Wilmington, NC
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$17,472 ($5,672)
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Reviews 1051 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: This campus needs more housing, which can make it hard to find space on campus, but if you stay on top of deadlinse and have a good GPA in later years, its not too bad. Galloway is the only kinda nasty dorm, but the rest really aren't bad. All of the upperclassman dorms are REALLY nice and a great value.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on this campus. There is always a call box in sight anywhere you are on campus. There have been several gun men that have come from off campus, onto the edges of campus, but students get text messages and voice mails of any activity and how to stay safe. As long as you are in a residence hall you feel completely safe because of the high security, especially in freshman dorms.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is average. The best place to eat is Hawks.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The English department staff is amazing. I've gotten to know almost all of my professors and they are all willing to meet outside of class or help with anything. I have two different professors mentoring me for different activities, which is wonderful, and the class sizes are great. Lots of discussion

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining halls are expensive and don't seem too healthy for the most part. Also, they aren't open late enough for some people who get out of work late and want food before going back to the dorms.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's a small town but it's by the beach so you can't really go wrong. It also has some good business and professional opportunities and a decent night life.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: People either love it or hate it. I know a lot of people who have dropped out of their fraternities or sororities but if you love the one you get into then it can be a great time!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The teachers make it clear that you should come to class to earn a good grade. They explain how it is worth it in the long run. They also explain how it is YOUR choice if you don't come and it will only effect you. In most classes your only allowed 2 absences.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We have a little bit of diversity here but everyone is accepting of one another which is great! This school doesn't have many clicks. We all hang out with one another no matter what their race may be. We do have different political views with each other. There is a republicans club and a liberals club. They may disagree on things but not to the extreme where they get in a fight.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Not the Worst...Not the Best – Everyone is really open and nice, but there are a lot of white people. Other ethnic groups are rising in enrollment though. Other than that, there is every imaginable personality niche. Beach bums to Gym rats. Valley kids to Farmers from the country.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors are awesome. They actually learn about you as a person once you make out of the lower level classes. Lots of opportunites for career training right on campus, and they don't mind hooking you up with their connections in the community.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Class Size – The classes are fun. Sometimes there are too many students in a class, but it is a lot less at the other state schools. Small price to pay for going to school at the beach and learning so much.

5 College Senior

Weather: Warmer than most of NC in the winter since it's on the ocean which also makes it slightly cooler in the summer with a good breeze. Everyone enjoys a good hurricane since it;s an excuse to party.

1 College Senior

Diversity: Most kids are the same because it's the ones who enjoy the beach.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Over 12% of the student body is Greek which is high for a state university.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Basketball Games – Sorry, no football here but basketball games are fun to attend.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Beach bodies – Clearly the most attractive student BODY in America!

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4 College Senior

Academics: Strong academically – Good instruction because they seem focused on teaching instead of research

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many Choices – Most every popular chain is in Wilmington plus many local spots. Its a beach town and historic downtown Wilmington so tons of options.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – The campus is in an urban setting surrounded by very safe neighborhoods. The city of Wilmington seems to have some pockets of petty theft but very low violent crime rate.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Great Options – Found downtown Wilmington to be exciting with many restaurants and clubs, almost like a large city. The beach is a happening place as well. If you meet someone in a fraternity or sorority you will find plenty of options.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The buildings all around campus are pretty big and nice.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs – Computer Labs on campus are often available and always up and running. For procrastinators the labs obviously will be full at crunch time, otherwise the wifi is alwasy up and running, if you ever encounter an issue tech support is only a phone call away. Granted they run on business hours, but if you do call during these times, they always are courteous and very responsive and helpful.


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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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