Chapel Hill, NC
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Reviews 1650 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: During lunchtime, the computer labs are full to the brim. The printers are also taken up with a long line right in front of it. the wireless is not too bad, although it is unreliable for entertainment. I would recommend getting an ethernet cord as that is much more faster and reliable than the dorm wireless.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is decent at best. When parking, you need to be early and careful as the parking places are usually very crowded. This is especially true when moving in and out of the dorms. The parking could be much improved.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is diverse with a strongly liberal perspective. Every class you take, you will see a variety of students of different backgrounds. The campus offers students a lot of perspectives that allow them to make friends with others like them. While it is not truly perfect, it still works out as one of the first public university.

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5 College Senior

Majors: I am very happy with my program and excited they allowed me into the History Program. I want to make comic books based on history and everyone I have told this to, from my professors, to my TAs, to even the Heads of the Department have all liked and approved of this rather unorthodox plan of using my degree. This only shows how progressive and open to ideas the History Department is, and this makes me love my school even more because they refuse to limit us, but allow us and encourage us to take risks and explore topics and subjects within our major.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I transferred from a community college into the University's History Program. It was not difficult. I had the required courses and any courses I did not have, I was allowed to enroll in at the University.

5 College Senior

Computers: The school gives you a grant to get a laptop of your own so that every student starts off on the same foot, software and technology-wise, with no one student being 'better off' than another due to being able to buy the newest toy. As a result, everyone has good computers, and access to the same tech(powerpoints, videos, etc). The on-campus computer help is also brilliant with helping troubleshoot, fix and explain things on your computer and it saves me having to take my computer to Best Buy or somewhere else since the computers all originate from the school itself.

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5 College Senior

Academics: I'm in the History Department and I can testify that the professors and TAs in the Department are engaged, knowledgable, love what they're learning and teaching, and are kind and excited to share their information with the students. I have yet to have a teacher refuse to meet with me, refuse to help me learn the material, and refuse to help me better understand their field of study. The Department is clearly passionate about history AND teaching.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The journalism school at UNC actually produces and airs a live news broadcast every week. It's one of the most important opportunities you'll have if that's a field of interest. I now work in a real TV news station, and I can tell you it was the perfect preparation. There are no "due dates," only "deadlines." The sets Carolina's J-school apart from many others that keep you sitting at a desk.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Many of the academic buildings are old, with limited facilities. However, the majority of campus buildings that aren't just classrooms are either new or newly renovated, with seemingly no expense spared for state-of-the-art technology. There are quiet places for a good campus couch nap, or lively places to eat lunch with your friends. No shortage of niches, in all senses of the word.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The surrounding town in lovely. Definitely has a small-town feel, with one strip dedicated to decent restaurants, bars, and a bit of upscale shopping. However, there are convenient buses that will take you just 15 minutes outside of town to excellent shopping and dining, so that's always an option if you're looking for more to do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Unfortunately there is a bit of crime on UNC's campus. I have never personally felt unsafe, but with such a large campus there are plenty of nooks that can be overlooked, or just poorly lit. Keep your dorm room door locked, and don't take the forested trail shortcut alone at night, and you'll be just fine.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I had a meal plan for two of my years and for the most part, it was highly affordable. Moreover, with a recent renovation to the dining facility at the heart of campus (Lenoir), the food quality has only improved. Additionally, for students hoping to get a meal between class, having options like a Mediterranean deli, Chick Fil A, and Subway on Lenoir Mainstreet and Alpine and Wendy's in the student union, make everything accessible. Ram's Head Dining hall services much of south campus and the campus on weekends and the food is great. Sometimes the menu seems a little bland, but the options are always there for those willing to eat things besides just hamburgers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: While the diversity on campus is present, it could be better. One must give the university credit for their efforts to maintain a diverse student body. It's one of the pluses of being at Carolina because students are able to interact with those they may have never done so with had it not been for college. The levels of acceptance is pretty high and rarely is there a case of intolerance that can not be assuaged by the students themselves. I think Carolina could be more diverse, but I also think its getting there.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There is a feeling of safety on campus, especially after some events in years previous. However, a better job could be done on alerting students of situations on or near campus. Delayed responses through AlertCarolina were not beneficial and only served to heighten student's ire. I think on the whole, we have a very could health and safety programs, but some kinks need to be worked out. On the other side, Campus Health is a really good resource and it's nearby for all sorts of emergencies that could be tasked to UNC Hospital

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived in Kenan dorm the entirety of my four years and loved it. It was all girls, but the community was very diverse and the activities held were always fun. In general, on campus housing is very nice and the proximity to classes varies, but on the whole is nothing unmanageable. The application process is simple and offers a variety of options, but if you need help or just want to look at the options, housing fairs and the Housing department are very accessible and informative. On the plus side, living on campus puts you near all the campus activities and Franklin Street. The local transit system is also a great plus for those without transportation

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of different restaurant options, with all different types of cuisine and price ranges, too.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are 2 dining halls and both are good. There is a variety of foods including vegan and vegetarian. Late night meals are even better, unfortunately it's not healthy to eat so late.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Not much to do except go to frat parties or if you're of age, go bar hopping. The night clubs are awful.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: UNC is very solid academically. Professors are very knowledgeable, and research opportunities are numerous.

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3 College Senior

Parking: Overall the parking is good, but the parking regulators and consequences a too severe. You can have academic consequences from parking violations.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is very clear that the university cares about its students with their constant communication to the students. They also run mock scenarios with security folks to play out potential situations and for training purposes.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are many options for on campus dining and all options are well offered. There are also many name brand options.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: UNC has a program called Carolina Computing Initiative, or CCI, which provides Lenovo PCs or Apple Macs with a great insurance plan! It's even possible to get a grant towards a laptop. There are computer labs in the libraries but everyone has their own. Print allowance is $40.00/semester (included in tuition) and no one runs out of it. Printers are in all the dorms and libraries and some academic buildings. Some people complain about network speed but I've never had a problem. Wifi existed everywhere except in my dorm room.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Franklin Street is THE nightlife street. If you're of age, you have a plethora of bars to choose from. Pulse, a popular 18+ club, is between Franklin and Rosemary Streets. Near Franklin Street is Frat Court. Some people have off-campus parties. Point is, there are a lot of options for the partier. UNC also has a P2P shuttle that runs from 7pm-3am. If the bus is full or it's after 3am, taxis to anywhere on or around campus are only $5! If you live off campus, Chapel Hill Transit provides Safe Rides, which run until around 2 am.

3 College Senior

Weather: I'm from Miami, so I am not accustomed to cold weather of any kind, nor do I enjoy it. For me, winter is way too long and depressing (lasting from November to early April), but not unbearable. It snowed significantly one night (my first time seeing snow!) and it was really lovely. After that, we just got sleet. Temperatures dropped to around 50 degrees in the day, and lower 30s at night. Fall and Spring are absolutely beautiful, but the Summer is pretty hot. Maybe for Northerners or anyone not from Florida, the weather is great. I didn't particularly care for it, though.


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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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