Location
Chapel Hill, NC
Undergrads
17,437
Tuition (in-state)
$24,954 ($5,128)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Majors: Many internships and work study are available for any type of major.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Any school you go to there will be some drug use, at Carolina; however, most students are focused on academics and having fun just drinking on weekends, so the drug use is pretty limited and those who do partake do it in a private sphere. However, while underage drinking is available at parties they are typically less and less "open house style" as the year goes on, which makes things more fun and controlled. There are definitely opportunities for fun and partying thur- sat at UNC (teusdays too), but there are many (if not more) non drinking options as well. Students are dedicated to studies. Work hard, play hard and classy is a good way to describe UNC's drinking and drug scene. alsi, police keep things safe but are very relaxed as long as parties are fairly safe and things are kept on lawns/ inside (don't walk around belligerently with open containers).

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: As such an old and established school there are many scholarships available from research grants, to free laptops, to academic and athletic full rides (including the prestigious Morehead-Caine)

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5 College Freshman

Weather: North Carolina weather is pretty moderate. Chapel hill has a beautifully colorful fall, manageably cold but pretty winter (check out the Christmas lights on the historic fraternity court homes), warm and long spring, and a fun, bustling summer.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everything about UNC is amazing. The students, diversity, school pride, dining, student organizations, alumni support, NCAA varsity sports, community outreach, intramurals, facilities, campus beauty, history, prestige, academics, and general "Carolina way" all combine to make up one of the greatest places on earth. Everyone here seems truly glad to be a tar-heel!!!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a really good bus system that will take you most anywhere for free and the few places too are extremely affordable. Also, withi campus you can walk anywhere and that is what most students do, it's a beautiful campus. My favorite transportation feature is the P2P (place to place) that runs at each stop every fifteen minutes and will take you anywhere from 7pm-3am (after 3 you must call for p2p services).

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Unc has a plethora of restaurants. From places to go on a pre-cocktail date, to many affordable places to grub. Also, almost every variety of cuisine is represented from American classic, pub, Mediterranean, Korean, fat food, Italian, and many more.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Science majors are very difficult at UNC. However, I love my program. There is tons of labs, undergrad research, and being a liberal arts school, unique opportunities to explore other fields in addition to / in conjunction with biology. There are numerous labs, offices, lecture halls, libraries, and the unc hospital all acting as resources for my major.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: UNC is a top tier academic school. The curriculum is rigorous but being at such a fun and diverse school balances everything out. As a liberal arts school you are encourage to take unique classes and gen-Ed requirements are extensive. However, it is also a research university were most all professors conduct research and are in the top of their field. With the hospital so close by sciences etc are very extensive at UNC. Also, it has a very notable journalism school, business school, school of public health, and medical school. There are many alternative study options, like research, teaching assistance, study abroad an dual programs with other North Carolina schools.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is on par with most other schools, decent price, pretty good availability. Game days are slightly less convenient for parking as a student.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The meal plans at UNC are pretty expensive, but unlike other schools, each meal swipe is unlimited so you can eat as much as you want each time dining. There are plenty of options. One nice thing is the school focuses on nutrition, sustainability, and local farming, so facts about all the food you are eating including allergy and nutrition are clearly posted. Also, aside from meal plans there are tons of affordable restaurants on campus in lenoir and the union, and off Franklin street.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a variety of off campus housing in chapel hill. Most of the apartments are really close to campus, almost as close as the dorms, if not right near public transportation. However, living in chapel hill is fairly expensive, but you get what you pay for as most apartments are nice and have good features/ amenities.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: While the dorm buildings are mostly old, as UNC is old, most all have been renovated numerous times so are in good shape. Communities, especially on south campus always have activities going on and events to provide food, fun, study space, etc.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe- walk, blue phones, the p2p, and campus police are just some of the many safety outlets chapel hill offers.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is a little but of everything in chapel hill. With such a big greek community there is sure to be something going on at a frat house on thur-sat nights. Also, between both Franklin street and Rosemary street there are tons of different bars, restaurants, and some clubs. Chapel Hill classics include "He's Not" and "Top of the Hill".

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I grew up here, so it's lost its luster. But Chapel Hill is a pleasant enough town.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I don't idolize the place like most -- it's a school, not a utopia. Having said that, I was a transfer student, and UNC has afforded me personal & career opportunities my first school couldn't come close to.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity in some areas, not enough in others.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I live off-campus and don't do drugs. Beats me.

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3 College Senior

Computers: Wireless is often slow on campus. Lots of computers for students without laptops; you could certainly manage without.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I can't speak to this with great authority.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The school was very generous.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Now you guys are just making me feel like a cynic.

3 College Senior

Transportation: I use my own transportation.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Could care less for it, but more power to them.

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Kavita Gupta
Hometown
Austin, Texas
Major
Biology
Grad Year
2013
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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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