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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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3 College Freshman

Majors: Service and Education – The process was not difficult for me. You need GOOD academics though and it doesn't hurt to have some good community service under your belt.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Oh Yeah – The party scene here is really fun. There are always some great house parties, or if you like them, frat parties. Transportation is also never a problem with the P2P running until 3AM every night.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at UNC-CH are top notch. Although some professors are painfully boring, most are quite interesting and passionate about their students. The curriculum is rigorous but rewarding.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I personally did not receive any financial aid from UNC. I know others who have, but I feel they could do a better job with financial aid.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Knowing What to Pick – I started out as a bio major and ended up switching to exercise and sports science the second semester of my sophomore year. You really have to know what you like doing in order to pick the right major. While people tell you that you have time and that it is okay to switch majors you really have to narrow down your options before you start college. There are some majors that require you to get involved as soon as freshman year starts.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although my initial tour of UNC was wonderful, I originally chose the school because it has terrific financial aid and it was the option that made the most sense. I am very happy to be here, in my second year, especially now that I've gotten to know people and places around campus a lot easier. There is always something to do, and always people around doing something interesting. Although I don't like the 9 hour distance from my hometown, given the chance to choose again, I'd probably stick with UNC.

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2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Major Change – I would have started out with my English degree instead of trying to work on Biology. I would also have double majored with Psychology. Instead of housing in Hinton James freshman year I would have tried to live in Teague or somewhere on North Campus.

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3 College Junior

Weather: During the winter, the winter is depressing. There is really no color any where on campus and so it is could and dreary; however, during the spring and summer, the scenery is beautiful. There is a big difference between the two seasons

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Babo Americano – There's not as much of a club life here (at least not like the glorified guido-like clubs on TV) It's a bit calmer, though the bar scene seems to be pretty popular. I think for the most part, nightlife revolves around frat parties and apt. parties off campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Greek Ruins – I think objectively, the school would be considered a "good-looking" school, though I think there is, thankfully, a bit of variety when it comes to the standards to which our looks are held.
I think the GREEK life and their stereotypical blonde, blue-eyed look definitely has a specificness to it, but there is also more to the campus than that.
From the outside, the campus would probably seem very GREEK/preppy, but there is a LOT going on outside that realm too.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The libraries are nice study spaces but I feel like they get really crowded during exam times.

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3 College Junior

Academics: I've only recently started working on my English major. The work load is manageable. I haven't turned anything in late. The curriculum is interesting. I'm glad Shakespeare is required because I wouldn't have thought he was as interesting as he is. I'm impressed that one of my professors has graduated from Cornell University.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Journalism and Women's Studies – I have been extremely pleased with the Department of Women's Studies. I was originally a psychology major with a women's studies minor, but was so passionate about women's studies that I eventually dropped psychology. This department offers amazing one-on-one assistance because it is a smaller major. The atmosphere is very personal, and has been a rewarding part of my experience at Carolina so far. Journalism is one of the most popular majors at Carolina because we have such a terrific journalism school. For this reason however, getting into classes can be a huge struggle. As a junior this fall, I will have only taken two journalism classes (...and it is a very extensive major). Aside from that, the program is very inviting and challenging-- they really care about preparing you for the professional world. Post-graduation, I will hopefully be in law school. I'm not sure what I'd like to do yet, but some of the possibilities right now include: publisher, editor, human rights lawyer. I think that every major is in the same position relatively when searching for jobs. I'm not hopeless, but I know that the search will be a hard one.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses, Bikes, and Feet – There are lots of buses which are fairly easy to maneuver and there are also many stops all around campus. Buses even go off campus. On campus, many students also ride bikes which are fairly easy to get around on! And of course, it's very easy to walk everywhere!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Overall, a Good Experience to Have! The UNC-Chapel Hill campus is essentially split into three zones: north, middle and south. I've had the opportunity to live on both middle and south and have had wonderful experiences with both. The dorms on north campus are obviously closer to campus and often times of better quality. Most of them are hall-style (versus suite) and are often occupied by second-years and upperclassmen. I personally lived in Carmichael Residence Hall my first year (mid-campus) and had an overall good experience. The dorm was located directly between south and north campus so I had great access to everything; however, as a first-year, it wasn't a great environment for making friends. The dorms on south campus (Hinton James, Craige, Ehringhaus, etc.) are typically where many first-years are placed and they host more vibrant social scenes. Although they are not known for being the nicest on campus, many underclassmen do not regret living there because of the many friends they take with them when they leave. Also located on south are Ram Village and Odum Village-- on-campus apartments. I currently live in Ram Village and couldn't be happier. It's far from the academic buildings, but many of the buses stop right outside my door. My current apartment has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a community kitchen and living room. It's been great to have my own room while still remaining in the midst of the UNC experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Vibrant Town/Campus Atmosphere – Although Chapel Hill isn't a large town, it is (for the most part) teeming with opportunities for students to enjoy the campus as well as the surrounding area. Our main drag, Franklin Street, hosts a number of restaurants, bars and small locally-owned shops--there is more or less, something for everyone. About 15 minutes down the road and into Durham is Southpoint Mall, a huge and wonderful shopping center! Neighboring Carrboro is known for it's art and culture scene, and many students participate in activities happening in and around there. Intramurals are a common pastime at UNC-Chapel Hill and there are many sports to choose from, whether it be for casual recreation or on a club team. As far as viewing sports goes, we have an amazing athletic program! The school spirit is infectious on campus and in Chapel Hill! Chapel Hill is a wonderful place to be during the school year!

