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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I had the goal of wanting to go to UNC-W since I was a sophomore in college because I liked the atmosphere of the city, and researched and saw the school is challenging. Since I arrived here, it has been everything I thought that it would be. UNC-W has given me amazing opportunities in just my first year. I was able to study abroad my first fall semester and when I got back I transitioned really well thanks to the staff. It's a beautiful campus, with cool people, challenging coursework, good food, and just everything you would want in a college.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really love it. I only wish there were more people of color.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm coming in as an out-of-state transfer student and they have really great programs to help me adjust and get involved around campus. The staff seems to be very helpful. The campus is pedestrian friendly, which I love. My school is unique because it is so close to the ocean and has a really high number of transfer students in attendance. I would choose my school again because of its great location and friendly/helpful professors.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love UNCW. It's my favorite place on Earth.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options for off-campus dining, but it's a lot of the same sports bar and grill type things. There are some nice mom and pop, small scale restaurants that may surprise you, but it's mostly what you'd expect.

3 College Senior

Administration: They're starting to crack down on underage drinking in dorms; it will go on your record and you'll be charged and have to go to court. As far as creating student groups, it's easier if you are creating something that is part of a larger organization so you can look at their constitution and everything else that needs to get approved. Most other policies are to the discretion of whoever is in charge.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The dining hall food is just okay. Sometimes they'll surprise you with something good, but for the most part it's just mediocre. Having a meal plan is such a great convenience though when you're out of class and just want something quick or if you're eating with fronds and want to be affordable.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It's like any other living situation, in that it depends greatly on your roommates and friends. I haven't had the best experiences with my roommates, but the places I've lived have been alright! The Crossing and Landing are both very spacious and clean, but the freshman/ non lease housing areas can be sub-par. I lived in the University Apartments my first year and it was such a tight space, with thin walls and it wasn't very clean.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process was fairly straight forward. I applied for Fafsa and then my aid package information was sent to UNCW and they told me what I had from there. I went to the financial aid office to discuss my student account and aid with my advisor and with some help I was able to get more aid than I originally thought. My advice to anyone looking for aid is take the time to talk to your advisor and apply for as many scholarships as you can because it can help you learn to follow through and it will help you with school debt later in life because you will have less to pay off.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a good choice for students that wish to be close to campus facilities. Class buildings, recreation center, and all other campus buildings and services are within walking distance of any campus owned housing. The cost is high but provide an option to students like myself with a place to live that they don't have to worry about working to pay the rent of an apartment and can instead focus thier valuable time in the library working on homework. The residence staff is always on call and ready to answer any questions that a resident may have because most of the staff are fellow students that can show newcomers around and give good advice for campus and college student life.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I have gotten a couple of scholarships and grants from the school, but whenever I go in to seek help to see if there is any further aid, I can't say that I've been helped much. I'm not sure if it''s just my case, but they aren't ever able to help me, and I end up having to either take out more loans or pay them $3000 out of (my empty) pocket.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Hawks Nest has good options, but eating on campus all the time can get boring and repetitive

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived on campus my freshmen year and then chose to live off campus the following years. It saved me a lot of money!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a Taco Bell across the street that is open 23 hours a day for when you need it. There is also a food place nearby that will deliver until 3 a.m. I haven't heard anything about student discounts but the prices tend to be reasonable as they are.

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3 College Junior

Administration: The school will now set up a court date for underage drinking if you are caught on top of making you take alcohol awareness class, which seems unnecessarily strict.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: I've always felt that the service is lacking quality. The food is generally alright, but can get pretty repetitive.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I wasn't eligible when I felt I should have been.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I appreciated the suite-style housing format.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties are great because a lot of the frat parties or sports team parties are within walking distance of campus. A lot of the parties are broken up by 11pm but very few people get in trouble if you just leave when the cops get there. There is also sandbar the freshman bar that is very small and gross but a lot of fun.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of off campus dining and a lot of places take student discounts. A few pizza delivery places take food dollars which is very convenient. There are many options but the best and most popular is cookout which is right on the edge of campus walking distance and easy to drive to.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The school's policies are very fair. Most things such as attendance are determined by each professor. The honor code is taken seriously and so is cheating but I have never seen anyone get in trouble. I know one person forced to withdraw from a class because of cheating but that was the only punishment.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are so many options on campus food and the convenience is great. The main dining hall wag I did not like very much. The food was decent but always made people sick that people often called the "waggles." Wag changed the main meal everyday but it was never that appealing. Dubs was very good, great sandwiches and hot meals. Hawks is really good but you can only use meal swipes at dinner time. If hawks was meal swipes all day there are healthier options and it is in a convenient location on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus freshman year in a dorm is definitely an experience that everyone should have. It can be horrible because of the small spaces and gross bathroom from sharing them with so many other people. But it is the easiest way to meet new people and make close friends. It is also nice to live on campus for the connivence of being close to campus. There are pros and cons of living on campus but it is worth it just for the experience.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are TONS of options and Cookout is open all the time

3 College Freshman

Administration: Some things, like alcohol and drugs they are very strict on while the things that won't hurt you they ease up. Very safe campus though

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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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