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Chapel Hill, NC
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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus police are pretty good about letting certain things slide and mostly its the loving facilities that deal with it and not even involve the police which is nice. They dont call your parents you are just put on probation. The most strict thing on campus is the honor system. I understand that its necessary but its really extreme here.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Its Awesomely Hard Here – Here at UNC your experience is what you make it. There are so many opportunities. I got involved in sports and I love it. However, it is a rough courseload. You really have to study. Going out everynight is just not an option. Professors expect a lot but it makes you a better student! It also doesnt hurt that we have the most beautiful campus in NC.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Aren't Great – The apartments are priced reasonably, but many are far enough from campus to need a car to get to class. Additionally, they are kind of run-down closer to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Tasty but Expensive – I find that the food is of good quality. UNC also makes sure to buy from local farmers, so the food is fresh and in season. However, I dropped my meal plan this year because the costs were ridiculous! Almost 10 dollars for a lunch and over 10 for dinner. I can go to Subway for less.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is just normal for North Carolina.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty Good – Everyone tends to look pretty good around campus. There are two gyms, you do a lot of walking, everyone gets plenty of vitamin D, and people know how to dress well.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's never cold if you know what cold actually is. It snowed once last year. The sun shined at least once a day. Just watch out for flash downpours that will last for about ten minutes before the sun comes back out.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Too Shabby, Brah – I got drunk plenty of times and never ran into a DPS officer. I actually never ran into a DPS officer sober either. It's really not that bad.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great Place, Great Weather, Great Times – Freshman year at UNC is just a lot of fun. Of course you have to work hard but you'll definitely not be able to miss having the time of your life. You'll love it, I promise.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Either Way, You're Fine – The drug scene at UNC isn't huge, but you can easily find any kind of drug you want if you look for it. Nobody really cares if you do drugs or not, so there's really no peer pressure to do so if you don't want to. Weed isn't hard to find or use within the dorms, but alcohol is a lot more common everywhere on campus.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Never any parking spaces. Lots are reserved for alumni for games most of the time. Can only park at night and have to move before 7 AM. If you want to buy a parking space off of Franklin, it's about $600-$700 for the year. Or you could do the park and ride lots for comparable amounts.

3 College Senior

Majors: Lots of Time – internships in biology requrire somewhere around 7-12 hours per week of work. you get paid to help researchers but the positions are terribly difficult to acquire. good luck!

3 College Senior

Majors: I am not happy with UNC BIOLOGY at all. any other school has a more student oriented program. Science at UNC IS HORRIBLE.
i would not do bio again if i could.
i am pre dent
i will get a job because UNC creates hard working students.

2 College Senior

Majors: Biology teachers are apathetic about if you learn or not.
They only care about their own personal research.
DO NOT MAJOR IN BIOLOGY AT UNC unless you did private school, a prep program, were the top 5% @ of your High school or if you can study really well to pass AP or IB exams with 4's and higher etc.. the average GPA for a bio major at UNC is a 2.6. this means that you cant qualify for barely any awards, scholarships, or even study abraod opportunities. Dont major in bio if you do not think you can be responsible and teach yourself everything. Tough love...

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Good Overall – Professors are generally pretty good. They usually have pretty flexible office hours and they are all very interested in their subjects (mostly bc they all do research). The classes are generally challenging, but I have only been through intro level classes, and I believe some of those classes were "weed out" classes. I have also only really taken physics, math, and Spanish classes. The foreign language departments are very good and the intro classes for those are not "weed out". Math and physics classes are as far as I can tell. I don't know much about the liberal arts classes though bc I haven't taken many gen ed classes yet.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Underclassmen Dorms Are the Friendliest – All of the dorms at UNC are pretty good, but in my experience, the underclassmen dorms are the most friendly because people are eager to make friends, and they are generally a little more excited to be in school. The upperclassmen dorms aren't bad; they are generally closest to classes, but people in these dorms generally already have a friend base--not that they aren't willing to make more friends or aren't actively seeking out friends.

Upperclassmen dorms are in North Campus and underclassmen dorms are in South Campus. This is a generalization. Both underclassmen and upperclassmen can, and do, stay in dorms all over campus (North and South).

