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Chapel Hill, NC
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17,437
Tuition (in-state)
$24,954 ($5,128)
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Hard
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4 College Student

Majors: the Mathematics curriculum is extremely challenging but rewarding. Everyone is amazingly smart so the curves are rough. I enjoy the challenge and know I am receiving an excellent education.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: they are a presence but not an over whelming one on campus. they are there when you need them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in midcampus is great because it is close to classes, people living in South campus, and the food and gym facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Both Raleigh and Durham are nearby and rather large. NC State and Duke are the nearby schools. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill is the closest area, and it has shops and places to eat. Chapel Hill has the "college town" type of atmosphere. There are buses that can take you to various nearby areas, but I found bus travel to be a bit annoying since you have no control over the schedule. Freshmen can't get parking spots on campus, and it can be hard to get parking even as an upperclassman, apparently. I'd say that is top on my list of negative things.

College Freshman

Academics: The Only Place Like Chapel Hill – It is completely one of a kind. It's such a warm family atmosphere. You are surrounded by intellectuals, artists, athletes, and students. Carolina is not something to be taken lightly however it's serious. To do well, you have to try at it. You must buckle down and work hard.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Available for Those Who Need It – They are somewhat hard to get, but they aren't impossible

4 College Freshman

Academics: Since there are a lot of students there are a lot of people taking the same classes freshman year. Because of this they try to weed students out of certain classes

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Free Parking Is Tough to Find – Because of the number of students living on campus, parking is disturbingly difficult to find. Students who live off-campus usually have to arrive at 6 am to find free parking spots. However, there are parking buildings that cost $3.50/hour, which is really expensive for most college students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: While the UNC is known for it's diversity, particularly because of the vast number of ethnicities that enroll in its school, students can find all sorts of foods on Franklin Street, adjacent to the campus. In a mere 5 minute walk from the heart of campus, students can try German, Japanese, French, Chinese, and, of course, American food. There are all sorts of "snack-places" such as a Krispy Kreme Store, a bubble tea store, frozen yogurt stores, and a Ben and Jerry's store.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Inspiring Students Towards Excellence – Although I had heard of UNC-Chapel Hill's diversity within course options, I was thoroughly blown away by the quality of education each teacher held. The professors I had did not promote mere diligence; they inspired students to enjoy the learning and grasp every opportunity to ask questions. The professors were very meticulous in presenting information, offering extra office hours to ensure students properly grasped all the concepts.

4 College Student

Academics: Journalisms at Chapel Hill – Journalism classes at Chapel Hill deserve a soloid A. I would give it the A+, but I have a firm belief that nothing is perfect, at least not completely. The teachers are fantastic and the classes are so diverse I could end up writing for a country music publication.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The quality of people at UNC is incomparable to any other college environment. Everyone has something to offer and adds a new creative perspective. The atmosphere is very open-minded, diversity is celebrated, and there doesn't seem to be a real 'social divide' like you tend to see in typical Universities. Then again, Carolina is not your typical University.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Biology / Chemistry Majors – The health sciences are very competitive at Carolina. That being said, different professors and classes offer different ways of grading (including bell curves and grade assignment based on class rank). Professors are typically a joy to get to know, though it varies on the particular person. Definitely attend office hours if you hope to achieve B level grades or above.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Greeks Are No Different – you really can't tell who is greek or non greek as the kids walk around campus.

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: Average Looking – the guys and girls are average with an incredibly well dressed or good looking one every once in a while. Relationships are casual but not loose.

4 College Student

Academics: the workload is heavy and the classes are challenging. Some professors are quite available.

4 College Junior

Transportation: ...are just a few of the wonderful buses Chapel Hill Transportation has to offer! But really, the bus system's pretty dependable, except on weekends. Not that it's not then, just that it runs less frequently, and some buses don't run at all. However, there is also the other bus system, the Triangle Transit. This is pretty useful. You can take it to the mall or go grocery shopping or do community service or wherever you need to go outside of Chapel Hill and around the Triangle. Also, one of the BEST things about transportation at UNC is the...P2P! Yes, this is awesome. The point-to-point buses and vans, or P2P, runs at night time up 'til 3:00 or 3:30 AM, depending on the night. This is a safe alternative around campus and Franklin St., the nearby social hub. Plus, you can call the vans if for some reason you can't get on the buses (i.e., it's past 3:00, or you have a broken leg and need to go to class). It's wonderful, and used by students both partying, dining, doing any of the other bazillion things to do, or coming home from the library late at night.

