Dismiss notification

Interested in this school?

Please type at least the first 4 letters of the school name.

University of North Carolina Wilmington Reviews

Check out reviews left by other students or leave your own review. You could win a free scholarship.

  • 12/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 out of 30 people found this review useful. 1 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are a social, laid back person then UNCW is for you. The people here are absolutely wonderful. They are so easy to get along with and are always eager to make new friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say get involved early. It's a wonderful experience to feel connected with my school community by being a part of clubs. Take advantage of all the opportunity at UNCW, but at the same time academics are crucial. That is above and beyond the most important part of going to college. Start early with you studying; halfway through the semester is not the time to decide that you want to start studying.

    Bang for the buck

    Apparently this is one of the cheapest in state schools to go to, but you would never know. They do a wonderful job using your tuition money wisely, especially with the economy these days.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere of this school is absolutely fantastic. When I step on the campus I feel an immediate sense of community, which is really important to me. I enjoy all of the facilities provided, especially the dining halls and the rec center. They really do a good job keeping up with the landscaping and the aesthetics. It's a great place to be.

    Am learning a lot

    Although I've only been attending for a semester, I really enjoyed the professors here. Colleges employ professors to earn a reputation for the school with their research. Many schools don't even care about the teaching; as long as the teacher's research is getting the school recognized, the teacher is left alone. At UNCW, the students are required to submit evaluations of the professor. In my opinion, this keeps the teachers on track. Each professor made it easy to approach them about questions I had, either by office hours or emails. This ensures learning because it is easy to learn from such great professors.

  • 11/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 2 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Wilmington is a very sociable place. Walking down Chancellor's you will always see someone you know and it's great to see all your friends around campus. I thought I wasn't going to like the weather but honestly the heat was not an issue for me, because there is great AC in the dorms and apartments and it's only really hot for about two months!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated to join clubs, organizations, Greek life, religious organizations and other groups. These are the BEST ways to meet friends that have common interests. I am involved in the equestrian team, Greek life, and two religious organizations and these people are some of my best friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Wilmington is a big enough city where there is tons of stuff to do but it's not like the campus is really spread out like State is. Wilmington offers a bunch of unique opportunities such as the ocean, close shopping, eclectic downtown area, historic landmarks, great professors, and tons of great opportunities on campus too.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am a transfer student from Appalachian State University and I'm just going to let you know, its a complete 180 from there. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and after about a week you know where all the buildings are. All the academic buildings are on this big long walk called Chancellor's Walk so if you're looking for your classroom, start there. During the first week Student Ambassador's are out there helping lost students and giving away free lemonade and water. Oh, and you probably already know this but the weather is gorgeous. It was the second week of November and I was out on the beach-where else can you do that?!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a transfer student from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Wilmington has been such an amazing experience. The professors are extremely helpful and approachable. My favorite class of the week is my 8:00am Tuesday-Thursday which is quite surprising, not many students would love their 8:00am! College is not a cake walk, I'm not going to lie, but if you do the work you will reap the benefits and the grades. I've managed to maintain on Dean and Chancellor's List these past two years.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 3 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are seeking to get a Chemistry Major, I recommend this school. I cannot begin to tell you how much I have learned just this past semester. The Instructors help their students to grasp what they are teaching and offer so much extra help it is unreal. I will be taking the MCAP next year and feel comfortable that I will place high enough because of the instruction that I have had these last 2 years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved from Day 1, do not sit back and hope to make friends - make it happen. Homesickness is a common problem among freshmen and I even experienced it myself. I got involved with every club that I could fit into my schedule and became so busy with organizations and meeting others that soon it became very clear that I am a True Teal Sea Hawk (Our Mascot and school color by the way) and I am determined to graduate with High Honors.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost to attend this school is cheaper than schools closer to my home and the Admissions Department really go out of their way in finding financial aide to assist my tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the coast and being 5 minutes away from the beautiful beach makes this school even better. It's great after being in class, heading down to the beach for some relaxation and quite study time - Who could ask for more.

    Am learning a lot

    I looked at several colleges before choosing UNCW and I can say it is the best decision that I could have made. Student to Teacher ratio is better than average making it easier to get assistance from an instructor when needed. I am a Chemistry major and of course my classes are going to be difficult, but if I begin to struggle in an area, I know that there are always open labs and teacher aides to offer me extra guidance. Free Help is always available upon request.

  • 12/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't like party people, don't stay in Galloway. It's six floors of constant party.

    Bang for the buck

    Obviously, college is far too expensive for anyone's tastes, but otherwise it's a great school for the money!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. The people are really chill and you're only minutes away from the beach.

  • 01/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Surfers, skaters, athletes, book worms, party animals, and friendly people will all love UNCW. It can provide for all types of people, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to everyone at orientation and keep in touch with them until the school year starts because they could be your friends for a while. It sounds overrated, but get involved. Hang out on campus a lot and figure out where your classes are before the first day.

    Bang for the buck

    I am not currently paying for my school, but I will be paying off loans later in life. I am not looking forward to it, but anywhere you go to school will be expensive. It's not the cheapest school ever, but it's really nice and worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment is laid back, friendly, and gorgeous. The campus isn't too big or too small. You see a lot of the same people which is nice because you have familiar faces around. You can make friends in your dorm, classes, or anywhere else on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at UNCW are very helpful, especially if you pay attention and do your work. You will learn a lot you didn't know before, and as you move into your major you will learn even more that interests you. I would recommend going to school here for anyone, especially if you love the beach!

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Surfers or hippies. Anyone who is laid back but willing to work hard to get their degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready for the heat. Definitely don't expect to skip classes and be able to get by...it wont work. Don't assume UNCW is just a party school and you wont have to work hard because you'll end of failing out within a semester. Finally, bring your swimsuit because the beach is where its at.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is VERY cheap for in-state compared to many other options. The summer school tuition prices are also very reasonable for those students who want to take summer credits. The campus entertainment organizations are always playing a movie in the theater or having some kind of comedy or drama act, and it is usually either free or just a couple dollars to attend, so that is definitely a plus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is located in a great city, and there is always something to do on and around campus. The students are all friendly and are willing to help if you ask. It's always nice to be able to go to the beach after class for a tan. Although there is some diversity at UNCW, but a great majority of the students seem to be white surfer girls/guys.

    Am learning a lot

    The faculty are friendly and more than willing to offer help. They seem like they really want to get to know the students. Many of the faculty are also very well educated and really make an effort to teach the material in a way that is understandable for all students. Another cool thing about the faculty is that they don't pretend that they don't know what students do during their free time like many professors do.

  • 02/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great University for students who want a laid back environment, those who do not want to be overwhelmed by a enormous campus and student body. Those who want to feel involved with the university and the decisions being made that will effect their education. Students who do not want to paying back student loans for the rest of their lives and of course those students who want to live the BEACH life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early, there are involvement fairs at the beginning of each semester but you can always join clubs, groups and organizations at anytime. It is a great way to meet people and make new friends. Other than that just be prepared to have a life changing experience.

    Bang for the buck

    This is by far one of the cheapest state schools that combine superb academics and reputation for a reasonable price. It is very possible to work part time and pay for your tuition at the same time. The school also offers programs that allow you to work in a variety of areas of the school to pay for tuition and financial aid. If you are looking to get a good quality education that you can be proud of that you will not be paying off for the rest of your life, you will not find anywhere better.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here at UNCW. The environment is very laid back and the campus is very easy to navigate. The campus is centrally located in the city of Wilmington. You are 7 minutes from the beach and 7 minutes from the clubs and unique shops of historic downtown Wilmington. The weather never gets too cold and perfect in the summer. Everyone here is friendly and approachable. You can not find a better environment anywhere.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a completely different person from when I graduated high school to my current self. I am a junior at UNCW and I have learned so much that I do not even know where to begin. The teachers except for those rare few are all caring individuals that are very concerned with whether their students are learning and understanding the material presented in class. My knowledge base has already far exceeded what I expected before I began studying here at UNCW. The professors really try to involve their students in the learning process. The students rate the professors at the end of each semester in a variety of characteristics which ensures that you do not get a professor that just sits back and says read the book. There is a system here at UNCW that allows you to always be able to communicate with your professors by either email, phone calls, personal counseling and review sessions to ensure that you get all the help that you will ever need to ensure success. There are also many free tutoring services offered on campus.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is great! The campus police are very friendly and willing to help in any situation. They are always patrolling and can be seen or found throughout campus. There are also call boxes that are spread throughout campus. When an individual is at one call box at least one other call box is already in site.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wilmington offers a wide array of clubs from academic to athletic. There are also Intramural sports that are slightly less competitive than club sports. There is also a movie theater, varsity sporting events, and various other activities offered all the time at Wilmington

    Bang for the buck

    Wilmington is worth every penny spent. It has the top of the line education, the perfect location, and the fun never stops. Even though you are attending school, it will feel like a beach vacation trip the entire time

    What to do for fun

    Of course at Wilmington there is the beach where opportunities are endless. You can swim, surf, play sports on the sand, or just relax. If you head away from the beach there is downtown Wilmington where you can go on a tour of an old Battleship, go to a Serpentarium, or go to any of the restaurants. On campus there is a movie theater, a great recreation center that will very shortly have 100,000 square feet added and two pools, and arguably one of the most beautiful campuses in North Carolina.

    Food and Dining

    Whether you like a good home cooked meal or you like fast food, Wilmington has it all. If you would like a nice home style meal, then Wagoner Hall and Dubâ��s Caf�© is for you. On the other hand though, if you like fast food then Hawkâ��s Nest is just the place for you. At Wagoner Hall and Dubâ��s caf�© you can find pasta, a deli bar, a soup and salad bar, pizza, and much more. At Hawkâ��s Nest is where you will find Subway, Chik-fil-a, Mexican, an Italian food bar, Salad, Varsity Grill, smoothies and even more. The dining experience at Wilmington will leave you wanting more.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at UNCW is great! You can make many friends due to the fact that there are all different types of people who have different interests and hobbies, so no matter what you like to do it is likely that someone else has the same interest right down the hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Wilmington are not for slackers. They are difficult and challenging, but an A is definitely in reach if you push yourself and put in the effort. The instructors present the material in a way that makes it interesting and easy to learn. This does not mean that studying is an option though, studying is a must. For many students, high school is a breeze due to the fact that teachers teach what will be on the test. At Wilmington though, teachers teach the material and expect you to have a full grasp of it. The instructors want you to take the information they provide and be able to see it conceptually.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you come to Wilmington do not hesitate to get involved with something somewhere. Whether you become involved with academic clubs, athletics, or Greek life, get involved and get the most out of your college experience. Also, upon arrival to UNCW make sure that you use your time wisely and master time management as you will have a great deal of free time and freedom that you did not receive from high school.

    In three sentences

    A noun is defined as a person, place, or thing. The University of North Carolina - Wilmington can be compared to the perfect noun. The instructors who teach there are polite and truly care about you and your grades; Wilmington has an ideal location, the beach; there are always things to do at Wilmington no matter what is of interest to the individual.

  • 12/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The general student body at UNC Wilmington is very laid back. There is a very chill vibe, in fact many students come here for the beach. Academically speaking, there is not a whole lot of competition or drive per say, however the students are still genuinely knowledgeable and successful. There is a lot of focus on looking nice and going out. Some would call the people here lots of fun, while others might say they are superficial; it all just depends on what type of person you are. Being here, you never forget you are in the south, as everyone has excellent manners and there is always that southern hospitality.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the most important things to take into account is the social atmosphere. During the first semester of college, many students tend to feel isolated, so it helps being surrounded by people whose company you enjoy and whose values you share. Also, make sure UNCW offers the majors you are considering, and it would definitely help to tour the school and the surrounding town, preferably during the academic year so you can get a vibe of what a typical day on the campus is like.

    Bang for the buck

    I'd say it is a bit overpriced, especially if you are paying out of state tuition, however compared to most schools, the price is relatively alright. There are a myriad of resources available that most students are paying for but do not take advantage of. Examples include the rec center, tutoring services, counseling, career planning, you can even see a nutritionist at no cost. There are also many ways to reduce costs, such as not having a car on campus and using your whole meal plan instead of off-campus grocery shopping.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have found that one of the biggest predictors of whether or not you will enjoy being here is if you are a good fit socially. The study population is very homogeneous and whether or not you have things in common with your peers can really make a difference in how integrated you feel. Also, the campus is beautiful and there is pleasant scenery everywhere you go, not to mention the beach a few miles away.

    Am learning a lot

    In regards to education, it is what you make of it. While it is easy to get distracted and join the herds of unmotivated students, there are plenty of ways to ensure you are getting a quality education here. You simply have to be proactive about it. At UNCW, there are quality professors who want you to learn, and the Learning Center has plenty of resources available to make sure you are retaining the course material. Even by simply attending class every day, you are already ahead of the crowd.

  • 04/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All kinds, being a beach lover helps of course, but the types of careers you can pursue here are endless.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! That's how I fell in love with it.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, there is no doubt about it. But I believe Wilmington is worth the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    Wilmington is absolutely gorgeous - the campus and the city! The campus is just the right size in my opinion. Big enough to not know everyone in sight, but small enough to make it to classes without much trouble. There are so many things to do on and off campus. Everything from intramural sports to concerts to volunteer work on campus, and fine dining and shopping off campus. Let's not forget to mention our most prized possession here...the beach!

    Am learning a lot

    While my high school had some good teachers, I wouldn't say academics were necessarily the best. It is amazing looking back on this year and thinking about how much I have learned. College classes are a great deal different than high school classes. You are expected to do a great deal of studying on your own. While the professors I've had here are wonderful, when you get one who's teaching style is hard for you, it develops your intellect a lot having to learn material on your own. The education here is fabulous, but for any college, be ready to learn on your own!

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -loves warm weather & the beach -very active (working out and playing sports) -has school spirit (even for basketball games since we don't have a football team) -laid back person who is spontaneous and fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    -get ready for some flooding on campus... pack rain boots!! -randall library can get really crowded during finals week so find a secret study spot somewhere else on campus! -sign up your team early for the Oozeball tournament (mud volleyball) -Dub's Cafe has really good ice cream -get a bike, it really makes your trip to class a lot faster! -be outside as much as possible! -GET INVOLVED :)

    Bang for the buck

    I was so suprised how cheap this school is compared to even In-State schools in NJ. Definitely worth the price!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE this school. Being from the north (NJ), I am completely enjoying the warm weather and going to the beach until it finally gets cold in November! Our campus really embraces Seahawk Nation as the main color teal can be seen everywhere. There are so many different activities and clubs to get involved in when you're not in class. GET INVOLVED :)

    Am learning a lot

    Although UNCW has requirements for all students to take Basic Studies courses that you may not want to take, embrace every single class you are enrolled in. I didn't want to take a phys ed class in the beginning, but it was a great experience and I learned a lot. English classes are the best here!

  • 08/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love warm weather, and are very social, this is the school for you. It's also a great school if you're interested in marine bio, nursing, or education. My deciding factor was ultimately the beach, but I also loved the atmosphere!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. I would have never considered this school if I didn't visit it. I worked hard in high school and needed a great college to go to, and on paper, UNCW didn't look as prestigious as say, UNC or The University of Michigan. However, after visiting, I saw how beautiful the campus was, and learned about their Honors Program. I also learned that UNCW is actually right there with UNC's scores and rankings. Who knew?!

    Bang for the buck

    UNCW was very nice to my wallet being an out of state student. The school I was deciding between in my home state (The University of Michigan) was actually the same cost as me going out of state to North Carolina. Thanks UNCW!

    Am enjoying being here

    Living by the beach is a huge plus. Also, being from the north, I had no idea how friendly the culture in the south is. I feel welcomed and loved....even though I'm a yankee.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently enrolled in the Honors Scholars Program at UNCW. OF COURSE I am learning a lot! If you are interested in this school, check out this program. It allows you to have smaller honors classes so that you have more one-on-one time with your professors, and also provides you with unique opportunities whether it be field trips or guest speakers. The Honors Program and their classes go above and beyond what I would receive in the general classes.

  • 01/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Wilmington is great for students who love the beach, relaxing and just having a good time.

    Tips for prospective students

    To be as actively involved on campus as they possibly can. Wilmington is thriving with campus activities fit for everyone from the sports enthusiast to the artsy type. Getting involved also helps people meet new people and make new friends.

    Bang for the buck

    So far as in-state tuition goes, this school is one of the cheapest in the state. I firmly believe that this is the best school for the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    Wilmington campus is beautiful and the students and faculty are always friendly. The school is also very close to the beach which is great for activities, such as surfing, wake boarding, sunbathing, and just hanging out with friends. I love all of these options the campus' close proximity to the beach offers, and the relaxing ambiance this brings to the classrooms.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the professors genuinely care about whether you are learning in the classroom and offer help outside. There are lots of learning services provided by the school, each more helpful than the next. As a Spanish major, I have had the opportunity to use many of these services and I could not think of a better way to help learn. The quality of education at Wilmington is unprecedented by other schools in the state and I couldn't ask for better professors on my academic journey.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I honestly think every type of student can function well at UNCW. It has something for everyone, except an engineering school. But if you like having fun while learning the knowledge you'll need to thrive for the rest of your life and meeting people who will become lifelong friends that will provide you with vital connections in all fields, then UNCW is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study up. It may be a school right beside the beach, even known for some parties, but while you're here, academics are priority to everyone, especially your professors. Also, apply to the honors program. Class sizes are smaller there, there are great discussions, you get to take seminars where you get academic credit for watching sunsets, and it looks great on applications and resumes. Plus, take advantage of UNCW's countless Study Abroad opportunities. You want to study abroad at some point during your four years.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out of state student, so college is more expensive for me. While I'm receiving a scholarship that makes it cheaper than my in-state choice of William and Mary, money is still hard to come by. Nonetheless, UNCW is an extremely affordable institution, and provides facilities with the newest technology for your hard-earned cash. Expanding every year and gaining renown with each new graduate, its price is becoming more and more of a bargain deal for a great education and life experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    Wilmington is an amazing locale. Five miles from the beach, the campus is beautiful with its longleaf pines swaying in the cool breeze of a warm day, the scent of wildflowers filling the air... Yeah, it's poetically beautiful. Not only is the campus physically appealing, but the people here are great too. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, everyone is willing to help each other out in true Southern hospitality fashion, and everyone is fun to be with. Not to mention that there is no lack of activities to do in Wilmington, either in the community or on campus itself, with club and intramural sports covering wide ranges, the Cape Fear River nearby, an aquarium, the campus recreation center currently being doubled in size, the beach, Lumina Theater on campus, events like Switchfoot performing in concert, great local restaurants... I could go on and on.

    Am learning a lot

    Though UNCW isn't that well-known of a school, overshadowed by bigger North Carolina Institutions like Chapel Hill, NC State, and Duke, it has top-notch academic programs, especially in its nursing, film studies, creative writing, and marine biology programs. Not all teachers have their doctorates, but they all know what they're talking about. Admittedly, some of my classes have seemed a bit too easy for college level, and that's actually the only reason I'm rating this a 4 instead of a 5.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek Life on campus is not too large but is ever present. Greeks have many events open to anyone on campus like fundraisers or events and also exclusive Greek activites like Greek Week (a compition between Greeks). There is however minimal Greek housing around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UNCW is a very artistic campus so students who were involved in visual or performing arts in high school would love UNCW. We also have a huge science department so anyone interested in marine biology will find themselves nurtured on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Around campus we have the movie theatre and Sharky's game room (pool and DDR) as well as a pool and a gym to work out in. Off campus the beach is 15 minutes away and the mall is nearby as well. Also downtown there are numerous clubs and the riverfront is a great romantic spot.

    Food and Dining

    There are three dining halls on campus: Wagoner Hall, Hawks Nest, and Dub's Cafe. Wagoner hall is buffet style and has the BEST breakfast while Dub's Cafe is similar to Wag but with fewer choices. Hawks Nest is the dining hall on campus where you will find Chickfila and Quiznoes as well as other resturant style places.

    Dorm Life

    My RA this past year was such an awesome person; she was really helpful and listened to all of my problems through the year. The dorm I lived in was suite style with two rooms connected by a common room, so there was much more room than I expected.

    Academic Rigor

    I took a minimum of 15 hours a semester and the coarseload was rigorous for me. My academic classes like biology or chemistry challenged me while my electives like theatre and music provided a break in the day while fulfilling requirements.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go to your professors for help; they are all super helpful and willing to adjust and meet for extra help. Make sure you go to lots of campus events (don't worry, there are a TON of them); they're a great way to get involved and meet new people. Lastly, as exciting as college is, make sure you study; freedom is exciting but school comes first.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a beautiful and asthetically pleasing campus that I have called home for the past year. The professors are knowledgeable and extremely helpful as well as the RAs and people in power. Also being so close to the beach is a huge plus.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    All the times that I have been to UNCW, they've had burger, fries, and hotdogs. However, when I've visited other schools, I experienced the most delicious and unique meals. Their food is good, but not quite great.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are a decent size and look comfy. They are not quite as spacious as dorms at other colleges, but the buildings look clean.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is probably average here. It is a great school for most majors and anybody can find something they are looking for here.

    In three sentences

    Great, if you love the beach. Bad, if you love cold whether. and average, if you want entertaining activities.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Transfer from a 2-year community college

    Tips for prospective students

    Great school

    Bang for the buck

    The price is not bad for a University!

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm visiting the campus next semester for when I transfer in the spring!

    Will learn a lot

    From what I seen I could tell that the instructors where into the students and what they taught.

  • 08/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    They use our tuition money wisely. They just renovated the recreation center over the summer and it looks great! It is so much bigger and there are many new machines. They recently paved over the bad roads and the bus system is very good here. It runs on a very timely schedule. They also make sure that the faculty are top notch professors. I have not met a bad professor yet. They are all so intelligent and are very good at helping the students learn the material.

    Am enjoying being here

    This campus is so beautiful. There are trees everywhere and all of the buildings are very well constructed. They are currently constructing a new psychology building adjacent to the nursing building and I think it will look very professional and it will be very beneficial. The food is always great here. There is a wide selection to choose from. You can go to the Hawks Nest, which has many different fast food chains, sushi, pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. There is also the dining hall and many other small food court places. The library is always quiet and there are a lot of good resources. The people are all very friendly and it's easy to make new friends here. I think that I am lucky to be able to go to this school. I love everything about it. Plus it's right next to the beach. Who wouldn't love that?

    Am learning a lot

    These professors are amazing. I am a junior this year and I am beginning to take all of the courses for my major. I am an English and history double major. I have always been very impressed with the faculty of UNCW. My English professors are so dedicated to their love of literature and analysis. They make every class fun and interesting, but also a little challenging in order to make you think outside of the box. My history professors are so knowledgeable in their area of study. They are like walking encyclopedias. They want you to learn the material and do a great job at it. All of my professors have been very easy to contact by email and office hours. They encourage you to ask questions and bring your papers to them or the University Learning Center. I always bring mine the the Learning Center and I always get great feedback. It is so refreshing to go to a school where people care if you are learning or not.

  • 09/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want to be involved and have fun. The academics are awesome and the environment makes it even better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a pair of rain boots! When it rains, it floods here. Take time to plan your preferred schedule and an alternative one before your designated registration time. Classes fill up FAST. Long boards and bikes are used all over campus so if you like to do either, bring it with you!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a somewhat expensive school, but it's totally worth attending. There aren't many, if any, people I encounter who don't like the school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone wants to be at school at the beach! The weather is awesome. The school even offers a back-to-school bash on the beach before classes start that is tons of fun and a great way to meet new people. On campus, I feel safe and everyone is very friendly. We have an involvement carnival and many other events where student organizations make an effort to be seen by other students. The dining establishments are very clean and updated.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers at UNCW are very helpful. There are smaller classrooms, which help with the student/teacher relationships. Most professors want you to engage in class discussions and take time to learn your names. The classes can be challenging, but with the help of on-campus tutors, centers, advisors, and professors, it's nothing you can't handle.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like to have fun, but definitely know how to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early on, and try to make friends in the beginning.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a great state school that is definitely cheaper than private schools and offers a great education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Most people are really friendly and it is very easy to get involved.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of students here who are focused on learning, however there are people who do like to just party on their parents dime. Professors are pretty great, and they are very approachable and want you to learn.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is a blue-button (emergency button) in sight everywhere on campus.

    Greek Life

    not traditional greek life, uncw does not have a very large greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    it is hard not to be involved on anything on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    perfect for any type of student; the school caters to diversity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    students wear teal every tuesday. every thanksgiving, the main dining hall wagoner hall hosts wagsgiving a week before thanksgiving.

    Bang for the buck

    paying out-of-state tuition and i am still getting the best college experience and education i feel i could get.

    What to do for fun

    downtown wilmington is a ten minute drive away and there is always something to do downtown. also, the beach is a ten minute drive away.

    Food and Dining

    there are not many choices for meal swipe options but there are many good choices for food dollars. also there are many cheap restaurants close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    do not choose to live in a living community; the regular dorms (graham, hewlett, and galloway) are much better freshman year experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are manageable if you attend regularly.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not procrastinate preparing for college.

    In three sentences

    i fell in love with the school since i made my first visit my senior year of high school. i am now a freshman and have zero regrets about my choice coming here. university of north carolina at wilmington is an amazing establishment and environment.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never felt in danger or threatened on campus, even in the dead of the night... just remember to lock up your bike.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is present and people get involved and love it. This is a dominant part of the school life though.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great variety, hard to not find something to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Every 'type' of students can find a group here. There are many beach bums and surfers, eco-friendly biology students and expressive film study students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Support the school by wearing teal on tuesdays (this tradition is kind of lacking though) The school has it's own thanksgiving before the break at Wagner Hall called Wagsgiving. This is a big deal, most people attend and overeat like crazy.

    Bang for the buck

    Being out of state it's hard to gauge this for in state students. I fully enjoyed my term here and you recommend it to anyone interested.

    What to do for fun

    If you are looking for night life there is always downtown. For anything in the day, the beach is close which offers many activities. Disc golf courses are located in Castle Haynes and Kerr beach, which is a free outdoor activity. There are plenty of boutiques, shops, consignment stores and department stores for the shoppers.

    Food and Dining

    UNCW has many locations for cooked meals and also convenience stores.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a Biology major, the classes are difficult but the professors are wonderful. They make class interesting and help every student in need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in whatever you like to do. It is the easiest way to meet people with the same interests as you and to get out of the campus and experience North Carolina. The school has many clubs and organizations that will appeal to everyone. Most importantly though, ask questions when you are confused, the teachers will be patient and students will be helpful. When you have a problem with something around campus or in the classroom, stand up for yourself, people will listen.

    In three sentences

    UNC at Wilmington's beautiful campus makes everyone feel safe and welcomed. The professors are excellent and really care about what the students are learning and how they can improve. It was easy to adjust, grow, and experience everything colleges offer.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are blue emergency buttons where you can see one from the other. Cops are full sworn in cops that are easy to get along with and are at your disposure.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a little different here. It is a very well known thing and everyone likes most of the Greek people. There are only a couple psycho chapters, but most everybody else has a good time and gets things done.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school always has something going on. Whether its the movie playing on campus every weekend, or a tradition each month, or a fun event each weekend.

    Great for these types of students

    Well rounded Willing to try new things looking for a good time talented

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oozeball-mud volleyball tournament each Spring. Dub Idol-campus singing competition Festapalooza- last day of classes mini carnival Sport events are always happening and fun to watch many more!

    Bang for the buck

    We are on the top 10 list of value for your education. Its not too crazy expensive for the good education and amazing college life you get.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something fun to do! The beach is really close as well as downtown which has plenty of shops and restaraunts. People here are also a lot of fun and the school has plenty of fun tradition events all the time.

    Food and Dining

    There is something to eat for everyone. Dining halls have plenty of options. Stores on campus have plenty of grocery food options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is top notch here at UNCW. People in your dorm/hall become your family and change you into who you want to be. Most of the buildings are newly renovated, while there are some old ones too.

    Academic Rigor

    This is not a UNC or Duke school, but we are right underneath them. Its not easy, but its not impossible. Most teachers are helpful and you can make good grades without having to kill yourself in hard work, but it is a little bit of a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be well rounded-if you are all about academics-this is not the school for you. Do well your last two years of high school-these will set you apart from the thousands of other kids applying.

    In three sentences

    The campus is of medium size and absolutely beautiful and easy to get around. Students is more like a family and its easy to meet people that will become your family. Beach is really close as well as beautiful downtown.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for all student types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is always something new and exciting being added to the UNCW tradition.

    What to do for fun

    Wilmington has the joys of both urban fun such as clubs, shopping, and fine dinning and rural fun such as berry picking, hiking, and you can even fish on campus. Plus, there are beautiful beaches all around the area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think hard before you declare a major. Take classes that can be applied to multiple fields. Make sure you have enough credits when you are preparing to graduate.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very beautiful and well organized. The professors are very helpful and always find time to help you outside of class. It is difficult to find competent academic advisors.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I run at 2am sometimes, and I carry pepper spray for fun. I don't worry about being on the campus at night.

    Greek Life

    Very laid back, very diverse, strict no hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    name an intrest and theres a group for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, beach bums, sun-children, hard workers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ooze Ball- volley ball in giant mud pits

    Bang for the buck

    2nd ranked in-state NC school for the best bang for buck, second only to UNC Chapel Hill.

    What to do for fun

    BEACH! clubs, laid back greek life, clubs for everything, sports of all kinds, lions, tigers, and bears, oh my.

    Food and Dining

    UNCW has many different dining options, from buffet to fast food to grocery.

    Dorm Life

    Out of the 50 people on my hall I knew 51 of them by name. There were always doors open down the hall, and people hanging out.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard. Work hard, and you'll do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a bike, buy a U-Bolt lock, go to class, and meet as many people as you can. Take your first year as slow as you can, and go to the beach as often as you can. Just remember to bring your books :)

    In three sentences

    UNCW is everything I could have possibly wanted. I love the school, the classes, and I love the teachers. I had a bit of a rough start, but with the help of Advisors and the Intervention program I've gotten my GPA doubled.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very engaged, legitimate police force. Response time to emergency call averages under one minute.

    Greek Life

    Active and sociable Greek Life, very involved on campus and with other campus organizations

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 100+ organiztions, many of which are academically invoved

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back , sun loving beach bums; surfers; people who don't like cold weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oozeball: Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament held in April by the Student Ambassadors

    What to do for fun

    Beach. All day. Everyday.

    Food and Dining

    Large and small sized dining halls, with convenience stores scatter across campus. Another dining option is the Hawk's Nest, which is a food court offering 6+ options of dining choices, including Chick-fil-A, Quiznos, and a vendor that only serves products caught or grown in Wilmington.

    Dorm Life

    9 times out of 10, you will miss some aspects of the dorm life at UNCW. Extremely easy to meet people, and often cases the people you meet will be your friends for the rest of college

    Academic Rigor

    Looking for the easy A in the short term, will hurt you detrimentally in the long term as for many majors, the upper level classes require a strong foundation in academic knowledge. Faculty is very involved in the learning of their students and are easily approachable after class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study abroad. The end.

    In three sentences

    A very open and spacious campus located only a 15min drive away from Wrightsville Beach. Pedestrian friendly, with all academic buildings within 12min walk from each other. Great place!

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's a police station ON campus, including the Wilmington police. Safety is never a problem!

    Greek Life

    Yes!

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, many to choose from! There is an involvement fair at the beginning of every school year!

    Great for these types of students

    Film students. Wilmington is known as Hollywood of the East or Wilmywood. Iron Man 3 is being filmed there currently. It is home of Screen Gems Production company!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a fountain in the middle of campus and it's kind of a dream of every student to go swimming in the fountain before they graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    Best choice of my education career yet! I'm an out-of-state student and I don't regret having to pay more at all. I belong here at Wilmington, and it really makes you feel that way!

    What to do for fun

    There are two beaches 10 minutes away! Need I say more? There is also downtown and even a bustling nightlife minutes away from campus. Furthermore, with Greek Life, there are many parties due to that. Lastly, Association of Campus Entertainment works hard to always having something going on, non-alcohol related. You have plenty of options!

    Food and Dining

    Everyone loves to complain about the main dining hall, Wagoner Hall. But this year, they closed Wag, as we call it, a little early due to summer renovations, and it really took a toll. You don't really know what you have until it's gone! Wag is convenient and even if you don't want the hot meal, you have options. Other than Wag, we have plenty of great dining options!

    Dorm Life

    Depends where you live as a Freshman! Tri-House are the best freshman dorms on campus. Tri-House includes Cornerstone, Honors, and International. The other freshman dorms are not as nice, but obviously liveable.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes, there definitely are easy A classes but there are also classes that really challenge you. Once second semester of Freshman year hits, classes get harder. The work load gets a little heavier, but it's all manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved immediately. During orientation, they stress it to the max, and I didn't listen. Freshman year is hard on almost everyone but as soon as I got involved, things started to feel like home.

    In three sentences

    UNC-Wilmington is a hidden gem in terms of accredited universities. It is an institution where students from all backgrounds can find their niche and thrive to excellence. It is a perfect environment for all love a community aspect to their lives.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is basketball, gym, tennis, indoor pool (a new one being built), soccer, black light parties, opportunities to go dancing off and on campus. Many many hobby-related clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is so easy and resourceful. There are plenty of dining areas very accessible to wherever you are on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is safe, friendly, and family oriented. There is always fun activities, helpful RAs and always opportunities for quiet individual and group studies.

    Academic Rigor

    It is rigorous and grades need to be maintained and kept up. There is a lot of expectations for potentials-don't give the college a reason to regret their prestigious opinion to pick you to attend such a great college.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is an amazing school. It gives individual attention to help students do there very best every single day. Caring professors and great opportunities.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. We have so many security guards and cops on campus that nothing should happen to anyone. They ever have poles with a panic button that allows a police officer to escort you to anywhere on campus if you feel unsafe. Safety is one of the number one priorities here at UNCW.

    Greek Life

    They are plenty of sororities and fraternities here at UNCW. It is fairly simple to find the one for you. They are always busy and having fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs offered in UNCW. There is even a Quidditch team for all you Harry Potter fans out there! And even if that club is not offered here, you have the opportunity to start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    The University of North Carolina Wilmington is for students who love the warm weather, the beach, and living in a beautiful downtown area.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, we have Beach Blast which is when everyone goes to Wrightsville Beach and party. They even have part of the beach reserved for us. It's so cool and fun!

    Bang for the buck

    This is school is worth all my money. I wish I had money to pay off my education, but I'm doing the best I can. This school has everything to offer.

    What to do for fun

    There are three beaches in Wilmington. Wrightsville Beach is only 10 minutes away. There is also something going on on campus all the time such as movies, dorm events, outdoor activities and etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great here. I love Wagoner Hall's food. It's healthy and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I loved dorm life. I met so many wonderful people. I seriously believe that they will be my friends for life.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is rigorous, so you need to buckle down and do your work. You will have plenty of time to have fun afterwards.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work. Procrastination is not the answer.

    In three sentences

    It wasn't anything I expected. I love the school! It's really the place for me.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    cops are EVERYWHERE. The wilmington police and campus police are in the same force, so they work together; so don't do anything really stupid. They have security guards at the front desks of dorms starting at midnight.

    Greek Life

    It's grown quite a bit. I know a lot of people in sororities and fraternities. They really enjoy it, so if you're thinking about joining, go for it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Way too many to talk about!!

    What to do for fun

    Go to downtown Wilmington!! There is a plethora of things to do during the day and at night. Movies are shown on campus, performances such as plays and ballets happen

    Food and Dining

    It's about that of any other college i guess... they just renovated wag, our main eatery on campus, so hopefully it's better than it was before. There are lots of vegetarian options to choose from. Everyone's favorite place to eat for dinner is hawk's nest, so get there early so you don't have to stand in line!

    Dorm Life

    Galloway is known as the party dorm, so if that's not your thing as a freshman, avoid it. Belk is all girls and all the other dorms are co-ed. Make sure you get to at least talk to your new roommate over facebook or something. Getting stuck with someone you don't like can ruin a freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    I think it really depends on your major. As a freshman, I think my friends that are going to into engineering and medical fields have a lot of work and tougher classes. Depending on a professor, a class can be hard or easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! I found that participating in clubs, sports, and residential activities helped me to make connections and friends around the university. The beach is EXTREMELY tempting, so figure out how to manage the amount of time you spend studying and the amount of time you spend at the beach. Don't forget to bring your rain gear because it rains a lot!

    In three sentences

    It's a great, welcoming and comfortable mid-sized campus. The professors are willing to work with students and help them succeed to the fullest. There is a group of students for everyone here, you just have to find your niche.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach!

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early for your room assignments and class selections to ensure you get exactly what you want.

    In three sentences

    Wilmington is a beautiful school and everyone seems to have a wonderful time here. From all of the past and current students I've spoken to, UNCW will give you the best four years of your life. I'm excited to be attending in the fall.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    MANY great food options!

    Dorm Life

    Didn't live on campus but have heard great things.

    Academic Rigor

    It's college - if you put in the effort and time you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Highly recommend participating in extracurricular activities!

    In three sentences

    It is easily navigated. It has helpful employees. It has tons of resources.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe on campus, even when walking back to my dorm at 2 in the morning. There are â??Blue Boxesâ?? everywhere that are there for your protection. If you feel anxious or unsafe, you can press the emergency button or the call button and police will be there in literally one minute. Also, I do not think there is a lot of crime on campus that I hear of, especially compared to other campuses my friends go to school on.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life so I do not know anything about it. I do know that it is active on campus and they rush in the fall and spring so you should have ample opportunity to join if you want to.

    Clubs and Activities

    I believe there are almost 200 clubs at UNCW and there is a club for almost anything, including a newly made Quidditch club for those Harry Potter fans out there! It would take too much time to talk about the different opportunities on here but you can go to the UNCW website and search clubs. There is a complete list of the clubs online for you to browse!

    Great for these types of students

    UNCW is great for Marine Biology because the program it has there is wonderful and since it is located so close to the ocean, there are many hands-on classes and activities. Scuba diving is a popular activity for this because there are several wrecks off shore that are good for exploring and there are classes that go to tropical beaches for warm scuba diving (like on a coral reef). Also, it is great for in-state students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In one building (DeLoach Hall), there is a little courtyard in the middle that is cute and looks to be a perfect place to sit and read a book. There is an outdoor amphitheater outside of the Student Union where you can sit on a sunny day and feed the turtles in the pond. Behind the upperclassmen dorms, there is a wooded area of pine trees that also has a ropes course that UNCW opens several times a year and a trail that leads to the beach.

    Bang for the buck

    Since I want to get a degree in Marine Biology, UNCW is the perfect school and has a great Marine Biology program. As an out-of-state student, however, UNCW is really expensive. If you are an in-state student, it is a great school for the money you will spend! If you are an out-of-state student, I would take a lot at the scholarships you have and whether you could get the same degree in-state for a lower tuition cost.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs to join on campus so there should be something for everyone! There is an intramural sports tournament for almost every sport (including ultimate frisbee and cornhole) and club sports. The beach is an obvious (and free!) choice for having fun and there is plenty to do there, especially if you like beach activities. You can surf, skim board, boat, jetski, wind surf, tan or just play in the waves. In Wilmington, there's an ice rink, bowling, and movie theaters like any other town. There is plenty of fun around! :)

    Food and Dining

    Wagoner Hall (Wag) is the dining hall on campus, in a pretty convenient location for all the dorms. The food there is adequate though it gets repetitive after the first month or so. They have a salad bar (that is not always kept stocked), ice cream machine, pizza bar, sandwich bar, and two bars that change meal choices every day for each meal. The other big food place on campus is Hawksnest, which does have better food, but it's located farther away from most upperclassman dorms. It has a Mexican section, Chick-fil-a, Subway, a sushi place, a burger grill, and several other choices. The lines are usually longer there, especially during prime meal time.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Honors Dorm my freshman year and absolutely loved it. The dorm is nice and kept clean by the staff. When living together, people are always going to have problems with each other but it does teach you to be more tolerant. My dorm was newer/nicer than others on campus so each dorm would be a different situation.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are going to vary across all departments and through all different teachers. Generally, I say the academics at UNCW are great and the teachers are helpful (if you need help, ask and they will give it to you). Some teachers are always going to have more difficult classes than others or be meaner than others. I would suggest asking upperclassmen about certain teachers before signing up for classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    You may be tempted to skip class on every sunny day to go to the beach for surfing or tanning. Honestly, this is fine every once in a while if you need that break but avoid getting into the habit of not going to class because eventually you will think it's unnecessary and never show up. Then when the test comes, you wonder where all those questions came from!

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a beautiful school located ten minutes from the ocean and set in urban Wilmington, NC. There are so many things to do including clubs, events, and off campus fun that you will never be bored or regret choosing UNCW. The academics I have experienced so far have been good, though studying is always a must.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I don't think you could be any safer at UNCW. There are emergency buttons all over campus in case you're in a bad situation and need help immediately. Police cars are always patrolling the campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't that big.. yet. It's definitely growing but the school is not dominated by Greek life like other big schools are. They all kind of hang-out with each other so it's hard to get to know them outside of school.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're an in-state student, UNCW is such a good deal. Why wouldn't you want to attend a school near the beach, in a college town and with great academics?

    What to do for fun

    There's so many things to do for fun, I mean the beach is five minutes away! There's tons of beach bars downtown, movie theater, aquarium, lots of places to eat, etc.

    Food and Dining

    So good! There are so many different options: Chick-fil-a, Quiznos, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, etc. You'll never go hungry!

    Dorm Life

    Honestly dorm life isn't very fun. I'd definitely suggest to live in an apartment. The campus police crack down hard on everything going on in dorms. That is if you're looking to party, if not then the dorms would be the right pick for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely challenging, but so worth it. Take your time and study, get a Tudor; whatever you have to do!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join as many extra-curricular activities as you can, whether it's sports or clubs- just get involved! Student life is huge here, you want to be involved as much as you can on campus. Also make sure you're ready to study! Classes are hard but you'll definitely be prepared for the real world once you graduate.

    In three sentences

    Absolutely beautiful campus, five minutes from the beach, excellent academics. The Sea Hawks are a division 1 school, thousands of clubs and has a very relaxed atmosphere. Once you visit for the first time you'll never want to leave.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt any danger on campus. There is an ID check at the front desk, and a guard on the desk at night. All guests have to sign in. While this may seem like a hassle, it is actually a great safety measure that protects you. You never know who may want to get in your dorm one night! There are blue-lights all over campus. If you stand in one spot, you can see at least four. At all times! No need to worry Mom when you walk home from the library late one night.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't find one activity or sport that doesn't have a club here on campus! If you do it, they have it. Joining is simple and easy, and all activities, clubs, and organizations are set up for questions and joining one day in the beginning of the year, in a fair-type day. It's a lot of fun!

    Great for these types of students

    Student interested in a smaller school with a fairly difficult academic rigor will fit right in. There aren't many social stereotypes, because every one and their brother will find a perfect fit here. They say once you move there, you never want to leave!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Wildlife Preserve is a beautiful area, smack in the middle of campus. If you're lucky, you catch a beautiful sunset in the park if it's open! In the Ampitheater, there is always something going on. Whether it be a speaker or a singer, there is always some class-change entertainment! Trask Trek. At the beginning of the year, the freshmen trek to Trask Coliseum. Big fun!

    Bang for the buck

    You name it, they offer it. The school is always looking for ways to improve, and they come to you all the time to see if you have any suggestions!

    What to do for fun

    Beach. Need I say more? However, the beach is only an option for a couple months out of the year (unless you're a die-hard surfer with a wet suit that wants to go out in November! Sadly, they exist) so you better go downtown. Historic downtown Wilmington is beautiful! You may have already seen it if you watch TV, because it's considered the Hollywood of the East and they do a ton of filming there all the time! They also film on campus on occassion too! There are neat little shops around town, skate parks, the mall, Hugh McRae Park, trails, woods, ponds, rivers...something for everyone! Not to mention programs the school puts on. You're pretty much guaranteed to never be bored!

    Food and Dining

    All you can eat buffet? A college kids dream! Wagner Hall (always referred to as Wag) is usually pretty great, unless you go at closing. At that point everyone has eaten everything! NEVER miss chicken patty day, and make sure you get there early! There are Markets and PODS, which are perfect for studying late at night and want a little pick me up (or a study break!). They're located all over campus, and have everything from milk to pizza, laundry detergent to granola.

    Dorm Life

    I will never forget my freshman year, the people I met and lived with, the dorm I lived in, and the experiences I had. It was no Ritz-Carlton, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. It was a loud, crazy, fun-filled building of wonder! Housing was very cooperative with any issues, the RAs were very helpful and informative, and there was always a program going on to keep you involved.

    Academic Rigor

    There's no way to clearly judge this, in my opinion! If you don't go to class or don't pay attention in class it's all 5 stars. However, if you are actively involved in class, study well, do all of your homework, and put in a good effort, everything is all very manageable. I wouldn't say easy, because you do face different challenges than you did in high school, but it's not hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a few things I'm glad I had when I got to school my freshman year: A rain coat A previous knowledge of the campus layout! A wind-proof winter coat An emergency kit There are also a few things I wish I knew before I got there!: Go to every. Single. Class! It really DOES make a difference Plan out how you use your meal plan so you don't starve at the end of the semester Surround yourself with good, ambitious people and friends Know what to do in a hurricane! You may miss home a lot at first but, when you go away you realize how much you love it and don't miss home as much as you thought!

    In three sentences

    Wilmington is a quiet and peaceful town, that is very much in love with the college, and the college loves the town! The campus is a wide-open beautiful space, with trees and beautiful buildings, hard-working students and smiles all around and that's not a cliche. There is a perfect niche for every single person, no matter what your background or intrests are, so you feel right at home from the start and never want to leave! Your mother was right-time management is CRUCIAL

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Callboxes are everywhere, constant patrol, and lamps everywhere!

    Greek Life

    So many traditions and not too much hazing!

    Clubs and Activities

    I have literally found a club for everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Theatre, Film, English, Marine Biology, beach people, surfers, sailors, fishers, animal lovers, and those who love to skateboard!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We've got Trask Trek for homecoming and basketball, fireworks for the freshman, Oozeball for volleyball players who also love the mud, and a homecoming blacklight dance!

    Bang for the buck

    I feel I'm getting my money's worth!

    What to do for fun

    There's the beach, lots to do on campus, cheap movies run by ACE, a great rec center, shopping all around, and amazing theatre!

    Food and Dining

    So many food options - it's amazing!

    Dorm Life

    It's great! Can't speak for individual people, but it's a great living environment, very welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    You get what you put into the program!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, have fun, and live life out to the fullest!

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing school! Great location, fabulous professors, and rigorous academics. This is not a loss.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    UNCW always has some kind of event going on. Whether it's going to sporting events, the beach, or random events on campus. You will not have to look very hard for something to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options on campus, they just remodeled the current dining hall to make it bigger. Not only that but there is Dunkin Donuts, Hawks Nest (which includes Chick-fil-a, pizza, burgers, Quiznoes, hotdogs, and tacos! Also, there is The Landing which provides custom-made sandwiches all day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, there are seven dorms on campus as well as apartments that you can stay in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here at UNCW are not that hard in terms of difficulty, but I'm sure that's just because I'm taking mostly general studies at the moment.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your thinking about attending college, I would definitely consider UNCW. The campus life is great and the city of Wilmington has a great nightlife, plus the beach is 10 min away! In your first year, try to take a good amount of the required general classes so the wont be an annoyance later on in your studies.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a great school, the campus is currently growing at a fast rate and there are always things to do. The school spirit is amazing, everyone seems really exited to be here! With the campus being just 10 min from the beach, I can't see why anyone wouldn't want to come here!

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UNCW is a very safe campus. All dorms can only be accessed by those who live in that building because you cannot get in without scanning your UNCW ID, known as your OneCard. Also, there are Desk Receptionists at the front of every dorm during the day and Security Guards there every night to make sure those entering the dorm are supposed to be there. There is a Campus Police Department on campus in case of any emergencies, and there are Emergency Call Boxes located throughout campus.

    Greek Life

    There are numerous sororities and fraternities for those interested in Greek Life, but if you aren't then don't worry! UNCW is not a school where Greek Life takes over. They are so many other activities for people not interested in Greek Life to get involved with, If you are interested in Greek Life, there are plenty of options! UNCW recently colonized a new fraternity, and a new sorority is starting this year, There is even a Christian-based sorority for girls.

    Clubs and Activities

    UNCW has so many student organizations that there is literally something for everyone! There are a variety of intramural, club, and varsity sports for the athletic ones, as well as Performing Arts clubs for those who are into dance, music, or theater. There are also many service clubs for those who would like to get involved in the community, and many academic groups for people who want to get to know more people in their major. From the Yoga Club to the Seahawk Crafters Club UNCW has the club for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love the beach, surfers, chill people, students looking for an enriching experience both academically and personally, students who want to get involved- UNCW has an awesome Center for Leadership Education and Service!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Trask Trek- when students dress in their teal to travel as a pack through campus to get to Trask Coliseum for Midnight Madness which is another UNCW tradition. It's the first official practice of the basketball season! Wagsgiving- Wagoner Hall puts on a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner once a year complete with Turkey, all the delicious sides, and Pumpkin Pie! UNCW students line up outside hours ahead of time just to get in as quickly as possible! Teal Tuesday- every Tuesday is Teal Tuesday at UNCW, and students are encouraged to show theri Seahawk Spirit by wearing teal Move-In- UNCW move-in is special because upperclassman gather to help move in all the Baby Seahawks! You won't even have to carry any of your bags because we'll do it for you!

    Bang for the buck

    UNCW is priced similarly to many other public universities. You are paying for a quality education and a great college experience, and that is what you will get!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach of course! One of the best features of UNCW is it's proximity to Wrightsville Beach, and students love to take advantage of the nice weather. There are also many events on campus including movies every weekend at Lumina Theater, and a Happy Hour at Sharky's Game Room every Thursday. Sharky's offers pool, fooseball, and fun video games for students to play. There are many campus clubs that offer meetings and events throughout the week. Downtown Wilmington is a beautiful place to visit if you would like to go off-campus. There are many shops, restaurants, and place to go. The Student Recreation Center also offers Group Exercise classes throughout the week that students love to take advantage of. From Yoga to Cardio Dance to Boot Camp there is a class for everyone. Don't forget to hit up Fuzzy Peach- the famous froyo bar located on Racine Drive right off campus! It's delicious!

    Food and Dining

    UNCW has many dining locations and offers a variety of dining plans offering different numbers of meal swipes and food dollars. Wagoner Hall, also known as Wag, is the most popular dining spot on campus. It is all-you-can-eat buffet style with many different stations including a Salad Bar, Grill, Comfort Station, Sandwich Bar, Bakery, and the Chef's Table. Wag was recently renovated to offer more seating and more options. Students never want to miss Wag's famous weekend brunch or Wagsgiving, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner served once a year. Students line up hours ahead of time to get into Wagsgiving early! Wagoner also has a Wag-Out facility where you can get pasta, pizza, salad, or a sandwich on the go. Dub's Cafe is the other all-you-can-eat buffet style dining facility on campus. It is similar to Wag, just smaller and has less options. Hawk's Nest is the food court style dining facility, and it has an option for everyone. There is a Mexican place, a Mediterranean Grill, a Subway, a Quiznos, a Burger Joint, a Hot Dog place, a Salad Bar, a Freshens Smoothies, Green Spot (healthy, locally-grown fare), and everyone's favorite Chick-fil-a! Hawk's Nest is takes meal swipes at dinner time which is an added bonus. There are numerous markets throughout campus that sell many items including freezer food. UNCW also offers a Dunkin Donuts for those who love coffee, and an Einstein's Bagels for all those bagel lovers. One hidden dining gem at UNCW is The Landing. The Landing is a sandwich shop hidden within the Seahawk Landing apartments, and let me tell you it's the best place on campus! Yum!

    Dorm Life

    UNCW offers many different styles of dorms, so there will definitely be one for you! If you prefer suite style living, then you could stay in the University Suites, Belk, or Graham-Hewlett. Belk is also an all-female dorm. Galloway is a hall-style dorm, while Schwartz, Cornerstone, Honors, and International are pod-style. There are also plenty of apartment options including the University Apartments for freshman, and Seahawk Crossing, Seahawk Landing, and Seahawk Village for upperclassmen. The dorms are all relatively nice and are a decent size for a dorm room. The RA's are awesome and always provide fun programming for your hall, and the RHA is quite involved too. Laundry is available for free in all dorms which is a bonus! Also, all dorms are staffed by Desk Receptionists during the day and Security Guards at night for precaution. You will always feel safe in a UNCW dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more difficult than others, but if you keep up with your work and study hard, they are all manageable. Professors are quite friendly and are available if you need assistance or guidance with something. Supplemental Instruction is offered for certain courses of higher rigor if you need extra help, and there is a Writing Center and a Math Lab available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are over 200 student organizations which means there is something for everyone! Utilize the services provided by the university. UNCW offers a Writing Center, a Math Lab, and Supplemental Instruction sessions for help in particular courses. We also have a Career Center to help you find a job while you're in school or once you graduate, and there is an awesome Student Recreation Center available for free! Look into all the majors and programs offered. UNCW has so many options it may seem overwhelming, but don't let it be. Explore all your options before you settle on a specific major, you may end up finding something you had never considered before. Don't be afraid to get help from your advisor! Take advantage of the Study Abroad opportunities! UNCW offers programs all over the world- look into it for an experience that will change your life!

    In three sentences

    UNCW is sometimes called UNCWonderful, and it truly is! From amazing academics and high quality professors to student organizations and clubs, there is something at UNCW for everyone. If you want an enriching academic experience while also having fun and growing as a person, UNCW is the place to be!

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Awesome Campus Safety! Never had any problems. Except for, watch out for the guy in the Scream mask, he comes out often.

    Greek Life

    Not very prevalent on campus

    Food and Dining

    Food is delicious and very healthy! They try to please different types of people and there are many dining locations on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in the International House, so it was really clean and kept up, however the older dorms, like Galloway or Graham-Hewlett are not as nice. Those dorms have more of a social aspect though. So you have to make a choice between a clean dorm, or a better social atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    The basic classes are easy, but when it comes to the sciences, prepare for a challenge. Ratemyprofessor.com will be your best friend for the next 4 years. I recommend not taking chances on professors that score poorly.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Call boxes are all over campus. They are in sight from anywhere on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Going to the beach is very popular. There is a sailing club, Stand-up paddle boarding club, frisbee, environmental protection, golf, surfing, and more!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is delicious, and there are so many options. I have no problems with the food because there is something new to choose from every day!

    Dorm Life

    I live in the University Apartments, which is much quieter than the other residence halls, but it is very easy to meet people no matter where you go!

    Academic Rigor

    Wilmington is well-known for its Science department, and being a biology major, I can see why. I am learning so much that I never thought I would be able to comprehend in my lifetime, and I feel so proud for what I have accomplished so far!

    Tips for prospective students

    Before crossing Wilmington off your list, take a trip there and visit, because you will immediately change your mind. I could find nothing wrong with this campus, and I feel so at home here.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a well-rounded, diverse campus with a faculty that is passionate for bettering students' education. The environment is warm and caring, and there are many activities to try, making it easy to settle in with a core group of friends. There is so much to do, considering it is right by the beach!

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is well lite at night, the campus police are not hard to find either, and there are emergency call boxes all around campus. All you do is press a red button and the police automatically know where you are. You can also ask for someone to accompany you if you feel uneasy about walking by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs you can join, so getting involved and meeting new people is no real hassle. They have clubs from an Anime Club and Scottish Society up to a Surf Club and Crossway Campus Ministry. At first try to do something new and try whatever club out, but narrow it down so you do not get too overwhelmed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Tuesday is Teal Tuesday, since UNCW's color is teal, and all you do is wear teal on a Tuesday.

    What to do for fun

    During the first two weeks a bunch of the organizations hold different events such as International Night, Meet and Greek, interest meetings, and they host free movies for students, which continue throughout the year. A lot of clubs and organizations will be recruiting at that time, so its a great way to branch out and try new things. The Recreational Center also has classes such as Cardio Dance, Power Yoga, and Seahawk Sculpt on certain days of the week that you can drop in on.

    Food and Dining

    There are two places on campus that do not cost money to eat, if you have a meal plan, and all you do is swipe your university ID card. Both are good places to eat, especially during the holidays and weekends, because during those times they cook amazing food. You can also go to other restaurants on campus such as Dunkin' Donuts, Chik Fil A, Einstein Brothers Bagels, and Market Place. There are exceptions at some restaurants after a certain time where you can use your meal swipes as well.

    Dorm Life

    The living arrangements are descent, they are not horrifically horrendous and it really depends on who you live with. At the beginning you might have a few things broken or falling apart, but maintenance should be able to take care of it. However, at first they are slow to respond, because everybody is sending in requests. Other than that the dorms are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be entertaining and challenging, but every now and then, depending on your professor, it can be a little draining. It can be quite worrisome as well if you are not a math person, but you are in calculus, but do not panic! UNCW has tutoring sessions, for free, and they are students who have gone through the experince, so they understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to as many events as possible. The more you go to, the more you learn and meet others, that way it is easier to make friends. You can also find out about an organization you might be interested in and what they do and how to apply. Be conscience of your schedule and the times when signing up for classes, it may seem reasonable on paper, but once you start getting into it, it may be a hassle.

    In three sentences

    UNCW has an amazing staff, they are always friendly, willing to help, and make you feel like you belong. All in all, though, the people of UNCW are amazing and friendly. Plus the campus is beautiful, they have a small preserve in the heart of campus with a nature trail and it is a great place to study other than the library.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I am female and feel quite safe walking alone around campus at night.

    Greek Life

    Evidently, very active is the Greek Life on campus. Further, they are all No Hazing Zones.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it. We've got it. Well, we do not have a football team.That's about all, though.

    Great for these types of students

    I think it's a perfect place for focused students who already know or have a strong inclination toward their major. It's also great for graduate students. I would caution undecided students and those who may need a little more maturity under their belts before attending The Dub. There is a lot to do and an unfocused student could get easily distracted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Teal Tuesdays. Everyone wears teal, the main school color, and even the local grocery store bakes muffins dyed with teal food coloring!

    What to do for fun

    It's an embarrassment of riches here at The Dub. You can get your culture on with fine arts installations and classical music performances. They have SUPER cheap or free movies every weekend at Lumina. There are club and school sports events. Don't even get me started on the various fraternity/sorority/club/association events.

    Food and Dining

    They have a good selection between Wagoner, the main dining hall, and the Hawk's Nest. They also have convenience stores all around campus. The only caution: all of these options are a little spendy.

    Dorm Life

    I have to give one star and that is only because I am a student living off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    They demand a lot of students from the start. However, this will better prepare you for higher-level classes and graduate school, should you choose to go.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I would give prospective students is to ask tons of questions. Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, etc. are all fantastic, but they cannot possibly remember everything you may need to know. Ask a lot of questions. They won't be annoyed. They'll be grateful.

    In three sentences

    So far, the quality of education for the price paid is outstanding. They strive to incorporate the latest in learning techniques and provide a strong curriculum. My only critique so far is that the staff who work in most of the offices could be a little more customer-service oriented.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Very chill.

    Great for these types of students

    People who enjoy being in the sun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beach Blast!

    What to do for fun

    Tanning, surfing, shopping, and visiting new restaurants.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you ever need anything Depaolo Hall is the place to go. The health services, tutoring opportunities, and much more. The Wagoner Hall is the best cafeteria in the world!

    In three sentences

    This is a great school. Everyone is very nice and helpful. Not to mention it's near the beach!

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are many emergency boxes, and the police are always driving around campus. Don't walk around downtown Wilmington alone, but on campus it's fine. If you feel unsafe you can always press an emergency box button and a cop will walk you back to where ever you're going. Also, kids with cars get nailed with tickets, so make sure you follow all of the driving/parking rules!!

    Greek Life

    I have lots of friends involved in greek life, and all of them love it! It's a great way to meet people, make friends, get involved, and better your experience at UNCW! The greeks are constantly doing fun things, so I recommend it to anyone!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club out there for everyone. UNCW has over 200+ clubs, so there is always something for everyone. My advice is to get involved in as many as you can. Not only do they look great on a resume, but it will make your time here much more enjoyable.

    Great for these types of students

    1. Love the beach 2. From North Carolina 3. Like to party 4. Care about doing well in school 5. Very laid back 6. Go with the flow 7. Like warm weather

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On move in day, the upperclassmen will take the freshmens' belongings and put them into the dorms from their cars. The freshmen don't have to do anything! Also, the first week of school is beach blast! The whole school goes to the beach and parties for the day!

    Bang for the buck

    For what's provided, I think it's alright. The tuition is ridiculous for out-of-state students. The parking permits cost $350. I think some of it is a rip off, but the services (disability, learning center, free tutoring, etc.) is worth it. I think they could improve on some things and dorm quality, but if you have the money then by all means don't let anything hold you back!

    What to do for fun

    JOIN ANY CLUBS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN! This is your time to figure out who you are and what you want to do. There are over 200 clubs, so there will be something you like. The more involved you get, the more fun you'll have. Also, go to the beach! I don't know one person who has gone to the beach and not have fun. Explore downtown Wilmington, it's really fun and cute!

    Food and Dining

    Wagoner is best for breakfast! Dubs is ok, but I wouldn't recommend it. Save your food dollars, though! You can go to certain places at the Hawk's Nest after 6 pm Sunday-Thursday and use meal swipes instead of food dollars. But I would recommend getting a fridge for your dorm and having lots of food there. It will be nice to get a break from dining hall food, since it's repetitive. The food isn't bad, but it's just the same.

    Dorm Life

    If you live in Galloway, Graham-Hewlett, or Belk bring a throw rug! You can buy them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The floors are tile and gross. Also, bring a vaccum. I suggest Cornerstone or International! They're the nicest dorms. Schwartz is ok, Belk is all girls and it's the luck of the draw. Galloway and Graham-Hewlett are the loudest and biggest party dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are ok. The general ed classes aren't good, but once you get into your major it gets better. Just keep all of your grades up and more options will be available to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get involved. I can't stress that enough. I was miserable first semester because I didn't do anything. Now I am having a blast! 2. Step out of your comfort zone. In order to make friends, you have to step out of your comfort zone and approach people! They're all friendly and nice! 3. GO TO EVENTS! Especially during the first few weeks of school, doing this will help you meet people. 4. Bring your car or make friends that have cars. You need a car to get around Wilmington... bikes and skateboards are only good for on campus! 5. Don't let the beach be the only reason you come here. It gets too cold to go in the water November-March, so you'll need things to do in the meantime! 6. MAKE SURE SCHOOL COMES FIRST! enough said. 7. If you live in the dorms, bring blankets. The AC is always blasting and it's freezing. 8. If you're in a big class, make sure you email and introduce yourself to the professor. This way it shows them that you care and they will eventually know your name! 9. Be open minded about classes. Take things that sound interesting to you. You may go in thinking you know your major, but you could be wrong, so have fun! 10. USE THE SERVICES ON CAMPUS! THEY'RE FREE!

    In three sentences

    The school is best known for the beach. You will succeed if you can balance fun and school work. The more you're involved, the more fun you'll have!

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The cops are chill and are definitely concerned for your personal safety. I haven't had any complaints.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do on campus. They have UNCweekends which provides plenty of activities for students to do except partying. Also, there is a big fair in the beginning of the year that let's students meet and be aware of the many clubs on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is laid back and wants to have a great time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wagsgiving is the big thanksgiving event, and the food then is wonderful. Beach Blast is the last day before classes start, and it is seriously a blast. The students at UNCW are really close together and not extremely cliquish.

    Bang for the buck

    I do not regret a second choosing UNCW to be my school for the next four years.

    What to do for fun

    In Wilmington, there is a lot to do. The beach is easily accessible, downtown Wilmington is beautiful, and there's plenty of late night activities for a student to be a part of. Wilmington does its absolute best to accommodate college students. The first few weeks when classes start are the absolute best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should study hard, have fun once in a while, and be themselves when they come to UNCW. They are bound to fit in with someone so they shouldn't stress about being left out. There is a place for everyone at the Dub.

    In three sentences

    I would rate UNCW to be a 9/10. The academics may not be top notch, but they are definitely rising. Everything about the campus is amazing, and in the next decade its popularity will rise.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. In the evening if you are at the library and to not feel comfortable walking to your dorm, you can call campus cops and they will escort you. Great, understanding officers that will help you out if you are polite.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved but there are many frats ranging from serious academic groups to ridiculous burnout clubs. Rush some if you are interested, you'll likely find a group that suits your interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many ways to get involved. Go to the UNCW site and look at the CAIC page to see what they offer.

    Great for these types of students

    Active students who are interested in sports clubs or rec teams. Artistic students who want a quality theatre/music/visual arts department and interesting arts community. People who love playing on the beach.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that UNCW will provide great equity for what you pay. The school is growing and adding state of the art facilities, but the price remains a bargain.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of live concerts on and off campus, the beach, rec center, bars downtown if you are of age, religious groups that do really cool things (for fun and for comm. service). There is a movie theatre on campus that is usually free for students or like 2 dollars. etc

    Food and Dining

    The dining has improved exponentially. There is a dunkin donuts, chick fil a, subway, quiznos, salad bars at every dining hall, multiple coffee shops, snack bars, and convenience stores that accept food dollars. Anything you want to eat should be available, including local, organic, vegetarian, and vegan options. (and they are actually quality options rather than an afterthought.)

    Dorm Life

    People are mostly friendly and considerate in the dorms at UNCW. Galloway is the party dorm so if you want to sleep at all during your years here, Schwartz or Graham Hewlett are better.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors at UNCW are often very personable and interested in how you are doing in the class. With the availability of help from professors and fellow students, classes are not as difficult as one would expect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into programs that interest you and even fields of study that you have not yet considered. Meeting professors and administrators in programs that interest you will give you an edge and help you to make important decisions about the path which you are taking.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a fantastic place to study. You will meet friends that last a lifetime, and learn lessons that will stick with you. What could be better than studying 10 minutes away from the beach?

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus really emphasizes safety as well. There are police call boxes everywhere that will automatically notify the police of your location. They encourage you to call campus PD if you're uncomfortable walking home alone at night and they will send someone to pick you up. In each dorm, there is a desk where you have to check in guests and the dorm buildings are locked to anyone without a student ID card. They're strict on all of these matters.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved in these! There are plenty of clubs on campus and if you can't find one that you like, you're encouraged to start one. The process for starting a club isn't outrageously difficult either.

    Great for these types of students

    A lot of beachy students come here, but that doesn't make it unfriendly towards students who don't like the beach (as I am one of them). They really emphasize athletics, sororities and fraternities, and diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Teal Tuesdays are a thing here on campus: if you wear teal (the school's color) around campus, you might get some free candy like I did, or other small prizes for having school spirit.

    Bang for the buck

    I only rate this a four if you are an in-state student. College can be expensive, but the Honors College is worth the tuition price if you're considering it.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on. RA's have to put on programs for the students, which are like... fun events to do with your dormmates. There's a lot of good athletic activities. Join a club, because those are fun.

    Food and Dining

    There's a bit of variety and they try their best to cater to vegetarian and vegan students, but there's a lot of unhealthy food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Honors House is great. I've heard some of the older dorms aren't as nice, but Tri-house (Honors House, International House, and Cornerstone) are really good.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're in the honors program, you'll be challenged by the course material, but from what I gather, most of the standard university classes aren't too hard, depending on the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that the campus floods a lot during monsoon season. The weather can get to you if you're not prepared or come from a different state (i.e. bring a raincoat and rain boots, a good umbrella, and clothes for hot weather and cold). Check ratemyprofessors.com because some of the professors aren't the best. Don't eat Wag or Dubs all the time, try the other dining locations. Try new things.

    In three sentences

    If you get into a good academic group, classes are challenging (try the Honors College: it's a good community of people usually). While the campus population is not exactly diverse (overwhelmingly white), the campus does its best to emphasize that equality is what we want to strive for. They do well in certain subject areas such as marine biology, film studies, and creative writing, so if you're interested in those topics, be sure to consider UNCW.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are campus police on campus at all times. There are emergency boxes all over campus (you can usually see 4 or more in a 360 view). IDs are needed to get into dorms, but only assigned IDs unless you are checked in by someone in that dorm.

    Greek Life

    We do offer fraternity and sorority pledging.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 250 organizations. We have greek life, anime club, Sga, surf clubs, sports clubs, paranormal watch clubs... anything! If we don't have it, you and two other people can start a new one.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to learn and study. Students who want to take chances and amazing opportunities. Students who want a calm, homey campus life. Students who are outgoing. Students who are looking for a phenomenal educational opportunity and a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have Teal Tuesdays for school spirit. If you wear teal, you are eligible to win prizes of all sorts. Before Spring exams, we have oozeball. The fire dept floods the rec fields, and we play volleyball in knee deep mud! There are so much more.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very affordable. It has been worth everything I have put in, and will continue to put in.

    What to do for fun

    The best place is the beach! Anytime access, and if you don't have a car, don't worry. Someone is always going. Hang out on campus: sports, clubs. Off campus: shopping, eating, clubbing. There are many attractions dealing with the water/ocean too.

    Food and Dining

    There are two main cafe style dining halls which serve excellent foods of all types of variety. We also have Dunkin Donuts, Einstein's, Subway, Chik fil a, Hole mole, and so much more.

    Dorm Life

    I am staying in a Graham Hewlett and I love it! I have made so many new friends and have bonded with my dorm mates. There are so many places to live on campus. Even as a freshman, you can live in the apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    College is tough all in all. To earn the grade you want, you will have to work for it. UNCW makes it competitive to stand out academically, but it is most certainly achievable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be yourself in your application. Come check out the campus. It is beautiful. Bring an umbrella though! It tends to rain.

    In three sentences

    UNCW has been the most amazing experience I have ever been able to take advantage of. The educational opportunities here are one of a kind. Also, we are a college at the beach!

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Everywhere you look, there are campus police. These police are actually REAL police too, they're not just rent-a-cops. They have joined up with the Wilmington Police to ensure safety on and off campus.

    Greek Life

    Even though it isn't a huge school, Greek Life plays a very big role on campus. That being said, there are also a large number of people who are not involved in Greek Life. It is something that if people are interested in it, they are sure to love it, but if not, there are plenty of other things to join!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities on campus! It is also incredibly easy to start your own club. All you have to do is get 2 other friends to join, and your club is started! You can also ask for money from the school to help support your club!

    Great for these types of students

    UNCW is a great school for ANY type of student. It has enough variety in activities that everybody is sure to find their own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two spirit rocks on UNCW's campus. One is located by Wagoner Hall (Wag), and the other is located at the front of campus by the Student Union. Different clubs and organizations are allowed to paint these to advertise as they please; however, their art must be left up for 24 hours before another club/organization can paint over it.

    Bang for the buck

    All college is expensive; however, UNCW is in the same price range as most other schools in North Carolina. If you go there with a focus, work will pay off in the end.

    What to do for fun

    Wilmington is a beach town; however, it also has a city side, both historic and new. Since there can be some winter days that reach the 70's, people go to the beach all year round, not necessarily swimming, but enjoying the sun and the sand.

    Food and Dining

    UNCW provides many different locations for dining, as well as many different meal plans. Students living on campus are required to have a meal plan, and it is optional for off campus students. Wagoner Hall is the main buffet. Hawk's Nest houses Chick-fil-a, Jole Mole, Salad Creations, Varsity Grill, Green Spot, Quiznos, Opa, and a smoothie area. Dubs Cafe is another buffet; however, it is smaller than Wagoner and tends to have healthier options since the huge pizza bar is not there. There are also many other random locations around campus including a Dunkin' Donuts, bagel shops, the Landwich shop, and many little markets/shopettes.

    Dorm Life

    I have never heard of such thing as an amazing dorm. UNCW has both dorm and on-campus apartment (University Apartments) options for freshman. People who like their space tend to stay in the apartments since there are four separate bedrooms shared with a bathroom and kitchen. However, by staying in the dorms, people tend to have a greater social life.

    Academic Rigor

    UNCW is a very prestigious school, especially if you are interested in the School of Nursing. Students are told all the time that college is much different than high school. Many straight A high school students will tend to blow this off, thinking that they'll be fine. My advice is to put your best forward in everything that you do so you're not working to play catch up towards the end of the semester when your grades aren't where you thought they'd be.

    Tips for prospective students

    This goes for any university, but if you are interested in getting involved, whether it is with Greek Life or any certain club, do not let peoples' opinions alter your decisions. Do what you feel will make you complete so you don't regret it later.

    In three sentences

    Being able to call yourself a Seahawk is an incredible feeling. There are so many ways to get involved on campus whether it is with Greek Life, joining a club, or creating a club of your own. Everybody really carries a Southern Charm with them wherever they go, whether it is on Chancellor's Walk, in the dining hall, our out at night when you're socializing.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never felt unsafe, even during hurricanes.

    Greek Life

    Wasn't involved, but several friends were and they enjoyed themselves.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots and lots! Go to the activities and clubs fairs to find them all.

    Great for these types of students

    Marine Bio, Biology, Nursing students Those from down South or Northerners who have always wanted to live down South but still have other Northerners around. You need to be laid back though, because things do move slower down here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oozeball! You'll find out once you are there. Also Beach Blast!

    Bang for the buck

    Good, you just have to push for the things you want.

    What to do for fun

    Beach. It's right there and there are so many clubs and activities to get involved with that revolve around the beach. There are also lots of clubs on campus, so no one should ever complain they are bored.

    Food and Dining

    Wag is.....well dorm food. They have their good days and bad days. Go early for waffles and the weekends, and never get two chicken fried steaks. The other places on campus are fine, fairly normal dinning hall style food.

    Dorm Life

    Can only speak from my experience living in the honors dorm and in the Landing, but it was great. Those dorms are really nice and new. The people were super friendly and we stayed together out whole time there and even after.

    Academic Rigor

    The honors program will

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Apply to the honors program. You will have amazing opportunities if you do. 2. Get to know your professors, they love students and are great resources for finding and offering jobs. 3. Enjoy your time here and a laid back atmosphere. If you want the hustle and bustle of a city, transfer now.

    In three sentences

    If they have your major and you enjoy the beach you will do fine here. Make sure you have a car or you enjoy riding your bike to get around the city. Laid back school, but you will come away with a good education if you apply yourself.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    UNCW is considered the cheapest university in the public North Carolina system. Kiplinger has voted UNCW #14 of best universities for your $.

    What to do for fun

    UNCW is 3 miles from the beach...what is there not to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay but it is getting better with the student/faculty dining committee.

    Dorm Life

    60% of students live off campus because housing is limited.

    Academic Rigor

    One of my teachers slid a paper across the table to a student and said, How dare you give me anything but your best!

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest all prospective students to get involved in on-campus activities. UNCW has over 250 student run organizations; there is an organization for everyone. Getting involved will make your college time more fulfilling.

    In three sentences

    UNCW, really stands for UNC-Wonderful. I have been to 6 different colleges and UNCW is the most challenging and fun of all. I strongly recommend this university.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is very safe.

    Greek Life

    I do not participate in Greek like, it's not for me. However, my roommate is in a sorority and loves it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge variety of clubs and organizations on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great surfing and other outdoor activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wagner Hall, the dining hall, is prone to give you the waggles.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, explore downtown, go to clubs/beach bars, shopping, eating.

    Food and Dining

    Everything here is very good! Very tasty.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are tougher than my old university, but it's also a harder school to get into. Just make sure to turn in everything on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come to UNCW. It is a fantastic school and you won't be sorry you chose to come here.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is by far the best school I've attended, I am a transfer student here. The campus is beautiful and is close to the beach. The professors are great and I'm very excited to say I'm a student here.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If there was one campus I could vote for on its safety it would be here. There are over 100 emergency call boxes on campus and the police here are friendly and always ready to do their job.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of UNCW. A lot of students join sororities or fraternities to meet great people and become involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    One thing I love is that there is always something for everyone here. Campus involvement is huge here and much encouraged to all students.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are social and laid back but ready to learn, this is a great school for you!

    What to do for fun

    There's always the beach which is nice! Other than that there are always activities and events on campus that are always a fun way to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is better than other places I've tasted but still not fine dining. It is good and cheap but I advise buying food not on campus every once in awhile or having food in the dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes it is close and personal but it is part of the college experience. It also can be super fun and you meet a lot of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are great. They are here to help students achieve their goals and become the best they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to class, stay focused, and ask questions. College is fun but it is no joke.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a fun, friendly place where learning is personal. It has great programs but also great people. It is where life long friends are created.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The beach!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very specific with your entrance essay and describe why you want to go to UNCW specifically, not why you want to go to college.

    In three sentences

    Amazing and so helpful, the University is very supportive and provides you with everything you need help with, from tutoring to studying abroad to getting into graduate school.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The beach is always the number one hot spot to go to, literally. Joining intramural sports and clubs can be very fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are three different dining halls, all of which have great options.

    Dorm Life

    It can be hard to study with all of the noise, but there is always the library located nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but not overbearing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't order all of your textbooks until you go to class and talk to the professor. Bring a rain jacket, it rains a lot.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a great school for education and social experiences. The weather here is beautiful with sunshine almost everyday. This is a great school for down to earth students.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    One thing that UNCW is all about is safety. There is literally an emergency call box near you wherever you may be on campus. And, officers will escort you to your room if you are ever out late at night and do not feel comfortable walking alone. It makes me feel very comfortable and safe.

    What to do for fun

    Well, UNCW is literally less than ten minutes away from the beach so that option is always open. And, Wilmington is a great town for college students because there is so much to do there!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of choices of where to eat on campus during the week and they are all delicious! You have food dollars and meal swipes which help keep track of how much you are eating. But, on the weekends, there is only one location where you can use meal swipes which is very annoying for people who do not live near it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not the ideal place for a person to live but the dorms at UNCW are very nice and well-kept. They help make the transition to college life easier.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics in this university are intense but necessary to secure a job after graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate! Professors are understanding if a circumstance arises but simply saying, I didn't have enough time will not cut it. You'll get out of it what you put into it. UNCW can benefit you in so many ways but you have to be willing to make an effort to live the college experience.

    In three sentences

    This school has such an awesome environment because of the beach that is only five or so minutes away. All the departments are very organized so there is never any confusion about what is going on around campus. And, there is always something to do making it so easy to get involved!

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police is constantly doing rounds as well as the RA's. There is plenty of emergency stations located throughout the campus if need be.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not like other Universities where they are enemies. Sororities and Fraternities spend time together and are very friendly to everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of Clubs and Activities to join. If you don't find one that you like you may start up your own very easily.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students. It is a very diverse campus where students will accommodate accordingly. No matter if your a study freak, quiet, loud, responsible, irresponsible, organized student, you will fit here in UNCW.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is Teal Tuesday, where students are supposed to wear teal color clothing to represent school spirit on Tuesdays. There is also Ooze Ball, which is volleyball in the mud, and there is Beach Blast which is held at the begging of the first semester.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every penny from my own wallet! The experience, tuition, and food is all very price worthy.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of things to do, the BEACH!! No need to say more.

    Food and Dining

    There is three places on campus where the food is good. Wagnor Hall is really good especially their comfort food station.

    Dorm Life

    It is wonderful! People that attend UNCW are very social and open minded. The dorms are fairly decent, like other universities.

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough, but if it is not then it would not be worth it in the end! Everything that is worth fighting and working for is special, much like a career that will predict your future. It really just depends on what classes you take, some will be easier and others extremely hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every day counts! Take as many opportunities as you can, whether it is in classes or internships. Join as many clubs as you can here in UNCW, there is plenty, start looking into study abroad, and make the most out of your semester.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a wonderful university for many reasons. It is great in academics as well as environment. Teachers and staff will work you in anyway as possible.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 58 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Greek Life

    Not too big of a Greek scene here...but there are fraternities and sororities. My roommate is in one and she loves it, I am not and I love it. Choose your poison.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you like something you can find a club on it! Or even create one!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a laid back person with an easy going personality and are down to have fun this school is perfect for you! Also, we have a great nursing, marine biology, education, and business program here, so if you're interested in those UNCW is great!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have two really cool events (not just two but these are just two examples) we put on every year. In the fall the day before classes start, we have an event call Beach Blast and it is where, basically, the whole student body goes to one section of the beach and there we have booths set up with games, volleyball, slack string, you can learn how to surf, and it's just a fun way to meet new people. In the spring we have an event called oozeball and it is volleyball but in the mud! It is an all day event that people start practicing weeks in advance for! Both of these events allow for the whole college student body to come together and just have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out-of-state student and I feel that every penny spent is worth it because I have had a great overall experience here. In-state tuition is very low and out-of-state tuition is fairly reasonable as well!

    What to do for fun

    Beach! Since we are, so conveniently, located by the beach it is a place to tan and learn how to surf! Plus it will keep you motivated to keep that body in shape!

    Food and Dining

    We have a lot of options here on campus for dining. I am a pescatarian (I eat seafood and vegetables) and I have always found something yummy to eat on campus. While you are here you'll find you might prefer one dining hall over another.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely loved living in the dorms freshman year even though that was the thing that I was the most terrified about going into college. I lived in the honors dorms which is a way different experience than living in the Galloway dorms or any other dorms but I know friends from other dorms and all have enjoyed their experience.

    Academic Rigor

    We all know the freshman courses are fairly simple classes and probably purposefully designed so but as you climb up the ladder in your major the classes are more rigorous and challenging. I am a marine biology major and while I enjoy the classes they also demand a lot of study time because the material is so dense, but interesting! Happy medium.

    Tips for prospective students

    In choosing your future college always make sure, if you have the chance, to visit before making the final decision; after all, you will live here the rest of your life. Also, personally, I think that Dub's cafe has better food than wagoner hall and if you want to meet a lot of other freshman students opt to live in Galloway!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love going to UNCW because my overall experience with the classes and people has been phenomenal. First off, since it is a medium sized school the classes are smaller allowing for more one on one time with your professors. Also, the campus is so close to the beach that the city draws in very friendly and easy going people that are so easy to get along and become friends with!

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 59 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've always felt so safe on-campus. There's campus call boxes all over campus that will immediately connect you to a police officer if needed. I always see campus police walking around campus at night, and in the dorms as well as academic builidings.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many! There's an entire list of clubs and activities that have an academic focus, community focus, or specific interests.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love the beach, warm weather, film studies, marine biology, creative wriring, outdoors,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beach Blast! The day before the first day of classes, UNCW holds a huge party on the beach. There's free transportation from the college, tshirts, food, games, and prizes. It's a great way to start off the semester. Teal Tuesday! Every Tuesday we wear teal (our school color) and there's sometimes a prize if you're seen wearing teal. Fall and Spring concerts, we've had All Time Low, Gym Class Heroes, Timeflies, B.O.B., and a ton of other bands come. There's also small concerts and comedians throughout the year. Dub Idol singing competition and Hawk it Out a dancing competition.

    What to do for fun

    There's always a lot of programs going on on-campus, movies every weekend in Lumina Theatre, as well as several programs in the residence halls. You're also only 8 miles from the beach, so when the weather is warm everyone will be there.

    Food and Dining

    You're always going to be able to get pizza, pasta, or a sandwich somewhere on campus. While the major dining halls have limited hours (closing at 9 and only one open on the weekend) there are convenience stores on campus where you can go for a meal if needed. Chickfila, Subway, Quiznos, and several coffee places are on campus. Wag breakfast is also something you'll hear a lot about!

    Dorm Life

    There's always a lot of programs going on with Residence Hall Association and the RAs, so go to those and meet people. Once you get up into upperclassman apartments, you tend to only know the people in your apartment. Really make an effort as a freshman to get to know all the people on your hall. Cornerstone is the nicest freshman dorm, however you do have to apply to live there, but I would highly suggest it. Cornerstone is also nice because in addition to living there you take classes in the building with people from your building.

    Academic Rigor

    It's college, classes are hard, but the wonderful thing about UNCW is that are professors are always willing to help. Once you get into the classes for your major, the size gets smaller so you really get to know professors and students. As a Com. Studies and English major, the bulk of my work is papers and readings with a few tests. But if you find a major you love, you're also able to handle the work load. From my experiences, my classes have been interesting, challenging in a good way, and beneficial to my future after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. You're going to hear this a lot, but really, do it. While class is important, there's more to college. UNCW offers so many great organizations to get involved with. I personally have been involved in Association for Campus Entertainment, Residence Hall Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Honor Society) and Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society). The student organizations are where you will meet friends, get references and experience for resumes, and really figure out what you want to do with your life. Find something you love and stick with it. You'll be amazed at how much you will love it and you'll more than likely move up into leadership positions as you continue to stay involved.

    In three sentences

    UNCW has offered me the best possible college experience. My academic studies and student organization involvement have allowed me to continuously grow as a person and be more prepared for a future career. It's a great campus, with great people and a great location.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 60 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I would say that compared to other colleges, Wilmington gives you the most for your dollar. We have so much, from clubs and sports to academics and the beach. Whatever you like, we are sure to have it. We recently just renovated the student recreation center, which now houses two indoor soccer courts, racquetball, ping-pong, an outdoor pool, and a full length lap pool. The University is always looking to improve and give students the best experience possible.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Wilmington offers so much to do during your free time. Everyone's favorite, of course, is the beach. You can go and relax with friends, learn how to surf, or just enjoy the rays. If the beach isn't for you there is also historic downtown Wilmington, which offers dining, shopping, lots of tours, and a great nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus isn't going to compare to your family's home-cooked meals, but it also isn't terrible. There are a lot of different options when you have a meal plan. Outside of the main dining halls, there are a lot of really delicious places to get food, like Einstein's bagels and Chik-fil-a!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. Everyone who attends Wilmington is so friendly and the Housing and Residence staff is extremely helpful. Everyone in the dorms are close and you make a lot of friends. I would definitely recommend living on campus, at least for freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    School is tough, but not unnecessarily hard. You will have to study and put effort into your work, but you will also have a lot of down time. They take cheating and plagiarism seriously, so as long as all your work is your own and you work diligently, you will do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join Clubs! There is a huge club fair put on at the beginning of the year and I think any college student will tell you that getting involved is the best way to start out the year right. Find things that you are interested in and pursue them. You will meet a lot of like-minded people along the way.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Wilmington provides a unique college experience. It is so much fun to live at the beach while continuing your studies. There is truly no other place like it.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 61 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students will find friends here. From hard-workers to athletes to partiers to nature-lovers to anyone in-between, you will love UNCW.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is fantastic in all weather and only 7 to 10 minutes away from campus. Downtown has nice scenery and is a nice place to go for a walk with friends. UNCW has a lot of fun events, especially at the beginning of semesters. There are parties and bars if you want that too.

    Food and Dining

    There are usually many options, but not always something you like or want. Weekend dining is limited, but it could be a lot worse. There are different types of dining locations as well.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms aren't anything special, but they aren't terrible. I was placed in Belk, the all girls dorm. It is quiet but I have made many friends here. The party dorms are Galloway and Graham-Hewlett. Look up floor plans and walk-through videos to find out what you prefer.

    Academic Rigor

    Not very hard if you keep up with homework and studying. Teachers are definitely willing to help

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply! You won't regret it. Keep up to date with communication so you don't miss important information or dates. Apply early if you want to get scholarships. The honors college has many scholarships, but you have to apply to the honors college by april 1st to qualify.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a fantastic school. The campus is beautiful, the teachers are wonderful, and you will definitely find a fantastic group of friends.

  • 08/17/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    62 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for laid back social students wanting a college they can get involved with

  • 09/27/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    63 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    I greatly look forward to going to Wilmington. I have several friends who are already at the University and absolutely love the area. I have also visited a couple of time and have seen first hand that the campus and surrounding areas are absolutely gorgeous!

    Will learn a lot

    I am not at the school yet but I have heard nothing but wonderful things about all the teachers.

  • 12/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    64 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    It is a very relaxed atmosphere...try not to get distracted by teh beautiful beach!

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many great opportunities available, you just have to be willing to look

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    65 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    go to the beach or downtown.

    Tips for prospective students

    always show up to class and wait until the first day of class to buy your books.

    In three sentences

    wilmington is a beautiful city with wonderful people. most everyone that lives here is extremely nice. the professors are also great.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    66 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    outstanding state of the art systems.

    Great for these types of students

    outdoor lovers.

    What to do for fun

    the beach clubs/ downtown school clubs greek life

    Food and Dining

    hawks nest is the only exception to this rating.

    Tips for prospective students

    choose a college based on what you hope to find as a career. not on what the social environment is.

    In three sentences

    an outstanding university that is expanding and will become, i believe, much more of a credible university than it already is.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    67 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus i'd say is really safe police is always driving around 24/7 most people have there parties off campus to prevent conflict with the campus police. oh yea, uncw has their own police dept. they are not rent-a-cops. they can arrest you.

    Greek Life

    there isn't any greek houses on campus because the school doesn't allow it, however there are greek apts/suites. i rushed for a frat, was extremely fun. greek life isn't for me so it all depends what type of person you are.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs and activities that if you don't find one that suits you...well you can simply create it

    Great for these types of students

    great for all types of students from all walks of life

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    cookout is right off campus and is open until 4am and opens at 6am. everyone always goes there either walking/car/long board.

    Bang for the buck

    they are raising tuition, but for what you pay for you do get a great deal being next to the beach and having many beautiful girls on campus. education is also top notch as well

    What to do for fun

    besides joining an organization, club, or sport they have greek life which many students are part of (mainly females). you have the beach, downtown for nightlife, and other things. you'll never get bored on campus unless you avoid everybody. rec center is amazing with a track, basketball courts, rock climbing, fitness center, indoor pool/outdoor pool (coming in fall 2012). this campus will never bore you, if anything you'll have to much to do.

    Food and Dining

    they have many types of options, my favorite is hawks nest after 6pm because you can use your meal swipe instead of food dollars. most of the dining halls are buffets and have healthy options along with entrees that include pizza burgers and there 4 course special for the day.

    Dorm Life

    they have all types of dorms: party dorm, calm and quiet dorm, or a mix between both. i would say that there's a little bit for every type of person.

    Academic Rigor

    teachers really want you to strive and are always willing to help you get an a in the class. although they have office hours and other classes to teach they will assist in anyway possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you love the beach, nice weather, a medium size school than this is the school for you. there are plenty of groups/organizations/events that you can attend so you can be very involved. downtown is awesome and the parties off campus are great as well.

    In three sentences

    i would rate this school a 8.5-10. this school has many friendly people, it's big enough so that you can meet new people, but also a good size to see your friends around campus. teachers are great and ca,pus is really nice with new buildings currently being constructed.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    68 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus police do everything they can to keep you safe.

    What to do for fun

    Go explore downtown. Take a ghost walk, eat with friends, go to the BEACH!

    Food and Dining

    A lot of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty good. Can be bit overcrouded compared to other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a rain jacket and umbrella-everyday! Storms pop up out of no where. Also save your abseces!!

    In three sentences

    Great school. I love being next to the beach.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    69 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Sigma Sigma Sigma

    What to do for fun

    Beach!

    Food and Dining

    Hawks Nest and the Landing Sandwhich Shop are the way to go.

    Dorm Life

    I was in Cornerstone dorm, and I loved it!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others, but it all depends on your motivation!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you talk to your advisor, they can be very helpful.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a great school with a lot to offer students. The nursing school is very competitive, and I plan on applying to it. I had a great freshman year so far at this school.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    70 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    no problems. Secluded from town traffic, 200+ alert stations with line-of-sight visibility in mesh. In emergency, can run from one to another and allow tracking. Full police substation on campus with bonafide Chief, no rental cops.

    Greek Life

    healthy but not overwhelming. Dozen-plus gives ample access but nothing done exclusively. Greeks are basically service orgs on campus and blend with student body in all functions

    Clubs and Activities

    200+, absolutely something for everything

    Great for these types of students

    marine sciences, athletes (all but football), surfers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    freshman still learning

    Bang for the buck

    out-of-state is way expensive. If you leave in NC, no-brainer!

    What to do for fun

    clubs, beach, town/riverfront, beach, hanging out on beautiful campus, BEACH!

    Food and Dining

    multiple locations, lots of options (including brands)

    Dorm Life

    seems amazing based upon orientation!

    Academic Rigor

    freshman, unknown. Class assignments are tough (two sciences and history).

    Tips for prospective students

    Take tours, approach staff in dept of interest, talk to students, go to the beach!

    In three sentences

    Great programs, tuned-in and supportive faculty, super friendly student body, awesome location!

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    71 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    There is some. I don't participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fencing Club German Club

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't many colleges that take their incoming freshman class to the beach just before classes begin.

    Bang for the buck

    I think UNC-Wilmington offers good value for your money.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach. Go into historic Wilmington. The mall is good.

    Food and Dining

    It's not bad for college food.

    Dorm Life

    I was in a suite with 9 other girls. We had a great time getting to know one another. Now I have great friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I found my first year courses to be very challenging. I was glad to be challenged, but I definitely needed to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to handle your own affairs. Learn how to do our own laundry. Be self-motivated. You're going to need to study. Get involved and make new friends.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is absolutely awesome. We have high academic standards, yet there is nothing wrong with college in a beach town. I enjoyed every moment at UNC-Wilmington.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    72 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. There is always a cop around. The police station is right next to the dorms. There is a police officer assigned to each dorm and you meet them your first night there. There is a guard at the front desk of every dorm at nights. UNCW police run a really cool self defense class called Rape Aggression Defense (RAD). It is free and you can get PE credit. There are call boxes every couple of feet on campus. You hit the red button, cops will come. Sign up for the text alert on My seaport. It lets you know if there is anything dangerous on campus, whether it be a gunman or a bad storm.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of Greek Life on campus. They run a lot of programs and cool activities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many clubs to get involved in: Eco club, Vegan club, Catholic club, sports club, clubs for every major, political clubs, and so much more. Sign up for as many clubs as you can on club day, anything you might be interested in. Clubs are a great way to meet people and get involved in the community. Clubs are great for learning about careers and meeting important people that can help you in the future.

    Great for these types of students

    Beach lovers! Students looking for a great education for a fair price. Marine Bio majors, uncw is one of the best on the east coast.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNCW is called The DUB to most students. Beach Blast is in the first week of school in Wrightsville. GO! Everyone long boards or bikes around campus. Bring something with wheels. Campus is bigger than you think.

    Bang for the buck

    It is relativity in expensive for in-state students. Books come to about $300-500, depending on your major (don't buy them on campus!). Housing is fairly priced compared to other schools. Laundry is free! UNCW is increasing its tuition and the amount of students they are excepting. It has been increasing every year. This bring the student to teacher ratio up; which is still relatively low but it will be increasing the next couple of years.

    What to do for fun

    The beach! There is lots of stuff to do in wrightsville! Downtown is also a lot of fun. There is the waterfront that has a lot of concerts and street fairs and stuff. The battleship is really cool if you take the tour. There is 2 malls really close to campus there is one that is in biking distance or you can take the bus. And there is another, Mayfaire, that is a little farther but still pretty close, with a movie theater. There is always something to do on campus! If you don't have a car, don't worry! Check the bulletin boards, website and with your RA, you will find something awesome and fun!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! There are so many options on campus. Wagner (Wag) is the main dining hall. There is also Dub's Cafe in Warwick that is great for lunch. There is Einstein's Bagels, Dunkin Dounuts, and 4 more little shops spread out through campus. Tip!:There is a shop on the second floor of Cameron Hall (the business building). It the only food place on Chancellors Walk. There is always a wide variety, so everyone can find something they like.

    Dorm Life

    I was a temporary in Belk in the beginning of the year. It is kind of inconvenient but it all works out! I ended up living in the University Apartments and loved it. The dorms are kept very clean. They are secure, having elecronic doors, seperate keys, and a guard 24/7. Most dorms are suite style, but one or two are hall style. There is also the University Apartments which are outdoor apartment buildings with a kitchen and living room per suite. They are 4 to an apartment with single rooms. Every dorm has at least on kitchen, computer room with a printer, and a lounge with a tv and couches. There is always something to do in your area. The RAs are great about getting everyone involved. They create programs for every interest and are your number one source for getting involved.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman year was not very difficult. Expect to spend a lot of time studying and working on assignments but it is more time consuming than anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    My recommendation for future students at UNC Wilmington is get involved! You make so many friends by joining clubs and everyone there will have the same interests as you. Club sports are a great way to meet friends and travel! There are so many clubs for all different interests: Eco club, pre-med club, Pharmacy Club...etc. Club are a great way to get a jump start on your career as well. You meet people in that career field and go on trips that help you learn alot about what an average employee must know and do in that field to be successful. Bring an umbrella everywhere! When it rains, it pours in Wilmington; and it seems to come out of no where. Always be prepared. Make good choices! The beach is ten minutes away, and that's great! But that Calculus test tomorrow is way more important. Work hard now and reward yourself later.

    In three sentences

    UNC Wilmington has a great community. The beach is ten minutes away. There is always something to do.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    73 of 111

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Wilmington in general is just awesome. i went there to go visit some family but stopped by to check out the campus and it seems so laid back there and that's really what I'm searching for!

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    74 of 111

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Nice small school very inviting to all

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    75 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe, as a women, walking anywhere on campus at any time.

    Greek Life

    YES! Obviously not as large as other schools but such a close community.

    Bang for the buck

    Small enough where it feels like you can get the one-on-one attention.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life, Overflow, and so many unique clubs. Something for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be social, there are so many great people here!

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a fantastic school. Definitely not the easy-party school that people assume that it is. I can definitely say that the science classes I have taken here are just as hard as those offered at any of the UNC system schools.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    76 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are many cheap but good restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    I lived off-campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not go to UNCW if you plan to focus solely on school.

    In three sentences

    At UNCW, it is very hard to find a quite place to study, as the library is always very loud. The teachers I have had were very unprofessional, cared very little for grades based on knowledge of the material only, and were mostly young. The psychology department of UNCW has an atmosphere in which a serious student seems out of place.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    77 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The food on campus is a little expensive.

    What to do for fun

    The beach, campus events, campus movies, concerts.

    Food and Dining

    I found that the Dining Hall is usually full of many options, but the food at other places can be over priced.

    Dorm Life

    I found it hard to adjust to at first, but after meeting the right people for me it was easier. Unfortunately my freshman rooming experience was not good and my RA was not too helpful resolving any issues.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends upon the student you speak to. I know that to after a semester of academic probation if your GPA is not a 2.0 or above you will be dismissed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. You never know where you'll meet your best friends.

    In three sentences

    UNCW, aka The Dub, is a fun school to be at with a large campus, student body and variety of groups to join.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    78 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're that kid who has had everything handed to you and didn't really ever try in school and your family wanted you to get into Chapel Hill but you weren't smart enough so you applied here, this is the school for you. If you love wearing Lily Pullitzer or are a bro you will fit right in.

    Bang for the buck

    You could get a better education for the same price at NCSU

    Food and Dining

    Not a lot of healthy choices. I gained 15 pounds living in the dorms and having to eat the campus food, moved off campus Sophomore year and lost 30. And the food is poorly made.

    Dorm Life

    Hated it

    Academic Rigor

    I give it a 3 because it is hard but there are schools like Harvard. Some of these classes are literally easier than my high school AP's.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up your profs ratings before you take their class. It will be more beneficial later on to pick a schedule based on how much you will enjoy a class and how good the prof is than making sure you have the perfect schedule time wise. If you're a girl get the 130 meal swipe plan.

    In three sentences

    Wilmington is an okay school. I would suggest it for students who are in the 3.8-4.0 weighted range in college. If you're above that you can probably do better.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    79 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Call boxes - Campus Police Have to scan into the resident's halls Front Desks are manned 24 hours a day.

    Greek Life

    Do not participate in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ooze ball - a mud pit volleyball game. Teal Tuesdays (wear Teal on Tuesdays and show school spirit) Wagsgiving - Wagner Hall makes a Thanksgiving dinner for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    The education received at UNCW is worth the cost of attending college.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, hang out with friends, go shopping.

    Food and Dining

    UNCW has a wide variety of dining halls and dining options available. I think the food is really good.

    Dorm Life

    I have enjoyed living in Graham hall. The dorm rooms are two person - suite style rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    I have felt challenged but not overwhelmed with the academic rigor provided.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the orientations, they are very informative.

    In three sentences

    Challenging academics, small enough to be personal, but large enough for a highly diverse popultioan

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    80 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Biggest problem is bikes getting rusty from sitting around

    Greek Life

    Strong Greek community, but they dont dominate the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    All. Very welcoming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Check out the amphitheater and Chancellors Walk. Easy to get around campus

    Bang for the buck

    I have friends at bigger name schools. I think I'm getting more from my education for thousands cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    The beach. Student life. Have friends

    Food and Dining

    Waggles

    Dorm Life

    Cstone

    Academic Rigor

    Not easy, but its not tough to breeze through a semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Wilmington. Be yourself. You will fit in

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere. The student body is great. Relaxed work.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    81 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I believe that Greek Life inhibits you from becoming your own person and having your own experiences. I advise against it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many opportunities here and it is easy to start your own club! I started a motorcycle club and it has been a wonderful experience.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy the beautiful weather at the beach or interact with people who have similar interests in clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The restaurants around the town are wonderful and campus dining is the most practical that I have experienced at a university.

    Dorm Life

    I made so many friends and I enjoyed my on campus experience. Once you are past freshman year there are plenty of opportunities to stay on campus and still be independent and live in an appartement.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are dedicated and choose to study something you are passionate about you will thrive here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose your majoy wisely and do not waste your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    This has been the most wonderful experience of my life. I am receiving a stong degree and have the opportunity to study abroad. I love UNCW so much that I raise money for them.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    82 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    THE BEACH! Downtown riverwalk is fun too. Many on campus events. Lumina theater has really good movies Friday and Saturday nights.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options, but they get old very quickly. Also, the food is expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and not too dirty. It helps with making friends freshman year. However, there isn't enough dorm space for all incoming freshman. Also, living on-campus keeps you involved.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard. Others are easy. Overall difficulty isn't too high. It depends upon the professor you get

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in a dorm as a freshman. Make friends with your advisor and plan out your classes so you can graduate in 4 years. Join a club or get involved in some way; UNCW has a lot of opportunities.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school if you love the beach. There are a lot of great faculty and staff, but the administration isn't there to aid the best interest in UNCW students. Overall, it is your average college experience.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    83 of 111

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Wilmington is a beautiful place, right by the water. I can't wait to apply there to study marine biology. Hopefully I'll get in!

