Location: Wilmington, NC
Size: 12,428 undergraduates
Percent Women: 63.4%
Tuition (one year): In-state, $4,026; Out-of-state, $18, 054
Most popular majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Finance, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology
Greek life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 57%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit UNCW's website at http://uncw.edu/admissions/profile.html.
Why choose UNCW?
“As a transfer student, I chose UNCW because of it’s location as well as it’s Communication Studies program. I wanted to attend a university in which I felt relaxed and motivated at.”
“My favorite parts about UNCW are the location and the people. Being able to go to the beach during my break between classes has been such a crucial part to managing my stress this semester. The people at UNCW are really polite and respectful for the most part. Guys hold doors, everyone is looking out for each other. It’s a real sense of community.”
“UNCW is one of the friendliest campuses to which I’ve ever been. The people are laid-back, the weather is always beautiful, and the professors actually care about you and your future.”
"My favorite part about UNCW is the sense of community at my school. It is a relaxed environment, but it feels like a close knit community that I can be a part of."
“UNCW's campus is so perfect to me. I love it's size. It's not too large not too small. Class building's aren't too far from on-campus housing and there's a food station almost everywhere. Being a student at UNCW is so different from being at any other university. The size of the school makes it so much easier to know plenty of the student population.”
"It's hard to pick just one thing about UNCW that I love. I love everything. I know its a generic answer, but it's true. The atmosphere, the students, the professors–are awesome!"
"I love how what they did to remodel the library. The cafe is a great place to do my work."
"One of my favorite parts about UNCW is how relaxed the environment is. The students, in general, are not as frantic and busy as I have seen other places. Even the party life is very relaxed because it seems like you never know what will be going on that night until the last second. Going to school here has helped me learn to go more with the flow instead of being the super anxious person I am naturally."
"The newly renovated rec-center is awesome! They've incorporated technology, so you can be working out and playing a video game at the same time. There's more room for classes and they added better machines and equipment."
"One of my favorite things about UNCW is the beauty that can be found at this campus. The buildings as well as the landscaping make this one of the most beautiful campuses in the country."
"I hate how walking on Chancellor's Walk is a daily struggle. Getting hit by a bike is a definite worry."
"We don’t have a football team at UNCW and it really draws back from school spirit. Other schools are very involved in supporting their athletic programs but UNCW kids are more prone to spend Saturdays at the beach."
"It feels very necessary to have a car or close friends with cars. The shuttle system and even city busses are not the easiest to figure out."
"Sometimes the atmosphere on campus can feel too relaxed, which causes a struggle to become involved on campus which is something I dislike about UNCW."
"The worst thing about UNCW would be the housing office. After freshman year it is hard to get good on campus housing simply because of the lack of housing as well as some of policies for housing contracts the school has."
"Parking is definitely the worst part. Not being able to go to the gym until after 4 (I have a night pass) really puts me on a time crunch. Everyone should have access to a parking spot/parking lot ON campus."
New Collegiette on Campus
"It's actually not that bad to be a first year student. It's required to take a UNI class, which is pretty much like a "Intro to College" course, to put it bluntly. It's easy to get to know upperclassmen because so many of them are so concerned about first year students that many of them sign up as RA's or Seahawk Links."
"As a freshman at UNCW, I met a ton people through the dorms and my classes. Age is just a number here and your classes can be filled with people aged 17 years to 50. It isn’t hard to break the boundaries between underclassmen and upperclassmen."
"My first year was hard at UNCW because I didn't get to know as many people as I had hoped. I lived in an all-girls dorm and I didn't join a sorority. I felt like all my friends that had participated in Greek life had awesome social lives and left me out of them. Looking back I wish that I had joined more organizations early on, because that is really how I got to know a lot of people. Some have even become my mentors. Nothing beats the sense of community you feel when you become an active part of multiple campus organizations."
