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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4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to UNCW for the Nursing Program, which is EXCELLENT. I took a class my freshman year--Survey of Professional Nursing (totally recommend it if that's what you want to do) --that gave me a really comprehensive look at the program, how to get into it, and all it has to offer. They have state-of-the-art facilities and excellent professors! It's funny, though, I decided Nursing is not for me and I'm trying to decide what to change my major to. It's a tough decision, because all of my professors are great and so inspiring in every subject even for non-majors. The academics at UNCW are great, because students are not treated like "just a number". Class sizes are generally kept decently small, and are never taught by TAs (except labs, which is fine).

4 College Freshman

Weather: It only sucks when it's raining, which sometimes happens for a couple days straight. Biking and longboarding around campus is very big here, and that can suck in the rain. Its not such a huge deal, keep a plastic bag in your backpack for the bike seat and invest in a pair of rain boots (they'll come in handy!) and you'll be fine. Other than that its beautiful, beach weather into late October! The winter isn't brutal, either.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is mostly white, race-wise. There are a good mix of gays though. I don't know about religion. It ranges from extremely religious to anti-religious. There are a lot of international students. Also, they make diversity a big deal here, with lots of festivals and interactions and what not. This school is mostly Democrat too. Very liberal. But there are Republicans here and Republican clubs. Economic backgrounds range from rich to poor, but mostly everyone here is middle-class average.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you love surfer guys with long hair and tans, then this is your place. The guys are laid-back and fun, but the guys are a bit stuck-up and unfriendly. (I lived in the all girls dorm-I know) Nevertheless, the chicks are still very attractive as well.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: THE DUB was voted by PLAYBOY as the MOST ATTRACTIVE STUDENT BODY on the EAST COAST... Enough Said

5 College Freshman

Weather: Amazing weather, a little rain but it stays really warm. On November 4, 2012 it was 77 degrees.

4 College Freshman

Parking: If you live on campus then parking is amazing

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: A relaxed campus with a lot of freedom in the dorms

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everyone can feel safe and your not pressured to doing stuff

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a huge Greek campus, and they don't throw that many parties

3 College Freshman

Athletics: No football and the basketball team is a little weak

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly white but everyone fits in

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Wilmington has wonderful places to eat near campus and locally

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not a lot of options but the food is usually pretty good

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Great buildings and a lot of new construction

4 College Freshman

Computers: A lot of Macs and pc's

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police and health clinic staff is amazing

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: U Dub is literally in between the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and downtown.

4 College Freshman

Academics: UNCW has gained a reputation as a very challenging institution.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I was a psychology major, and found the curriculum to be pretty challenging. I definitely feel like I got my money's worth out of my education. Some of the professors are awesome, and some are not. I think this is true of any college you attend, though, so it was not a huge deal to me.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Wilmington is a fantastic place to live! There are tons of things to do around town, and new stores are always popping up!

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Wilmington has a ton of apartments very close to the campus. I always felt very safe while I was there.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are tons of things going on if you know where to look. Nightlife usually doesn't go on too late. Once you're 21, though, there are tons of beach bars and bars downtown to go to!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: My overall learning experience has been a success, especially regarding the variety of what I've learned. Just like any school, some of the teachers I've had are fantastic, while others I wish I could say the same. The class sizes are pretty decent. Registration can definitely get a bit frustrating at times, especially as a freshman.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live off-campus in Mill Creek apartments and I love it! For much more space and privacy, I am paying a lot less than I would be on campus.


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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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