Wilmington, NC
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Reviews 1007 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The History department at UNCW gives you many options and so many of the professors seem qualified, experienced in the field, and happy to help! I would definitely recommend! History is such a broad major, it seems impossible to place a limit on it after graduation!

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5 College Senior

Academics: I feel like the teachers are very interested in teaching students and helping them to learn.

1 College Junior

Diversity: UNCW is not very racially diverse not only that but there is a lot of active racism on campus. That being said not everyone is like that and it's very easy to find comfort within your individual group. Still I do wish that people would mix more and be less ignorant.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: When I stayed on campus at UNCW I lived in the apartments they were spacious they had a nice kitchen and everyone had there own room. The only problem is the shower was gross and there was no scrubbing you could do to make it better, however I'm sure it was much less gross than any dorm shower.

2 College Junior

Weather: It is always raining at UNCW and when it rains it monsoons. Heavy rain won't close classes although it makes it very hard to get there when your driving or when certain parts of the campus are flooded.

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3 College Junior

Academics: I'm studying Theater and I am enjoying it but I don't think they are teaching theater at the highest possible level. They are gearing the way they teach more towards production then technique acting skills etc. they are nowhere near conservatory level.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: Being in a frat or soro is a huge deal to people who are in the frat/ soro but many people who are not in a frat/soro are annoyed by the type of enthusiasm they show. Frat/soro parties start of fun until they decide to make the party all about greek stuff no one else can relate to and even interrupt and push people out of the way who aren't greek. So I'm sure it's fun to be in a Greek society at my school but it's not fun to be around them if you're not in one

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: UNCW has a little bit of both when it comes to housing. It's either a hit or miss, but when you get placed in somewhere like Cornerstone for your freshman year, you know you've got the best.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: while there is always something to do, if you sit in your dorm room and just expect to hear about parties, it probably won't happen. besides little gatherings in dorms, there are no parties on campus.. all the frat and athlete parties are in the neighborhoods around the school. some of the frats charge for a cup... $10 for guys and $5 for girls which is dumb... people in general here are very possessive of their alcohol. also look out for the police because they have been known to show up at and breathalyze everyone at a party and hand out underage drinking tickets... the bars are pretty much only good for grinding with guidos if you're into that.. sandbar does make their drinks strong though and they're getting renovated and changing their name. for a club in a strip mall i suppose it's not that bad. overall, while there is much room for improvement, UNCW is a fun school if you're a laid back person... if you're uptight and can't handle these issues, don't come here

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: After living in a small town with plenty of drugs in school UNCW was a relief! There is hardly any talk of drugs unless of course you go looking for them specifically. Just like any other place in America , drugs are an inevitable part of society, however UNCW is a very strictly drug free and alcohol free campus and the administration and faculty do a great job of making sure these rules are enforced! Alcohol is a a part of any college experience but at UNCW it is not the only thing for students to do in there free time. Therefore, whether one partakes in drinking alcohol is completely up to them and if that does not happen to be your activity of choice you will have no trouble finding others who feel the same way. If you are legal and drinking is a social activity you choose to engage in their is a surplus of bars and clubs that serve alcohol all around Wilmington and also nearby at Wrightsville beach. All these locations are very popular and often frequented by students Thursday-Saturday nights!

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: UNCW has a very diverse students population. Although racially it is mostly caucasions, it is not a racist environment at any means the students are all very open and friendly for the most part. The kinds of social groups of students vary,there are preps, jocks, some artsy kids and the very studious individuals. In general one thing the student body shares is a very laid back persona and a very go with the flow attitude. Students dress from casual(running shorts and a t-shirt) to more formal(girls in dresses, boys in button downs). The social life is really exceptional. There are over 250 student organizations on campus and this means there is a place for everyone to fit in. Whether you want to get involved in student government, sailing, Greek life, or the Accapella singing group-there is something for everyone. Each organization forms its own family like community and also does not hesitate to interact with each other. Personally finding friends at UNCW is done with ease and there are many different sorts of individuals to pick from when forming your friendship circle. It is definitely important to get involved to really experience how much fun the UNCW social life can be!