"Being a first year student at UNCW was the best. I loved living in the dorms because there was never a boring moment. It was also way easier to talk to people in your building, which is not exactly the case when you live in an on campus or off campus apartment. The first year, I made a lot of friends and acquaintances, way more than I have during my sophomore year so far."
"Being a first year student is fun, you get to experience a friendly atmosphere and a friendly dose of independence. Getting to know upperclassmen is easy, they share common interests and are always willing to spread their wisdom on events, professors, and classes."
"I know a lot of people who had a hard time during their first year, but I tried to make the best of it. It's so important to come into your own as freshman. Of curse, like any other freshman, I had my ups and downs and the usual roommate drama but I didn't let it define my first year experience. Meeting upperclassmen may be difficult for some, specially introverts. I took many 'upper' level courses as a freshmen, therefore I made friends with many upperclassmen. I also went out a lot and met many upperclassmen at parties and the beach. It's really not that difficult."
All About Academics
"I'm an English major, so that means BOOKS BOOKS and more BOOKS. There's A LOT of reading and writing but my advisor is awesome. She helps and listens to me."
"I am a COM major and the workload is plentiful. Time management is a key skill for any major at any school. Advising is what you make it too; being organized and knowing your graduation plan early will make things run more smoothly."
"I'm majoring in English with a concentration in professional writing. I'm actually not sure what to except, so I guess it isn't advertised as much as it should be. The workload for other areas like nursing or science are advertised A LOT. Those students are the ones complaining about how much stuff they have to do. I'm not sure what the workload will be like for me because I never hear other people majoring in subjects like English or communications complain about what they have to do."
"The advising system in my major is pretty unique to the major, we have two advisors that help before you are officially in the major but once in the major you get a great adviser. Just word to the wise, make sure you bring everything they require to the advising meeting!"
"As a History major, I have to write a lot of research papers, but I feel like I have a light workload. I think someone's workload depends on their love of their major and the familiarity of it. The advising system is great. My counselors always try to cater to my interests and are always eager to answer my questions."
"As a Business Management and Leadership major, the work load is fairly reasonable. I am kept busy with several projects, reading assignments and studying for my several classes. The advising system is very easy and my advisor is more than helpful with the questions and concerns I have with planning my classes and schedule."
Learned from the Best
"I have only a handful of favorite professors such as Dr. Neely for Intro to Journalism. I think he really helped me cultivate my writing into what it is today… heck, I landed an internship because of a blog he made us make during class."
"I have only had one professor with whom I didn’t see eye-to-eye. All my other professors and TAs have been helpful, kind, and for the most part pretty funny."
"The professors in the COM department are pretty laid back and personable for the most part. I really feel like I belong in this department, and most professors know me by name and genuinely care about my success. They teach you what to wear to interviews, require you to set up a professional portfolio, even help you with how to answer questions in an interview. If you want to graduate with confidence in going out there and getting a real job, being a COM major will definitely go a long way!"
"The faculty is alright. I have never had a mean professor, but I have had plenty of boring ones. The key to making sure you get a decent professor is using the RateMyProfessor website before signing up for classes."
"My favorite professor I have had so far is my Philosophy 115 class with Dr. Candace Gauthier. She was very helpful and passionate about the subject."
"I don't have any favorite professors specifically, but I haven't had any particularly bad professors either. I generally like to go to class because my professors are engaging and fun to listen to."
Interests & Involvement
"Chancellor’s Walk is a huge path down the center of campus and is used generally as a shop front for student organizations. Though Greek life is prevalent, it isn’t overwhelmingly popular. There are many clubs and organizations that are specific to student interest."
"Being part of an organization is more than adding something to your resume. You get what you put in and you have to remember that. If you never go to meetings and never participate, you really won't appreciate what your organization can do for you. I love the sense of community and how the members help each other succeed along the way. Heavy participation and attendance is hard, we all have personal lives and things we'd rather do in our free time. But nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment when your organization does something great and you were a big part of that."
"I think getting into a club here at UNCW is easy, people are super nice and accepting. Plus there is always an involvement carnival during the beginning of a new semester."
"I enjoy the social networking and volunteering about being involved in a club. The more popular clubs are UNC Weekends, ACE, and the Screaming Seahwaks, because they plan most of the events on and off campus and provide support for our sports teams."
"The involvement carnival at the beginning of fall semester is what lets new student know about all the different clubs they can be part of."
"There are plenty of intramural and club sports on campus for students of all ages. It gives students an opportunity to participate in friendly competition, and there are a wide variety of sports to participate in."
"I'm not really all that into the sports at UNCW. Not many people follow up on them. Intramural sports are more exciting for the students rather than the actual UNCW sport teams."
"The sports teams are great. The most popular sports are basketball, soccer, and swimming. Club and intramural sports are really competitive, yet everyone is really famous. There is a separate athlete culture, because of the amount of work they have to put in every week outside of school work. Although they have a separate culture, they positively interact with nonathletes very often."
"Sports are not as big of a thing at UNCW as it would be at a bigger university. However, I know that UNCW Baseball are really good!"
"Sadly, we do not have a football team and our basketball team isn't much of anything either. We do have some really good sports teams around campus that have plenty of titles and championships."
"I think that our school spirit may be a bit more dwindled compared to other schools because we do not have a football team. And our basketball team isn't super amazing. I've been to a few basketball games and I can say my high school basketball games were more hype than the ones at UNCW. I think the key to making the most of any of the sports games you go to is to make sure you go with a rowdy group of friends to make it fun."
"So many girls at UNCW! I noticed that a lot girls around campus rock the "beachy hipsterish" look complete with combat boots, leggings, and an oversized top. Unless they are in a sorority. In which case they will wear T-shirts tucked into J. Crew shorts and Jack Rogers. If I could give you any advice on what to wear, it's forget what the trends are. Always bring a rain jacket and an umbrella, and you'll be golden."
"I wear whatever I want--so heels, and skirts. Usually people here wear athletic clothing along with surf/skate clothes. When the months are hot it is not unusual to see people walking around barefooted."
"It's not rare for me to have a class that is solely female."
"I wish there was more diversity at our school. Luckily, this means you can do very little and easily stand out because you decided to wear brightly colored jeans instead of black leggings. The gender ratio here isn't much of a problem to me because even though there are more females than males, there are still a ton of males when you look at the big picture instead of the ratio."
"I love the gender ratio, because it shows that more females are going to college than ever before. Depaolo Hall has many resources for women."
"It’s really a mixture of everything. A lot of girls wear comfy clothes, like school sweatshirts and leggings. You can really wear whatever you want to here and find people wearing similar things."
Food & Drink
"Hawk’s Nest is my favorite on-campus eatery. They have a food court style layout and you only pay for what you pick. Wagoner Hall is the popular underclassmen dining hall with a buffet-style daily selection. Wag is famous for breakfast until 2pm on the weekends."
"I always loved Dubs Café. Maybe that's because I'm a sandwich/wrap fanatic. They have such fresh sandwiches and lots of meats and cheeses to choose from. Most importantly I didn't leave with a stomach ache or feeling like I gained 5 pounds just from finishing my lunch."
"The Starbucks located in the campus bookstore is one of my favorite study spots and place to grab a quick coffee!"
"I really enjoy going to Hawks Nest. There is a great little Vegan place in there called the Green Spot. I usually get the ravioli with squash. Wagsgiving is also a major thing here. It's Thanksgiving university style."
"The most awaited meal on campus is defiantly Wagsgiving. There is a countdown leading up to the event and a line out the door once the event arrives. The food is so good people even eat on the floor!"
"Land-wich, get the cannonball! Wag breakfast bagels are delicious too! My favorite restaurant near campus would hands down have to be Islands, the dollar tacos are hard to beat."
"I would say Wagoner Hall for breakfast is by far the best and everyone's favorite. I was never a huge dining hall eater, but I enjoy the breakfast at Wag."
