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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Laid Back – Everyone is super friendly and willing to work with you if you need help. Some policies are kind of strict if you're a freshman, but if you don't make it obvious that you're doing something wrong you'll be fine.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: If you are interested in that sort of thing, it's great. The frats and sororities are definitely favored as far as funding. Most people who are not involved don't really like members.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: UNCW Summary – Work load is about equivalent to high school. Majors are somewhat restricted so make sure they offer the major that you want before you apply

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Expensive and Hard to Get – The parking permits, to the best of my memory, cost about $250 for a year. On campus parking is only available to upperclassmen and underclassmen have to park off campus and take a bus to campus

4 College Senior

Weather: Hurricane Season!! We are on the Atlantic Coast so UNCW is almost always affected by hurricanes during the first few weeks of classes. It never snows here, maybe once a year if you are lucky, but it rains a lot. Bring your rainboots.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Not Very Diverse – The city of Wilmington is very diverse, but the university is predominantly white. There are minorities, but not in excess. It would be nice if there were more diversity.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Expensive and Not That Great – Wag is probably the most convenient place if you have a meal plan with swipes. Meal plans are way overpriced but required if you live on campus. Good luck not gaining the freshman 15!

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sororities Have the Women – Best looking girls anywhere and most of them are in a sorority. There isn't too much difference between the Greek students and non Greek.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sporting Events Are Fun – Basketball games can get pretty wild. Other sporting events are always a good time. Only negative is we don't have a football team.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: downtown wilmingtion is the best city for any kind of fun and wrightsville beach is very accessible

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: readily available. practically part of campus. variety of choices in housing.

3 College Freshman

Weather: When It Rains, It Floods. When it rains in Wilmington, classes never get canceled, even though you're basically swimming to your classes. Make sure you bring rain boots!!!!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman Do's – If I had any advice for an incoming freshman it would be to live on campus! It was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I met people that I can now call my best friends. The dorms are not anything spectacular but the relationships and memories you make are far worth sharing your room with someone else. It also makes going to class extremely convenient since you are already on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: What You Can't Get Anywhere Else – The University of North Carolina Wilmington provides a learning experience that is hard to find at any other university. For instance we are located right on the coast which gives both our Biology and Marine Biology programs the upper hand on majority of the other schools. Being that my major is Biology this had a lot to do with my decision to attend UNCW. We also have an awesome opportunity to study abroad at UNCW. You are able to substitute the cost of going to school in Wilmington and study abroad in another country. I for one hope to participate in this program before I graduate.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking decals are close to $350 dollars depending on where you get parking, which is a little much. If you live on campus and pay the fee you're guaranteed a spot but it sucks for off-campus students. If you live a mile within campus then you aren't allowed a spot and must bike, walk, find a ride, etc. Then other people have to park off campus and take the campus bus, which takes forever and it annoying.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Beach Bars, Keggers, Etc. Wilmington nightlife is so much fun and there is such a variety. The beach bars are all 21+ and have a very laid back atmosphere and are generally for the upperclassmen. The bars and clubs downtown have numerous college nights for 18+ up which are pretty fun but crowded. There are also tons of house parties going on. Taxi's are easily accessible and pretty cheap- beach or downtown for just $12, split between 8 people is such a good deal!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Tourism Management and Internships – I'm a Parks and Recreation major with a concentration in Tourism Management. I hope to one day own or manage an all inclusive resort. Since UNC-Wilmington is located 5 miles from the beach, there are tons of internship opportunities at numerous hotels. The classes are pretty easy and deal with event planning and management skills which will be useful when I get a job. They also have job placement programs which make it super easy to find a workplace right after graduation.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors and advisors seem really willing to give students their time outside of the classroom for students who regularly attend classes and are showing effort in completing assignments. I came from a small high school where teachers couldn't help but care about the efforts of each student in their class, at UNCW the staff hasn't made me feel any different or any less important than I did in a graduating class of 45 students.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not yet looked into off campus housing, but i've only heard good things about it.

College Freshman

Computers: Excellent Wifi Network – the entire campus has wifi and we're given free security and programs. the speed is great especially when using the ethernet cords provided.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The rec center is new and you can definitely tell. There always seems to be an event going on on campus. There is also a wide selection of food options in the student centers. The campus is very well maintained and is the nicest that I have been to.

3 College Junior

Academics: There is a very wide range of majors and classes however the school is mostly only known for its Marine Biology program. Unfortunately I have had some unsatisfactory professors that made classes nearly unbearable.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There Is Always Something to Do – Wilmington is a big city so there is always some sort of event going on downtown or in the general area. Furthermore it is about five minutes from the beach.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Strict Enforcent – While substance abuse may be popuular, UNCW has a strict policy and enforcent of the hypothetical event.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Good Luck – Let me know when you find out. I'd like to know this information as well. The office is not very helpful. One woman was completely rude that last time I went in there. They don't seem to be able to help students who are obviously struggling to afford to be able to attend this university.

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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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