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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus because of the convenience

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4 College Senior

Administration: RA'S help tremendously with administration

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Frat parties are a little overrated

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Having people who don't want to help is lame

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you aren't a part of greek life, you'll probably feel left out.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: UNCW doesn't have a football team so the most popular sport in the fall seemed to be club hockey. The first game of the season was sold out, and the soccer stands were half empty. There was a good turnout for basketball this year, but that was only because we were actually winning. The baseball games are my favorite, and a good amount of students go. However, more students are concerned with frat parties than school spirit.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off campus so I'm not sure whether its good or bad. Most students tend to live off campus after their freshman/sophomore year.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: UNCW is located between downtown and the beach, which means that you have even more options than whats just around campus. Flaming Amy's is the best place to get Mexican food. Britt's Donuts are THE BEST donuts, and are in Carolina Beach. Downtown is filled with places to eat too.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They are pretty strict about underage drinking. UNCW is a dry campus. If you try to bring alcohol into the building they can check your bags. A few people on my hall have gotten busted for that. Its not impossible to sneak in though. Every weekend there are at least 3 rooms of people drinking in the dorm on my hall. I guess it depends on how often your RA is in your building and how strict they are.

For visitation in Galloway, you can only have somebody over for 24 hours on the weekend. The desk assistant signs your guest in on the computer so they can monitor whose in the building at all times. Its easy to leave your guest in the building and then come back in without them knowing.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go out a lot because the parties usually get busted pretty quickly. If you're a girl then you'll usually get in for free. Guys might have to pay 5 dollars. Depending on the party, sometimes you have to be on a list in order to get in. Also, all of the parties are off campus, so you have to walk/drive/uber there.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am an out of state student, which basically means its almost impossible to get any financial aid.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus food would be okay if you didn't rely on it everyday like you do when you are living on campus. There isn't a lot of variety, and there aren't a lot of healthy options. Eating the same food everyday is mundane. The dining places besides the main dining hall tend to serve a lot of the same food. Even if the dining hall decides to serve something different from normal, its normally not good. On those days most students end up getting bagels or cereal for dinner. UNCW needs some serious improvement on campus food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Your experience living on campus at UNCW really depends on where you live. I am currently in Galloway, which is one of the worst dorms on campus. The showers are always moldy, and the rooms are so small. However, it is one of the few dorms where most people on the hall keep there doors open and talk to each other. My friends that live in Cornerstone (the nice dorm) say that everyone keeps there doors shut most of the time. Galloway is always loud no matter what time of day. I have only lived on campus one year, and can only rate based off of my experience in freshmen housing.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although I have not lived here yet, I have stayed overnight and visited several times. Each time, I loved it! The atmosphere and people are great!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are several off campus apartments available to students who prefer another option from the on campus housing offered by the campus.

The off campus housing are privately owned, but have standards accepted by the university. Cost can range on the size of the apartments and the number of amenities included. There are some complexes that have all inclusive prices, where electricity, water, and internet are included. Other complexes have separate bills, but offer several options. These places also offer furnished rooms that makes moving in less of a hassle for new incoming students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are numerous dining options all around town that students can drive to within 15 minutes. They range from diners, pizza places, casual sit down restaurants, to formal dining places and seafood options downtown.

Prices can also range depending on the type of food and atmosphere of the restaurant. Downtown has a convenient and large range of places to eat all in one localized area.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The campus has a very strict honor policy code. It promotes and enforces students to honestly do their own work and not to plagiarize. If any student is caught, they are sent to the Dean who will then decide on the student's academic repercussions.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Parties on campus can be found here and there if you know where to look. Joining sports clubs on campus and having friends in them will be the best way to find out about any social activities going on.

The most popular area for parties is on the back side of campus near Rose street. The host of these parties are usually sport teams. These events allow for a range of students from different clubs and majors to attend and meet each other, which can be a good aspect of college life.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Finding free financial aid at the school is somewhat of a homework assignment. You start off not knowing much about the topic and have to work hard and do a bit of research in order to know your options.

The financial aid office is open on the weekdays for students with questions to walk in and get advice. However, do not expect to leave completely satisfied and to have aid given to you immediately. It is a long process and you have to keep pushing the office to help you and give you advice.

My tip is to apply for FAFSA as early as possible, and to create a point of contact with the financial aid school as soon as you can. You could receive aid in the form of the state's education lottery, grants, or any scholarship they may have available. The biggest advice to take in is that the school is not your only option for aid.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Having a meal plan can really save you in the long run. You pay for a set number of swipes at the dining hall and can even have the option of having food dollars to spend on individual items in the convenience shops.

The good part is that the swipes can be used for your friends too, so there is no limit to how many times you swipe in one go - as long as you do not get the "unlimited meal plan" which limits you to one swipe per hour.

The food dollars are convenient because you do not have to worry about having cash or a card on you. Students typically have their student ID with them at all times, which makes it less of a hassle.

The Wagoner food hall is a buffet that has a lot of options for picky eaters, although the menu does get repetitive over the months. There is also Hawk's Nest which is a hall that offers the popular food chains that many are familiar with, such as Quizno's, Chikfila, and Subway.

If you are not a fan of any of those, then you can always stop at Starbucks by the book store or Port City Java in the library for a coffee and a snack before you make dinner at home in your on campus apartment.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: UNCW offers plenty of housing opportunities for students. The options range from shared dorms, shared apartments, to split suites. Depending on what year you are in, determines the priority you receive for the housing you apply for. For example, juniors or seniors will have first pick of apartments over sophomores.

Living on campus is extremely convenient for students who want to avoid the hassle of driving to school everyday. The Seahawk Landing is one of the newer apartment complexes that offers students various amenities. There are typically four students living in an apartment. Everyone has their own room that has its own lock. There are two bathrooms, so two students share one, which minimizes crowding or waiting to get ready. There is even a washer and dryer unit in each apartment. There is even cable that carries a full range of channels for everyone to enjoy! All utilities are inclusive in the charge, so there is no need to worry about separate bills.

The social atmosphere is pretty nice with events happening every week. These events help students in the building and entire complex area to get to know each other outside of classes. The events can range from game night in the lobby, to having smoothies at the sandwich shop within the village, and even BBQ by the apartment pool.

This campus housing has it all and was a great place to live in my last two years at school!

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties every weekend here. With the amount of parties there are, it's very rare that a party gets overwhelmingly big. Most fraternities or sororities that throw parties have a theme to go along with it which is a good excuse to dress up silly with your friends and have a good time. No matter what, most parties have multiple designated drivers, so everyone ends up getting home safely. Partying is fun, but it's important to not let it affect your grades in any way.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I think that financial aid will be a difficult process no matter where you go to school. It took me a while to understand how and where to apply for financial aid but once I figured it out it was an easy process and I received the financial assistance I needed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: On campus food isn't always the best, but you always have a variety of things to choose from. Every place to eat on campus always has the same food (except Wag) but they're all different which gives you multiple options. Wag always has the salad bar, a sandwich station, and pizza to choose from. Wag also has fresh, and different home cooked options each day. A lot of items you buy with food dollars are overpriced, so it is easy to go through food dollars quickly.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most freshman here live on campus. I live in Graham/Hewlett and it was my top choice of dorms. It's suite style which means that each suite contains 4 bedrooms, 2 common rooms, and 1 bathroom. None of the other dorms have a common room which is why I think Graham/Hewlett is the best dorm option. Overall the other dorms are nice too, and each has perks to its location. Living on campus is more expensive than living off campus however.

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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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