Chapel Hill, NC
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Reviews 1701 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: In the heart of downtown. Very small city. Parking is absolutely horrible. Small town with lots of local restaurants and shops but not too far from bigger cities durham and raleigh

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Once the package is delivered, the amount is fair. Takes several calls to the financial aid office to get things rolling. Lots of random forms with very similar information to Fasfa.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes are difficult, assignments and tests are graded harshly. Yet some people find it easy to make As and Bs while going out and partying. Overall I feel like no one else is in my no money/academically struggling/not constantly wanting to party boat.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Generally the food is okay. It offered a great variety of meals from around the world, etc. However the quality was not consistent.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Awesome choices and places to participate and great varsity teams to enjoy as well!

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some places could be more up to date, but I do believe that is in the plans for the coming years for the university.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Always tons to choose from that are student friendly!

3 College Junior

Diversity: Definitely a majority of white students, but diversity is evident and respected.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's not great in some terms of how it can be exclusive in some ways, but in other ways Greeks are very open to the community as a whole. I feel that this is true for most campuses that offer Greek life.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Chick Fil A. Enough Said.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I loved UNC, it was a wonderful experience. I made some great, lifelong friends, and enjoyed the academics. I learned a ton and was really challenged. I would probably do it again, but not for sure because the grade deflation is really bad, which makes you less competitive when applying to graduate school (the average GPA is around a 3.1). I also did not enjoy the weather, it was very cold! And Chapel Hill is a bit slow for me (I'm from a large city). But no school is perfect, and overall it was enjoyable. The best part about it is the school spirit, and the fact that your professors are the best in their field. The campus is also one of the most beautiful I've seen (in the Fall and Spring, Winter is a bit depressing but maybe that's because i'm from Florida). I would definitely recommend that people apply to UNC.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Drinks are relatively cheap, and there are a lot of clubs to choose from on Franklin Street. Still, it gets boring after a while because it's always the same thing. Transportation back is a real hassle, especially at 3am on the p2p when it's crowded full of drunk people and you can potentially get thrown up on. Plus, there's a law in north carolina that alcohol can't be served after 2am, so that's when most bars and clubs close. House parties and frat parties aren't much better. I like to go out to dance, but the music is awful pretty much everywhere (Clubs will often play Taylor Swift or Blink-182. It's like a middle school dance). Overall, there's an abundance of nightlife if that's your thing, but it's sub par.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Transportation to and from campus is very convenient. There are multiple locations for stops, and buses arrive around every 15 minutes. The only down side is that they can get very crowded in the mornings during class times, and often the buses will not stop if there's already too many people on board. Toward the end of the semester, they started adding more buses in the mornings which improved things a lot, but I'm not sure if they will continue this. Overall though, the transportation is pretty good.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I wasn't much into Greek life, I might have gone to a frat party or two. They don't seem to be very involved in campus life, though there aren't any negative attitudes toward them.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most students are in fairly good shape and attractive enough. The 60-40 ratio is definitely tough on us girls! I think the best way to meet someone compatible is through a class or campus organization because you know you share an interest with them and can hit off over that.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've heard of people using drugs but never seen it myself and certainly don't feel pressured into using drugs or even going out.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Laptop grants are part of financial aid and a good percentage of those that apply receive them. If you get your laptop through the school it comes with a good warranty and access to our ITS services, but you can also bring your own. There are also computer labs in the libraries. Printing money (more than you could ever use in a semester) is included in fees and their are printers scattered around campus, including the dorms. Wireless was finally installed everywhere last year and is fairly reliable; I only notice problems in my connection occasionally when Skyping home.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am not at all into night life; I live in the Substance Free dorm and parties are just loud music I hear walking on the edge of campus Friday nights. There are definitely close options with bars on Franklin St. and frat houses on Cameron, but it's also good to know that you don't feel pressured in to going out if you're like me :)

