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Old 08-16-2009, 08:43 AM
 
Location: in a house
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So i've been working on getting all the school stuff set up. while it might not be the best time to do so, since all the freshmen move in this weekend, I wasn't really left a choice since i had to wait to register. here's some things you ought to know.

Your ID costs money. not just to replace, but to get one in the first place.

Parking is INSANELY expensive. 300 bucks! downtown atlanta charges 600 for a year, my undergrad college it was 100 max for students.

to get either you first have to register, and then wait over night. even then you'll have to wait 2 more days for them to print the parking permit.

driving on campus is nuts. the road system isn't really organized, nor do they seem wide enough to accommodate traffic. this could be a surplus of vehicles on campus though.

the people on campus seem to be pretty nice,...usually. but it also seems that every step of the way there have been fees tacked on, prices marked up, etc. they also seem to be very fond of ticketing and booting vehicles. I'll keep you posted about how classes go etc and if i have any issues with the bursar or anything.

overall things that they've done are rather irritating. I've never had to pay for a student ID unless it was a replacement :/ and the parking is way too expensive.
Didn't you inquire about fees, etc. prior to applying there or after you were accepted? UNCW is a commuter campus - meaning they don't encourage cars on campus and don't make it easy to have one, but there is an extremely friendly campus map available for the asking. One can walk from one place to another quickly and easily. Yes, the campus police are quite intolerant of people parking in restricted areas, but they are generally more tolerant during move-in weekend. I'd encourage you to speak with anyone in the graduate studies office about your concerns and complaints - UNCW is far from perfect, but they will be more than happy to assist you. You just don't seem to have had anything go ok - from the fleas to lackluster seafood. Has there been anything good so far about your experience??

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Old 08-16-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: on the Beach
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The grad school made me an offer that i couldn't turn down. Offering to let me pay in-state tuition (which is a third of out-of-state) as well as a scholarship and a job as a TA. The interactions that i've had with my own school has been very pleasant and I think that it's a good fit. But the more basic things about the school are, as i mentioned before, rather irritating.

I knew the commuter school status of UNCW. but commuter schools attract people who drive to class, because they don't live on/near campus, so you would think that they would have a better parking situation to deal with this high volume. As a TA i thought i'd also be counted as a part of the staff that is paid less than 20k, thus making me eligible for cheaper parking, but they will always take the student status as your primary status.

I knew that there would be fees, there always is, but i really wasn't prepared to pay $300+ dollars to get a parking pass. that's way more expensive than my yearly parking in Indianapolis and its a bit more than half of what my parents pay for their yearly parking in Atlanta.

It's not like i'm far from campus, only 1.3 miles, but where my apartment complex is situated there are hardly any sidewalks. I'm also not about to ride a bike on the road with all the insane drivers around. I could ride the bus, but i don't want to rely on it as my main mode of transportation.

I've had a lot of positive interactions with the people here. The people in general have been more than helpful when i've had questions. despite the initial negative issues that i had to deal with in my apartment, it's really central to a lot of things and the staff has been helpful and quick to resolve issues.

i can understand that parking is a good way to bring in money. And i can understand wanting to encourage people to walk/ride a bike/ride the bus. In the end i'll buy a parking pass, i have to, i really don't have much of a choice since i have to be on campus during the night and day. It just really doesn't seem right to charge so much.

I would just really suggest that the OP take these fees into account, because i really doubt that they'll change any time soon. It's not something that would really change my mind about attending, but it's just another expense to tack on to the growing bill.
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: in a house
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The grad school made me an offer that i couldn't turn down. Offering to let me pay in-state tuition (which is a third of out-of-state) as well as a scholarship and a job as a TA. The interactions that i've had with my own school has been very pleasant and I think that it's a good fit. But the more basic things about the school are, as i mentioned before, rather irritating.

I knew the commuter school status of UNCW. but commuter schools attract people who drive to class, because they don't live on/near campus, so you would think that they would have a better parking situation to deal with this high volume. As a TA i thought i'd also be counted as a part of the staff that is paid less than 20k, thus making me eligible for cheaper parking, but they will always take the student status as your primary status.

I knew that there would be fees, there always is, but i really wasn't prepared to pay $300+ dollars to get a parking pass. that's way more expensive than my yearly parking in Indianapolis and its a bit more than half of what my parents pay for their yearly parking in Atlanta.

It's not like i'm far from campus, only 1.3 miles, but where my apartment complex is situated there are hardly any sidewalks. I'm also not about to ride a bike on the road with all the insane drivers around. I could ride the bus, but i don't want to rely on it as my main mode of transportation.

I've had a lot of positive interactions with the people here. The people in general have been more than helpful when i've had questions. despite the initial negative issues that i had to deal with in my apartment, it's really central to a lot of things and the staff has been helpful and quick to resolve issues.

i can understand that parking is a good way to bring in money. And i can understand wanting to encourage people to walk/ride a bike/ride the bus. In the end i'll buy a parking pass, i have to, i really don't have much of a choice since i have to be on campus during the night and day. It just really doesn't seem right to charge so much.

I would just really suggest that the OP take these fees into account, because i really doubt that they'll change any time soon. It's not something that would really change my mind about attending, but it's just another expense to tack on to the growing bill.
In-state tuition for 9 graduate hours: $2547.40 (Non-resident: $7904.40) + a scholarship + TA.... and you're "irritated". You aren't staff - you are a student, so that is your primary status. My suggestion - even though you haven't asked - get over the lousy $300 per semester and consider yourself fortunate to be getting resident rates in view of the budget situation with regard to Universities and Community Colleges. Have a great year in Seahawk land!

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Old 08-16-2009, 06:30 PM
 
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the back roads from kure to wilmington are
dow road , turn right after the food lion goes all the way to kure.

then take river road all the way into wilmington. watch for bicycles on river road.
I just checked google maps, of course the default from Kure to downtown (I'm going to the vicinity of the cape fear country club) has you take Carolina Beach rd all the way up to 17th, time estimate about 35 minutes. When I adjust it to take River road, it tells me it's not only an extra two miles, but it's almost an hour! What gives? Would River Rd be a good option for going up to Greenfield street? Btw, I know google maps is off when it comes to Dow Rd... when I switch the route from Ft. Fisher/Lake Park (the default) to Dow, it actually *adds* five minutes, which is crazy. Dow definitely saves time, I at least know that much!

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