College Sophomore 2012-05-08T16:56:56Z
Guys & Girls:
nice mix, kind and polite, outgoing but not crazy, helpful
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-21T20:35:40Z
There are parking zones for each type of commuter or resident or student zones. They are fairly priced. There are also shuttles for on campus travel, which is helpful, as well as ones that run off campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-21T20:33:52Z
Greek life is very active at UNCW. Its not a crazy party thing like at other colleges. They have crazy times, but its more to experience fun with a family feel with fellow students.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-21T20:29:44Z
Basketball arena is newly renovated and is an exciting atmosphere. The baseball stadium is a popular attraction and everyone loves going to the baseball games. The library, aka "Club Randall" is easy to get around and has study rooms as well as plenty of computers. There is always something going on on campus. The student body is like a family and I love it here.
College Junior 2012-04-18T03:20:39Z
You can only park by your building--park anywhere else and you're taking a serious ticket risk. Parking permits are expensive and you're not garaunteed a good spot. Wrightsville beach is even worse--don't even think about parking across the bridge unless you have a friend with a beach house you're willing to pay out the ass.
College Junior 2012-04-18T03:18:24Z
Some options, gets old fast – At first glance, there are a variety of places to go out at night. Sandbar is popular amongst students, but is really only fun if you're already drunk and looking to grind. There are places to go dancing but it's hard to find a club or bar that doesn't card. Ibiza, the gay bar, is one of the most fun spots downtown (though cover charge is $10 friday nights). If you wash your Xs off you shouldn't have a problem ordering drinks. There are frat party's and house party's every weekend, but you need to know people to hear about which ones are good.
College Junior 2012-04-18T03:14:31Z
Not really – They try and play up diversity here, but the truth is, the campus is 80% white. There's not a great deal of diversity--we only recently got a Secular Students Alliance this year, and our PRIDE group is large but not significantly noticeable. It's the south, so most people are Christian, but Wilmington is a lot more liberal than most of North Carolina.
College Junior 2012-04-18T03:11:16Z
I'll never say the weather down south isn't nice--You can go to the beach almost every month of the year (though true "beach weather" only spans from April to October), and winter doesn't last long. That being said, you can leave for class under clear skies and come out in a torrential downpour. Weather in Wilmington is extremely volatile and you'll definitely need a pair of rainboots and a sturdy umbrella. Watch out for hurricanes early in the semester.
College Junior 2012-04-18T03:07:57Z
Guys & Girls:
Attractive People – Not going to lie, our student body is, as a whole, pretty damn sexy. We draw in the hot surfers with the beach and the future Brad Pitts with Film Studies. Bonus if you're attracted to women; 60% of the students are female, and if you're in the Honors College, it's closer to 75%.
College Junior 2012-04-18T03:04:50Z
Health & Safety:
On campus very safe, Off campus not so much – I've never felt threatened on campus, even when I have to walk across campus at night. Downtown is another story. During the day it's a very safe, family-friendly atmosphere, but at night you need to be on your guard. Drunk bar-hoppers are everywhere on friday and saturday nights. I had a guy try to swipe my purse on the street once. Don't walk around alone at night. Also be careful grabbing a late-night snack, especially at Waffle House. That's where the crazies go.
College Junior 2012-04-18T02:54:23Z
UNCW has great programs in nursing, business, marine biology and film studies. Big name movies film here occasionally (Iron Man 3 is filming here this summer). The beach, of course, is one of our biggest pulls. The water and weather stay warm well into fall. Our downtown area is small but full of cute hipster shops, good nightlife and the serene riverwalk. Academics are definitely taken seriously, but people have fun. The honors program offers a lot of perks, including priority registration and free tickets to on-campus events like plays. Freshman Housing is nice as long as you don't live in Galloway, but try to get into Tri-House. Overall I'm very happy here, I won't deny there are issues but Wilmington offers a lot of diverse social and academic opportunities.