1 College Junior

Parking: Yeah, the parking's not too hot at UNC. We just got a new parking deck, though I'm not sure if its only for staff, off-campus students, faculty-- I haven't heard anything about on-campus student use. For students who live on-campus, there are two school-ruled options for your car: park it on campus for $400, or park it way far at the PR (park and ride) lot for half the price, and bus out there whenever you want your car. Now, that can get tedious right quick, but I hear mixed reviews. However, it's not a huge thing if you don't have a car. It doesn't affect you in anyway, people get by very well without. Plus, friends have cars, or theirs the zip cars, or public transportation (namely, the bus system). I've heard about students parking at lots or neighborhoods nearby for the entire year and getting away with it, either by buying some sort of pass that's cheaper than at UNC or just being lucky.

3 College Junior

Academics: Peace, War, and Defense – Because so few students study this major, it is easier to get to know faculty. It's courses are varied, which is very nice. There is an internship, but I haven't looked into it and don't know much about it. I haven't gotten too far into the major yet, but the workload seems like a good balance of reading, writing, and discussion.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – Living on campus varies from dorm to dorm, but overall the quality of living is pretty great. For freshman (first years) 'South Campus' is typically the place to be and is referred to as 'the freshman experience'. 'Freshman dorms' on south campus vary from Hinton James, Craige, and Ehringhaus (suite-style dorms: 4 rooms share 1 bathroom, access to the suite is from outside like a motel), as well as Craige North, Koury, Horton, and Hardin (2 rooms share 1 bathroom in the middle, access to the suite is from the inside of the building like a hotel). People that visit or live in the hotel-style suite dorms tend to describe the building as a 'hospital' or 'jail' style since it's really clean inside but very very quiet. In my opinion the 'motel style' suites are much more social and people tend to walk around outside on the balconies and visit neighboring suites to make friends.

The 'middle campus' and 'north campus' dorms are where you can typically find the upperclassmen who chose to continue living on campus, but at times freshman are also placed in these dorms as well.

The other option is 'Granville Towers' which before last year was a private residence, unaffiliated with the university. The University has recently bought Granville Towers so it is now a part of Campus Housing. Many freshman living in Granville Towers tend to go Greek, which may be due to it's close proximity to Fraternity North and Fraternity Court, and Sorority Row.

http://housing.unc.edu/residence-halls/location

4 College Senior

Academics: Professors, Registration, Workload, Study Areas – Professors: Being a research institution, many of the professors teaching the sciences are also researchers. While this means that they are experts on the subjects they teach, it also means that they are required to teach a certain amount of classes on top of their research and are not always the best 'teachers'. That being said, there are many excellent professors and teachers at UNC and I have had many more 'great' teachers than 'not-so-great' teachers. Professors at UNC are almost always available to meet with you outside of class, you just have to take the initiative to contact them and schedule a time to meet.

Registration: Class registration at UNC is pretty smooth, but as with any large institution it can sometimes be stressful depending on the classes you need. Registration slots are assigned based on class year (seniors first, juniors second, etc.), and assigned randomly within each class.

Workload: The workload really depends on your declared major and what classes you're taking. If you're majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or any other physical science you're going to be busy...really busy (but you CAN have a social life despite what some professors will tell you).

Study areas: You can study pretty much anywhere on campus. With the weather as beautiful as it usually is, you'll find people laying outside on the lawn in the main quad studying, but at night and during exams most people study in the "UL" (Undergraduate Library) or Wilson Library. During exams most of the academic buildings are open to students to hold their own study sessions.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is a pretty diverse campus with out of state and international students. However, since it is a state school, most people have to be from North Carolina, which cuts down on diversity somewhat.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Fun and Entertainment – Chapel Hill Campus is filled with exciting things to do and restaurants to visit. The best part of the campus, aside from its academic atmosphere, is Franklin Street. Restaurants and stores line Franklin Street making easy access to fun and entertainment for UNC Chapel Hill students.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sport Legends – Sports at UNC are the foundation of the campus. Well at least it is a huge part. Game days are BIG DEALS. Especially basketball.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: One Word CHALLENGING – The curriculum is very challenging. My advice is to find something you are passionate about, otherwise it will be a struggle sitting through classes and long lectures.

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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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