Wilmington, NC
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Reviews 1055 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Are EVERYWHERE – I am not in the Greek system, but it's hard to not be bombarded with it everywhere you go. Especially during the recruiting seasons, Greek members are all over campus advertising and socializing. Though I am not involved in the Greek system, the majority of people I know or lived with have rushed or joined. My opinion on them is kind of 50/50. Most of the Greeks in my classes are extremely clique-y/save seats for each other, only talk to one another, paint their nails in class and display their letters 24/7 on anything and everything. But then I have met a handful of girls who are down to earth and who you would never expect to be in a sorority.
But...I also know a lot of great people who have nothing to do with the Greek system - so if you're like me and don't need to pay for friends/don't care for the superficial and stuff, then don't fear, they are plenty of normal/non greekers around

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Expanding With a Theme – UNCW as a university has recently taken on the initiative of exanding current, renovating the old, and building new buildings on campus. The following aspects are commonalitites between the old and the new:
1) georgian architecture
2) environmentaly freindly (some buildings are LEED certified)
3) student and community approved (months of interviews and surveys are preformed to get the opnion of the studnet body and even the surrounding community)
Our on campus housing has been voted best in the south east. We have many students that decide to live on campus all four years because the apts are comparable or better than that of surrounding wilmington...out door pools, cafes, market places, full sized appliences, full beds etc.
Beautiful campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Learning Expereince – The DOS (dean of students) office will provide strict punishment when needed but will also provide insightful feed back to help its students evolve into a person (if the student so chooses) that will make better decisions in the futue. The DOS motto is that "good people can sometimes make poor decisions".
In the dormatories, RA's keep are trained in many differnt sitiuations to be able to enforce campus policy and will do so when the time comes. But they are not 'bad guys' they can actually be the best friends and role models one could ever hope to find.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Let the Students Decide – When it comes to entertainment such as concerts, programs, comedy shows, debates, public speakers etc...it is up to the studnets to decide who or what comes to campus. UNCW makes it very simple to express yourself and have your thoughts heard.
In 2008 there were 110 clubs on campus and in 2012 that number grew to over 225. If you cannot find something of interest that you would like to participate then all you have to do is start your own club with two other people with similar interest...the university will even provide you with funds to get started.
UNCW is a student oriented campus full of programs almost everyday something new to do, see, or learn.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: UNCW is a fantastic place to go to college...great weather, near the beach, and great people. It's a huge campus with a lot around do to. There is downtown Wilmington and also the beach bars at night. I was a member of the cross country and track team and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Too Expensive, but Average – Unfortunately, it is much cheaper to live off campus than on. That said, it really is best for students to live on campus for their first year in order to network. I have found the living situations on campus to be manageable, but response time for maintenance and consistency was quite disappointing.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I Have Never Felt Unsafe – There are so many measures taken on campus to prevent violence and emergencies, and to promote safe...well, everything. In the event of an emergency, students are texted, called, and emailed with information. This service is regularly tested. Should a student feel unsafe on campus, there are several call boxes located around campus for students to use in the case of an emergency, OR to ask for an escort back to their residence hall.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Delicious but Unhealthy – Firstly, while there are several dining locations on campus, they all seem to serve the same items and all items have the same kinds of seasonings.
The food is tasty, but even the "healthy" options are less than desirable. For one thing, fresh fruit is hard to come by in the dining hall and even the salad dressings at the salad bar are incredibly fattening.

3 College Senior

Weather: Always Bring Your Umbrella to Class – Wilmington is a beautiful city and a wonderful place to live! We have beautiful weather here during spring, summer, and fall. July and August are the hottest months because of the level of humidity. Winters are typically mild and it hardly ever snows. Always be prepared for a surprise shower, but they never last long. We are in an area where hurricanes can be a concern. However, there hasn't been a serious threat since I have been here and the university has a very thorough plan if that ever needed to be implemented.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Way More to Do If You Are 21 – There are some spots in the downtown Wilmington area that allow students under 21, but not very many. Also, I think downtown is a little bit rough and sketchy. Whenever I do go there, I don't see very many people I know from school and it seems like there are more people in there late 20's/early 30's. I never go downtown unless I am with a group of people that I know I can trust and can have a good time with for the duration of the night. There are a lot of fun places to go in Wrightsville Beach, but they are 21 and up. The "beach bars" are great because they are all close together; you can go in each one, have just one drink, and move on to the next one. There are a lot more UNCW students/college-aged students here and I always see lots of familiar faces.