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    84 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never seriously felt unsafe. There is always campus police and emergency boxes everywhere.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is at the beach so that is always a great options. There are also many other attractions as well and Wilmington is a historic town full of museums. Campus organizations are by far my favorite.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of food and dining options. The food is of good quality and a good value as well. Campus dining at UNCW is a great place for gathering with friends.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but I have seen both the good sides and bad ones but it is still something I recommend everyone to do. Looking back I wish that I had chosen to live there.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are tough and you do have to work to make good grade but you are in college. The professors are great and knowledge and always willing to help when you have a problem. The library and coffee becomes one of your best friends even if you have never set foot in a library before.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put yourself out there and only be who you are. Get involved and try new things. Enjoy your time there because it goes by so quickly.

    In three sentences

    UNCW offers a wide variety of opportunities for all. There is a large variation of activities and organizations that you can find at least one where you fit right in. There is also such a great diversity and you will for sure make friends that last a lifetime.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    85 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs to join and it's right there are on the coast so the beach is always an option.

    Food and Dining

    Such a variety of food and many different places to go.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending, stay up to date on all UNCW has to offer. You don't want to miss a thing.

    In three sentences

    The campus is so beautiful, the atmosphere is great, and the staff is so helpful. Everyone seems so caring and friendly. I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be able to go to this university.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    86 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have no worries walking around this campus at night time.

    Greek Life

    greek life is apparent around UNCW but you don't need to be part of the greek system. You won't feel out of place if you are not a part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join along with intramural/club sports. I am joining the scuba and entrepreneurship clubs this coming semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love warm weather, and the beach. If you are into water sports( Surfing, scuba diving, fishing, etc) you will love it. Marine biologist students have great opportunities since its so close to the beach

    Bang for the buck

    Im from out of state (NJ) and its cheaper to go to UNCW than most of the state schools in New Jersey.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach and downtown. There are movie theatres, the mall, and a ton of restaurants. the weather is nice for most of the year so its always fun to hang out outside.

    Food and Dining

    It depends on where you go but the food can sometimes be hit or miss. wag can be the worst of them all on certain days. Theres a reason its called the waggles.

    Dorm Life

    It had a great Community feel. I Loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    you'll get out what you put in. If you work hard you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for challenging but manageable courses. If you put in the work and effort you will do well. It is located in a great area which so enjoy it.

    In three sentences

    I had a tough time choosing schools, but after attending UNCW for my first year I have absolutely no regrets. This is a great school in an amazing location that give students the opportunity to better themselves both in and out of the classroom. UNCW is a school that I would recommend to as many people as I can.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    87 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are directly involved with Wilmington police to ensure absolute comfort for our campus. There is a campus police officer in every dorm building and they are more than willing to help with anything from losing your bike to a robbery.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally in a sorority but greek life is a big deal here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Teal Tuesdays are every Tuesday! Wear teal. Other events such as Dub Idol, Hawk It Out (the dance competition) and Ooozeball (amud volleyball tournament) occur throughout the year, every year.

    What to do for fun

    Well of course, there's always the beach. Sharky's Game Room and Lumina Theater are located in Fisher Student Center. Recent movies are played at a much lower price than regular theaters! Every week students get an email from the Campus Activities and Involvement Center with different events and activities going on. There's always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    There are four main dining locations, Wagoner Hall, Hawk's Nest, The Landing and Dub's Cafe. At Wag and Dub's meal swipes are used for a buffet style dining experience. They have a variety available at each meal time for different students' tastes. At Hawk's and The Landing, food dollars are used as cash to pay for more of a food court environment. Chick fil a, Quizno's and Subway are located in Hawks. The Landing is a sub shop. There are also a variety of convenient stores on campus, along with a Dunkin Donuts and Einstein Brothers Bagels. We are expecting a new coffee shop as well!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is what you make it. I highly recommend it for first year students because that's how you meet most of who you will thrive with throughout your four years at the Dub. If there are issues with the facilities, maintenance requests are available for students to submit. The staff works as quickly as possible to get things resolved so that students are comfortable in their living spaces.

    Academic Rigor

    I was an IB student and I thought the transition would be easy, but you have to apply yourself and figure out what works best for you. If you do struggle in certain areas UNCW provides many, many resources that will help you as much as possible. This includes tutors, supplemental instruction and the professors are always willing to help their students achieve more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your email so that you can stay on top of deadlines. Whether it's for housing, meal plans or registration, it is important that you hold yourself to the same standard as everyone else because it is difficult to make exceptions

    In three sentences

    The environment at this university is one of warmth and welcome. I've never had a professor or fellow student that wasn't willing to help someone in need. It's definitely a place for growth all around.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    88 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is, of course, the beach! Freshmen, sophomores, and not-yet-21 students are going to find more luck with the nightlife scene at house parties and some clubs in downtown Wilmington. A few of the clubs downtown have closed recently, so there aren't too many options for underage students. Sand Bar, which is a dance bar only open to college students, is right by campus and is usually a fun time for all.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety, anything from pizza, to salad, to burgers and pork.

    Dorm Life

    There are some dormitories that are extremely small that you have to share a bathroom with a lot of people and there are some dorms that are much nicer. Also the on campus apartments are very nice but slightly overpriced. The convenience of living on campus is very nice though. The housing process can be a bit stressful but so can everything else at a university.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging and people who don't want to work should not go here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Write a good essay, do decent on your SAT's and have alot of extra activities and you should be fine!

    In three sentences

    This is a great school if you're looking for a place where everyone is laid back and easy going. People are friendly, the atmosphere is not too stressful, the beach is down the road, and the classes are interesting and challenging. It's not a beach bum school though, you have to do work if you want to stay here.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    89 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Beach bums, surfers

    Food and Dining

    So many places for students to get food!

    Dorm Life

    Lots of residence options, and many are very nice!

    Academic Rigor

    Great range of majors and qualified professors!

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow your dreams!

    In three sentences

    What a wonderful university with academics as strong as the waves that crash on the beautiful beach only fifteen minutes away. Truly, an experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend to all!

  • 08/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    90 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    They is a ton of stuff to do for fun at UNCW, every thursday its free games and pizza in sharkies, not to mention the large rec hall and the non stop opportunities to see sporting events, or random events through out the year that help keep the spirit up!

    Food and Dining

    Wagner Hall has great meal plans with a great food, however they offer more than just a dining hall. In the Perch they have many restaurants that you can choose from as well that are tasty too!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to get involved and meet people. It helps you stay connected and the university has made its own city culture allowing minimal need to leave helping save some money too.

    Academic Rigor

    The academia of University Of North Carolina Wilmington is accelerated but not impossible. If you stay serious and determined hard work will pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get active on campus, but still leave time for your studies. If you are struggling the university offers a multitude of help centers and student tutors and great prices.

    In three sentences

    University of North Carolina Wilmington is a wonderful school. They provide a diverse culture with an array of class selections. Their incorporation of students and school spirit is impeccable and the overall feel of the school is awesome!

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    91 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has their own campus police department. There are no major roads going through campus. Police will escourt you somewhere if you don't feel safe for some reason. There is normaly a police officer to you within 30sec-2min when you press the emergency poles.

    Greek Life

    Greek isn't a huge part of the population but many people involved enjoy it. The have most national organizations as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are always fun things for students to do. They do weekend trips thriugh the school to fun things like paintball and skiing. There are many clubs to join as well and you and two friends can always start a club if it is not offered.

    What to do for fun

    The beach!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of different options for everyone. Fast food and campus cooked food is offered

    Dorm Life

    The have all co-ed dorms except for one all female dorm. To get in you have to swipe your card, you cannot use your card on any dorm but yours. If you wish to visit someone else they have to come down and open it for you and sign you in and when you leave sign you out as well.

    Academic Rigor

    students seem very focused and they offer many options for students to study.

    In three sentences

    This school has a very nice balance of academics and social life. They aren't very sport focused. They do a lot to make campus comfortable and convenient for students.

  • 10/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    92 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and activities going on all over campus that there is always something to do. Go out and have fun but make sure your studies are taken care of first.

    Food and Dining

    Personally I like the food on campus. They have a huge cafeteria that always has a great selection! Plus they have Hawks Nest that had all the fast food restaurants located in it.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is a cool experience. Learning the people that you live with and making those connections are something that can not be replaced.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally I am in the honors college at UNCW and the academics are tough. They don't kick it down a notch. Also in my non honors classes the course load is still tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET EVERYTHING IN ON TIME. make sure you are up to date on when things are due, such as scholarships and make time for them. Keep your head up, it all gets better.

    In three sentences

    UNC Wilmington is a great school. I absolutely love it. I do not regret my choice to come to UNCW. Wilmington has a lot to offer and they make it simple to get the best education possible. Through the many programs they have and the numerous clubs and activities they have, you can never be bored,

  • 10/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    93 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are call bells every where for police and I always see police driving around.

    Greek Life

    I am not apart of it but many of my friends are, they love it. There are so many chapters to pick from.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to chose from, the only problem is that it cost a yearly fee. With the amount of money we spend on tuition I believe it should be incorporated. It is not expensive though, it depends upon the club too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have these awesome rocks people can spray paint for activities going on on campus. It is nice to see if decorated every week.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students it is totally worth it. For out of state students, it is a little pricey but get scholarships because it is the best place for a college education.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the beach, I do the group exercise classes which a so much fun, and I run around Wilmington. It is overall a beautiful city to see.

    Food and Dining

    It is lunch food, very processed and not healthy. I am not big into eating out I prefer to make my own food due to a diet I am on, but I was forced to have a meal plan, even though I do not use it.

    Dorm Life

    Not very clean. I like that they have people cleaning the bathrooms once a week though.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough along with the work associated with it, but if you keep up with it you will go far in life. You know you are learning what is being taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared ready to learn. Always try your best at everything. Most importantly get involved in clubs because you will meet so many amazing people in them and create memories that will last forever.

    In three sentences

    I would rate University of North Carolina at Wilmington 8 out of 10. Although it is a beautifully, well-kept campus the living area is not well maintained. The classes and staff are very friendly and always welcoming to students to questions they have.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    94 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    join a Club

    Food and Dining

    They have a good wide selection of food on campus and it all is tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live in one

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to the campus early, walk around and get to know it better. Being comfortable in the surroundings can really help.

    In three sentences

    I would rate this university at a 9 on a scale of one to ten. This would be a overall rate of the whole university. The teachers here are very impressive, and really try to help you understand. The campus is very safe as well as very beautiful.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    95 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is exceptionally safe. The City of Wilmington Police Department makes up the campus police force, therefore parents are confident their students are in good hands. The campus itself is well lit and there is always an officer patrolling the school grounds. There are also added safety measures like desk receptionist who ensure safety inside the residential halls, and global emergency sirens/ electronic text and email notification that give students immediate emergency information.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have an interest, there is more than likely a club for it. The amount of clubs and activities on campus will always keep an individual entertained as long as they take the time to join them.

    Bang for the buck

    The school offers a great college experience for an exceptionally small instate tuition.

    What to do for fun

    As stated above, joining organizations and getting involved on campus is the most important decision when it comes to ensuring success while attending Wilmington. The University of North Carolina Wilmington is also situated close to the beach, which comes to be very convenient. Most students find Wilmington to be very accepting and relaxed; therefore, deciding what to do for fun changes depending on individual preference.

    Food and Dining

    Depending where you decide to spend most of your time to eat depends on your experience with the food. The cafeterias are very well kept and provide a decent dinning experience; however, sometimes the food offered can get repetitive. The campus also holds contracts with chain restaurants on campus, allowing for students to pay with food dollars gaining a tax exemption; therefore saving the students money.

    Dorm Life

    The residential hall I currently live in is only a few years old and very beautiful. All of the resident halls on campus are well maintained and provide a more welcoming environment. Each resident hall comes with an RA that acts as an aid to a more comfortable living experience, and desk receptionists who ensure the right individuals are entering and leaving each residential hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are smaller than other larger universities; however, some of the general courses still hold about 80-140 students. The teachers are actively engaged with each student which grants the resources needed to be academically successful. Most teachers will take attendance creating an added incentive to go to class, and will give up their free time to ensure you pass their class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved as soon as you can. Discover what you are passionate about and then join the respected organizations. Being apart of groups and actively involved on campus will make your transition into college a successful one.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is the perfect environment to experience the college experience in a more intimate and personal campus. The school is large enough to always meet new individuals and stay entertained while also small enough to make connections with teachers and faculty. Wilmington is a great school for all students alike.

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    96 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Well lucky for us is there is a beach! So put on your bathing suit and hit the beach and downtown or a beach bar for the night life!

    Food and Dining

    The food is so amazing! I have gained 7 pounds so far, but luckily there is a brand new gym that is AMAZING! NO MATTER WHAT YOU EAT IT WILL BE VERY SATISFYING!

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm is different, so check them out before you put down your preference. I recommend Galloway or Gragham-Hewlett.

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard, but it is well worth it and teachers help you as much as you need. As long as you study a little you will do great. The library is perfect for studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before picking classes go to ratemyprofessor.com! Rush because I have met so many great friends from this. Have fun every once in a while! WORK HARD, PLAY HARD!

    In three sentences

    It is perfect! They have everything you could possibly want. Plus so much more.

  • 10/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    97 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    It exists.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many of them! Not all of them are really for academic, sport, volunteer purposes, either. Some are strictly social, like the League of Legends. There is an involvement fair during the beginning of the year where you can go around and learn about all the clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!! Unless you want to be an engineer. We don't offer that major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wagsgiving: In November, Wag gets people to cater thanksgiving food. It's a huge event and most of the campus goes. They even have shirts you can buy. Midnight Madness: It's pretty much homecoming. It's super fun, though. They give out free t-shirts and games. Haunted Hallways: Also a huge event. They decorate one of the dorms as a haunted house.

    What to do for fun

    The beach, of course! Other than that, Campus Rec supplies a lot of options. There are intramural or club sports you can join, and Seahawk Adventures leads a lot of trips (kayaking, surfing, camping, etc) as well as operates the rock climbing wall. Lumina (the movie theater) plays popular or new movies during the weekend. Friday night the movie is 2 dollars. Saturday the movie is free, and occasionally there will be a free movie on Sunday. There is also usually a free Thursday night movie that is less known or documentary. If you're more into games, Sharkie's is the place to go. They offer arcade games, board games, video games, pool, and ping pong. If you want to go off campus, down town offers a lot of shopping and sight seeing. There are a few clubs around, too. There are at least seven different venues that put on plays, and many of UNCW's students participate in these.

    Food and Dining

    Hawks Nest is the best place on campus to eat. They offer a wider selection of food and the quality is better than Wag. Dub's is second best followed by Wag. Food and Dining is really only a problem when you have dietary restrictions (paleo, vegan. Vegetarian is easier). However, if you have a food allergy, they will prepare you a separate dish free of contaminates. They're are also three market places on campus that carry a random selection of food. It's a bit overpriced but convenient. There is also a Subway and Dunkin' Donuts.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty standard but attractive in appearance. The staff does a wonderful job of cleaning them. The R.A's are also awesome, and they put on programs to enhance the sense of community. Some dorms have an open door policy for the first couple weeks of school which is really helpful when you're trying to make new friends. You can choose who you want to live with, and more often than not you'll get who you chose. If you didn't, you get many chances throughout the year to switch into a different room.

    Academic Rigor

    This really depends on your major. Studying is necessary regardless, though. Most classes don't assign homework unless they are writing intensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything offered on campus. They make everything affordable (if not free) for the students, and getting involved makes college life so much more enjoyable. However, don't neglect your studies. Use ratemyprofessor. That goes for any school you are applying to.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is terrific in all aspects: teachers, location, programs, sports, and appearance. The school cares about your academic success, and it's obvious by the way teacher's are willing to help. There are many opportunities available here; it's suited for everyone's needs.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    98 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    EXCELLENT. They have emergency call boxes every 20 feet and campus police are constantly patrolling.

    Greek Life

    It is up and coming...it gets bigger every year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They do teal tuesday which is where they encourage all the students to wear teal colored clothing to support UNCW. They also have beach blast twice a year where they reserve a huge section of Wrightsville Beach so the students can hang out and win free stuff on the beach all day. They have Color Me Rad 5k each year where you can participate in a 5k and be splashed with all different colors. They also have several concerts and activities through student associations each year.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is obviously the number one activity if it is a good day. When winter comes around, there are many shopping areas around and historical places to visit.Also find a fraternity or sorority so you can go to parties.

