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Chapel Hill, NC
Undergrads
17,437
Tuition (in-state)
$24,954 ($5,128)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1650 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Choices! The famous Franklin Street, right next to campus, has tons of restaurants to choose from! Everything from Mexican, to Chinese, to pizzas, to burgers, and more. The prices are very reasonable, and easy to stop in and out between classes.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking can be a nightmare because there are so many students, and so little space. I have a parking permit, as a senior, but as a freshman or sophomore, it's basically useless to have a car unless you live off campus.

3 College Junior

Computers: You can usually find a computer. However, the wireless connection isn't always reliable depending on where you are on campus. Usually printing is good but sometimes it isn't working. However, it is easy to find printers everywhere. There is wired internet access in every dorm room. A personal printer is completely unnecessary but a personal computer is helpful especially when taking notes in class.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Unfortunate Victim of Budget Cuts – The University of North Carolina offers a program for almost every student. I understand how stressful it is entering college unsure of your career direction, so I can completely endorse the university's effort to ensure their students find the right program. I have changed my decision about my major multiple times, but I believe I have absolutely found my calling. However, budget cuts have reduced some programs causing interesting classes to be eliminated from some programs. Nonetheless, the number and quality of the majors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continue to prepare students to become America's next leaders.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Top of the Line – I don't know a single person who is unfamiliar with the caliber of our Tarheel Athletes. With multiple national championships in many sports, Tarheel students fully and actively support our athletes and athletic program. Go Tarheels! And even if you are not a varsity athlete, club and intramural sports give everyone something to do, as well as our innovative gym facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Diverse, but Elitist – I enjoy the diversity of Tarheel students, but there is a collective attitude evident on campus that makes small-town, humble students like myself feel distanced by most other students. Most students are incredibly friendly and have thriving personalities, but the elitism that most radiate can easily make peers and students of other universities feel inferior. Most guys do not radiate this attitude, but it is common among the girls on campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: If you are caught with drugs or alcohol by the police, you have already put them in a position where they have to take action. The police do their job at UNC, but at the same time, they aren't pro-actively hunting students down for underage drinking.

1 College Senior

Parking: Finding a parking spot can be maddening. If you think you will be okay parking for just a minute to drop a book off at the library, then think again. Expect a parking ticket.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Chapel Hill Is Awesome – There is a lot to do in Chapel Hill area. There is a lot of culture, so no matter where you're from, you will find something that interesting to do. One of my favorite eating places is The Loop, and my favorite hang out spot is Top of the Hill.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Ruffin Is Awesome – The dorms are very spacious and the campus life atmosphere is great. I only have experience staying in Ruffin, but i absolutely loved it.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school. The people are incredible, the staff are approachable, the sports are amazing, and the campus is gorgeous! There's always something going on-free music, food, parties, farmers markets-whatever you're looking for. Franklin Street is right on campus and is a great place to go grab some food or just walk around. The academics are of very high quality, and they will definitely challenge you, but the professors are willing to get to know you on a personal level and help you succeed in their class and in college in general.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is limited and expensive, and most people don't mess with it. Your best bet is to get involved in small organization and clubs. They often rent out parking spaces to students who are involved with them-and sometimes at a more convenient location.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School Spirit for the Win! Varsity sports are a huge part of the UNC experience. People wait in line for hours to get decent seats at basketball games, and soccer and football games are pretty popular as well. Our teams are great, but the school spirit is amazing! It's so inspiring to go to the games and hear the student section cheering for our team at the top of their lungs! It's definitely an experience you don't want to miss. IM sports are also really fun. There are some pretty intense teams if you want to get serious, but there are also some very laid back teams. Either way, it's tons of fun!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living Learning Communities Are Worth Checking Out – I'm involved in the Substance-Free LLC and I absolutely love it. I stayed on North Campus (where pretty much everything is located) my freshman year just by being in an LLC. The location couldn't be better, and the community is great! Generally, North Campus dorms are less social because they are mainly for upperclassmen. If you like loud crowds and parties, South Campus is for you. Otherwise, stick with mid and north campus dorms if possible. Hall style dorms also seem to be more generally liked because it means never having to wait to shower or get in the bathroom. Overall, the dorms aren't that bad. There are some really nice ones, and some pretty average ones, but you can make the best out of them all!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UNC is not as diverse as say NCSU but there is no tolerance for discrimination in any form so it's a comfortable place to live and study. I am a black student and a non native US resident and I'm very comfortable. Do that which is expected of you in terms of the work and behave in an appropriate manner in all situations as you would in society and you are fine. People of alternative lifestyles are accepted also there are persons of all religious beliefs.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The dorms can only be accessed by students who live in that particular dorm. So if you are going to visit someone has to let you in. The campus security are always visible and when there is a problem on campus the student body is alerted via email. In case of weather situations such as tornadoes there is a siren to alert the campus. Overall it's a safe place to be.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are adequate for their purpose. They are always well maintained and available for use. The only problem I've encountered was with the indoor pool last semester. It had to undergo major repair so was an inconvenience not to have use of it for recreational swimming when I needed to de-stress.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Typical NC weather. Mild winters when compared to winter in the north and warm summers.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is okay once the guidelines are followed. My forms were in on time and the response were pretty quick. Items needed were communicated in real time via email, so had plenty of time to do corrective action.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I Feel Well Protected and Informed – The campus police keep us informed of crimes in and around campus. There are many security poles throughout the area and, if needed, there is a student-run organization that will walk you from the library back to your dorm at night. I have never felt threatened or afraid on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is some diversity at Carolina, however the majority is white and Christian. Other religions and skin tones are present are mostly accepted, but there is some definite assumptions. Homosexuals seem to be pretty accepted on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Are Dingy – The freshman dorms are packed, small, and very old, but the dorms on North Campus are located really close to the center of campus and they are much cleaner and nicer.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful & Quaint, Yet Very Lively – Outside of the excellent academic standards of UNC, the town and the school also offer an exciting and fulfilling environment for students. Beyond its natural beauty, Chapel Hill's shops, restaurants, live music scene, diverse culture and access to great internship and job opportunities in the Triangle make it a great place to be.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: UNC has great diversity. There are so many different people of various colors and nationalities. Political diversity probably is least felt, as most students tend to be liberal. Other than this, UNC is very diverse.

4 College Senior

Computers: Hot and Cold – UNC gives you a generous printing tab of $30 that you can use to print documents from any library on campus. UNC's network is fast and reliable, with wireless access almost everywhere on campus. You probably won't need a computer for class, nor a printer, unless you are living off campus. Finding a computer at of UNC's libraries can be stressful at times when you need to print something off before class. The UL's computers are usually full at the most inconvenient of times. Overall though, UNC has a solid technology system.

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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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