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Wilmington, NC
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10,457
Tuition (in-state)
$17,472 ($5,672)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms on campus are pretty old and a lot of people complain about them. However, I'm having an overall good experience in mine. I love the people I live with and the water pressure is surprisingly nice. Also, the upperclassmen are able to have really nice on-campus housing. They're spacious and pretty up to date. My only advice when choosing your housing is to stay away from the University Apartments. They're constantly having mold problems and are ancient.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I love this school; however, some parts of the education are flawed. The professors are very varied and some can be a lot easier than others on the same course. I have had friends who have had the same courses as me and had far less of a course load than mine and vise-versa. Overall, though, I have found the professors to be helpful and good teachers.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: UNCW has a very strict tolerance on underage drinking and illegal drug use. The first time a student is caught with drugs or alcohol it is a warning and involves parental involvement. The second strike is immediate expulsion from the University. UNCW also has a very strict academic policy. If you are found to have plagiarized, it is immediate suspension. Cheating is also treated very seriously here.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: My school is five minutes from the beach! Need I say more? Wilmington is a city that has everything to offer. There are delicious restaurants, downtown activities, and lots of weekend festivals in the area. It is a diverse city that has something going on constantly. I love my city!

3 College Junior

Athletics: We don't have a football team which honestly, no matter what people may say, really sucks. I am pretty biased, though, because I come from a town where high school football is everything on a Friday night! Our basketball team is okay, the half-time shows are always good :) IM is a fun part of campus involvement and there is a place for everyone on those teams! Our baseball team is good and the games are fun!

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Underage drinking rules, especially in the dorms, are pretty strict. You won't get expelled over it but you will have to report to the dean and your parents will probably be notified. Plagiarism is a completely different story. I have had a few people in classes over the years who have been expelled for plagiarism. Attendance is usually lenient except in basic studies (some teachers allow only 2 absences); once you get into upper level courses they usually tell you you're an adult and can come to class when you'd like (i.e. you're accountable for yourself).

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug culture at UNCW is seemingly invisible. Every campus has their drug users but any drug use really is smoking and underage drinking. I honestly have not met anyone in four years who is a hardcore drug user. Also, UNCW has a lot of diversity as far as students and their drug use; for instance, if you are completely straight edge you can find plenty of students to be straight edge with. Same if you want to get wasted every night!

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5 College Junior

Diversity: UNCW fosters diversity via several student organizations, scholarships and offices for students with disabilities, students of racial/ethnic minorities, and students who identify as LGBT. Though the campus is mostly Caucasian, we do have hundreds of international students who make the campus more interesting!

4 College Junior

Academics: Campus isn't huge, but not too small. Professors are helpful, offer study/review sessions, open office hours. Many options for online courses. Registration has always been fairly easy. Many clubs/organizations to join on campus. 24 hour library. Good food on campus.

4 College Junior

Majors: The program that I currently attend is an extension program. I take classes at a different campus than the school I am actually enrolled in. The first step in my application process was applying to the university itself. This included the generic application one fills out for a college including an essay. After my first semester taking social work classes I then had to apply to be in the program itself. This application required two letters of remmondation and a brief essay as well. They also wanted to know the grades from your first semester and your GPA. I would not consider this process to be challenging however, it helps if you start it fairly early. This way you have all the components ready to turn in by the deadline.

4 College Junior

Majors: There are a few concerns I have regarding my program. Although I am both grateful and happy with the education I have been recieving I am also discouraged. Since beginning the program in August of 2012 I have had two professors quit. Also schedule changes have happened very frequently. This left me and other students feeling slightly let down. However, the replacements the program found could not have been better. They show true interest in our future and work with us every day regarding concerns and questions we may have. I know that the job outlook is not very promising. I also know that the social work profession is very broad and also very needed. I have the usual fears that involve taking a new step in one's life but I am not worried about finding something im my work field. The connections I have made and still continue to make will help make this process easier for me.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am currently in the social work extension program at my university. The beginning process for my particular program was very stressful. This was the first year they accepted twice as many students. However, once classes started things began to even out. I wake up each morning excited to know that I will be learning something different. It is very comforting knowing that each of my professors has experienced what I am currently going through. They are able to give advice and lectures based on their experiences. Sometimes the workload can be a bit overwhelming, I think that this means the program is doing something right. I know that I am being challenged with my assignments which is ultimately setting me up for a career. I cannot wait for senior year and to start my internship. I am ready to use the skills I have learned and to gain experience in the social work field.

College Junior

Majors: It is required during our senior year in the social work program to intern at an agency. I feel that this step in my education is very important. This experience will allow me to have hands on learning, use the information I have been taugh and interact with other social workers. It will also give me the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene is more prevelant than one would hope for. There are some dorms that are known for having a lot of pot heads, and a few of the on campus apartments wreak of weed. The alcohol consumption is mostly off campus, and isnt really a problem or visible unless you are up at three in the morning on weekends when everyone comes back all messed up

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There isnt too much to say: UNCW is a beach school. A lot of the people here are from in state and enjoy the warmer weather and what it has to offer; so you see nice tans, well toned bodies, and a lot of athletic looking students

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: there really isnt too much ethnic diversity other than the foreign students themselves, but as far as religious backgrounds go i feel like there is a general christian affiliation, but not so much a specific denomination.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is difficult to get through, especially for out of state students. I recommend applying for work study asap, because if you wait all of the spots will be gone before you get a chance to apply.

4 College Freshman

Computers: They have from basic Dell computers to top notch Mac's. The school offers laptops to rent for 4 hours for free (included with the tuition and fee's) and once those 4 hours are up you can go back and check it out. Printing services are in every building and an ease to access. Computers at the library get crowded sometimes but not often. You can access a computer anytime around campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is right across the street from campus including all the fast foods you can think of to all the restaurants you can thinks of such as Red Robin, Outback, Panera, Olive Garden. Everything is close by or a 10 min driving distance. The number 1 go to place for UNCW students is Cook-Out. Its basically on campus but not part of campus making it off-campus. I walk there or drive there all the time. It's cheap and opened all day and night except from 5-7am.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: I'd have to say that the amount of opportunities offered at UNCW is what sets it apart from other Universities. You can get funding for any clubs or orgs you create. We have a very competitive nursing program. UNCW is also known for it's great Marine Biology programs/facilities along with its growing Psychology program. Business and Computer Information Systems are a close second and are great programs to study at this school.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus overall is well taken care of and they do a good job at maintaining facilities. Rec center just tripled in size and is pretty new. There are computer labs in each building. Food is pretty good, they have Subway and Dunkin; basically stuff like that. Event wise they could be better. THey often try to promote and create cool events. It just lacks that spectacular factor. Besides that CIS building is super tech, Education building is cool, and campus is very spacious and open.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: There is always convenient computers and printers available to students. Computers are located in every housing building, library, and of course the computer building. Everyone receives fast wireless access wherever they are on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: If there is one thing that UNCW strives for, it's diversity. Everyone is accepted here, no matter what background he/she has. There are many programs that work to involve all students and have students learn about different cultures.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Dining places off campus are extremely convenient for students who have hungry stomachs and living on a tight budget. Though many late night options may not be the healthiest and the best cuisine ever, it is still pretty delicious. Restaurants around Wilmington provide a wide diversity in selection and is always tasty. Best of all, Cook Out is right next to campus and is popular especially for those late nights.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots of diversity with the UNCW community. Everyone has their own style and no one will judge you. Very welcoming community.

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Chloe Miller
Hometown
Cary, NC
Major
English Literature
Grad Year
2013
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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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