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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4 College Junior

Parking: Great for Residence Halls – Parking on campus overall is not bad. You can park in any white spaces anytime after 4 or on the weekends, and you get a parking spot outside of your residence hall on campus. There is plenty of parking at the library, unless it's exam week! Commuter lots seem to fill up quickly as well. However, on campus parking is reasonably priced and very convenient.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: It Depends on Friends – How involved you are in the drug scene on campus really depends on if your friends are involved or not. None of mine are, so I am not involved at all. You always hear about people who are involved, but UNCW prohibits and does not condone using illegal drugs.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of White Students – While the majority of students on campus are white, personally I do not think people discriminate between races or religion. This is a very culturally diverse campus, and I think the smaller number of minorities causes those groups to be closer.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe Campus – We have our own police department, they are not rent a cops or borrowed from the Wilmington PD. Their jurisdiction is campus and a 1 mile radius around campus. They patrol all over campus on foot, by bike and by car and they also patrol the dorms. We have 130 call boxes all over campus, which connect you directly to the police force. I have never felt uncomfortable on campus.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Variety With Some Limited Hours. There are a lot of dining locations on campus, and the meal plans are very convenient. With the different eating locations, it is very easy to find your style of food that fits your dietary needs. The only complaint I would have is that the main dining hall closes at 9 on weeknights and 8 on weekends, and the food court closes at 10. It would be nice to have something open later, especially on weekends.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Southern Belles – Over all I would have to that UNCW has a very attractive student body. We are a very active campus so most people are in good shape. Because the weather is so nice most of the year, girls often wear dresses. With 12,000 students, interests cover the entire gambit. With so many student organizations it is very easy to meet people who are interested in the same things as you.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Awesome School – UNCW provides so much for the students beyond the classroom, but starting with academics there are over 60 majors offered at Wilmington, and the average class size is 21 students. The faculty really care about the students and are readily available outside the classroom to give help.

A lot of school only offer academic programs, which often leads to a boring social scene. But at UNCW, there are over 200 student run organizations, and involvement is very heavily stressed. There is definitely something to keep everyone occupied whether its Greek life, sports (from intramural to varsity level), or volunteer organizations.

Finally, you just can't beat UNCW's location, just a few miles from the beach! Lots of students chose to go study, relax or just have fun at Wrightsville Beach. Some even live in beach houses for the school year. Between the river front and the lively night scene in downtown Wilmington and the excitement of the ocean, Wilmington is the perfect area to go to college.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Large Variety – There are preppy people, artsy/hipster people, gamers, skaters, jocks, etc. You'll find lots of people in gym clothes who work out and go for a run and then another handful who dress up to class daily. It just depends, but I love how everyone is unique and has their own style! To add, there aren't any cliques; everyone is super friendly and open-minded

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Close to Campus! There are so many off-campus locations to choose from, especially near campus. It's easy to bike, walk, or skateboard to class and there's definitely parking available if you live pass the "one-mile radius" rule from campus.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: Not Much – There isn't much nightlife. Most people don't go to the clubs downtown anymore and the beach bars are for 21 and up. There are many more house parties but a lot of them aren't within walking distance and end up getting busted by the police a lot of times.

3 College Senior

Weather: Lots of Rain – The weather is really nice in Wilmington most of the time but it can change at the spur of the moment. For example, you can go to class in the sunshine and come out to a torrential downpour!

4 College Senior

Weather: Mostly Sunny With a Chance of Hurricanes – It's almost always great weather in Wilmington. This winter was especially great... it didn't get below 55 the whole season. Summer starts early and everyone comes to class in their swim suit coverups and flip flops. But when it rains it pours. The campus floods really easily and it can come on suddenly without warning. If you forget your umbrella and rainboots on those days, you're kind of screwed. But hey, nothing is perfect, and UNCW is pretty darn close.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: So Many Girls! I'm a girl at UNCW and I must say I have a lot of competition amongst the other girls. Everyone has kind of a beachy vibe though and I love that about this school. There are a lot of hot guys, especially as they get older and less freshman-y. I'm a senior now and I'm pretty sure the guys have gotten better looking each year. Long boards and tanktops are definitely a turn on for me - if you don't agree then maybe you won't find your soul mate here ;)

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Not Bad, Not Great – There are a fair amount of restaurants catered to college students in the area - cheap and pretty good. But when I go to other cities I realize that Wilmington lacks a few essentials... Not much ethnic diversity in the dining department and no really healthy options to speak of. I love Wilmington so much, but it would be nice to see some growth in this aspect.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: I recieved a decent amount of student aid, but the process was a hassle. I also tried applying for numerous scholarships. these were not only hard to find, but complicated.

4 College Junior

Athletics: UNCW Bleeds Teal! UNCW embraces each and every sporting event that takes place on campus, whether that be varsity, club, or intramural. I always have a blast at the varsity basketball games, watching everyone sport their teal and enthusiastically cheer on their fellow classmates. Personally, I partake in both club and intramural sports, and was happily surprised to find how excited and committed both my teammates and competition were. One of my favorite UNCW traditions is known as "Teal Tuesday" as it is so neat to see the campus unite and wear their teal with pride. Currently, the Student Recreation Center is under renovation, but is planned to be completed in the upcoming year. Once finished, it will include an indoor olympic-size pool, an outdoor leisure pool in the shape of our Seahawk logo, two new multipurpose courts, and an expanded free weight and cardiovascular machine area, in addition to its current 30 foot rock climbing wall, suspended track, and group exercise studio. Varsity sports are not permitted to use the SRC for practice, as its purpose is to serve all of our students. All in all, UNCW will be more than capable of accommodating your athletics interests, no matter the type or level of intensity.

3 College Senior

Weather: Warm weather a lot. The only concern is during hurricane season. It snows cats and dogs.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Beach Blast – Everyone's favourite social part of UNCW is Beach Blast. Free food and transportation to the beach. One huge party!

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Really Safe – Always feel safe on campus, and trust to be alerted if something happens.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Really Great Experience – Freshmen dorms are decent, but after freshmen year there are great dorms. They are huge apartments!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Prevalent, but Aren't Necessary for Friends – There are social situations and settings where drinking is extremely prevelant, however people don't look at you differently if you choose not to partake. Also there are tons and tons of settings and things for people to do if they don't want to be around drugs or alcohol.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options – There are lots of off-campus housing options near UNCW and most are affordable and in good neighborhoods.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone Is Very Fit – UNCW is a fairly athletic school and I would say most people (guys and girls) are more fit than those at other schools.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Near the Beach – Campus is 10 minutes from the beach; what more can you want! Downtown Wilmington also has lots to do both during the day and at night. During the day the atmosphere is very family friendly and there are plenty of bars and clubs downtown at night.

4 College Senior

Weather: Its pretty hot and humid in the summer but very nice and perfect beach weather! The winter is chilly and windy, but not too bad. When it rains, it pours.


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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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