University of North Carolina

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601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

According to the school, the University of North Carolina Wilmington is unique among public comprehensive universities because it offers effective learning environments for undergraduates that integrate teaching and mentoring with research and service at a level that rivals exclusive research institutions of similar size. Students consistently praise the quality of interactions with UNCW’s world-class faculty and express strong satisfaction with their overall educational experience. UNCW’s strength in the natural sciences, especially biological sciences, chemistry, geological sciences and other disciplines that form the core of our internationally-respected niche in marine science, is the result of decades of intentional focus and investment and our coastal environment is ideal for hands-on research. In the arts and literature, UNCW’s high profile programs are film studies and creative writing. The Department of Film Studies takes advantage of UNCW’s location in Wilmington, NC, the home of Screen Gems Studios, the largest full-service motion picture facility in the United States east of California. The department has evolved into one of the most popular majors on campus. Degree programs in the College of Health and Human Services, Watson School of Education and Cameron School of Business are designed specifically to serve professional workforce needs in the region. The College of Arts and Sciences stresses applied learning experiences across the liberal arts disciplines to prepare students to bridge the gap between the classroom and the complex problems of 21st century communities. Due to its location near the large military installations of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station in Jacksonville, NC, UNCW is focused on providing access to higher education and ongoing support to retired and active duty military personnel and their dependents. The university’s efforts to integrate military-affiliated students into campus life have been cited as a model at the state and national level. UNCW’s commitment to veteran students recently earned it a top spot on GI Jobs magazine’s ranking of the national, most military-friendly colleges and universities. UNCW also has an institutional commitment to instill in its students a strong sense of civic responsibility and volunteerism. More than 4,700 students contributed more than 51,000 hours to volunteer and service learning projects in 2009. The economic value of that community service exceeds $1 million. Also for 2009, the university was recognized by the Peace Corps as one of the top 25 medium-sized schools in the nation for producing Peace Corps volunteers.

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