Welcome to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where a commitment to excellence in everything we do has made our university one of the top 100 public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. 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.
We want you, as a UNCW student, to develop thorough knowledge in your field of study. We also hope you will cultivate a capacity for resourceful thinking, a commitment to lifelong learning, and a keen interest in diversity and community engagement. 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, services and technology to further support you for success in the 21st century. UNCW’s designation among national doctoral universities recognized for high research activity means you will have even more opportunities for research experiences with faculty mentors.
I encourage you to learn about our history and traditions as the semesters unfold. The UNCW community has a reputation for responding to adversity – whether it is a hurricane, a pandemic or other challenges – with integrity, innovation and a student-focused, “can-do” attitude. This Seahawk spirit makes being a part of our university very special, no matter what the circumstances.
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. UNCW encourages students to give flight to imagination and take advantage of the many learning opportunities available to them. 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.
We begin the 2020-21 academic year with high hopes balanced by some uncertainty caused by the national COVID-19 outbreak. No matter how the pandemic continues to unfold, UNCW’s dedicated faculty and staff will work with you to help you reach your educational goals.
Congratulations on becoming members of the UNCW community. Best wishes for your continued success.
Henry L. Kitchin, Jr.
Chair, UNCW Board of Trustees