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 Sophomore

Academics: I am currently a Marine Biology and Environmental Studies double major. Being in the science field here is an honor, especially since the marine biology department is ranked nationally.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is pretty tranquil. It is usually warm and sunny out, though there are certain days when it rains a lot, so have an umbrella handy. It still does not really get cold. Due to the mild weather changes, class normally does not get cancelled due to weather. The buildings are heated or cooled based on the weather outside; there is no certain cutoff date for A/C or the heat. When it is nice out, a lot of students go outside to the lawns to study and do homework, which provides for a very nice relaxed atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our athletics are pretty great, especially men's basketball and baseball. The women's basketball games do not get as much support from the crowd, but overall UNCW's student body is proud and supportive of their athletics. Unfortunately, we do not have a football team, which is something that a lot of students wish for. It does, however, let our other sports shine. Students who do not want to or are unable to join a varsity sport can join club and intramurals. There are countless sports clubs, and they all have optimal spaces to practice in and are not discriminated against.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many, many options off campus. Most places are within a ten-minute driving radius. My favorite places to go are Flaming Amy's Bowl, you pick everything (raw veggies and meats) to put in a bowl, then you pick whether you want noodles or rice, and their toppings. Another campus favorite is Fuzzy Peach - a frozen yogurt bar. Within 10 minutes, there are restaurants where you can get pizza, Asian food, and many bar & grills.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I came to UNCW because it has one of the best marine biology programs on the East Coast, and in the US in general. Many of the professors that I have interacted with are excited about offering you opportunities to get experience outside of the classroom. You get hands-on experience, frequent trips outside of the classroom, and the faculty you can connect with are experienced and very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe, well lite and it is small enough that you can walk from point A to point B and run into someone you know. The campus has a lot of trails and hidden areas, but you would still feel safe walking alone, but anywhere even in safe areas you should walk with others. Campus security is pretty hardcore in some areas, in some places on campus. Just watch your driving on campus, like drive the speed limit.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Feel fairly safe. Some areas off the trails should be better lit, and perhaps a safety call pole should be in the parking lots.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The recreation center was just renovated. Very spacious. Buildings are in good conditions and two buildings were added the past 2 years. Hours of the library are odd, but it is a nice and resourceful place to study.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great school, very difficult but definitely worth it.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The marine bio program here is great! There are so many options available for students. By requiring a DIS students are ensured the opportunity to get their foot in the door in their field and are able to see what they will be doing after graduation.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public transportation is nice at UNCW. They offer two different kind of bus services. One kind travels to each location, whereas the other kind travels to the most popular/used locations. Their buses also operate well into the evening.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Many new buildings just opened up, such as the psychology building, and it is very nice and modern. It is a huge upgrade from the previous building. The student center is nice and there are a lot of great places to eat on campus (including all you can eat buffets). The library isn't as big inside as it looks on the outside, but it is pretty up-to-date and has a lot of computers.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: The drug scene at UNCW is not evident. I have never heard of or witnessed anyone engaging in drug activity on campus.

Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I don't attend any of the events on campus. I live off campus.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: There is honestly no diversity here. It's white kids from NC, NJ, PA, NY, SC, and MD.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is BEAUTIFUL! It rains a lot, but have a rain coat and you'll be fine. It's generally warm and sunny!

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Lots of students get involved in Greek Life. It's not necessary to make friends or be socially accepted, but it is a way to make lots of friends and have something fun to do! Non-Greeks view Greeks as equals. They aren't very seperated like they would be at Alabama or Ole Miss. Greek housing isn't really big around UNCW. The frats throw the best parties!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: LOTS OF DRINKING! Friday and Saturday nights are prime drinking nights, since that's when most parties are. Some kids go out multiple nights every week. Alcohol isn't hard to find, but it's not always easy. Drugs aren't really a problem. Many students smoke weed, but that's typical for many schools. If you go downtown, that's when you will get offered hard-core drugs. Just make sure you always stick with a friend and you can prevent bad situations! Peer pressure isn't really an issue. Policy enforcement is pretty simple- if you get caught you will get in huge trouble. Just don't walk into your dorm acting like an idiot, and WHAT EVER YOU DO DON'T DO OR BRING ANYTHING INTO THE DORMS!

2 College Freshman

Parking: The permits cost about $350 for a general one, and the parking office rides around in a van and goes through all of the parking lots multiple times a day writing down any one who violates even the slightest rule. Kids usually get 2-3 parking tickets per year. Parking availability depends on where you live. If you live at a dorm, you will get parking, but it depends on how early/late you get there. Your best bet of good parking is on weekends because many students who have cars live in-state and go home during the weekends, and many spots close to the dorms open up!

3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors don't really care about you. They will once you reach out to them and get more involved in your major. The registration process is done online and with your advisor, and is very hectic. The workload depends on who your professors are, but be prepared to spend a good amount of time in the library. Popular study areas include Marine Biology, Theater, Business, Nursing, and Psychology.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are good. The school has a reputation for having good academics. Just go in expecting to learn and study. Course load depends upon your teacher.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe. Just don't walk around alone at night. There are emergency boxes located all over campus, so you'll be fine. Plus, there are lots of cops around campus so you'll be fine. The only thing kids really get nailed with is parking tickets.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are always tons of house parties around for kids to go to. And the beach bars are awesome when you turn 21. However, if you're not 21 you can head downtown or to Sandbar for 18+

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3 College Junior

Diversity: We tend to have typical southern people on class mixed with the surfers. So there is not tons of diversity but our school does try.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics aren't a huge part of campus life, but they are present for sure. We are part of a smaller conference, so we don't get a lot of attention nationally, but games are still fun to go to even if we aren't the best.


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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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