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are so many forms to fill out. The process is a nightmare. If you have a parent that makes a good salary, it doesn't matter if you have 1 or 10 other dependents in your family. Your financial aid just depends on that number. I know a good number of people getting financial aid, but I have only been able to get access to loans due to one of my parent's high salary even though that money is spread out between 9 people.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Grade Says It All – This is a well known liberal arts school, so its diversity is not in question. Extremely diverse. Very accepting of everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Physics Majors – There are tons of research opportunities for physics majors at UNC-CH, but sometimes the professors can be hit or miss. The professors are mainly there because they are doing research. They can be very good because they are absolutely brilliant and that is how they got into research at the school. Subsequently, they can be very bad teachers because their focus is research--not teaching. The bad teachers teach you how to teach yourself physics; the good teachers will also teach you physics. Either way, you will learn physics.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Granville Towers: Agora Review – I'll focus on campus dining, of which there are two main options: eating at Lenoir or Ram's Head if you live on campus or in traditional campus housing, and the Agora if you live in Granville Towers.

I lived in Granville last year and will return next year, so I'll talk about the Agora.

The Agora is amazing. It's hands down the best option of the three school-affiliated cafeterias at UNC. It's not as close to classes as Lenoir or Ram's head, making it a less viable option for lunch if you don't have much of a break between your classes, but for every other time of the day when you're not at class (assuming you live in or near Granville), it's great. I had an unlimited plan, so I went into the Agora 4-5 times a day. I grabbed an omelete, cereal, and the occasional Krispy Kreme donut every morning, something in the middle of the day, a post-workout meal, and then dinner and late night. I tried my best to get my unlimited meal plan's worth. The meals are especially great for the first part of the year, but they do go through cycles so you might eventually get tired of the menu (as is expected with any college). I probably look forward to late night the most. Anything from the grill (chicken fingers, Philly cheese steaks, french fries, salads, soups, pulled pork, etc.) for free (as in one swipe) and ready in a few minutes.

The ambiance of the Agora is also a great factor. Lenoir and Ram's can be crazy crowded and loud, whereas the Agora usually doesn't have that many people in it (aside from peak dinner hours, around 6) and is super calm and has minimal lines.

I'm also in a fraternity and have a meal plan there, which is amazing, so if you're considering going Greek I'd highly recommend it. We have a chef and a su chef who make home-cooked lunches and dinners every weekday. I have lunch at the fraternity house every day, as well as a dinner or two a week.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I can't find a bad thing to say about the athletics at UNC. This sphere of college life is amazing at Carolina, both at the NCAA and intramural level. I've had as much fun playing IM basketball and sand volleyball as I've had putting on my Carolina blue Spiderman suit and going to UNC basketball and football games.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Undergraduate Night Life and Party Scene – As someone who spent most of my partying time at fraternity and sorority events, I'll focus on the Greek life sphere of nightlife at UNC:

The fraternities at UNC throw great parties. If you're a brother in any of the more social fraternities you're all set; you can go to all of your house's parties (2-3 week for the bigger ones, 1-2 a week for others) and bring friends. There might not necessarily be the traditional party each week, either; sometimes you'll have cocktails or mixers or normal nights hitting up the bars with friends. If you're not in a fraternity, it helps to have a good friend (or preferably good friends) in the fraternity at which you like to party.

5 College Junior

Computers: Can Print from Your Own Computer – You don't need to use a school computer to print something out. You can use your own computer and your printed work can be accessed anywhere on campus thanks to CCI printing. It's a program downloaded on all computers so that you can print anywhere on campus. The computer labs are great on campus. They're in all libraries (except for Wilson library) on campus. The libraries get crowded during finals (obviously) but throughout the year, they are definitely accessible.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Vary! Chapel Hill has many apartment complex's. Some are furnished while others are not and some are more expensive than others. You definitely have a wide selection of apartments to choose from. Not only that, there are many people who buy houses with a group of people and they find that more convenient. There are so many neighborhoods that are off-campus but close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – Safety is difficult for such a large campus, but I think UNC does a good job handling so many thousands of students. There are not many incidents of harassment or muggings and there are call boxes around if you feel unsafe. The only thing I'd watch out for is to stay clear of the few secluded places around campus, like the meditation garden, when it's after dark.

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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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