Location
Chapel Hill, NC
Undergrads
17,437
Tuition (in-state)
$24,954 ($5,128)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity here is quite engaging. There are many ethnic groups. Many are Asian related and there is the BSM - Black Student Movement and there's MASALA. This group has its goal set upon uniting all ethnic groups and religions together.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: A Liddo to Do Here and There – Most of the clubs are 18+ besides The Library. The drinks can be really overpriced but it's fun when you go for a specific mixer; otherwise, you would get stuck with creeps (esp. Players). None of the clubs are as high class as other ones I've been too. However, this is a university-oriented town. Granville Towers have foam parties sometimes and there are free covers in the clubs depending on which night you go (before midnight/11:30). YouTube singers come to sing in the area either at Cat's Cradle or Duke University. The best part is that there is usually parking someway close (most are paid, though). There is a school bus shuttle called the P2P that runs until 3AM. At that point, there is a phone number you can call for a private shuttle van to get around to points in and around UNC. There are a handful of restaurants that stay open until 2AM or 3AM. They get filled up quickly so leave the club early for a good spot if you have a lot of people in your party. However, if there's not a place around Duke or UNC, there should be a mixer or house party in Raleigh so there will always be something to do.

2 College Junior

Parking: Really Bad – Parking on campus is horrible. The lots are very far from campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: Awesome Classes – Carolina has a lot of different courses that students can take. The curriculum is very rigorous but if you are willing to work hard you'll do well

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are pretty important to the UNC campus and community. Our basketball team is well know across the nation! The student body as a whole, including the faculty and staff all take part in keeping the school spirit alive and vibrant. All of our varsity sports ranging from football, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse,baseball, etc are amazing and contribute greatly to the UNC diversity and pride.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Lots of options, it's not necessary to have a car.

3 College Senior

Academics: Journalism Helps If You Are a Top Student – The Journalism School is great for students who are overachievers and go the extra mile. Professors love students who give everything they've got and a little more. I'm not willing to sacrifice as much time as other students, and therefore don't get as much attention from professors or recommendations for jobs.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Unless you live in Granville Towers you are not getting a parking spot.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls are generally very pretty. It is really easy to find all types of girls: hippie, sorority, nerds, etc.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Courses are tough with difficult grading, but you will actually learn the information. Most professors are willing to help during office hours.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is King – It's hard to find someone at UNC who doesn't drink. Other drugs can be found pretty easily given enough time and patience.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not for Everyone – Frats at UNC are teeming with bunch of obnoxious southern white privilege weirdos. Easy to avoid the type since they clearly mark themselves (pastel pants, boat shoes, croakies, etc) and travel in packs. Not all frats on campus are of this type, so it is possible to find one that fits.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Safest – To this date I have never felt unsafe on and around UNC's campus. I've walked throughout Carrboro and Chapel Hill at all hours imaginable, and have not once felt uncomfortable. Bike theft happens often though, so make sure to buy a good lock.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The Honor System – The campus has recently put together a task to reevaluate our honor system to figure out how to improve it. While some students complain that our system is too strict or unfair because traditional sanctions for a first time offense, if found guilty, is a semester's suspension, UNC is actively trying to improve the Honor Code and how the system is run to better benefit both students and faculty. The university cares.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Amenities – it's not really convenient to cook on campus if you choose not to have a meal plan. often times the kitchen is several floors below or above you and there isn't elevator access if you are carrying hot kitchen ware and enhancements, printing and laundry facilities are not always accessible in the dorm that you live in.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing Amenities – it's not really convenient to cook on campus if you choose not to have a meal plan. often times the kitchen is several floors below or above you and there isn't elevator access if you are carrying hot kitchen ware and enhancements, printing and laundry facilities are not always accessible in the dorm that you live in.

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College Freshman

Parking: Pretty Bad – I hear it sucks but I don't know from first hand experience.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Process Could Be Easier – I received an adequate amount of financial aid that really helped my parents and myself out since I have another sibling in college as well. The process of applying for aid was very tedious and confusing though. Several modifications had to be made to my application before it would be accepted. If the process was more straight forward it would safe everyone time and stress.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I feel like everyone gets along at UNC for the most part. Classes encourage open and honest discussion of social and political topics. People belonging to certain group may not care for members of other groups in certain cases but UNC is a place where difference are accepted. UNC is extremely diverse; I would say the most diverse of all public NC colleges.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The libraries at UNC are definitely central to student life. There are plenty of computers and printing servers available at the UL and Davis Library. The UL is nicely appointed and is a very comfortable place. Davis library is where many student prefer to study (as do I). The facilities at Davis are nice but the place is a little unkempt. Group study rooms could use new carpet and more comfortable chairs.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Town Is Relatively Vibrant. There Are Restaurants and Several Organizations. The town is relatively vibrant. There are restaurants and several organizations.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in North Carolina is pretty nice. It is pretty easy to get a tan and the weather never really interferes with activities.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Really competitive on campus parking, and the cost is pretty high.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – The strictness at UNC is pretty good. Students get leniency and a chance to correct their errors.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to go off campus to eat! Franklin Street has so many options, ranging from really nice dining restaurants to quick grab-and-go places too. There are lots of different types of food, you have so much to choose from. Carborro also has lots of dining options too

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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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