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Campus Quality: new Rec center is great

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Campus Quality: There's always something to do or going on and downtown Wilmington is 15 minutes away and the wrights vile beach is 10 minutes there's never any time to get bored.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is very pretty and I enjoy my time there.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It is by the beach and it has a very laid back chill vibe. It has the southern friendly vibe and there is always lots to do.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: We are at the beach, with great programs, and nationally ranked for public schools. We are one of the most valuable schools by Princeton Review... check it out

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In the areas of facility and campus quality, UNCW gets an A+. It is definitely one of the most attractive campuses in North Carolina and is extremely pedestrian-friendly. The campus is spacious, green with trees and grass, and is home to new updates, building expansions and developments each year. There are new buildings on campus, such as the nursing and psychology buildings, and a lot of newer buildings within the last five to 10 years, such as the Education Building, Cultural Arts Building, and upperclassman apartments; these are all state-of-the-art and provide modern amenities. Older buildings from the '70s and '80s include some of the residence halls and academic buildings, such as Bear and Morton halls.

UNCW does an excellent job of sending out surveys to the campus population, asking for their input, what they want to see, and how the plans should be developed. These surveys then help determine how to renovate older locations. UNCW also excels at making sure to contain campus construction to certain areas so student and campus life is not hindered in any way. The changes, updates, and expansions made each year really benefit the University, including an expanded student rec center with an Olympic-size pool and amazing workout spaces. Additionally, the campus is very clean and well-maintained, with daily cleaning and landscaping. The top-notch facilities mean there's ample options for entertainment and fun for students. UNCW is a youthful campus, so it's fortunate that the campus has the room to expand. With more than 600 acres of University-owned land, there's nothing but opportunity to grow.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
656 acres
Student Centers
  • Fisher Student Center
  • University Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
William Madison Randall Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Dining halls
  • Residential communities
  • Student center and student union
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Java City in Randall Library
Movie Theater on Campus
Lumina Theater in Fisher Student Center
"Green" Initiatives
"Going green" is big at UNCW. Recycling locations are noticeable all around campus—by trash cans, by dumpsters at the residence halls, etc. ECOteal is UNCW's green store that sells bikes, longboards, water bottles, Sanuks, Toms shoes, and other environmentally friendly products in the University Union. The Student Government Association puts new earth-friendly initiatives in effect—most recently water bottle refill stations were put at a lot of water fountains around campus. As older buildings get renovated and as new buildings are built, recycled materials and conservation are definitely priorities. For example, the Seahawk Crossing was UNCW's first LEED-certified location. Every appliance is an energy star product, and all plumbing utilizes low-flow plumbing. Campus-wide updates are put into effect each year, such as "green" advertising on TVs instead of paper and the removal of trays in Wagoner Dining Hall to decrease the amount of water used to clean.
School Slang
  • The Dub: Nickname for UNCW, the pronunciation of the "W" in UNCW (UNC-Dub)
  • The FSU: Fisher University Union
  • Lanwich: Nickname for the delicious sandwiches from The Landing sandwich shop in the residential, on-campus apartments
  • Tri-House: The three residential buildings—Cornerstone Hall, Honors, and International—that make up the Tri-House residential area
  • Wag: Nickname for Wagoner Dining Hall
  • Beach Blast: The day before classes start each academic year, UNCW rents a section of Wrightsville Beach just for UNCW students. There's music, vendors, free food, and just a large gathering of all your closest Seahawk friends. This is also the only day of the year UNCW Wave shuttle buses can drive students directly to the beach, so take advantage of it!
  • Midnite Madness: To kick off the UNCW basketball season, Trask Coliseum hosts this late-night celebration. Performances, slam dunk contests, shirt giveaways, and official team introductions make it a school-spirited evening. A Fan Jam is held afterwards on Hoggard Lawn with inflatables, food, and music.
  • Oozeball: A mud volleyball tournament, Oozeball, is one of the longest-standing traditions at UNCW. Students sign up in teams of between six and eight, and play in the mud all day! It's more fun than competitive, and about 1,000 students participate.
  • WagsGiving: Every November, about a week or so before Thanksgiving break, Wagoner Dining Hall hosts this all-you-can-eat feast of all your favorite Thanksgiving foods. Wagoner Dining Hall is packed with thousands of students cycling through to eat delicious turkey, pumpkin pie, and so much more!
Urban Legends
  • If you rub the talons of the Seahawk statue outside of the Warwick Center, you'll do well on exams and have good luck throughout your college career!
  • It's bad luck to walk on the inlaid Seahawk stone flooring between the university union and student center.
  • The electron microscope in Dobo Hall is said to shake the building whenever it is used—that's why professors and researchers use it at night.
  • There is a dead whale buried outside of Friday Hall.
Favorite Things To Do
UNCWeekends is a program that sponsors a lot of events for students to have fun with on the weekends. Rollerskating and bowling for free or really cheap are offered frequently. Lumina Theater's blockbuster films on Friday evenings are always really popular. ACE, Association for Campus Entertainment, consistently brings speakers, performers, comedians, musicians, and other entertainment events to campus throughout the year. The athletic events, especially basketball and soccer, are popular among students. The intramural and gazebo fields are where the fun intramural team games are held or just recreational volleyball or basketball play is held.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Seahawk
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
With more than 245 student organizations at UNCW, a lot of students get involved, and the University definitely encourages students to do so. An involvement carnival is held at the start of each semester, so it's easy for students to get involved, and it really makes their UNCW experience that much more meaningful. Most students are involved with more than one club or organization. If for some reason a student can't find a club of interest, it's not difficult at all to start your own club. All a student needs is two friends and to write up a constitution!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 79 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 20% Be outside
  • 14% Campus Rec Center
  • 11% Sleep
  • 10% Hang out in hammock
  • 10% Hanging out in my dorm
  • 10% Library
  • 8% Sporting Events
  • 7% Movies in Lumina Theater
  • 5% Scheduled activities!
  • 2% Go to the beach
  • 1% Surf
  • 1% Workout

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 40 responses

  • 45% Beach Blast
  • 20% WagsGiving
  • 17% Midnite Madness
  • 16% Oozeball
  • 3% Homecoming

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 47 responses

  • 53% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 45% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 2% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 82 responses

  • 38% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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