–Enrolled High School Students
High school students who wish to pursue academic courses on the collegiate level while attending high school may enroll at UNCW if they meet the qualifications for participation in this program. This program is available primarily to juniors and seniors in the Wilmington area. Applications for dual-enrollment are available online at http://uncw.edu/admissions/apply.html. Students may enter this program for the fall, spring, or summer terms and may only register for two undergraduate courses per term (six credit hours). Students are responsible for all tuition and fees associated with the registered course(s). Applications and course selections for fall and summer terms should be received in the UNCW Office of Admissions by April 1. Applications and course selections for spring term should be received in the UNCW Office of Admissions by November 1. Students are required to submit a new application for every semester they wish to take classes at UNCW. Late applications will not be considered. http://uncw.edu/admissions/dual.html.
Admission – Special Undergraduate Students
Any individual who already possesses a degree from a four-year regionally accredited university or college and wishes to enroll for undergraduate courses at UNCW in a non-degree status must apply to the Office of Admissions by the application deadline date. An official transcript from the degree-granting institution must be submitted from the institution awarding the degree to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline date. Non-degree seeking students must meet the same retention standards as degree seeking students.
Candidates seeking a second or additional undergraduate degree must apply as transfer students and have transcripts from all universities or colleges attended submitted by the application deadline date.
All special undergraduates must submit the $75 application fee.
Former Undergraduates (Re-Enrolling)
Former UNCW students (who left in good academic standing) who have been away from the university for at least two consecutive semesters (summer terms do not count) and wish to return to the university can apply through the Office of the Registrar by submitting the online re-enrolling application and a non-refundable $75 application fee. Any student who was away from the university for one semester and who was not in academic difficulty does not need to submit a re-enrollment application.
Former UNCW students who had been ineligible to return to the university must apply to re-enroll through the Office of the Registrar. A non-refundable $75 application fee must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. This fee can be taken by credit card at the time of submission of the online application or taken by the Office of the Registrar after the online re-enrolling application is completed. See Retention Dismissal and Readmission in this catalogue.
Re-enrolled students must register and remain enrolled in the term for which they were re-enrolled. Students who decide to resume enrollment in a term later than their re-enrollment term must submit a new re-enrollment application for the later term.
Any student who wants to re-enroll into UNCW and who attended another college or university since their last enrollment at the university must submit official transcripts from such institutions before they will be considered. A “C” average (2.00 out of 4.00 system) must have been attained on all work attempted at other institutions since leaving UNCW.
Former UNCW students who left in good academic standing must apply for re-enrollment before May 1 for summer semester, July 1 for fall semester, and December 15 for spring semester. Former UNCW students who have been declared academically ineligible to return to the university must complete the Re-enrollment Review Process. This process has earlier deadlines, as described below.
Online Accelerated Program
Returning students who are interested in the Online Accelerated Program (OAP) must complete an application through the World Wide Connect Portal to be considered for re-enrollment. Please apply using this link. The Online Accelerated Program is a completely online degree program, offered within a shortened 7 ½ week session, consisting of six separate sessions per year. The program has different application deadlines. Those dates, and other important dates and information, can be found by visiting the Online Accelerated Program website.
Currently, UNCW only offers the RN to BSN curriculum within the Online Accelerated Program.
Former UNCW students who had been declared academically ineligible to return to the university must make their case in writing by submitting a statement to the Committee on Academic Reinstatement, in addition to their online Re-enrollment Application. The instructions for requesting reinstatement will be provided by the Office of the Registrar. The reinstatement request must be submitted by March 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester. The results of the review will be passed on to the Office of the Registrar with a determination of the acceptance, or rejection, of the applicants depending upon their potential for academic success. Students who are allowed to re-enroll may be required to meet with their dean to discuss their academic plans. Decisions of the deans in this regard are final.
