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Reviews 1055 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The strictness that seems to affect students the most is professor-determined. While many professors are reasonably lenient, those who are strict are extreme.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is not as high as it could be, but it sees to be growing. The campus seems dominated by white male students from upper class backgrounds who come to UNCW for the beach environment, but this population does seem to be decreasing.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am loving the English program more and more each semester. English in Action is one of many awesome opportunities unique to the program.

4 College Junior

Majors: The majors and schools available are great and getting in is a breeze, if you're not applying to a specific school (school of nursing, business, or education).

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great opportunities for career search

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are places for everyone's taste around town. They have the late night stops, morning quick stop and then the local burger place to top it all off.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My Financial Aid process wasn't bad at all to do. I did it with my parents and I called my school and they helped out with what I needed. Went along just fine, very easy.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Last year UNCW renovated all of its recreation facilities and it is now considered one of the best in the nation. Students go here for personal benefit or for training for their sport. In almost anything you can imagine you can get personalized help in any way. School spirit is great here because students know to do their best they need to be their best and all students want to be ther best that they can for UNCW and the school gives us every opportunity to achieve this.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: I pick this option because Wilmington does have a great night life, but I don't so the party scene too often so am not the greatest judge as to the specifics of how great it really is. In a Place like Wilmington though I am sure that it couldn't get that much better.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Of course there are all the usual places to eat such as fast food options, but there are also a couple local places to check out. Especially out towards Wrightsville Beach they have the oceanic which is a sea front restaurant. Port city java has amazing coffee, smoothies, snacks, and other meals.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I attended a different university previously and hated the dining. At UNCW there are so many options you will probably spend most of your time just trying to decide where to go. Numerous dining halls with good food and late hours which are really beneficial to those of us that have late classes. The alternate dining areas are awesome. Lots of little areas to pick up quick snakes and coffee everywhere it seems. Not only are there healthy options in almost any dining area you go to, but they also have healthy vending machine options that have snacks picked but nutritionist. You will not go hungry here!!!

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am picking this rating because I am really not sure personally. I know that lots of other students love greek life, but I am not a member so am not that knowledgeable.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is no place that I would rather be and I really don't know where to start. Wilmington is amazing from having a close by beach and a river. Lots of museums and local area attractions. Every season has different festivals so there is always something to do. Even out on the town random people are super friendly. The Serpatarium is amazing and the Fort Fisher Aquarium isn't far away either. Local plays and bands play and in the summer there is a daily farmers market that is great. Downtown is walkable and beautiful. Cool shops and laid back atmosphere.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The UNCW campus makes me feel very safe. At night everything is lite very well and there are call boxes if you ever feel in danger or jus a little uneasy. The professors are easy to talk to and so if you ever needed advice or help regarding safety it would be easy to find someone who would listen and genuinely care about you. Take common sense precautions and take advantage of the call boxes if needed since that's what they are there for and the campus will be and feel as safe as can be,

5 College Junior

Diversity: One of the reasons I chose UNCW was because of the way everyone just seemed to accept you automatically. The school and students are very friendly and you instantly feel like you belong there. You know that others are different, but its not something you get shunned for. People get along easily and you have no problem getting to know people and make new friends. I love this place and the people are the absolute best!!!!

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My school is very unique in that it is one of the coastal colleges in my state. The beach is right around the corner and people are very well aware of this. The atmosphere at school is great because the community is very unified and at UNCW we all share a sense of pride to go to our school. Safety on the campus is very impressive and there is never a moment where i feel unsafe or insecure about the safety of myself and people around me. If I could do it all over again, I still think the college process would be difficult but ultimately I think I would make the same choice all over again.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The crowd here varies. Everyone is their own and eccentric. The school has a very awesome tolorance policy which makes everyone fairly open and extremely respectful towards one another.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Even if you are living off campus, the housing is still very close. While it is more expensive and it is up to your expense since you cannot use certain awarded money for those living arrangements, it is a pleasant experience. you are not as connected with the school, and it is recommended that you live on campus initially, the staff and school do help you with trying to help you figure out a place to stay. Personally, i am not aware of parking and landlord situations, but from what I have heard they are reasonable.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Baseball is big. Wish there was a football team.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There aren't a ton of healthier options in the cafeteria, but it is alright.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Love all the seafood available!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A great coastal beach town with a lot to do. Very active area with a lot of outdoor activities around.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Business has a lot of leeway for finding a job, so I am not too worried about available jobs, but it is still on my mind.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am excited to find an internship that will fit me and boost my academic learning to a new level.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I enjoy UNCW a lot and I am excited to make a lot of memories here.


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Chloe Miller
Cary, NC
English Literature
Grad Year
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UNCW offers students a unique, one-of-a-kind university experience, with the combination of its state-of-the-art facilities, well-established programs, location, priority of placing students first, and constant growth. The University is quite young compared to other schools, but it's already ranked right up there along with the best public universities. So much expansion, creation, attention, and credibility has been gained since UNCW's start, and more amazing feats and accomplishments are inevitable for the University's future. Small class sizes, expert professors, and large major varieties bring students of all types to campus. With around 13,000 students total at UNCW, it's the perfect size for those interested in a medium-sized school, and it fosters a unique dynamic. Students have the opportunity to meet someone new every day if they want to, but UNCW is small enough where there is a focus on individual student showcase; students don't have to worry about being lost or overshadowed.

UNCW really gives students all of the tools for success through classes, cultural events, networking opportunities, academic programs, and career developmental training, but it's up to the student to take advantage of these offerings. UNCW can be the perfect fit because of this incredible attention and genuine care for students. The size of the University is right, and the inviting, welcoming atmosphere creates a home for students; everyone can be a part of the University and is encouraged to reach for their aspirations. The campus motto is "Dare to Soar," and UNCW actually means it and follows through with this encouragement. A top choice time and time again, UNCW allows students to go above and beyond just learning in the classroom and makes hands-on, realistic experiences possible. The University is a hidden gem, but is growing every day to gain more national acknowledgement. UNCW is a wonderful place of acceptance and growth, both in the campus and its ambitious students.

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