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4 College Junior

Weather: We get it all. 60-80 is a typical weak. On the average, the weather is great.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Ready to Change the World! The academics at Chapel Hill are great! I am studying social sciences and there is an incredible Anthropology program here. All my professors have been good, sometimes any lecture can be a bit of a drag, though. But,for the most part, I learn about really interesting topics and open my mind to things I've never even thought about before!

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Franklin Street – Franklin has the typical college fair in local establishments and popular chains, while offering fine dining in a historic town. We have it covered from The Yogurt Pump to Weathervane and Crook's Corner.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: They've Got What You Need – This is the first public university in the country. Some buildings are 200 years old, some facilities are new. All the athletic facilities are now top notch and the professional schools as well.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Too Bad – Parties can get pretty crazy, but you are pretty safe going to frats and don't have to worry too much about cops there - they aren't allowed to go inside and don't do too much. But running around Franklin Street drunk can definitely get you a ticket, so just be smart.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Franklin Street – Good variety and mixture of prices - mostly on Franklin street. I especially love the Mediterranean Deli on Franklin. There are all types of places to go and whatever you are in the mood for - Franklin street has it!

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always Something to Do. I usually have no problem finding something to do on the weekends and am tempted frequently on weekdays as well. Greek life is very big and there are usually a number of frats throwing parties on weekends, though they are sometimes somewhat exclusive, so know someone or bring lots of ladies. Intramural sports teams, or clubs also throw parties at houses that are a little less intense and exclusive. There are a number of clubs that allow patrons under 21, and there are plenty of bars for those of age. There are also events and concerts somewhat frequently in the area.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is HUGE every year and is really fun to support such a well-known team. We have a great soccer program, winning Nationals this year, but it's still not as big as basketball. Football is not a big nor is our team as high in ranking as our basketball team, but it's free to see games and it is also a fun thing to take part in. There is a lot of infectious school spirit. There are also a lot of intramural teams for a lot of different sports well-known, and obscure. There are plenty of well-managed fields, facilities, and support for athletes on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: On campus housing is more expensive by the month, but if you do decide to live off campus there are cheaper apartments and rooms in houses you will pay less per month but you will probably be paying for 12 months instead of 9 (you can always sublet though or stay and work or take summer classes). On campus housing is generally closer if you are on mid- or north campus, but south campus is just as far as a lot of very reason off campus places. Parking on campus is impossible.

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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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