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Wilmington, NC
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10,457
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$17,472 ($5,672)
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5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather starts to nice in March and stays nice until November. The biggest problem is that sometimes it's too nice to go to class and then you have to go to the beach.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: SO Many Options – You can't turn out of the university without hitting at least 5 restaurants in the first .3 miles. Cookout is right next to campus and it's a big hit among the coeds for late night eating. There are many restaurants, you'll never run out of options, I promise!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – In addition to the Wilmington city police, the University has it's own police department on campus. They are not just campus safety officers, they are legitimate police. Also there are many safety police call boxes around campus. There is not a reason to feel unsafe!

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's a Beach Town! When the weather is nice (which is most of the time) it is extremely nice! But since we are right on the coast, when it rains, it rains a lot for a short amount of time and the wind is high at times. Not much to complain about though!

3 College Junior

Majors: Simple Yet Fairly Competitive – Athletic Training is a great program at UNCW. With roughly 13 students in my class, we have all become very close, very quickly. The admissions processes to get into the program is pretty competitive. In the spring semester (typically as a freshman for traditional students) you are required to take an intro level class that opens your eyes to what it takes to be an athletic training major. This course is taught by the director of our program and you have the opportunity to complete observation hours in the on campus Athletic Training Room working closely with the D1 Athletes here are UNCW. At the end of the semester, you will begin your application process which consist of letter of recommendations, short essay describing your goals, and a professional interview. The program generally accepts anywhere from 10-15 candidates a year. My tip to applicants would be to start forming relationships with professors and advisors early so that they can write you a reference letter. Also, schedule time to sit down and talk with student already in the program and the director of the program to make sure this is what you what to do. Overall, the application process is simple, yet competitive.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As a Communication Studies major, I had to take a few pre-requisite classes and earn a B or better to continue on in the major. This department does not require an applicaiton like the Cameron School of Business where students need to take more pre-requisites and maintain good grades to be accepted. The hardest, most competitive major on campus is Nursing. If you are interested in going into the nursing program, get really good grades!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Love the Wilmington Community and Wrightsville Beach! The Wilmington community has SO much to offer. Off-campus you can find the Downtown area which is by the water and you can walk around in different litte shops and eat at some great restaurants. We have a mall that is a 5 minute drive from campus and is pretty good. The main place for students to go is Wrightsville Beach! The beach is about 7 miles away and on nice days students can ALWAYS be found hanging out there. Mayfaire is another great place to walk around for shopping, going to the movies, and eating out. The local atmosphere of Wilmington has so much to offer!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Housing Is Awesome – The options that freshman have are not too bad, but I suggest trying to get into the newer dorms called "Tri-House" (consisting of Cornerstone, International House, and Honors). However, the suite-styled dorms such as Graham-Hewlett are also great because you get to share a bathroom with a few people instead of having hall-styled bathrooms, AND you share a common room for more space. Galloway is known as the most social dorm because it is 6 stories and co-ed, but the rooms are small and the bathrooms are hall-styled.

Upperclassman apartments on campus are REALLY nice. They include a kitchen and living room area and you can live with 2-5 other people depending on the area. Each person gets their own larger room too! Some of the upperclassman housing areas have pools and a clubhouse. It's awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: New Buildings Are BEAUTIFUL – Our campus is very uniform looking when it comes to the appearance of the buildings, but inside the buildings cater to the departments that are held in them. Even the new parking deck is made with the same neo-Georgian brick look and most buildings have the pretty white colomns. The newest buildings are the best and have state-of-the-art technology, and the school is constantly making improvements on different facilities. The Student Recreation Center is currently being expanded and will be triple in size when it is completed! Students love how the school is always looking to improve the facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Since our school doesn't have a footbal team, our sports school spirit revolves mostly around the men's basketball team. Other popular sports to attend are men's soccer and baseball. Some students complain about the lack of school spirit, but those are the ones that don't actually attend the games! Club sports are a big thing to get involved in also. Intermurals are so much fun and so many students are involved in playing some kind of intermural sport with their friends. We have a huge variety of intermurals ranging from cornhole to flag football to sand volleyball. This campus is so active!

