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Reviews 1471 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love Wilmington! Espcially Historic Wilmington! It is so pretty with the intercoastal waterway and the Spanish moss on trees. It's hard not to fall in love with it.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from up north I am prepared for snow... but all it does here is rain. A lot. Be prepared with an umbrella, rainboots, and raincoat!

4 College Freshman

Academics: I think that UNCW offers a lot of great courses and professors to teach the courses. The only complaint I have is about the consistency of professors posting grades online. It is almost impossible for me to find my grades until it is the end of the semester!

The activities and amount of things to get involved in on campus are phenomenal. Students only have to be willing to get involved and to make a place for themselves on campus.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking for on-campus housing is pretty good and convenient. Commuter parking kind of sucks, but it depends where your classes are. There is a parking deck option available, also. Either way, you will be paying a pretty hefty price for a parking permit. If you live within a one-mile radius from campus, you are not allowed to have a parking permit. You can ride your bike or take the bus system.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: UNCW is a medium size school, between 12,000-14,000 students. We don't have football, so I feel like that absence definitely impacts Greek Life (I visited Auburn, so I know how Greek Life thrives on football at some schools). But, they still do fundraisers, formals, mixers, parties, etc. Living at the beach can make some Greek Life events unique to UNCW. But, don't do it unless you are 100% committed. I know people who love it, and people who found out it wasn't for them (and they dropped). Greek life or not, making friends and having fun is easy at UNCW, if you're not anti-social and boring.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Our student rec center has been undergoing a huge expansion and is expected to open Spring 2013. The Student Center and Student Union are well-designed and pleasant to hang out in. The library could definitely use some work. There are new nursing and psychology buildings that have state-of-the-art equipment, classrooms, and labs. There is also a nice parking deck on campus. The freshman dorms could use some work, but on-campus housing for upperclassmen is very nice and updated.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Theres some typical college bars and beach pubs but you have to have awake to have any fun. if you don't have one...dont bother.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: UNCW is known for its random rain showers and flooding conditions when the storm actually gets bad. They told me before my freshman year to invest in a raincoat, rainboots, and an umbrella - it was worth it! Otherwise, it's almost always warm here. I continued to comfortably go to the beach until mid-November, and even in December we had a week of warm weather. It rarely snows here, but we do get threatened with a hurricane at least once a year.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: UNCW is one of the least diverse places I have come across in the south. We have many different races here, but they're such a small percentage of the student body that you could walk around all day and only see white men and women. UNCW tries to say it is very diverse and on the part of the faculty it is trying, but I don't see this changing in the near future.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at UNCW are exactly what you would expect from a southern university for mostly upper-middle class white students. The guys are fairly attractive, although many of them tend to wear pastel pants or odd flip flops. Nearly all the girls are attractive, but there are a lot of blondes. Overall people are nice, but if you don't fit into the model they expect, you will probably get the cold shoulder.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Wilmington is a total foody town and there are SO many options. That is one of the best parts about living in wilmington is all of the restaurant options. There are so many awesome locations as well, from historic downtown wilmington, wrightsville beach, mayfaire shopping center area, or even right near the school. The cost and convenience varies but most places are pretty reasonable. One diamond in the rough we found while we lived in wilmington is called Indochine, they have amazing pad thai all the ingredients are fresh and the portion size is realistic for what you pay. There are so many great places to eat in wilmington I could go on and on. Just understand there is something for every type of palate for a reasonable price and great location!

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process of getting into the Biology program at University of North Carolina Wilmington was relatively easy. I just needed to declare my major at the registrar and get permission from the biology department. I then started taking biology classes and was required to take an "apply what you learned" type class in which I worked in a research lab on EHV-1 in horses. I earned a designated amount of credit hours for the course. That class and senior seminar were vital for graduation.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: UNCW's campus is beautifully located right on the coast, about 10 minutes from the beach. Illustrated through its slightly sandy soil and long leaf pine forests UNCW's aesthetics are quite desirable. That athletic center has just recently (this past semester) been renovated and has almost doubled its size. There are many places/trails to run or walk, you can even bring your dogs to the campus and take them for walks. People on campus are extremely friendly and laid back. There is an abundance of campus activities, clubs, and organizations ranging from wakeboarding club and other outdoorsy type clubs, to organizations such as Global medical brigades who take trips to Honduras every year to serve medical needs in a rural part of the country. There is literally a club/organization for just about any type of interest and if there isn't its easy to start your own!

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: UNCW is located about 10 minutes from Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach. Its location so close to the coast sets it apart from other schools. At the beginning of the school year, the school takes bus loads of students to the beach for fun in the sun! It also allows for more opportunities in the classroom, for instance, in my ecology class we were able to study watersheds and sand dunes because of the schools location. Another unique attribute of this school is that we have a preserved Long Leaf Pine forest with about 150 acres that allowed us to study Pine Forest.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Overall, I would say the policies are relatively clear. However, as a transfer student I was unable to receive distinction at graduation because my GPA at my previous school was calculated into my overall GPA. Which is fine, but I was unaware of this policy until I was getting ready to graduate. Imagine my dismay when I found out I could not receive distinction despite my hard work at UNCW.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the students at UNC-Wilmington look descent. However, a good handful of the students love to dress up in the latest styles and have all the latest technology. For example, many students have the newest ipones and Mac computers. As popular as these computers are there are those that still keep to the basic.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at UNC-Wilmington is very low. There is not much involvement of that sort on campus! Zero Tolerance!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a fair amount of financial aid from UNC-Wilmington, but I feel as though they could have been a bit more generous.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: UNCW is the epitome of diversity! There are a lot of international students as well as clubs that support LBGT students, students of color, students who want to be involved academic/social fraternities and sororities, artistic students, and students who love sports.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of fast food options on the main road that the campus stems off of, pretty inexpensive, local restaurants are so mindful of student discounts, and lots of places to treat yourself to FROZEN YOGURT! :) Since Wilmington is a fairly laid back beach town, there are some great vegetarian places too!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are SO many options, but should be healthier.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They give out free condoms in the student health center!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation is average. There is a shuttle bus and there are citiy buses as well. It is a walk in order to get to the buses, but it is worth it.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Lots of variety, has the club life, the dive bars, the beach bars. Taxis are everywhere and affordable within reason. Underage students can still have a good time because most bars still let you in if you're over 18, you just can't drink there.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Two primary dining halls: Wagoner, the main one, seems like a step up from high school cafeteria food, though not too horrible...usually. (avoid anything that looks like "meat loaf surprise", just sayin') The Dub Cafe (which is meal-swiped/included in food plan) is more home-cooked, healthy, and better-tasting! (and the atmosphere is better, as well!) There are lots of other tasty options on-campus that do take one's meal plan, though figuring out what time each place is open (and what hours count toward one's meal plan) can take some adjustment! Vegan and other diet options are readily available, as is the free (?) campus dietitian!


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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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