University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)

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UNCW can be found in Wilmington, NC, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. About eighteen thousand students are enrolled at UNCW.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to UNCW. A score in the range of 1170 - 1320 on the SAT exam, or 22 - 27 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the UNCW average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.45 for accepted students. This school has an acceptance rate of about 65 percent with 27 percent of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UNCW acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 61%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UNCW Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of North Carolina Wilmington was reported as 65.5% in Fall 2020 with over 13,300 applications submitted to UNCW. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UNCW ACT Scores: 22 - 27
  • UNCW Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into University of North Carolina Wilmington?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of UNCW is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of North Carolina Wilmington has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 71.8%
  • 2017-2018: 66.5%
  • 2018-2019: 61.2%
  • 2019-2020: 65.5%
  • Projected UNCW Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 60.7%

How Does UNCW Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of North Carolina Wilmington is sixteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Coastal Carolina University68.9%
University of North Carolina at Pembroke84.9%
Fayetteville State University68.5%
Campbell University77.7%
North Carolina Central University68.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UNCW (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading590 - 660
Math580 - 660
Total Score1170 - 1320
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 27
Math21 - 26
Composite Score22 - 27
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