College Junior 2012-07-03T17:34:22Z
I Love Wilmington! Being from a small town, Wilmington was a big adjustment to me. It has been an awesome experience. The party scene is not really for me and the coursework is challenging. My school is unique because it offers a variety of activities to do on and off of campus. If I had it to do all over again I would definitely not change my decision to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T16:50:59Z
Don't Regret Elementary Ed. Though it's not the most popular program on campus, I definitely don't regret Elementary Education. The teachers through the Watson School vary from the really great to the pretty terrible, but I think that happens in any major. The building is gorgeous and the students are given plenty of resources to make their time in the program easier and more beneficial. The only problem I had was that I didn't get out and into the classroom from my very first class, which is crucial for teachers. The field experience is okay from there, though we could probably do more from the very beginning to get used to student teaching.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T16:47:46Z
Guys & Girls:
Wilmington - the Land of the Beautiful People – Wilmington once won most attractive student body on the east coast from Playboy magazine. There's a reason behind it: plenty of beach time and sunshine, active lifestyles, and lots of hot southern boys. Definitely adds up to a lot of attractive people on campus, especially the guys. Doesn't hurt to see some of your better looking peers shirtless on Wrightsville Beach.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T16:39:55Z
Variety but Not Convenient – There is great variety at UNCW, as there are over 14 dining locations on campus. You can definitely find food wherever you are, but the convenience of most of these locations is questionable. On the weekends, there is only one dining hall open and this food can get old quickly. Most of the really good locations like Dub's or Hawks Nest aren't open on the weekends so you're stuck with either Wagoner hall or eating out, which can get expensive. There should definitely be at least one more option on the weekend for those of us who are staying on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T16:37:30Z
Decent Supply but Lacking Equipment – There is a decent selection of computers in the library, but they fill up quickly, especially during finals times and busy times during the day. Most people have their own computers so they don't have to compete against this. I've also found that sometimes the computers don't have the necessary software that you may need, such as Microsoft Publisher. I think it's a good idea to have a personal computer for ease and convenience, but it would be possible to do without one since computers are located throughout campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T12:52:02Z
Health & Safety:
Haven't Been – I have not experience the heath services at UNCW yet but I have heard it is a long wait.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T12:48:57Z
Needs Houses – I would be more incline to join Greek life if the campus had Greek housing. I think that is a big part of the experience and without it, it makes the program less appealing.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T12:47:35Z
Driving in Wilmington sucks to begin with, and when it comes to class I
don't need another added stress. I think Wilmington Parking lot needs some attention. Maybe the university could add another parking deck for students or some other lots.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-15T22:11:10Z
Political Science & History: Relatively Easy – Entry into both of the above majors is really easy. You just have to have at least a 2.0 GPA and then declare that major (usually sophomore year). You can drop or change your major at any time.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-15T22:07:30Z
Parking is available to all students, including freshman. Students living on campus are required to park in a residential zone (close to their dorm) until 4pm and then they can park in select other lots. Commuter and off-campus students are assigned zones based on class status (freshman usually have to park on an off-campus lot and take a shuttle to campus). If you live within one mile of campus, you can't get a day parking pass, only a night-time one good for after 4pm. The parking enforcement people are really a bit overzealous, so you better park in your spot and will receive no mercy if you don't!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-15T22:00:12Z
Professors Really Care About Learning – I'm a double major in Political Science & History, and have had really positive experiences with all of my classes, with few exceptions. Course load is average (2-3 exams, 2-3 papers with around 6-10 pages per paper), with some professors giving more work than others. What has made my experience better than some others that I know is really getting to know my professors on a more personal level than simply in the classroom. Stopping by their office after class to talk about their research or any problems you might have really makes all the difference!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-15T21:50:29Z
Mostly Lovely, but Beware of Afternoon Downpours! UNCW is located right on the coast, 5 minutes from the beach. Most of the time, the weather is pretty lovely (doesn't usually get below freezing). However, Wilmington is known for having freak rainstorms that will crop up between 1-3pm, especially during the warmer months. Summer is gorgeous here, but, as is typical for the South, it can get pretty warm (100 degrees) and pretty humid.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-15T21:43:26Z
Beach Town With Plenty to Do – Wilmington is definitely a beach/port town, but downtown has a lot to offer as well. Various local concerts, festivals, etc depending on the time of year. During the summer, the beach has free fireworks every Thursday night. Good variety of cuisine choices, not just your typical American/Southern food
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-15T21:39:44Z
Cornerstone & Upperclassmen Dorms Are the Best – Cornerstone is most certainly the biggest and most clean of the freshmen dorms (newest too maybe?). The learning community there is really great for freshman to get to know one another and get some core courses out of the way. Upperclassmen apartments are pretty nice as well. One note: none of these really do any roommate matching, so beware of the potential for roommate-from-hell
College Junior 2012-06-15T00:30:05Z
I Love UNCW – I absolutely love UNCW. The campus and off campus area is beautiful and though the weather may be erratic, especially for someone not used to it, most days are bright and sunny. I know this school is considered a party school and if you are into that, you can find plenty of parties to go to. However, there are plenty of other fun social things you can do as well. The beach is obviously a big option, since you are about 10 minutes away by car. Even at midnight or 2 in the morning, the beach is fun to go and hang out at. Cook Out is definitely the best place to eat at because it is right off campus (withing walking distance), inexpensive, have the best milkshakes, and is open 24/7. If you are considering UNCW, it is definitely a wonderful choice and you would never regret coming here.
