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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The strictness that seems to affect students the most is professor-determined. While many professors are reasonably lenient, those who are strict are extreme.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I think UNCW has enough rules to keep us all safe and accountable for our actions.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Some teachers will allow five absences, others three, others one-- all for the same class. I know someone who only missed two classes in the entire semester, but the second (accidental) absence cost him an entire letter grade. I don't live in a dorm, but I hear they are fairly easy places to live/get along with security officials in.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: As far as safety goes, UNCW is fantastic, but living first hand with pot-smoker, you can see the wrong side of law enforcement, and they are very low tolerance for anything drug related.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: UNCW is extremely strict. The visitation hours are horrible, and there should not be visitation hours anyway, we are in college and living in the dorms is like living at home. Visitors have to check in and out every single time they enter or leave the building.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 134th
    Best Campus Police
  • 234th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1336th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chloe Miller
Cary, NC
English Literature
Grad Year
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UNCW's laid-back campus vibe does not carry over to leniency toward campus rules and policies. Campus rules are strictly enforced, but they are all put in place for the benefit and safety of UNCW's students; campus strictness is completely fair and justified. RAs and campus police officers are going to punish those who break the rules. They understand the college life of students and how situations vary, so warnings and UNCW-only citations are given out first to violators before harsher actions are taken (depending on the seriousness of the violation, of course). The student handbook information is provided to all students so they know the rules.

There are not a lot of strict rules regarding student activities, but the rules that are in place make sense. Visitors are allowed in the residence halls—residents just have to separately sign them in so it's known by the front desk who is in the building at all times. Underage drinking or underage possession of alcohol is not allowed and not tolerated. Even students caught in disruptive situations with others drinking will face consequences. Attendance policies vary with each class and professor, with some professors not requiring attendance and others stating full attendance in the syllabus at the start of the semester. Whatever the attendance policy, professors will hold students to it. In all aspects of student life, students are told the rules and what is expected of them, informed of consequences if the rules are broken, and learn positive decision-making skills from campus strictness. 

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Making too much noise
  • Parking illegally
  • Underage drinking or possessing alcohol
  • Using or possessing drugs
Visitation Policies
Freshmen can have visitors in the residence halls; they just have to be separately signed in and proof of identification has to be left at the front desk. In the upperclassman apartments, there are no visitation restrictions, but a visitor cannot stay for more than two weeks.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 74 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 74 responses

  • 47% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 47% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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