College Senior 2012-04-17T04:46:53Z
Off-campus students have the WORST parking situation. They don't have enough spots on campus for us, and their bus system never runs on time. It is miserable. But they don't bother telling you that there is no chance of parking on campus, or that it will cost about $300 to park in a parking lot that isn't even in walking distance to campus, if you're off-campus. They just tell you that they have a "great transportation" system. Which is a lie. Orientation RAs lie about a lot of off-campus things; I went twice and one girl explained how she loves living on-campus the first time and then she explained how she loves living off-campus the second time, both times claiming she had never even considered the other. That isn't the point, though. I'm just saying: if you don't mind a crappy bus system, live off-campus but if you do, then maybe consider living on-campus. Though on-campus housing isn't any better than the bus system, so there really is no winning.
College Senior 2012-04-17T04:39:03Z
Registration Is Awful – I just went through the registration for the fifth time. It never seems to get any better. They push the idea of certain majors, but then when you decide to be that major you find out that your required prerequisites are only offered once a year, at one possible time, with one possible instructor, and with only 20 seats. This isn't just with some majors, I hear this story from EVERYONE. If you aren't a senior or don't have a disability, you have a miserable time registering. There doesn't seem to be any order to who registers when, since transfer students and freshmen have registered before me this last time. And the time before that, just transfer students. Anyway- Registration is a joke, but when you do get the classes they are normally pretty good and at decent enough times. I have no Friday classes now, and next semester will have no Thursday or Friday classes. See, not that bad in the end.
College Senior 2012-04-17T04:32:35Z
We Have the Beach – As ridiculous as this may sound, one of the reasons a lot of people decide to go to UNCW is it's location. Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher are all about 15 minutes in one direction while Wrightsville Beach is even closer. I don't even like the beach, but this peaceful "beach life" idea makes just about everyone friendly and happy and when they are upset, a quick trip to the beach and they are relaxed and happy again. It is basically like living where you vacation, only with the stress of school.
College Senior 2012-04-17T04:26:32Z
Not Too Bad – I have only heard of the campus throwing someone out once, and I don't know what she did. So, I assume they aren't that strict. I know that nerf guns aren't allowed, which is sort of ridiculous, and that it will get confiscated. And if you're an obvious pot-head, but they usually wait until someone complains about you before anything is said. So, overall, I'd say they aren't too strict.
College Senior 2012-04-17T04:15:17Z
Shotty Wifi Once or Twice a Semester – The wireless network at the University of North Carolina- Wilmington is reliable about 75% of the time. But when it is down, it is down for the rest of the day. Which is fine if you're an off campus student, but on campus students are forced to either go somewhere with free WiFi or just suffer. Also, the people who work on maintaining the network send an e-mail explaining that it is down. Which is just ridiculous because if it is down, you can't read their message. Luckily, this only happens once or twice a semester, so it is not like it is miserable, just frustrating when it happens.
College Senior 2012-04-17T00:06:10Z
What a Change – In the past, UNCW has been known for "a partying school". Now, the requirements are more strict and UNCW is respected more for the academics.
College Senior 2012-04-17T00:01:27Z
Parking Can Be a Pain! Depending on your class location on campus, you have to get to class at least 30 prior to get a space.
College Senior 2012-04-16T23:59:30Z
Alcohol Is More Visible – Students at UNCW are for the most respectful about drugs. Alcohol is more visible.
College Junior 2012-04-09T14:59:13Z
UNCW doesn't offer much in the way of scholarships. Working with the financial aid department is a nightmare. You get a different answer from each person that you talk to and they can't seem to keep up with how your scholarships are being applied. Stay on top of it yourself and you'll be okay.
College Junior 2012-04-09T14:57:52Z
It tends to rain a lot during the fall at UNCW so be sure to bring your rain boots. The spring is much better and the beach is AWESOME!
College Junior 2012-04-09T14:49:50Z
Not Much Change – There really isn't much difference between the Greek population and the rest of the students. There is no specific housing for Greek students.
College Junior 2012-04-09T14:48:55Z
Anything Goes – Most everyone is pretty accepting of who you are and what you believe in. Most students are white although we do have some students living in the international house from foreign countries. Those people are generally very well accepted into the student population.
College Junior 2012-04-09T14:46:45Z
Wag is the main dining hall and isn't very good at all. My friends and I usually go to Hawks Nest which takes meal swipes in the evening.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-03T02:06:41Z
Awesome School – I loved my undergraduate experience at UNCW. You get what you put in, so I advise joining as many student organizations as possible. The administration is always willing to hear student input and suggestions.
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