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 fourteen thousand students are enrolled at UNCW.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to UNCW. A score in the range of 1620 - 1850 on the SAT exam, or 22 - 26 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 3.35 to 3.52 for accepted students. This school has an acceptance rate of about 54 percent with 34 percent of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UNCW acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 55%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UNCW Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for University of North Carolina Wilmington was reported as 54.2% in Fall 2012 with over 11,200 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 SAT Scores: 1620 - 1850
  • UNCW ACT Scores: 22 - 26
  • UNCW Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.52

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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 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

  • 2008-2009: 58.5%
  • 2009-2010: 58.2%
  • 2010-2011: 56.5%
  • 2011-2012: 52.9%
  • 2012-2013: 54.2%
  • Projected UNCW Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 55.0%

How Does UNCW Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of North Carolina Wilmington is two percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Coastal Carolina University74.0%
University of North Carolina at Pembroke72.0%
Fayetteville State University55.0%
Campbell University69.8%
North Carolina Central University50.3%

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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UNCW (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 620
Math560 - 630
Writing520 - 600
Total Score1620 - 1850
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 26
Math22 - 26
Composite Score22 - 26
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