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Location
Wilmington, NC
Undergrads
10,457
Tuition (in-state)
$17,472 ($5,672)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Weather: When Spring hits, the weather is generally fantastic. Springtime is the best time to be at UNCW.

5 College Junior

Weather: Beautiful sunny North Carolina weather is simply the best.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Wilmington is known for it's random showers but other than that the weather is sunny and warm.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather here is beautiful on most days, especially in the spring, summer, and fall. The sun shining and the cool sea breeze, it is lovely here. On the other hand when it rains it pours on campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's very up and down. And there's always lots of rain.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 103rd
    Hottest Summers
  • 413rd
    Coldest Winters

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chloe Miller
Hometown
Cary, NC
Major
English Literature
Grad Year
2013
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Being right by the coast, UNCW holds up the beach weather reputation—mild, relatively warm, year-round. Summers are obviously very enjoyable, but as is typical for the South, it can feel or actually be more than 100 F especially in July. It's also pretty humid during the summer months, but both humidity and heat are to be expected for a North Carolina summer, and UNCW holds all of the key elements for perfect beach weather. Sometimes people think that beach weather continues throughout the year, as if UNCW is located in the Tropics. This, however, is not entirely the case. Yes, winters are nowhere near as cold or as long as a lot of other places in the United States, but being by the ocean means a lot of wind.

A 55-degree winter day can feel a whole lot colder than what the thermostat says because of the wind chill. Also, every Wilmingtonian soon discovers the unexpected showers typical of Wilmington weather. One minute, it will be sunny, and the next, there's a downpour. When it rains, it pours. UNCW (and Wilmington in general) is a very flat area, so flooding is also common when it does rain. All a student has to do to prepare for Wilmington weather is simply that: Be prepared. Have rain boots, a big umbrella, a small umbrella, and a sturdy and very waterproof rain jacket on hand. Overall, Wilmington weather is lovely—mostly sunny with a chance of random rain.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 74 °F
Spring - Low: 52 °F
Summer - High: 88 °F
Summer - Low: 71 °F
Fall - High: 76 °F
Fall - Low: 55 °F
Winter - High: 58 °F
Winter - Low: 37 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.84 in./month
Summer: 6.69 in./month
Fall: 5.01 in./month
Winter: 3.71 in./month
What to Pack
  • Large and small umbrella—for varying rain circumstances. Always keep a small umbrella on hand or in a backpack just in case.
  • Rain boots. Wilmington is extremely flat, so flooding is not out of the question.
  • Rain jacket—make sure it's sturdy and completely waterproof.
  • Sunscreen is a beach necessity, but it's also helpful to put some on even to go to class. Sunburns can happen at any place and any time, along with awkward tan lines.
Did You Know?
In Wilmington, the warmest month is July.

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