University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of North Carolina Wilmington

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. We are consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. A public institution with more than 15,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since our founding in 1947. Here, you will enjoy a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking and thoughtful expression in a beautiful campus setting.


The campus occupies 660 acres in the southeastern part of North Carolina, midway between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. The city of Wilmington is situated on the east bank of the Cape Fear River, about 15 miles from Carolina Beach and 5 miles from Wrightsville Beach. Several main highways lead into the city, and a nearby airport (ILM) provides easy access from the city to other destinations.

Wilmington combines historical beauty and modern convenience. Visitors can visit many art galleries, museums, and historical landmarks; enjoy an evening of theater, music, and nightlife; or visit the city’s many shops and restaurants. Ocean breezes and the nearness of the Gulf Stream give Wilmington an enjoyable year-round climate. Nature lovers can go biking, hiking, or bird watching in one of Wilmington’s parks or play golf on one of the city’s six courses. Wilmington’s proximity to the river and the ocean makes it an ideal haven for water lovers, whether they prefer taking a riverboat cruise or spending the day surfing and swimming at the beach.

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