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The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service.


UNCW opened its doors on September 4, 1947 as Wilmington College. On July 1, 1969, the name of the school was changed to The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, making UNCW the fifth campus of the University of North Carolina system. Currently, UNCW offers fifty-two bachelor’s degrees, thirty-six master’s degrees and doctoral degrees in marine biology and educational leadership and administration.

Most Popular Programs

  • The UNCW Onslow County Extension Site in Jacksonville, NC and aboard MCB Camp Lejeune provides active and veteran members of the armed services, military families, and members of the surrounding communities with the opportunity to earn a college degree without commuting to the main campus in Wilmington. Students at the site have the unique opportunity of completing their general education courses through UNCW’s partnership with Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC). Upon receiving an Associate of Arts or Science Degree from CCCC, students have the option of transferring to the UNCW Onslow County Extension Site to complete a Bachelor’s Degree through UNCW in any of the Extension Site degree offerings. Daytime and evening classes are held aboard Camp Lejeune MCB, at the John A. Lejeune Education Center, and on the CCCC campus. Learn more here.
  • The UNCW Military Resource Lounge is a dedicated space for military-affiliated students located in the Warwick Center across from Student Accounts. The lounge provides coffee, study space, group work space, cable television, gender neutral handicap accessible restroom, and a VA work study student who can answer questions and provide general assistance.
  • The purpose of the UNCW Veterans Education and Transition Support (VETS) student organization is to foster support for all veterans of the Armed Forces, members of the Reserves, National Guard and their spouses. Membership in VETS is open to any degree-seeking student who is a veteran of the armed forces, a member of the reserves, National Guard or the spouse of any military service member. Learn more here.

Military Student Support

  • The UNCW PERCH, a Dean of Students service for off-campus, military-affiliated, non-traditional and graduate students, promotes student success by providing resources, educational opportunities and personal support which connect these populations to the university and Wilmington communities. This connection helps students transition to and experience the highest level of engagement while attending UNCW.
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9408 Leland Scholarship is available to a first-year, transfer or graduate student who is a member or dependent of a member of Post 9408 or the auxiliary. Recipients who maintain a GPA of at least 2.50 may reapply.
  • The Trask Land Company Champions of Freedom Scholarship was established in 2013 by the Trask Land Company, led by President Raiford Trask III. It is a merit-based scholarship for active-duty Marines and members of their families. Preference is given to Marines wounded in action or who serve in special operations.


Web Resources

  • Admissions

  • UNCW PERCH Program

  • Financial Aid/Veterans Benefits

  • Onslow County Extension Site

  • Registrar

  • Student Veterans Organization


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  • UNCW at Camp Lejeune: Lisa Keenan

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