Chapel Hill, NC
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$24,954 ($5,128)
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Reviews 1650 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chapel Hill is a great college town and if you can't find something fun to do on Franklin Street or in the area, it's only a 15 minute drive to Durham or Raleigh for other restaurants and music venues.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are some really nice dorms and then there are some crappy dorms. Hinton James (aka Hojo) is known as the worst dorm on campus that a lot of freshmen get placed in. It is supposed to be remodeled this summer so it might look nicer. Koury, Horton, Harding, and Craige North have really nice and big rooms compared to Hojo, Ehrinhaus, and Craige which are a lot smaller. You definitely want to live on South campus as a freshman. That's where everyone seems to be and it's a lot more social. The down side is how far away it is from North Campus and all your classes, but the walk is worth it.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They police force I barely see around UNC. I see them enough to know that they could easily respond to situations but not enough to feel like they are breathing down your back.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a plethora of housing options right around UNC but they general all come with two draw backs. Either they are far enough away that you would have to drive in or take a bus. This would be annoying if you wanted to go back and forth a couple times a day. The other option is that they are pretty sketchy.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: First I want to say I will keep living in the dorms. However some of them can get really loud at night and they are not always kept up the best. They do offer great living on campus though and that is what makes them shine.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am a chemistry/pre-pharmacy major. Classes and work load are pretty heavy. That is what is expected of one of the top schools in the nation. As any student quickly learns, there is a lot to do on campus and you must learn to allot your time between studies and extra-curricular activities. Attending UNC is extremely rewarding, but you have to realize that this is college and you are preparing for your future. You can have fun, but you really have to study also.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere on and off the campus of UNC Chapel Hill is extremely inviting. Anyone you ask will agree. Franklin Street has various restaurants and shops. There are also several large malls in the area, which can be reached by the city bus. Bus transportation is free, which is a plus. Activity wise, there is something for everyone, whether it is sports, cultural, or recreation related. The local attitude toward students is very accepting. The local businesses generate a significant amount of money from students, parents, and alumni, so they enjoy having the students around.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I do not need to use the computer labs because I purchased the Lenovo computer offered at the beginning of my freshman year. It is a very good computer, especially for my needs. The university has wireless access throughout the campus and in dorm lounges, but the dorm rooms do not have that capability. The need for your own personal computer is advantageous. It makes it easier to take notes in classes and to do homework in your dorm room. Majority of the classes allow you to submit work online so a printer is not really essential. The university provides printing stations throughout the campus so a printer is really not needed.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Long-distance transportation is not good although on campus transportation is subsidized through student fees. Lately the buses have been feeling up at pick hours so consider that when planning bus use. chtransit.org has available services published.

3 College Senior

Facilities: I believe that the libraries truly have lots of resources for students to study and expand their horizons.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The libraries have lots of resources for students. Some of the buildings are old but there are lots of newer ones especially towards south campus. The student union now has Wendy's!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is pretty slack, comparatively speaking. Underage drinking is hit with a small fine and then admission into rehab or alcohol classes. Fines are generally pretty low, just don't get caught doing anything in the dorms or else housing will kick you out.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing here is great, however the parking isn't so great for those who commute to campus. However public transportation is available everywhere in the town of Chapel Hill, so that makes up for the lack of parking.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Most students are here on scholarships and financial aid

4 College Student

Diversity: UNC is very diverse. You will find people of different races in your dorm and classes. There are clubs for different races and all are welcome to join no matter what your race maybe.

3 College Student

Greek Life: I have not been exposed to alot of Greek Life on campus. I have seen flyers posted on campus for interest meeting for the sorority or fraternity. Also, I have seen posters for parties and special events sponsored by the fraterity or sorority.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: When I got accepted, most of the financial aid was gone. So, I visited the financial aid office to get information on other financial options. I filled out paperwork for loans.

4 College Junior

Computers: UNC has lots of computer labs and printing stations throughout campus. The Apple computers are stocked with cool software that you can use when you want. You honestly don't need a printer nor a personal computer since your tuition includes printing money and every student is given a laptop grant.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Although the shuttles are free around campus, it is a hassle to travel anywhere outside of the town. You usually need a car, cab, or an incredibly long bus ride to get where you need to go. For instance, I can get to airport in 20 minutes, but it would take me over an hour and a half (on a good day) by bus.
On the bright side, UNC has the P2P which runs every 15 minutes each evening from 8pm-3am. Weekend transportation (besides the P2P) is nearly nonexistent.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at UNC are top notch! Carolina is one of the top public universities in the country and is known as a "public ivy." The coursework is challenging but most of the teachers care about the success of their students

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The got an awesome selection of computers and have a ton of iMacs in the UL. It does get crowded during finals but besides that you will be able to find a computer to use. It is also nice that there is WiFi all over campus

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here is a little bipolar in the fall/winter. Winter is pretty short and it starts to warm up pretty quick. The humidity can suck at times but you'll get used to it and there are plenty of places around Chapel Hill that you can go to cool off! But it is very sunny in the summer which is awesome!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is full of different options. Franklin street is not only popular for its nightlife but also for all the different restaurants available. Prices tend to fluctuate depending on the type of restaurant you visit

4 College Freshman

Computers: Most people are granted their own lenovo computers with the option of paying a little extra for a macbook. Wifi can be found throughout campus and repair services are easily accessible

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I think carolinas atsomphere is wonderful, but crouded. There are a lot of undergraduates and I think carolina handles its large student body very well. I think a student who has just arrived at UNC has to work to make the atmosphere smaller by making social connections and finding a niche that makes carolina "their" school. That work will be worth it.


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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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