3 College Senior

Parking: Park Where Your Permit Says to – While parking is extremely convenient for students living on-campus. It can be a pain for commuter students. Even though there are plenty of spots available for those students, they are quite a distance from certain academic buildings. My entire junior year, I had a good 15-20 minute walk from my car to my classes. I had to leave my house a half an hour before class at the latest to make it to class on time since my assigned spot was so far away. Also, if you don't park in your assigned zone, in visitor parking, or in fac/staff parking, YOU WILL GET A TICKET!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of Social Drinking – Theres lots of underage drinking. Pick your roommates carefully

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great Time at Uncw – Throughout it all the experience has been great, the faculty are helpful. Several opportunities have been laid out for me and my courses are hard, but great.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Attractive, athletic, smart, some have better and worse personalities. Some aren't open to new things

3 College Junior

Majors: Rate My Review – Some classes are really hard, no matter how much i study it doesn't seem to show improvment. Or the test will be somewhat irrelevant

3 College Junior

Majors: Some teachers grade differently and easier than others which is unfair

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Tons to Do – Obviously, you are in a college town so there are usually good parties on the weekends. Sometimes hit or miss and its generally BYOB, but at least there's no cover charge and they don't card.

The Beach Bars are fun with a laid back atmosphere, but they are 21+. If you are under age, closer to down town will have clubs and if you can wash off your "X's" you shouldn't have a problem ordering a drink. (Hand Sanitizer helps. Plus not all of the clubs are super hygienic. You might want to be carrying it anyways.)

If you drink too much there are taxis. Its like 10 - 12 dollars depending on where you go, but if you are splitting it with people it really isn't bad. Plus you can get taxi vouchers from the school which helps.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Nursing Is Amazing – I came to UNCW specifically for the Nursing Program. It has one of the highest reputations on the east coast and the building they just built for it is f***ing beautiful. (Yes the self-censored swear was necessary to stress how amazing this building is.) The professors are caring and helpful. I just love it.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Tons of Variety – The campus has ton's of places to eat. For dining halls there's Wagoner's (Wag) and Dub's Grill which is kind of small, but good. The food court is awesome. It has Chik Fil A, a mexican place (my favorite), Quiznos, salads... Whatever you are in the mood for, you can usually satisfy it.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Punishments Fit the Crime – I have never gotten in trouble with Campus Police aside from some parking tickets. But when the other students are doing illegal and disruptive things, like drinking in the dorms when they aren't supposed to, its really distracting and takes away from what the people around them are trying to accomplish. The police and University are pretty strict, but I prefer it that way.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Fantastic Experience – The dorms at UNCW are pretty small, like most dorms, and a lot of times you feel like you can't get any privacy, but I truly recommend people live on campus in the dorms. You meet so many people and do lots of fun things. We had two girls on my floor who were on crutches at one point in the semester. We took turns racing each other down the hall and back. People were falling over and trying to sabotage each other. It was hilarious. You just are going to get experiences like that if you live at home or in an off campus apartment.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You will find a wide variety of students on campus. There is not one "type". I really like the wide range and it is great for students!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Must Experience – I think living on campus is the best part of ones college experience. It makes college, college! Many go into it, dreading the small rooms and sharing but it flys by, you learn, grow, and really have the time of your life. When else are you going to have the opportunity to live with your friends! Housing really works with you as long as you are patient and respect them. There are about 13,000 students that attend UNCW so housing does the best it can to meet everyones wants and needs!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good Company – Athletics at our school are not extremely competitive. They are fun to go to and show school spirit.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Wag Swag – There are many places to eat on campus. Dubs Cafe is okay, it kind of depends on the day. Hawks nest has a variety of options, but you can only use meal swipes certain times of the day. The Landing sandwich shop and Einsteins Bagels are both awesome, but they can be kind of expensive. Wagoner Hall (Wag) is the BEST. Everyone goes there to get there wag swag on. It is always a meal swipe, you can eat as much as you want, and they always have lots of options!

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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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