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3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is not as high as it could be, but it sees to be growing. The campus seems dominated by white male students from upper class backgrounds who come to UNCW for the beach environment, but this population does seem to be decreasing.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: One of the reasons I chose UNCW was because of the way everyone just seemed to accept you automatically. The school and students are very friendly and you instantly feel like you belong there. You know that others are different, but its not something you get shunned for. People get along easily and you have no problem getting to know people and make new friends. I love this place and the people are the absolute best!!!!

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Though UNCW appears very white/middle class/religiously neutral, this doesn't come off as a bad thing because what diversity there is is almost always accepted and embraced.

3 College Junior

Diversity: unable to rate the diversity because the school does not have much diversity.

4 College Student

Diversity: This is a very diverse campus where it's easy to find others with different backgrounds and ideals.


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The area of diversity is at the forefront of UNCW's improvement priorities. Yes, at the present time, diversity in terms of race is not as high as it will be in years to come. Less than 20 percent of incoming freshmen identifies themselves as a minority, but these numbers are only increasing. Increases in a variety of races, backgrounds, and ethnicities have been noticeable on UNCW's campus within the past few years, and UNCW's efforts and proactive measures to show every person from every type of background and heritage the amazing, wholesome, and inclusive community UNCW fosters will keep proving to be successful.

Students, staff, and faculty on UNCW's campus are very accepting and open, and do not discriminate. While racial diversity continues to improve, UNCW already possesses a culturally diverse campus, supporting a variety of sexual orientations and different socioeconomic backgrounds. There are so many students from around the United States, the world, from all levels of economic classes—and the list goes on. UNCW upholds an accepting and welcoming atmosphere, and a celebration of every unique individual and belief on campus remains firm in the University's list of policies and demeanor.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 17%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
UNCW is very accepting of alternative lifestyles and the LGBTQIA community. Campus is a very inviting and welcoming location. There is a LGBTQIA resource center available, as well as PRIDE, which is the gay and lesbian association. In addition, UNCW promotes tolerance and diversity, and exhibits multiple anti-bullying and pro-tolerance campus activities throughout the year, such as "Breaking Down Hate."
Political Activity
UNCW is not a politically affiliated campus. There is a well-rounded number of political organizations, though, for students to get involved in, such as College Democrats, College Republicans, Libertarians, and Model UN.
Economic Status
A great thing about UNCW is that there are students from all economic backgrounds, and whether you're a student who receives financial aid or not, everyone blends together. Students are not separated or noticed by what their economic statuses are. A lot of students take advantage of scholarships, grants, or loans, but there are certainly students who don't handle financial aid at all. It's not a dividing factor at all.
Most Common Religions
UNCW is not affiliated with any particular religion, and there is not one religion that is more dominant or more noticeable. Similar to the political organizations, there is a good number of religious organizations to get involved with, but none of them pressure students or have an overwhelming presence on campus. Some of these groups are Overflow Campus Organization, Campus Crusade for Christ, Young Life, and Baptist Campus Ministry.
Minority Clubs on Campus
A variety of multicultural clubs exist at UNCW. These clubs definitely have a presence and blend in well with the 200-plus organizations on UNCW's campus. The Black Student Union and RITMO Latin Dance Club are just some of the clubs that provide opportunities for cultural advancement or minority recognition. These clubs and organizations provide dimension, depth, and uniqueness to the campus. Events throughout the year, such as Intercultural Week and Black History Month celebrations, showcase and celebrate all diversity on campus.
Did You Know?
  • Centro Hispano, Upperman African American Cultural Center, and Multicultural Affairs are resource centers available to UNCW students to create connections and sponsor events.
  • More than 47 nations are represented in the student body. UNCW students have ample opportunities to study abroad, as well as experience time at UNCW with study abroad participants who have chosen to study here.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 53 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 34% Liberal
  • 34% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 52 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 21% Liberal
  • 38% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 54 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 53 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 9% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 11 responses

  • 18% Republican
  • 45% Democratic
  • 36% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 10 responses

  • 80% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 10% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 10% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 55% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 27% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 27% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 45% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 53 responses

  • 45% Very accepting.
  • 49% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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