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University of North Carolina Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 22nd 2019By -  Bhavya Rawal

With an acceptance rate of 67%, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) admissions are competitive. In the academic year 2018-19, the university accepted 8034 out of a pool of 13117 applicants, from these 2161 decided to enroll.

  • The undergraduate applicants can apply through:
    • The online application
    • Common application
    • College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)
  • Transfer students can apply through the Sea Level Portal or CFNC.
  • Students applying for graduate programs can apply through the university’s Apply Yourself portal.
  • The university provides early action admissions to freshman applicants; this program is non-binding.


Application PortalOnline Application
Common Application
College Foundation of North Carolina
Application Fee80 USD
Minimum GPA2.5
Acceptance Rate67%
Average SAT score1245
Average ACT25
Tuition (per semester)In-state: 2221.50 USD
Out-of-state: 9254 USD
Application PortalApply Yourself
Application Fee75 USD
Payment ModeMaster Card or Visa
Tuition (per semester, varies for some programs)In state: 2359.50 USD
Out-of-state: 9274 USD

University of North Carolina - Wilmington Admission Deadlines

Application Deadlines for International StudentsFall: April 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 1
Appication Deadlies for Freshman ApplicantsEarly Action: November 1
Regular Decision: February 1
Final High School Transcripts to be submitted byJuly 1
Enrollment Deposit (100 USD) Deposit DeadlineMay 1
Transfer Applicants Priority DeadlinesSummer/ Fall: March 1
Spring: October 15  
Application DeadlinesVaries for different courses

University of North Carolina - Wilmington International Admissions

The Office of International Students and Scholars is the body responsible for overseeing the admission process of international students. Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with this office for assistance with the application process.

Following are the requirements for international admissions:

  • Academic records in their original language accompanied by English translations (official transcripts should list both the courses and the grades).
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA on a U.S. scale of 4.0.
  • An explanation of the attended secondary school's grading system should be included so that the university is able to calculate the U.S. equivalency GPA.
  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • Standardized test scores.

Visas & Documentation

Financial documents: If the international applicants want to have UNCW sponsor for their F-1 visa, they are required to:

  • Provide a letter of financial support.
  • A document, like a letter from a bank, verifying that the applicants have the funds available for studying in the university.

These documents provide evidence of the applicant's ability to pay for all expenses for at least one year of study, including expenses for any dependents who might accompany them.

A Form I-20 for securing a visa will only be issued after the university has received a completed International Student Data Form and accompanying financial documents proving that the applicant has at least 38955 USD available.

Language Requirements for International Students

International students are required to provide proof of English proficiency by meeting at least one of the following requirements:

  • Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score: 71 on the Internet-based exam.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 6.0 on the academic module.
  • SAT & ACT: An SAT reasoning test critical reading score of 490 or higher, or an ACT minimum score of 20 on the reading subsection may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • A minimum score on Duolingo English Test: 54.
  • Minimum PTE score: 54.
  • Scores older than 2 years will not be accepted for TOEFL and IELTS.

University of North Carolina - Wilmington Undergraduate Admissions

The undergraduate applicants must fulfill the minimum course requirements as well as the other requirements.

  • The minimum course requirements for undergraduate students:
    • 4-course units of English
    • 4-course units of mathematics
    • 3-course units of science
    • 2-course units of social studies
    • 2-course units of foreign language
  • SAT and/or ACT scores.
  • Personal essay and short-answer question.
  • One letter of recommendation (optional)

Transfer: UNCW uses a holistic approach to review transfer students' applications and will consider several aspects of their application in making the admission decision. Transfer applicants must have already graduated from high school and enrolled in college courses at the time of application.

Transfer applicants need to fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • If the applicant is under the age of 21, they must have accomplished the high school minimum requirements.
  • 24 hours of transferable college-level coursework (complete or in progress).
  • A cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Eligibility to return to the last institution attended.

University of North Carolina - Wilmington Graduate Admissions

The Graduate School is accountable for all University of North Carolina Wilmington admissions related activities of graduate applicants. All the applicants are encouraged to seek assistance from the admission office regarding the application process.

Following are the requirements for graduate admissions:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or equivalent in a foreign institution.
  • Academic record with a B average or better.
  • Test scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT) are required by some, but not all, programs.
  • Test scores dated older than 5 years are not acceptable.
  • If students need to defer their enrollment, they must complete the deferral form and have it considered by the Program Coordinator prior to the first day of classes for the semester.

University of North Carolina - Wilmington Graduate Courses Admissions

  • The graduate application portal is common, Apply Yourself
  • Application fee: 75 USD
  • Minimum English language proficiency: The TOEFL or IELTS test is required for all international applicants. Standardized test scores are official for 2 years.
    • TOEFL: 79
    • IELTS: 6.5 for acceptance and 7.0 for TA consideration.
CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic Requirements
MBASpring: November 15
Summer: May 15
Fall: Priority deadline: May 1
Space available deadline: June 1
Baccalaureate degree in the area of business and/or economics required or 6 business prerequisite courses; Additional requirements*
M.S. Computer Science and Information SystemsSpring: November 15
Fall: Priority deadline: March 1
space available deadline: June 1
GRE general test or GMAT; Additional requirements**
M.S. Data ScienceFall: Priority deadline: February 1
Space available deadline: June 1
No test scores required
M.S. ChemistrySpring: November 15; Fall: June 15GRE score; Baccalaureate degree with a concentration in chemistry

*3 LORs, cover letter, resume, IMBA specialization selection

**3 LORs, statement of interest, resume

Supporting documents:

  • LORs (Only required by some programs)
  • Official transcripts

After admission, students should log in to their mySeaPort account. Through this account, students will be able to pay their enrollment deposit to secure their seat in their chosen graduate or undergraduate program. They can also schedule Orientation and complete Housing and Residence Life steps.

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