Academics

Location
Wilmington, NC
Undergrads
10,457
Tuition (in-state)
$17,472 ($5,672)
Admission Difficulty
Average
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews

{{ error }}
close
5 College Junior

Academics: Top rated professors. I enjoy my classes because of them.

4 College Student

Academics: The academics are extremely tough, and unforgiving, but the teaching staff is by far the best in the area.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: I love my professors. There's always extra help in and outside the classroom.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't declared a major yet so I do not really know how my major is going to work out, but I have heard it's different for each major.

4 College Junior

Academics: You will be getting a great education here. It's just as if you went to one of the more popular schools in NC without the extra cost.

{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 161st
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 181st
    Best Course Variety
  • 244th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 255th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 291st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chloe Miller
Hometown
Cary, NC
Major
English Literature
Grad Year
2013
View all previous student authors

Marine biology and the sciences tend to be the academic areas a lot of prospective students associate with "UNC by the Sea." However, UNCW is so much more, providing and promoting such a variety of academic areas and majors. Prospective students or parents soon realize and appreciate the vast depth and care the University possesses, which makes UNCW itself the focus rather than its proximity to the ocean. Besides strong areas in biology, marine biology, chemistry, oceanography, and environmental science, UNCW's academic strengths also lie in the majors of nursing, business, education, communication studies, and computer science. Top-notch programs are also well-established in the areas of creative writing, film studies, and culturally stimulating areas such as theater, music, and art. The reputation for great science programs still stands, but other academic interests maintain strong reputations, too.

Hands-on, interactive styles of learning are supported by professors, as well as by the amazing facilities UNCW provides for its students. Class sizes are a thing of pride at UNCW, as they support great professor-student interaction. Average class sizes are around 21 students. There are, of course, some basic studies classes that a lot of students take, such as "Business 105" or a basic biology class, which are larger and more lecture-based. Still, these classes are only around 150 or fewer students, and once a student enters a specific major, and really after freshman year, the classes are such great sizes. UNCW professors are experts in their respected fields, and most conduct individual research and write articles throughout the year to keep that respected status. Office hours are mandatory for all professors. Throughout their entire college career, students are assigned advisers that ensure student success. UNCW professors and staff are truly there for the students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
624
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
232
Total FT Faculty
624
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,725
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
14%
Graduation Rate
69%
Programs/Majors Offered
77
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 31%
  • 20 to 49 students: 62%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Cameron School of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Watson College of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
A wide array of online courses are offered at UNCW in a wide variety of subject areas. Psychology, English, and criminology are just a few of the example subject areas. A student really just has to search the online course catalog to find when/what classes are offered. Online courses have no on-campus meeting time. Fully online courses may have required times for students to be online for discussions or students may meet in a virtual classroom, though. Blended courses involve both online involvement as well as some on-campus meeting times. Summer, fall, and spring online options are available. Overall, professors are very accessible in any online course or program.
Best Places to Study
  • Campus Commons when the weather is nice, the lovely area in the center of campus
  • Fisher Student Center
  • Randall Library
  • Study rooms in all of the residence halls and upperclassman apartments are separate rooms set aside just for the purpose of studying.
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help or to ask questions. The professors at UNCW are more than willing to meet with you, email you back, and make an appointment with you. Professor-student relationships are very prevalent in UNCW classes, so make it happen!
  • Don't skip class. Even if there's no attendance policy, going makes all the difference. Especially don't skip class to go to the beach—you live close enough that you can go after class.
  • If you're extremely passionate about a certain class or subject area, ask those professors about their research/expertise in the field. This can deepen that professor-student relationship and will show initiative, possibly resulting in opportunities not otherwise known about.
  • Make the most of your time at UNCW; try to accomplish something new and try something different each year. Make a list of goals you want to accomplish and start checking them off the list! UNCW gives students so many tools and opportunities, but it's up to the student to take advantage of them! Get involved and really strive to go above and beyond.
  • Set priorities when studying—plan ahead and start papers ahead of time. Don't start a six-page paper due the next day!
Did You Know?
  • Marine biology was the first Ph.D. offered at UNCW.
  • UNCW's creative writing program has its own publishing laboratory. Lookout Books is the literary book imprint of the creative writing department, and its inaugural book "Binocular Vision" won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012.
  • There are 10 undergraduate concentrations in the Cameron School of Business, ranging from entrepreneurship to international business.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 50 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 50 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 38% Bill Saffo - mayor of Wilmington
  • 25% John Calipari - college basketball coach
  • 25% Skeet Ulrich - actor
  • 12% Terry Schappert - host, "Warriors" TV show
  • 0% Brian Rowsom - NBA player

Photos

Videos

4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!