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Obviously UNCW close location to both Wrightesville and Carolina beach make the weather very pleasant and sunny the majority of the time, with light winds to cool you throughout the day. However also due to its beach location there are rain showers quite often as well and the occasional torrential down pour. Luckily UNCW is very aware of its weather conditions and offers raincoats and umbrellas at its information center for rent for a very low fee in case the rain catches you by surprise! In addition there is also a weather alert system that calls/texts students whenever there is hazardous weather conditions.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer access at UNCW is really great and make sit so that it is not necessary to purchase a lap top to function at school. There are 2 computer labs in the Randall library as well as a laptop/headphone checkout center locate din the library as well. In addition purchasing discounted hardware is made easy through UNCW's very own on campus computer repair shop-binaries. Printing/ having your own printer is another item that is not necessary to own individually as UNCW provides students with I-print. Through I print students are able to send their documents to the i cloud and then access those documents at any i print station on campus. There are i print stations and computer labs in most academic buildings and all residence halls. Lastly UNCW prides itself on being 99.9% wireless and students can basically access internet anywhere on campus besides the track! The network UNCWwifi is also very fast and has an easy set up process.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are all very nice in completely different ways. Depending on where you live you get quite unique experiences.If you are more geared toward a quieter and more regulated college dorm experience then the tri house dorms are a perfect fit. The Residential assistants in the tri house area are quite strict but also very focused on truly getting to know their residents and forming a bond with them. The tri house dorms are also a little fancier with pod style halls of only about 20 residents per hall. The more traditional dorms are Galloway, Graham Hewlett and Belk (the all girls dorm). These are also a great experience but a more wild one. Due to the larger amount of residents the halls of these dorms are often lined with students socializing and running in and out of each others rooms. Regardless of what you are looking for personally you will most definitely be able to find the on campus housing option that works for you. The housing sign up process is stress free and as you are required to submit your top three options it is very rare that a student is placed into a residence hall they did not desire.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great, cheap places to eat around Wilmington. It's a town that caters to broke college students!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process of completing my anthropology major was relatively simple, I averaged 4 classes a semester and did not feel overwhelmed.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I have been at UNCW for 3 years now and I couldn't imagine going to another school. The anthropology professors are amazing and so interesting to learn from, each with different specialty's and their own helpful networks. The class room sizes are optimal for professors to be able to engage students one on one.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crime includes smoking pot, drinking underage, and bike theft. Occasionally dorm theft. Police are good about marking the bikes so they can tell if its yours if they find it and persecute the criminal. Also, the school has multiple call boxes on campus. Which is good if you don't want to walk back to your dorm alone.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I will have my car at school this year and I will be a sophomore. It's good because all grades can park on campus, but it's usually packed with cars. My friends with cars last year had a hard time parking near classes and usually took the shuttle.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments next to campus that you can choose from, however, not all of them are in top condition or reasonably priced. Just do your research and make sure you talk to fellow students to make sure you find the right place. The university offers brochures and other services to help as well.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We do not have a football team and instead basketball is the main sport, but they are not that good. However, our men's diving team is good, our baseball is pretty good and I hear our ultimate Frisbee team is really good as well.

College Junior

Academics: Have not started my major yet. I will begin in August.

3 College Junior

Parking: I permit costs are awful and if you don't have a ermit you have to pay a meter. But they do provide buses.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The only reason I have B is because I took online classes and I am no good at online classes. So its my fault no the facilities

3 College Junior

Athletics: There are many athletics at UNCW. The majority are not that great but there is still support for them. We do not have a football team so that sort of sticks as well. Many people still paint up and chant during events. There is also a large amount of club and intramural sports as well.


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Chloe Miller
Cary, NC
English Literature
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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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