The University of North Carolina Wilmington is an established institute of education, dedicated to the integration of teaching, research and service. Known as the state's coastal university, UNCW is located in Wilmington, a beachside town on the east coast of the U.S. with a rich and varied history, as well as outstanding natural beauty.
The university campus is situated between the historic Cape Fear riverfront and the extraordinary ocean beaches of Wrightsville, Kure and Carolina, which offers students much to explore and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. The town itself has a distinct architectural character and is a growing center for tourism, offering many unique attractions as well as a flourishing technological sector and a thriving cosmopolitan arts scene. Founded in 1947, UNCW has developed into a respected public institution with almost 18,000 students enrolled.
The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, and offers doctoral degrees in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing. There are options for distance learning, and programs for working professionals including an International MBA program, providing connections with the wider world of business and commerce.
At UNCW, faculty and students in all departments are actively involved in furthering knowledge from research, and the university is firmly integrated with the region's economic and technological landscape through its development of new products and services. These efforts are supported by public and private grants which support the university's research and innovation programs and provide world-class facilities.
The university offers the nations' only bachelor's degree program focused on coastal engineering. Students at UNCW benefit from an academic experience which encourages critical thinking and creative enquiry, among a diverse and inclusive community, in one of the most accessible natural environments in the United States.