"There is a very inclusive party scene where you can walk right up to a crowded house and help yourself to some fun. The week is a bit slower for partying, but on any given day drink specials are enjoyed at bars by students. If partying isn’t your thing, the beach is always there."
"I was surprised when I came here because everyone talked about how UNCW was a party school, but it's really not so much. There are fun alternatives like going downtown to Improv Night or a comedy show. Until you are 21 I believe the places to go are Sandbar off of college and Liquid Room downtown."
"I went my first semester of school here not drinking before I decided to try it out. The party life here is alright, very relaxed and laid back. Its usually never anything super crazy or Project X style. Parties are often kind of hard to find for some reason, and sometimes they won't even let you in."
"One thing I wish our school had is a frat row so that we wouldn't have to take a cab or have a DD to get to parties since they are always off campus. Also the cops wouldn't be able to bust every. single. party. Going to parties in Wilmington is like some sort of race to get there before the cops bust it., and the cops always bust it. If you do not like to party on weekends, the Lumina Theatre always has GREAT movies playing at night. They are always fairly recent and are no more than $2 for UNCW students."
"There are plenty of things to do on the weekend that do not involve partying or drinking. The key is to find friends that have the same interests and find things that fit."
"Instead of partying there's clubbing, going to the beach, going downtown, playing soccer, bowling, ice skating, going to see movies at Lumina (the on-campus theater), and just hanging out with friends. The only parties that are during the week are on Thursdays."
"The dorms have an average quality to them in a sense of living space, but they are very social mediums for most freshman to meet new people. You need a UNCW OneCard to get into your specific dorm and there are security guards on duty at all hours of the day, providing a really safe environment."
"I would advise you to live on-campus as a freshman. You meet a lot of people and I think it's an experience everyone should have. I lived in Belk and it was very clean and quiet. That being said, I wish I had lived in Graham-Hewlett because everyone I knew in those dorms were so close with the people on their halls, and I was not. Galloway seems like a lot of fun, but it is very loud and messy, and there is a lot less room."
"My freshman year I lived in the International house and it was okay. Not the best thing. People were really loud and we all had to share a bathroom... I think it is safe though, and it was maybe a mile away from class. I don't know if it is required, but I think so if you are a first year."
"I loved living in a dorm. You could always find someone who was hungry at the same time as you, so you could eat together. You could also find someone who wanted to go to the gym with you. I never ever felt unsafe in my dorm. I felt so secure that it got to the point where my roommate and I never locked our door, which could end up turning into a bad habit. The dorms shouldn't ever be more than a 20 minute walk to any class which is way better than other campuses like Chapel Hill and NC State."
"UNCW dorms on campus felt safe to me as a freshmen. There is always someone monitoring the door and checking people in, and it is also required to have an I.D. card to get into the buildings which made me feel safe in the dorm."
"My favorite part about Wilmington is the beach. Wilmington has the relaxed beach atmosphere everywhere and that feeling has helped me to integrate into the school life a little better and helped me to feel at home."
"Wilmington is one of my favorite cities in North Carolina. I have been visiting since I was a kid and I love it. There are so many different place to visit. The beach is so close to campus and as a student you automatically learn about the free parking areas."
"Downtown is a lot of fun during the day and at night. There are great restaurants downtown for during the day and great bars for at night. Wilmington is a great city to go to school in."
"Wilmington is cute and charming. I love it here. There are more than 80 bars and clubs between downtown and the beach. My least favorite part about Wilmington is the traffic--do not go out between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m."
"There are so many different parts of Wilmington, anyone can find a part of it to enjoy. My favorite two are wrightsville beach (duh) and downtown Wilmington. The beach is really quiet during the week and is great for relaxing or going for a run. Downtown has great shopping and restaurants. The river walk is beautiful."
"Wilmington is a very casual beach city with a historic downtown which is reminiscent of a small-scale Charleston or Savannah. There's an awesome live music scene and a variety of events for all types of students."
HC's Complete College Guide: University of North Carolina Wilmington
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