Wilmington, NC
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$17,472 ($5,672)
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Reviews 1051 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is known for parties, volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, and some other events, but it doesn't dominate at UNCW. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or sorority, and it is not a big deal if you never set foot in one. As a matter of fact I have friends in various fraternities and sororities, but none of them treat me any different. I even joined a sorority for a month, but decided it wasn't for me and the girls still talk to me even after I quit. Overall, it's nice because you can go to fraternity parties, which can be fun, but it's not a status thing by any means (which is something I love about UNCW).

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4 College Junior

Facilities: UNCW's Student Rec Center just opened this past Friday and it is three times the size it was before. We now have three racquetball courts, countless basketball courts, an entire room dedicated to weights, and two other rooms dedicated to resistance weights, two rooms of cardio machines, a cycling classroom, a gigantic classroom (for rec classes), an indoor and outdoor pool, and two indoor soccer/basketball courts as well. It is absolutely phenomenal.
Besides out wonderful Student Rec Center, numerous other buildings have been redone lately including but not limited to: the new psychology building, the nursing building, the main dining hall, and more!
UNCW's campus is absolutely beautiful and you would be crazy not to agree once you see it!

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at UNCW is not a huge definer of our school. Like any other school, it depends who you hang out with. There are the groups of students who smoke; however, drinking is more prevalent for college students. Although, drinking on campus underage is monitored closely.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Wilmington has the beach within 5 miles and downtown waterfront with the battleship tour, great shopping & restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great places to eat with tons of variety, all within close proximity to campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love Wilmington's restaurants. There's not a TON of variety, but there's plenty for four years. Indochine and Double Happiness are great if you're into Thai, Vietnamese or Chinese food; there are Italian options like Taste of Italy and Elizabeth's; and there are even a few Indian restaurants. Whatever you're interested in, Wilmington probably has something that'll work.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on UNCW's campus because of the sheer number of security boxes available. If you don't want to walk alone at night, all you have to do is press the button and campus police will be there within 30 seconds to escort you. However, there's been a lot of crime near campus lately, so it's always best to take advantage of that after dark if you have far to walk. Or stay in groups! It's safer.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Wilmington has plenty of restaurants and bars, but not much that's open 24/7. UNCW is in the center of everything, though, so that's not much of a problem. It's close to everything--even Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is a lot of fun, but only if you are 21 years of age. I am coming from studying in Spain and it is so difficult to adjust here. Do NOT drink and drive because the police with catch you.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttle here on campus is free which means you can go anywhere on campus, but also the other buses driving through Wilmington are free as well with your UNCW OneCard.There are buses in Wilmington and on campus that can take you anywhere in little time. Also, there are more than enough buses for the same routes, which makes it easier to get to where you need to go on time.

1 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is not our strong suite. It really isn't necessary around campus. I've never had to use it , but I've heard it's unreliable.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city of Wilmington is one of the best parts of the school. It's not a big city, but it's big enough. There is always something to do! The beach is only 10 min from campus, so who doesn't like that?!? There is also a historic downtown area by the river and several shopping areas. I love this city!

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is hardly any diversity on the campus. With what diversity there is though, students are very accepting and open.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I majored in Communication Studies. Went in thinking I was going to be a Chemistry major and just kind of ended up going this whole new route. It all worked out for the best. I developed a weakness into a strength. I learned so much, I gained an insight into communication on an interpersonal level, in public speech, rhetoric, collaborative negotiation, conflict management, interculturally, and so much more. I believe that these classes should be required for everyone.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Campus buses will take you to certain bus stops near the campus. I only used the one that circulates campus, although the horrible circular roadway design makes it pretty useless because it takes just as long to take the bus from one end of campus to the other as it would be to walk it. The only reasons to actually do this are: you don't have an umbrella (it rains a lot there) or you are lazy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for freshmen to choose from. They are average living areas with their positives (being close to get to know people) and negatives (being so close you feel so claustrophobic).

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are so many alarm stations that you know you can get to one in case of an emergency. Also, the response time is very quick and effective.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There could be more dining options available on campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cafeteria at UNCW it is getting a bit too crowded although you can always find a seat if you look hard enough. Ususally I go at times when I know there are not going to be that many people.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computar lab at UNCW is always crowded at luch time, midterms and finals, but besides that, you can always find a spot. UNCW uses i-print which allows you to print anywhere on campus with your one card. Your one card is your UNCW ID card in which you can put money into and use it to get something from the snack machines or print.

4 College Freshman

Majors: UNCW is awsome. The science program here is really good especially marine science. Most people tranfer from other states just to get in at UNCW because we have high tech equipment. The school also offers a lot of research opportuniites in different fields and if you have work study from fafsa, you can apply as a lab assistant and get paid. There are also different kinds of clubs you can join like tri-beta. Its a biology club which really looks good on your student resume.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't live on campus so I would not know much about how the school is at night.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Everyone I know has there own laptop but it's not really necessary. The library has laptop checkouts that lasts 4 hours. Also there are printing stations scattered around campus if there is anything you need to print and at the beginning of each semester the school gives you money to use for printing. The wireless access is protected by a password but everyone gets the password on the first day.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I do plan to have an internship this coming summer. The internship will give me an opportunity to see what it's like to be a physical therapist and also will help me knockout some hours required for graduate school. Since I have already secured my internship, I am excited to start!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an Exercise Science, it wasn't hard to find other people with the same career goals as me. The school that the major is housed in is really smalls and all of the professors and advisors are helpful.


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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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