Wilmington, NC
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$17,472 ($5,672)
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Reviews 999 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is available if you want to pledge, though it is no way required to have a social life! Fraternities and sororities make up a good percentage of the student body, but it is not an overwhelming amount!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Some clubs and many bars in the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area!

2 College Freshman

Athletics: No football team; school spirit for the athletics is generally low (but school spirit in general is in NO way lacking)! It truly is a "beach-state-of-mind" when it comes to athletics. Intramural sports and club sports are popular and seem well-funded/well-provided for!

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The student body, as a whole, looks like a typical California beach college! So many work-out, are fit, and are tan! (not that that automatically makes one attractive) From what I've seen in comparison to other colleges, UNCW is very attractive in both women and men. (though this is coming from a straight man's perspective, lol) There are a lot of bleach-blondes here (and they are a little beautiful, haha), and most of the guys are generally fratty/laid-back. There aren't as many "artistic" people as I would have liked, though! (like I would consider myself)

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: I am in no way racist, but I have NEVER seen so many White people in my life! (I see why they call it "UNC-White" now, no offense, lol) Minorities are few and far between, but the campus as a whole seems very open-minded and welcome to diversity. However, as it natural for one to gravitate toward people of one's own ethnic/cultural background, it may be hard, at first, for many minorities to find their "niche". Most people are Protestant Christian, and a surprising number attend Church services regularly. Though the campus isn't as politically active as Chapel Hill, it is about half conservative and half liberal. (which is way more conservatives than I expected from a college campus) Most people seem like they are from the middle to upper classes, though you can't always tell someone's economic class (or other characteristics) just by looking at them! Don't be afraid to branch out and explore different groups of people!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of off-campus housing options, though I haven't found any that seem as nice as on-campus so far!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Cornerstone is the best/newest/most luxurious for the freshmen on-campus residence halls. Other dorms range from fair to good, from what I've seen/heard. The Landing/Crossing is the best for upperclassmen who want to stay on-campus, from what I have heard/seen!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many restaurants/bars/eateries/local spots that are so delicious and diverse in terms of cuisine. Wilmington is nothing, if not the typical beach town with lots to choose as far as food!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: UNCW is constantly raising the bar/standards when it comes to facility quality; new construction and public/physical improvements are everywhere! (i.e. new Recreation Center)

3 College Freshman

Computers: Some of the computers are slow and at times need IT assistance as they can freeze/have problems, though the university does generally have good computers services. Wi-fi is great, except late at night when everyone is online, then ethernet is needed for a stable connection. iPrint allows a student to print from anywhere to almost every location; very handy, except when printers are out! (not too often, though)

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots of bars, restaurants, and things to do around Wilmington, not in the least is the beach, of course!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Though I have only been here one semester, all of the teachers I had are generally helpful, competent, and of college quality. Academic support systems and tutoring are excellent, and I truly believe the university gives one every tool to succeed. Though, ultimately, it is up to one's self to succeed in the end!

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4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy the marine biology program at my school a lot because I get a lot of hands-on experience in my program. Several of my classes and labs have taken boat rides, and field trips out to the beach, marsh, and aquarium. There are lots of internship opportunities, but not very many job opportunities at the school. The workload is difficult sometimes, because biology courses >300 have heavy workloads. The facilities are great - the Center for Marine Science is located about 20 minutes from campus, and now there is a bus that takes students there!

3 College Junior

Parking: They oversell spots in certain zones, so sometimes you cannot find parking close to your building. It costs $300 for a regular spot, but more to park in the deck. When you park in the wrong zone and get a fine, you can usually get it repealed for your first offense. If you don't get it appealed, you can volunteer on campus so you don't have to pay!

4 College Freshman

Academics: UNCW has hundreds of majors and minors. Professors not only teach but currently practice their area of expertise which provides students with current and applicable information of the field. There are lots of exchange programs and study abroad programs as well. Film Studies and Marine Biology are extremely popular majors at this college.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: UNCW is very unique because it is located in 'Wilmywood' or the 'Hollywood of the East.' There is a large film studio located in town so there are film crews shooting scenes on campus all the time making this college pretty current and exciting.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: UNCW is full of campus life and pride. There are loads of clubs and organizations to choose from, a diverse student body and there is always some fun event or fundraiser going on.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: UNCW has buses that run all throughout the day and take you around campus and off campus, but they don't take you into the town of Wilmington which is a popular spot for students and they also do not take you to the beach which is quite close and also a popular place for the college students

4 College Senior

Transportation: The "Wave" system is convenient to local residents, as well as UNCW students. The system travels to all parts of Wilmington and near to most of the surrounding townships.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus' strictness is most evident within the classroom. I feel that campus policies are well upheld in UNCW's graduate programs. School policies are clearly visible. The courses strictly follow the policies stated in the syllabus, and every student knows what to expect from the course, the professor, and the fellow classmates. I have zero complaints from my UNCW experience.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: I think I would probably be able to count the number of black people here that aren't on the track team or the basketball team on one hand. Seriously, the minority population here is less than 5%. It's pitiful.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people of many different races here, however the majority of people are white. There will always be a majority and UNCW as a whole embraces diversity very well. Diversity never creates a problem here at UNCW.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's lots of variety. I've never had complaints with the dining hall, like most college students do. Meal plans are alright. You're required to have one if you live in a dorm, which makes sense. There's lots to choose from on a spectrum from vegan/gluten free/whatever other special dietary needs to good ol' greasy fries and pizza. They do a great job with dining, in my opinion.

5 College Freshman

Academics: All of the professors I've had thus far are extremely nice and care a lot about their students. Class sizes are kept small and are never taught by TAs. TAs may do grading for homework or be the instructor for a lab, but lectures are always by the professor. I am in the Honors Program, so I get priority registration which pretty much guarantees that I get the classes I want at good times. I recommend that everyone apply for that! It's a worthwhile program!

3 College Freshman

Parking: People complain sometimes that parking sucks here, but it's not bad if you just follow the rules. The permit is kind of expensive ($330 for the year, and I think around $180 for a semester), but its worth it. You're guaranteed a spot close to where you live, and after 4pm on weekdays and all weekend, you can park anywhere on campus for free, which is sweet! It's nice to have a car for getting around Wilmington to various volunteer opportunities, or just going downtown for shopping and fun. It isn't totally necessary, though. There is a free shuttle system that goes almost anywhere you need to go. Also, the beach is just a short bike ride away!


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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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