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Love the Warmth! Coming from the north, weather was a huge factor to coming here. Wilmington generally has beautiful weather and is very warm. It takes a while for the weather to cool down for the winter and doesn't stay too cold for long. It barely ever snows here but can get colder for just a few months, and warms back up by March or April (sometimes even earlier)! Summers can get pretty hot and humid so prepare yourself.

One thing Wilmington is known for is the sporadic rain downpours. On days that the forcast says it will rain, be prepared with rainboots and a durable umbrella because the rain can get heavy for a little bit. However, this heavy rain doesn't last long and usually clears up in an hour or so!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great Experience – As a transfer student, my experience has been great. In no way did I feel excluded or left out. I joined a few clubs/organizations and that has been such a great way to make friends. Also some of my teachers here have been really inspirational, if it was not for one in particular I wouldn't even have considered to double major in French and to study abroad.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone at UNCW is extremely laid back, boys and girls alike. There are a lot of long boarders and surfers but there is also a good amount of city people. There isn't a big segregation in any part of our student body. Greek life is only about 10-15% of our student body. They do amazing things for our campus but we are not a greek school.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Non Existant! I have never experienced anyone participating in drug related activities. Although this happens everywhere in the world, our UNCW police are always patrolling through the residential halls along with the RAs. It would make doing drugs practically impossible.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Is Easy – There are scholarships everywhere but you have to search for them. Often enough many of the professors in my department will let the students know of the specific scholarships that are offered in that department for the students. If you don't know where to start then stop by the financial aid office they are always happy to help.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many Options – There are so many options to choose from such as chain restaurants right down to local Wilmington restaurants. There is so much variety to choose from that I think it will be hard to try everything before I graduate.

5 College Senior

Majors: I LOVED My Major. It Was Perfect for Me! As a Communication Studies major, I learned so many transferable skills that have already proven themselves to apply to the "real world." When I look back on my classes, I can point to something that I have already used when applying to graduate school!

2 College Senior

Transportation: Bring a Car – The bus system is present but not very reliable. If you want to go off campus, you should bring a car (freshmen CAN have cars) or make good friends with someone who has one!

5 College Senior

Majors: Applied Learning – UNCW offers many different types of applied learning opportunities. I have completed an internship, a directed independent study and many leadership positions on campus. Finding an internship was very easy and the internship director was very concerned about my wishes for learning during my internship. I actually completed it for course credit so it was an unpaid internship but I have also had several jobs on campus to make up for the lack of pay.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lots of People – School is after all 60% female, for guys, this is great! The beach keeps everyone here looking great and tan. The range of people go to all ends of the spectrum though, anyone would easily be able to find their group of friends and then some!

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Need More of It – The Wave is the transport system around campus, however, it doesn't run 24 hours and also only has a very limited amount of stops. It is very convenient for on-campus transport and a select few other places but it is much easier to walk, bike, skate, or drive to where you need to go.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Well Lit, Tons of Call Boxes – I have never felt unsafe at UNCW! I frequently see security guards walking around the parking lots at night and they will always walk you somewhere if you need them to. I usually park right outside of my building, so the walk is not far!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UNCW is fantastic, I couldn't ask for a better school or people here. The people on campus really make your experience what it is. Joining clubs or other organizations is what really brought me to the realization that Wilmington's campus is the one for me.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life here on campus is becoming more and more prominant. The campus currently is about 12% Greek and continuing to rise. Being a member of a Fraternity, I am able to see the potential for Greek life to continue to grow. Greeks are seen on campus a lot but it is very laid back in terms of being Greek or not. There is no pressure to go Greek unless it is something you're interested in.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Something for Everyone! No matter your preference in type of food or cost you can find something in Wilmington that you will LOVE. There are tons of great local spots close to the university as well as downtown and at the beach. Many places have cheap food and specials (Island's Fresh Mex Grille has dollar tacos after 5:00 every night). There are several restaurants in Wilmington that were started by UNCW alumni (try PT's Grille or the Fuzzy Peach). If you like seafood we have tons of fresh seafood restaurants and some great local pizza places. Also, if you're looking for an experience that you will only find in Wilmington, try Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn!

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Chloe Miller
Hometown
Cary, NC
Major
English Literature
Grad Year
2013
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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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