    Food and Dining

    The dining on campus is phenomenal. Wag, Dubs, and Hawks Nest has something different at every hall and you will never be bored with the food; except maybe from Hawks Nest. The only downfall is the price if you only have food dollars or are paying by cash; meal swipes are the best.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms are small and not exactly new. They get dirty often if you live on a rambunctious floor of a hall. They do frequent fire drills no matter what time of day it is.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be difficult depending on the professor. For the most part, as long as you come to class and show that you are a hard worker, you will do fine. Just don't put things off till the last minute.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved on campus the first semester you come here. It is difficult sometimes to make strong relationships with people if you are not involved from the start. Make sure you stick to your studies and don't skip class often to go to the beach if it is a nice day; you'll regret it when you get your grades back.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a great school for students who are looking to study more than party. It is an absolutely beautiful campus with several dining halls and great professors. A con is that there isn't much going on on the weekends so lots of students travel back home instead of staying on campus for the weekend.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    99 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on UNCW's campus. There are plenty of police officers patrolling the campus in case of an emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are endless possibilities for activities at UNCW, ranging from Quidditch club or the High Seas a Capella group to the Environmental Concerns Organization. Even if you are not a member of a certain club, there are always numerous activities open to the public to become involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    UNCW is great for social, energetic, and naturally happy people, as the entire city seems to have this atmosphere.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UNCW is nothing overly spectacular. As a student you begin to learn the certain tricks and times to making the most out of your meal plan. Meal plans can be very confusing, with Meal Swipes and Food Dollars and Seahawk Bucks - and where and when you are allowed to use each. Wagoner Hall (meal swipe) has your average cafeteria-type food, while The Landwich or Hawks Nest has more specialty items.

    Dorm Life

    The quality of dorm life at UNCW depends on which dorm you reside in. The advantage of UNCW being a smaller school is students only live in dorms their freshman year. After the first year, most students live in either on- or off-campus apartments - with their own rooms!

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the academics at UNCW depends very much on the kind of classes each student takes. Your output depends on what you put in to your learning. If you apply yourself, take notes, and keep up with the homework, the academic rigor is not unbearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early on! There are thousands of groups and activities to become a part of both on and off campus. Brush up on your social skills because UNCW can be very personal (in a good way!) since it has a smaller population. Invest in a longboard or bike! UNCW's campus is very flat and spread out, but a board or bike can save you lots of time between classes.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is an absolutely amazing and balanced school. The campus is beautiful and very determined to preserve the natural beauty of the environment. Wilmington has a very fun and personal feel while still focusing on academics, making it a great community to become a part of.

  • 11/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    100 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never been scared on this campus. Police call boxes are prominent around the entire campus.

    Greek Life

    There are numerous sororities and fraternities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life, Surf team, Intramural and club teams, athletics, and many more!

    Great for these types of students

    Social students. Majors mainly in marine bio, business, nursing, psychology, and education. Students that love the beach.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wagsgiving, Ooze Ball, Randall Rave, Landwich, Trek to Trask and Midnite Madness, Rock the Rec, and many more(:

    Bang for the buck

    I'm out of state so it's a little pricy but I love it here. The campus is beautiful. The location is great. One of the best collegiate recreation centers. Overall, UNCW is a wonderful place to be.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is conveniently a 5-10 minute drive. Get involved!! Greek Life. Islands $1 tacos. Downtown Wilmington. Ooze Ball. Go to the rec! Tons of on-campus events to go to!

    Food and Dining

    Waggles...enough said. Wagsgiving is probably better than your home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner. Prepare for the longest lines you've ever experienced. Cook-out is within walking distance-best 3 am food and milkshakes. Hawk's Nest..yum. Dubs...depends on the day. LANDWICH..OM NOM NOM.

    Dorm Life

    Galloway, galloway, galloway-> Great way to meet people and have a big Gamily!(: Girls, avoid Belk. At all costs. Small, but what dorms aren't? This is your first year, make the most of it. Meet as many people as you can. Living in an apartment limits your opportunities of meeting people. Dorms are great places to live, even if they are small. Well, that and if you're trying to study.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes are challenging, but if you really study and go to class you can succeed. College academics are tough, study, go to class (on time), and take notes. Great business, marine bio, nursing, and education programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED! Become a well-rounded student, not just academically achieved. Apply for scholarships, especially out-of-state applicants. If you plan to go here, bring an umbrella, rain jackets, summer clothes, and warm clothes-the weather is bipolar. Swimsuits and sunscreen- you can go to the beach in November. Always, always, ALWAYS use Rate My Professor...Always.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a beautiful campus that's five minutes away from the beach. The teachers (especially the top rated ones on Rate My Professor) really want you to succeed. Southern Hospitality is prominent here.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    101 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    UNCW is expensive, but then again, all colleges are. I would say it is good for its price.

    What to do for fun

    Foremost is the beach! Going downtown to do some shopping, getting Kilwin's icecream, and walking on the boardwalk is also fun. Not to mention, UNCW has many activities of it's own.

    Food and Dining

    The food varies. The dining hall, Wag, is good sometimes. The best place to eat at is hawk's nest, but that is only meal swipes after 6 on weekdays. Dubs is also usually good (and meal swipes all the time). However, after a certain time on the weekends, it is hard to find a food place open on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good depending on where you live. Personally, I live in honors, which consists of the tri house area (international dorm, honors, and cornerstone). I love it back there, but I don't think I would enjoy it as much if I lived in the normal dorms on the other side of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a former IB student, I can vouch for the academic rigor. If you try, you will get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get a longboard or a bike 2. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there

    In three sentences

    Choosing to attend UNCW was the best decision that I have ever made. The location is awesome, the people are friendly, and the instructors are great. UNCW is definitely a top notch college.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    102 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very comfortable, even at night. It never gets that dark if you're worried about that(like I was.) There are emergency call boxes within sight no matter where you are on campus. I've never once felt uncomfortable walking around during day or night. The most danger you will be in is if a bicyclist or skate boarder loses control and topples over onto you. Even that possibility is rather slim.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students! I tend to be more of a loner, so I make use of the benches and beautiful scenery between classes. There are a few quiet places if you look for them. As for the fun seekers, you'll find plenty of that too! There is always something going on at any given moment. The experience yields that which you put in. If you look for excitement, you will find it in plenty.

    What to do for fun

    Downtwn is always an option. You can walk by the water or go eat at the restaurants along it. You can go to the movies either at the regular theater or the IMAX. There is a mall just down the road from campus and a shopping center on the way to Wrightsville Beach. There are volunteer opportunities everywhere too. All you have to do is decide what you want to do, and Wilmington has it.

    Food and Dining

    I have never lived on campus, therefore I have never eaten at any of the dining halls. I do know that there is a HUGE number of options though. There is Dunkin Doughnuts, Subway, Eisenstein's Bagles, Cafes, Chic fil A, ...the list goes on. Not to mention the number of restaurants located just across the road from the campus. There are also tons of nice places to eat downtown for cheap good grub.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak for the dorms at UNCW since I never lived in them. I do know, from friends of mine who live there, that they are not bad as dorms go. They are essentially apartments on campus. They are not pet friendly though. I live in an apartment complex less than 10 minutes from the main campus and they openly welcome animals and the price is very reasonable for roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    I've always been one of those people who never needed to study in order to do well in class. That is not so with college. On the bright side however, I was actually taught how to study, how to take notes, and above all, how to really absorb and maintain my knowledge. Nothing is too hard if you really put your mind to it. I found something I love doing just by putting in a little effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and you will never be bored. The location of the school can't be beat and there are opportunities everywhere for you to get to know yourself. The variety of majors available and the amazing faculty really pave the way for you to find the things that really fascinate you. Search around the city too. There are dozens of little nooks and crannies out there that are just waiting for you to find them. There are interesting people who come from all over the country and more things to do than you could imagine. My advice to you, get out there and see how much you can get out of life at UNCW.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus with a lot of really engaging professors and majors available. I have never felt so at home on a college campus in my life. Coming to this school gave me a new perspective on life and the professors I had helped me discover the things that truly interested me, allowing me to pursue my dream job.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    103 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe while I am on campus. There are many security features at work all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to choose from sometimes its hard to decide what you have enough time to do.

    Great for these types of students

    UNCW is a place for everyone. There are all kinds of different people walking around campus and everyone is open and friendly for the most part.

    Bang for the buck

    Being out of state I expected the tuition to be over $20,000 a semester but is not! It's a relatively cheap school that gives you a great education.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is close by and downtown is just as close in the opposite direction. There are lots of places to explore in Wilmington and there are always on campus events going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food has good days and bad days but its a college dinning hall so not too bad.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun to live and its a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    College is not necessarily harder than high school but it is very different. It takes a lot more time to be successful but I am actually learning the material instead of learning for the test and forgetting about it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school it will pay off in the long run.

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous, the people are very friendly, and there is always something to do. UNCW has everything I thought I wanted in a college and a lot more! It is defiantly worth considering!

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    104 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Well lit unless you are taking short cuts through the woods. Emergency boxes are EVERYwhere.

    Greek Life

    Though I don't participate it seems pretty normal. Friends who have joined are happy and seem full-filled by their activities. I do not believe they have houses on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Huge variety. I like the Scottish Society but there are too many to list here.

    Great for these types of students

    Traditional college students. Students who want to experience a medium size school (14,000 students) and be near the beach. Not far from Screen Gems so opportunities arise for being cast in a movie.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The clock-tower is beautiful as well as the park-like setting that surrounds it. The second floor of the library is peaceful and stocked well with outlets for your personal laptop use. The WIFI in the library is great.

    Bang for the buck

    Financially, this is a great in-state school. It is attractive and provides more than just a campus for the students. The fact that many instructors are experienced business people makes this a good match for me because I believe they are better suited to prepare me for life AFTER school

    What to do for fun

    Great movies, sports, many campus organizations, go to the beach and enjoy the exceptional fun of downtown Wilmington, NC.

    Food and Dining

    Great dining options that are attractive, clean and provide exceptional variety. The staff who work in the food courts and dining hall are very professional and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    The school offers some challenging courses and adhere to specific academic regulations but there are many instructors who personally want you to succeed and therefore take the time to work with you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the many on campus activities to get the most from UNCW. Research the prospective professors prior to taking classes because there are some exceptional instructors who have classes that fill up quickly.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a medium sized school that caters to a population that consists of students more interested at being near a beach than excelling in a college environment. The instructors are varied and skilled. The campus is in a beautiful setting.

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    105 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Wilmington is literally the perfect city- not too small, but there are still plenty of things to do. The beach is a 10 minute bike ride away and there are a variety of different clubs if you're into the nightlife. The mall is a fairly good size and there are tons of fast food and sit down restaurants within a close distance. UNCW does not have a football team, so a lot of people compensate by attending the basketball and baseball games.

    Food and Dining

    The food is typical college- cafeteria style. The food isn't terrible, but it can get boring after a while. UNCW has plenty of different options though, so you can switch it up and don't have to stick with one thing.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all different, some are suite style and others are more of an open community type. I enjoyed living in my dorm- my suite mates and I got along fantastically and the other people on my floor were all outgoing and nice people. It was nice to know that you had a family living in the same building as you, especially when you're away from your own.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics can vary depending on your major and the course load you're taking. If you're taking more than 14 hours of classes, expect the workload to be heavy. The courses are definitely challenging, but there are a lot of options for extra help available to students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for the work, college isn't as easy as you may expect. Be outgoing, everyone is really friendly! The campus isn't super big, but it is beautiful so definitely take the time to go exploring.

    In three sentences

    UNCW is the perfect place for someone who wants a bigger pond, but not the ocean. The academics are great and you'll get your money's worth for your education. Students here are the best- friendly and outgoing, so you're sure to make life-long friends.

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    106 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UNCW is extremely safe. I never feel unsafe. There are phone post all over the place and security is prominent & evident. At night the campus is lit up like a Christmas tree exhibition. (: I love it!

    What to do for fun

    UNCW has so much diversity for fun it is unbelievable and.UNCW offers great African American cultural activities. We offer social organization in whatever you think you want to be involved in. There are different movies, activities, and get together's that help me stay involved. 10 out of 10

    Food and Dining

    UNCW food and dining is important. UNCW gives well balanced meals. UNCW Variety could be better. Learn how to cook (:

    Dorm Life

    UNCW Dorm Life may or may not be a challenge. Report anything and everything you agree with and do not agree with about your roommate.The campus emphasizes to Enjoy and get to know all diversities in the dorm and Always follow the rules.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is extremely Mandatory at UNCW but in a good way. Make sure you Balance social life and schoolwork and responsibility. UNCW requires it. Your schoolwork is Most important UNCW wants us to Have fun with good people (there are plenty to choose from)

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a Spring Semester acceptance student. The faculty & staff did not treats us as the second round but the first round coming in at a different time. UNCW Makes sure you prepare yourself for learning more about Financial Aid and teaches us how to Learn to take responsibility sooner than later about knowing what paperwork is necessary for school. Always be extremely organized and get to know faculty, & students in your area of study. Everyone is here to help & Very Supportive. 10 out of 10

    In three sentences

    Great place to be! Very close to the Beach! Once you complete UNCW you will be ready for real world events.

  • 04/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    107 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Amazing! Blue boxes all around campus to use if an emergency, cell phone alert systems, police dedicated to campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of stuff for everyone honestly.

    Great for these types of students

    beach bums, laid back, really anyone...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Painting the rock for all different kinds of events!

    Bang for the buck

    They really do have any kind of service that you might need. Health center, food, care... It's honestly really nice to know they're trying to help.

    What to do for fun

    You're at the beach! Go to the beach! Go shopping/walk around historic downtown! Stay around campus and go to all the different concerts and events that are free or discounted for students.

    Food and Dining

    So many choices on campus, theres always something. Different coffee shops for all types, buffet style dining hall but also a food court styled area as well!

    Dorm Life

    I chose to live off campus, but less than a mile off campus so I walk and it's so nice! Choosing your own roommate is the best.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes will be extremely hard, some will seem way too easy. Don't just assume its one or the other, read over the syllabus and check out the ratings on ratemyprofessor.com, it will come in handy!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to walk around barefoot! Make friends in your orientation group, UNI class and keep in touch with them!

    In three sentences

    UNCW is a very open and welcoming campus. They strive to make it the best for students and really do keep their students in mind when planning new things. Anything that may seem to be troublesome, there is someone around who will do their best to help you out.

  • 05/26/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    108 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It seemed fairly safe as we walked around. My family and I seen a large number of blue emergency poles. However, the campus guides mentioned UNCW Campus Police whom we did not see anywhere.

    Greek Life

    While visiting seen a ton of Sororities and Fraternities around campus. In particular they were doing a week long stationary bike-a-long. The Frat brothers were hanging out and rotating between to try to meet their goal.

    Food and Dining

    There was a large number of cafes as well as dining halls that students can enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    The variety of dorms were very nice though we could not tour them.

    Academic Rigor

    The school offers an honors college which had many benefits socially and academically.

  • 06/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    109 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It's only a mile away from the beach, so a lot of people go there. There is also over 250 clubs to join and bars and restaurants all over the place (it's a tourist town)

    Food and Dining

    It's alright, but they serve a lot of the samething over and over again. And you would have to go at the right time or the dining staff will be seriously lacking.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen dorms are disgusting. I lived in Schwartz and the kitchen got closed like three times. People slept in the common room and left their trash all over the place. And they were super loud after quiet time and the RA really didn't do anything about it.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes that I took where fairly easy, you just have to study and actually do the work and you'll pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Watch out for the people on bikes and skateboards, the weather changes quickly at any given time, and sometimes the eating areas close at unexpected times.

    In three sentences

    Academically this school is amazing! The teachers are awesome and they care about you. The only problem I had were the other students, but I got over it.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    110 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have emergency posts all over campus that you may push in an emergency and also even if you are have car trouble like a flat tire. The security that patrols campus is not run through the college but is the main police that keep Wilmington the city safe as well.

    Greek Life

    We do have one or two Greek houses but it is very few.

    Clubs and Activities

    No matter how odd you may think your interests are you will always be able to find a club that interests you. If there are not you can even do some simple paper work to start your own club. Also each club does different activities that pertain to their club as well so if you have some down time that you want til fill up that will be easy.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is looking for a good education at a good price.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year at the beginning of school all the clubs fill the main commons are and it is like a big fair to go and meet new people and have some fun!

    Bang for the buck

    I came from a private college so everything that I received there I am getting here for half the price! Not only that I am obtaining more information and experiences than I was at my previous college.

    What to do for fun

    The school sends out e-mails each week for activities on campus or in local parks around town to help communicate with locals. There is also a beach only 5 minutes away if you just need to get off campus and breath some. There are also plenty of shops, restaurants and if you go into the actually Wilmington city there are historic places to go view along with some nice clubs to dance at.

    Food and Dining

    The normal cafeteria is good being a college campus. What is nice is they have an extra building with some known food chains like chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    I can not say much for this seeing as I have not lived in the dorms though they do seem very nice. They also have many activities in the dorms and over campus to keep you involved with other students.

    Academic Rigor

    My summer class keeps me busy and studying every day but that is due to it being smashed into a month period.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the excitement of being near a beach be your deciding factor. Stay focused on your major and how well of a program UNCW has.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very pretty and only 5 minutes from the beach (that's always an added bonus). Being a school of around 14,000 they have plenty of classes that allowed me to be able to attain the schedule that I wanted for my first semester. Also they are even able to offer online summer courses for students like myself who are from a different state.

  • 06/27/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    111 of 111

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I just visited this school with my family and was very impressed. It felt like home walking around. I loved hearing about the academic programs, but really wished I saw the recreation area.