Chapel Hill, NC
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Reviews 1737 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Most of the time, the weather is pretty good. In the fall-early spring (Oct-March), there can be a lot of rain and slush. Umbrellas are essential. Wellies aren't essential, but most women have at least one pair. Snow is pretty hit or miss depending on the year. Classes were delayed a grand total of one time in my 3.5 years at UNC- never cancelled. Teachers will sometimes cancel their own class, but don't expect it. There are also occasional tornado risks and there can be a lot of thunderstorms in late summer and in spring. Near daily thunderstorms at times are pretty par for the course in NC. In fall and spring (and winter depending on the year) you get a lot of frigid mornings and warm/hot afternoons, so layers are a good idea, especially if you live off-campus. The paths on campus are stone/brick and can get pretty slick when it is raining. Also, you probably won't get through even one semester without ending up in an ankle-deep puddle on your way to class. Having said all that- most days are pretty mild, if occasionally rather wet, and in summer/fall/spring, you can often find people hanging out in the quads.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Chapel Hill has a pretty good free bus system, so if you live on campus, eat mainly in the dining hall, and either don't venture far from campus or have lots of money, you should be okay without a car. There are late night buses (they stop around 3am) during the school year that stop at libraries, most of the dorms, and the on-campus apartments. Some things to note though... There isn't a grocery store/mall in walking distance at all. There are a couple in biking distance, but there aren't always bike racks. A bus also goes to shopping areas, but it can be inconvenient lugging groceries or lots of bags. Also, the stores and entertainment on the bus lines/near campus are pretty expensive. There are some zipcars around, but not that many. Taxis are available (you need to make a call and arrange for one- no stands or anything), but they're expensive and not used a lot... In terms of money and convenience, you really need a car. That said, parking on campus is really expensive and a big hassle M-F 9-5/7pm. You may live on north campus and be required to park 1-2 miles (plus several hills) away in south campus. Freshmen aren't even allowed cars on campus. Also, on big game days, most people are required to move their car off the campus lots even if they have a campus parking permit. You'd have to buy special game day permits- if you can even get one. Many upperclassmen live off campus, take the bus or carpool to campus, and use their cars (parked at their apartment/shared house) to go everywhere else.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I believe that there's an above average display of diversity on UNC's campus. There are countless student organizations and events that aim to highlight and celebrate diversity on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The nightlife at UNC doesn't have anything particularly special that jumps out at you. It doesn't do anything particularly poorly, but it is lacking in variety.

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2 College Junior

Academics: Elementary Education is a lot of work. You have classes all day every day, plus a LOT of homework.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some housing is nice, some is not that great. There are still un-airconditioned dorms!!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The school has many opportunities for community involvement!

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains quite a bit but there are plenty of sunny and beautiful days. Classes get cancelled if any amount of snow/ice is on the ground, so that's a big plus!!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food on campus is okay, but can get repetitive if that is all you eat. It is very convenient but is very crowded at major lunch and dinner hours.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Carolina meets 100% of financial need and provides many grants.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The dorms don't all have very reliable wifi so ethernet cords were needed. The school provides printing money and there are plenty of printers around campus to make it convenient. The CCI program is very dependable and if your computer breaks, they will provide you with a replacement and fix it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Chapel Hill is a very nice area with lots of things to do. It is also very close to neighboring rival schools in Raleigh and Durham.

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.


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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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