Special Readmission Policy
Although the traditional policy for readmission is the norm, the university recognizes that individuals can gain personal and intellectual maturity over a period of years. Hence any former UNCW degree-seeking student, whose grade point average was below the current retention standard, may apply for special readmission provided the student has been out of UNCW for a minimum of five years. Special readmission may be granted only at the time of application for readmission. Special readmission status, once granted, may not be changed. Degree requirements for the student granted special readmission will be those in effect at the time the student re-enrolls. The student’s original academic record will not be altered, and the student will receive academic credit only for past courses in which a grade point average of at least 2.00 was attained. The student’s grade point average will be calculated only for those courses taken subsequent to re-enrollment. Failure to maintain an overall 2.00 grade point average after readmission will result in dismissal from the university. A student may be granted special readmission only once.
Unclassified Enrollment Permission
Applicants who are denied regular admission to the university may be considered for enrollment as unclassified students under special circumstances. No student who has graduated from high school less than two years prior to application may be considered for unclassified status. Unclassified status does not constitute admission to any degree program at the university.
An unclassified student may enroll in up to 18 credit hours of courses in a semester, but may attempt no more than a cumulative total of 30 credit hours while unclassified. If the student does not qualify for degree status after 30 credit hours have been attempted, the student’s enrollment will end and the student may not reapply for admission. Unclassified students are subject to all applicable academic regulations of the university. Unclassified students are not eligible for federally funded financial aid programs. See also Conversion from Unclassified Status in the University Regulations section of this catalogue.
Immunization and Medical History Form
North Carolina General Statute 130A-155.1 establishes specific immunization requirements for all students enrolled in North Carolina colleges or universities. It is the responsibility of the Student Health Center to monitor the immunization record of each student to ensure compliance with state law and university requirements.
All students are required to submit a completed “Immunization and Medical History Form.” The form can be downloaded at http://www.uncw.edu/healthservices/shc_records.htm.
There are three parts to the form:
- Immunization Record: Students can have their doctor’s office complete and sign the form, or attach a copy of an official immunization record.
- Physical Examination: A Physical Examination is not required for admission. If a student is taking a physical education course and has a medical condition that may affect participation then a student will be asked for documentation of a physical within the past 14 months or required to get one done.
- Report of Medical History: All students must complete these two pages. Students under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign the form.
Immunizations that are REQUIRED pursuant to NC state law (current as of January 1, 2015):
|College/University Vaccine Requirements and Number of Doses
Diphtheria, Tetanus And/or Pertussis1
Footnote1 - 3 doses of tetanus, diphtheria toxoid, one of which one must have been within the past 10 years. Those individuals enrolling in college or university for the first time on or after July 1, 2008 must have had three doses of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid and a booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine if a tetanus/diphtheria toxoid or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine has not been administered within the past 10 years.
Footnote2 – An individual attending school that has attained his or her 18th birthday is not required to receive polio vaccine.
Footnote3 - Measles vaccines are not required if any of the following occur: Diagnosis of disease prior to January 1, 1994; An individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against measles; or, An individual born prior to 1957. An individual who enrolled in college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994 is not required to have a second dose of measles vaccine.
Footnote4 - Mumps vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: An individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against mumps; An individual born prior to 1957; or Enrolled in college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994. An individual entering college or university prior to July 1, 2008 is not required to receive a second dose of mumps vaccine.
Footnote5 - Rubella vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: An individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against rubella; 50 years of age or older; An individual who entered college or university after their 30th birthday and before February 1, 1989.
Footnote6 - Hepatitis B Vaccine is not required if born before July 1, 1994.
Immunization requirements taken directly from www.immunizenc.com/college.htm
International Students and/or non-US Citizens: Vaccines are required as noted above. Additionally, these students are required to have a Tb skin test (PPD or TST) that has been administered and read at an appropriate medical facility within 12 months prior to the first day of class. (Chest x-ray required if test is positive.)
Meningitis Vaccinations: All students must inform the Student Health Center whether or not they received the meningococcal vaccine, and if so, the month, date and year of the vaccination.
a. Immunization records must bear either the administering provider’s signature, name, address and phone number or the official stamp of the health care facility at which the immunizations were administered.
b. Laboratory proof of immunity to German Measles (Rubella), Red Measles (Rubeola) or Mumps is acceptable.
Failure to comply with North Carolina immunization requirements will result in administrative withdrawal from the university.
For information regarding Orientation, please refer to the University Regulations section of this catalogue.
Safety and Health Program
UNCW’s safety program complies with the State Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973.