University of Mount Olive at Wilmington to Celebrate 20 Years

WILMINGTON – The University of Mount Olive at Wilmington, located at 1838 Sir Tyler Drive, is celebrating 20 years of serving the educational needs of New Hanover and surrounding counties.  The milestone will be marked with a celebration on Thursday, October 8, from 4 to 6 PM and will include live music and hors d’oeuvres.  The public is invited to attend this free event.


Below are a few interesting facts about the University of Mount Olive at Wilmington:


  • Since opening its doors in 1995, UMO at Wilmington has experienced significant growth, having graduated nearly 1,500 students in the past 20 years.


  • The University of Mount Olive at Wilmington was the second of eight locations established in eastern North Carolina to serve adult student populations.


  • UMO at Wilmington expanded to its current location in 2008 to better serve the growing number of students in New Hanover and surrounding counties.
  • By stepping outside of the traditional confines of higher education, the University of Mount Olive has become one of the most unique and fastest growing higher education institutions in North Carolina.  This year alone, approximately 200 students at UMO at Wilmington will be considered non-traditional. Those students, with a median age of 31, will not only be seeking a college education, but also balancing full-time jobs and family responsibilities.


  • UMO offers one-night-a-week baccalaureate degree programs for adult students. Bachelor degree options include accounting, business management, criminal justice and criminology, early childhood education, healthcare management, human resource management, leadership, and management information systems.  An associate degree in general studies is also available


  • The liberal arts education that is the basis for the academic programs at the University of Mount Olive College at Wilmington provide a solid foundation for a lifetime of opportunities, enabling students to build careers and adapt to the ever-changing global marketplace.


  • The average class size at UMO at Wilmington is under 25 and is taught by professors who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching, not research, so every student gets personal attention.


  • The University of Mount Olive at Wilmington has recently signed partnership agreements with Brunswick Community College and Bladen Community College to expand and enhance options for community college students wishing to further their education.


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The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit