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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 College Freshman

Parking: Car on Campus – Personally don't feel the need for a car of campus; excellent transportation system.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: General Campus Aesthetics – Thoroughly enjoying campus life; plenty of student activities; only drawback deciding which activity to attend or partake.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are a pretty big deal at UNC. We're not great at football, but we keep getting better. Basketball is the real deal though. Club sports are available, with more offerings than Varsity. IMs are also easily accessible to anyone who is interested! The athletic facilities are also very nice if you just want to go get a good workout.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Carolina students are very involved in athletic events on campus. This is probably because of out great history of national championships in a variety of sports.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: UNC gives a decent amount of financial aid. And although UNC is known for its cheap tuition, any tuition is still too much. They try to help with work study and grants, but many students receive too little aid.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many people of different nations at UNC. Not only are there a plethora of international and exchange students, there are many Asian American, European American and African American students. There are also clubs for students of various ethnic heritages.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Aesthetics – UNC is known as a "public ivy-league" and by all means the campus beauty fits the name. All of the sidewalks are laid with brick and the buildings range from the oldest styles to the modern science labs. The hundred year-old trees spot the 2 main quads and there is even an arboretum right in the middle of campus! You will often see students hanging out outside and studying in the midst of the gorgeous campus!

College Freshman

Majors: Physical Therapy – I'm excited to join the exercise and sports science program. The observational hours help me ensure this is the path I want to take. The competition is fairly manageable and the reward is nice for the workload.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Places We Can Go – There are a good amount of things to do. Students typically spend time with friends on Franklin Street where there are several restaurants and a few stores. There are also night clubs which students often attend. People can also go to the mall by riding the bus. Student-led events also occur on campus, such as chorus concerts, dance performances, and plays.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Just Enough – There's plenty Greek life, but there's plenty of everything else too. The school is big enough that it just remains a part of the social atmosphere rather than taking a throne before it. Of course, guys aren't really going to get into a lot of Frat parties unless they know someone, but there are plenty of other parties that don't have requirements.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Usually Something to Do – It doesn't really get boring around here. The bars and clubs aren't really necessary for everyone to have a good time - there are always plenty of parties on campus. The P2P runs late enough, but you can always call for it to pick you up too. If not, it's not a far walk.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Sharp Greek/Non-Greek Divide – Greek life is huge at UNC, and it's one of the reasons other schools are critical of our students. Because it's so huge, it causes a divide between Greeks and non-Greeks, as Greek affiliation or lack thereof kind of becomes part of your identity.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Local Schools – One of the great things about UNC is that everyone has friends at nearby schools, so it's easy to party at UNC or take a quick ride to another school like State.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lots of Frat Boys – It's a little irritating for a non-Greek to deal with the amount of annoying frat boys on campus, especially since the guy-girl ratio is already pretty low.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Personal Choice – Drugs and alcohol are fairly common depending on what circles a student runs in and long as things don't get out of hand or dangerous, authorities generally look the other way. Drinking is certainly the most common while a smaller though still significant percentage of the student body partake in other substances. However, I believe that this atmosphere is the most beneficial to a develpoing adults decision making and willpower. Real life is rife with opportunities to make decisions for good or ill and its important to learn how to strike a balance that allows for recreation without compromising one's priorities or goals.Ive found myself capable of doing that at Carolina.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Carolina Basketball – Those two words say it all. I have never seen a more universally supported sports team. Almost every student is an avid Carolina Basketball fan. The stadium is packed at every home game with students making up a huge percentage of the crowd. Personally, I dont much care for spectator sports (I almost never watch sports on TV) but its hard to not join in the fandom at school as it eclipses most of the other varsity sports. IM leagues and club sports are also very well participated in as most students have at least cursory interest in staying in shape. All in all the athletic atmosphere at UNC is a social, friendly and enthusiastic one.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Carolina Computing Initiative – UNC enacted the Carolina Computing initiative about a decade ago to ensure that every student has a computer that conforms to university standards that enables access to a myriad of online tasks and opportunities. Thus, with UNC's reliable and fast wireless campus network, every student has internet access at any time and place on campus. In a way this has rendered university computer labs obsolete because any campus bench or desk can be your own personal computer lab. Printing is slightly more onerous as there are fees for every page printed but that burden is understandable and the effect is that students are more conscientious about how many pages they print.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: UNC is probably the best public institution when it comes to financial aid. They usually try to give you mostly grants so that you have minimal loans (as much as is reasonable and feasible for a public university). Helpful website and online applications through ConnectCarolina. Make sure to submit FAFSA and all other required documents before the deadline for priority!

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Good Dorms and Apartments Around Campus – Dorms are pretty good, especially the newer ones. Great way to meet people and have cool amenities and basements. In some of the new or renovated dorms they have study rooms in the basement, along with top of the line washers/dryers, large tv and game rooms, and full kitchens. South campus is usually occupied by underclassmen, while north campus is usually filled with upperclassmen. Apartments around campus are also pretty good quality, with the biggest drawback being parking.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses and Walking – If you live on south campus, you have to take the bus unless you like walking for 15-20 minutes. North campus, everything is in very short walking distance. Buses on campus come to their stops very frequently.

1 College Junior

Parking: Atrocious parking situation. Spots on campus always filled, constantly congested and full, expensive, and time consuming. Parking situation downtown is horrible as well.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best College – Greatest place. Top-tier academics, great social life, superb athletics. Amazing people and gorgeous campus. Never seen so many people who are so busy with extracurriculars and excelling at academics at such a high level and still going out, partying hard, and having a good time. Would recommend UNC to anyone!

4 College Junior

Weather: Great Southern Climate – Mild winters and hot summers. Stays warm till late December/early January. Coldest months are Jan-beginning March, then warms up quickly.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Club and varsity sports are huge. Obviously basketball, but also baseball, soccer, football, etc. Can find people playing all the time. Varsity players often practice and play around with non-Varsity players for fun. One of the best fan clubs; spacious and well-used workout facilities, etc. For club sports, a long list of sports to choose from for both girls and guys.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great Aid, Hope It Stays – Carolina has a large amount of scholarships and is well-known for its great tuition and aid. I was very pleased with my aid package. The Carolina Covenant program continues to help many students reach their goal of graduating from college debt-free. The process was relatively easy, I didn't have too wait too long to find out about my aid. Over the months, the office made several changes to my aid that consisted of redistributing where the money came from but it didn't affect the total amount. Not sure if this has anything to do with the state's budget cuts, but hopefully UNC can continue to help its students financially in the years to come.

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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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