College Junior 2012-06-15T00:22:13Z
All Pretty Good – All of the facilities on campus are pretty good. The athletic center (Rec Center) is actually just being renovated this summer and should be done by November. The new Rec Center looks like it's going to be amazing, bringing an indoor swimming pool a lot closer to the dorms too.
College Junior 2012-06-15T00:07:43Z
Don't Spend a Lot of Money on Outside Food – Off campus there is a variety of food you can choose from. However, even if you think that you have lots of money now, you will probably not want to spend a lot on eating because it can really eat out of your pocket.
CHECK OUT COOK OUT. It's right off campus, the milkshakes are absolutely delicious, and it's inexpensive. It is open 24/7 which is really really good! There is no other restaurant or food place on campus that is open 24/7 so for a midnight snack run, this is perfect!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-13T01:55:10Z
The Ocean Breeze – UNCW is about 4 miles from the Ocean, the breeze comes off the water and blows across campus all day. I love Wilmington because it is a great party town but is also filled with great culture, food and people. I miss Wilmington everyday and hope once I have my graduate degree I can move back there. The school is the perfect balance between a large university and a small town college, they have incredible instructors and academic programs. Add sun and sand and saltwater and you have an amazing undergrad experience.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-13T01:50:20Z
Great Professors – I already answered this questions earlier, UNCW professors and curriculum are great! Very challenging and stimulating!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-13T01:47:42Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Is Generally Safe – Campus is generally safe al though it is spread out and the far parking lots around the Gym and Arts Buildings can be a little scary at night when it is dark and there are not many people around, not because there are strange people hanging around just because it is dark and far away from people so if someone were to attack you and security was not driving by no one would know. UNCW provides emergency phones all over campus though so over all you feel safe at all times.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-13T01:43:52Z
Helpful as Long as You Are Proactive – Of course the financial aid department is very busy but if you take the initiative to communicate with them and ask the right questions they are more than willing to help you fund your education as economically and practically as possible.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-13T01:37:51Z
Art History/ Studio Art Department – UNCWs Art department in small but very active and academic. The Art HIstory professors represent a wide spectrum of focuses and the Studio instructors are all very experienced artists with a passion for teaching and nurturing talent in their students.
College Senior 2012-06-09T18:08:09Z
Strict in a Positive Way – The school allows students over the age of 21 to drink in their rooms and whatnot, but they crack down hard on underage drinking. They take things like sexual assault very seriously. The rules the college puts in place are there to keep everyone safe and give them the best education they can, not to spoil the fun.
College Senior 2012-06-09T18:02:55Z
Reasonably Priced and Easy to Find – UNCW really wants people to live off campus. The school itself doesn't have enough dorm space to house everyone! It's near the beach and a great city location, so there are tonnes of apartments in the area, and for the most part they are decent. If you can find a roommate, the flats are really reasonably priced, usually costing less than 500$ a month. Some even include utitilies in the rent. Most places are pet friendly and off-campus life is a great and affordable experience.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-06T21:44:52Z
Lots of Housing Near Campus – Cheap and higher end apartments available. Houses and townhouses too. Pools almost everywhere.
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