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Chapel Hill, NC
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17,437
Tuition (in-state)
$24,954 ($5,128)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I absolutely LOVE UNC and if I could do it all over again I definitely would. I couldn't have asked for a better school and I will remember every moment that made my college experience the best that it could have ever been!

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: UNC's facilities are great! I couldn't ask for anything better

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The dining was average. Although there are many different places to eat on campus you get tired of eating the same thing. But overall the food was pretty good. I didn't eat in the actual cafe alot though because I didn't have a meal plan.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: UNC Chapel Hill has alot to do for students on campus. There is always something going on whether it's an event, a concert or a comedy show at a local bar. Although there aren't any shopping malls in the city there are many stores and boutiques to shop in. They are always building new food places to eat at as well. Overall the student life is great and it's not too hard finding something to do.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is prevalent but also not dominate at UNC. Members of fraternities and sororities do not confine themselves to their own clique so the student body is still pretty diverse and interact with one another. Many of the students who participate in Greek life or choose to rush live in Granville Towers so if you are interested in participating in Greek life, you might want to consider living there.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of places to eat on Franklin Street where you can find restaurants like Panera, Spanky's, or Sweet Frogs. There are two major dining halls, Lenoir in North Campus and Ramshead near south campus. The food in the dining halls are decent but it can definitely get old after a while. There are 3 meal plans to choose from depending on how much you plan to eat while you are in college. The plans are pretty flexible and reasonably priced.

2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Big City Apartments Are Expensive! Chapel Hill is a giant city. Though it is known for UNC, Chapel Hill is also part of the research triangle, as well as a huge business city. Off campus housing will be extremely pricey based on the high demand for housing in the city. Many out of college employees rent housing out of the city and would rather make the drive than to pay for the high rates of Chapel Hill.

3 College Student

Weather: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is located in the South. We have pretty mild winters, it gets pretty cold but never unbearable. On occasion, we will get snow, but many winters we don't. The summers are very hot, but not as many students enroll for summer school. And those who do, find ways to stay cool.

2 College Student

Greek Life: Average Greek – Greek life isn't the major thing on campus. Though there are those who do participate, a lot of people do not. And no one is discriminated based on whether you are or not in a frat or sorority.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Freshmen Class Dorms Are Not Too Shabby – The dorms at Chapel Hill are very nice. The halls are clean, the bathrooms are easily accessible, and the ceilings are relatively high. The rooms aren't the biggest, but smart arrangements can lead to a lot of floor space.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Safe and Secure – UNC Chapel Hill is a very safe campus. It's located in a "college city" so everyone in Chapel Hill knows about the university. The campus is large, but there is sufficient security patrol to make me feel safe and secure. Our dorm rooms are pretty secure, unless you leave the door unlocked - that just invites people to take your food and other small items.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: No Safety Problems – Carolina goes out of it's way to make sure it's students are safe and protected. They send out frequent alerts via email and text messaging to update you if there are any situations you should know about. Also, if you are studying late at night at the library, there is a program called Safe Walk which hires students to walk other students back to their dorms so they do not have to walk alone and in the dark.

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!

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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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