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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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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am living off campus next year, and I can't wait! 60% of the undergraduate students live off campus and most of the dorms are freshman only/prominent. There are wave buses that stop around each apartment complex within a mile radius to pick students up and take them to campus. The apartment variety and prices vary depending on what you want.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a large variety of options from fast food, and chain restaurants to local and family owned restaurants and dinners.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The dorms are extramley strict on visitation and who can and can't enter to buildings and go past the lobby area.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarships are very competitive and there aren't many options for help but they do provide a list of other scholarships that come from outside sources.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't attend many parties because i'm not big on drinking but from what I have heard and seen they are okay.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food choices are always the same and they get boring after a while. There are healthy options to choose from, but the food is not the best quality/tasting. I would recommend getting a plan with more food dollars because you can get chick-fil-a, subway, go to the local market and other options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I enjoyed living on campus my freshman year because it gave me a chance to meet new friends and I have friends all down my hall. I was able to join Area Chapter and I now help put on programs around residential area. I have been able to meet many different people. However, it is a dorm so you do have to share a bathroom and stuff but I only have to share it with 3 other girls so it is not so bad. Overall I have enjoyed it and it is not a bad experience. I would definitely recommend living on campus your first year no matter where you go.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love where i live off campus at uncw. Carleton is super convenient, but the parking is awful

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love the variety and quality of food wilmington offers, from tacos to asian everything is great. Especially islands!

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3 College Junior

Administration: The administration at UNCW is fairly helpful and enforces most of the regulations, especially parking.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: My financial aid advisors were extremely helpful.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: I love going out in wilmington, the bars and people are great.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: I love the variety of food uncw offers. The new dubs is amazing and offers many new healthy options. At times it can seem overpriced.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in galloway. Though the amenities were not the best or cleanest, the social life and involvement was great. I made some of my best friends in college here.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much of anything about off campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Wilmington has a lot of great options for food: healthy and not so healthy but that's your choice.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I feel safe at my school although I don't like the checking in policies for the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get much financial aid, but with the help of my mother, we figured out how to get what we had.

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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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