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Exercise and Sport Science is a great major here. Classes are engaging without excessive workloads, professors are deeply involved in research and open to student questions and research assistants. The curriculum isn't too science based and includes a business and a statistics class, though many majors are also pre-health and take science classes as well. There are also different concentrations within the major - athletic training, fitness professional, sport admin, and general - that each have there own requirements and can help you specialize early or have the opportunity to gain extra experience during undergrad.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Like I keep saying, professors are the best - top of their field, but deeply care about helping their students succeed. I think the liberal arts curriculum is assembled well; I've really enjoyed and learned a lot from the classes I've taken "just for the gen eds". The workload can be pretty heavy and introductory classes are sometimes unreasonably hard to weed out students (esp freshman "premed") , but tutoring and office hours and there for you and if you really put the work in, you will do well enough - and there may even be a curve. There are also lots of opportunities to explore other interests through double majors/minors or gain experience through volunteering or research, and lots of students study abroad. The one annoying thing is course registration - you are randomly assigned an online registration time by year and it's frustrating to watch classes you need close up and you really need to stay on top of things or talk to professors to get in to some of your classes.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus and Chapel Hill buses are free (well, subsidized through your tuition) and run fairly regularly and conveniently throughout the week (but are greatly reduced on weekends). I had to take a bus off campus once a week last semester to volunteer and it really wasn't a hassle. Long distance transportation is a different story - the airport and Megabus stations are an expensive 40 min taxi drive away, which especially hard on the out-of-state students.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's really nice that Carolina guarantees to meet full need, and while that can still be hard for me and my family to cover without a few loans, it's much more than any other school gave me - it was cheaper for me to go out of state to Carolina than an in state school. Applying was fairly easy - just fill out the FAFSA and Profile before the deadline. Work study jobs are also available throughout the departments on campus and are really flexible and a great way to build up a resume, and you can still get a job on campus or right outside it if work study is not part of you financial aid award.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: When it's nice, it's BEAUTIFUL. When it rains, it POURS. Typical finicky North Carolina weather (though being out of state, i didn't really realize what that meant until I got here). Bring rain boots and sunscreen everywhere!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Carolina is awesome. Our school spirit is great, and you can tell just walking around campus without even going to watch our fantastic sports teams. Classes are challenging and students take them seriously, but are also laid back and can laugh off bad days. Almost every student has a dream and a passion they are driven to achieve, but while most are super involved outside of classes, no one is too busy to help you out or just stop and talk. But my favorite thing about Carolina is the professors - they are usually at the head of their field, engaged in research or often traveling the world, but most care about their students just as much as their work and are there to answer questions, give life advice, or willing to let students gain experience through their research. A senior told me this year "don't sleep until you graduate, because there's just so many opportunities and you don't want to miss anything!"

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Each dorm is different and your experience really depends on where you live. Freshman dorms are really social but far from classes with small rooms; other dorms are super close and more spacious but older and can be less social. Living-Learning Communities and Community Government are good opportunities if you want to be more involved in your dorm or community.


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Kavita Gupta
Austin, Texas
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UNC is known for its great academics, abundant research facilities, and storied athletic programs. Students who are priviliged enough to attend Carolina are happy with their choice even though it may not always have been their dream. UNC has been in the top five public schools in the country for the past eight years, and it is considered a "public ivy," so it's no secret that the quality of education at Carolina is far above average. Students at Carolina are continually pushing borders, experiencing new things, and becoming individuals.

At the end of their collegiate careers, many boast of having had the best four years of their lives in Chapel Hill, and that is evidenced by the overwhelming alumni support. UNC will prepare you for what is to come after the beautiful undergraduate years under the perfect Carolina blue sky. But most importantly at Chapel Hill, it is important to cherish every moment because four years fly by, and the college experience is soon over. One of the best things about Carolina is the immense school pride with which the stuent body lives as Tar Heels. Sure, college will be difficult. There will be failed exams and broken hearts, but there will also be experiences that you will never forget—weekend trips with your friends, late night yo-po runs, foam parties at Pulse, Holi Moli, and many others. When you attend Carolina, you will receive a quality education and a great college experience.

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