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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The UNCW campus makes me feel very safe. At night everything is lite very well and there are call boxes if you ever feel in danger or jus a little uneasy. The professors are easy to talk to and so if you ever needed advice or help regarding safety it would be easy to find someone who would listen and genuinely care about you. Take common sense precautions and take advantage of the call boxes if needed since that's what they are there for and the campus will be and feel as safe as can be,

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus, but wish there was more, and more visible, security at night. I never walk alone after dark. And I hear a lot of stolen bike stories.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Solid all around, but the campus police can be overbearing with tickets and noise complaints.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: police are annoying they seem way too eager to give out drinking tickets and bust parties

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 308th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 402nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1268th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chloe Miller
Cary, NC
English Literature
Grad Year
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Campus safety at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is a priority and is executed thoroughly. Students feel very safe on campus, so much so that walking alone at night isn't questioned. However, students should still use common sense and always keep in mind that something could happen. Escort services are readily available if there is a late night at the library. UNCW has its own campus police force, not part of the greater Wilmington community, and is always patrolling around campus. The campus police are fully sworn officers, and their presence is very noticeable. There are call-boxes located all around campus, and from each box you should be able to see another. At night, the call-boxes have a lit blue light on the top, so they're very visible. If a student ever feels unsafe or if there is an emergency, he or she can press the button on the nearest call-box and talk directly to a UNCW campus police dispatcher. If a button is pressed and campus police don't hear a reply, they're going to assume it's an emergency and will be at that location quickly. The biggest crime on campus is "bike borrowing": If a student doesn't lock up his or her bike, it will get taken. So, students who bring a bike to campus should get it registered at the police station on campus. The residence halls all have 24-hour front desk personnel in the lobby that keep track of who is entering the building, making sure only students who live there can gain access. Visitors are welcome but just have to be signed in separately. UNCW students are kept very well-informed about anything happening on campus, such as siren tests or weather threats.

The Student Health Center, located in DePaolo Hall, is very accessible and convenient. It's free to go see a registered nurse if there is a concern, but costs will be applied for any tests or prescriptions filled. The pharmacy is convenient for students wanting to pick up any regular prescriptions on campus rather than off.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 58
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
University Police Department
Lionfish Drive
(910) 962-2222 non-emergency; 911 emergency
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Escort service, car assistance (car jump, locked keys in car, etc.)
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Safety call-boxes located throughout campus
  • UNCW alert services—email, text messages, social media alerts, etc.
Health Center
Student Health Services
DePaolo Hall, second floor
(910) 962-3280
Monday–Wednesday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Appointments
  • Education and outreach
  • Immunizations/vaccinations
  • Lab services
  • Men's and women's health
  • Referral to specialists
  • Walk-in visits
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 52 responses

  • 23% None
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 52 responses

  • 46% High quality, very convenient.
  • 42% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 33% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 42% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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