Wilmington, NC
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$17,472 ($5,672)
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Reviews 1055 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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!

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

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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.


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Chloe Miller
Cary, NC
English Literature
Grad Year
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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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