Chapel Hill, NC
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Reviews 1650 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strictness at Chapel Hill – The only thing really punished on campus is drinking and driving, and that's only if you get caught. The cops don't tend to bust up parties unless there are noise complaints, but that only tends to happen off-campus. In other words, don't do anything stupid and you'll be fine.

Intolerance is frowned upon severely, and there is a great deal of ostracism from students for people who are known to be like that.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs are handy, but often crowded. Printing is easy, but sometimes the system gets overloaded. There are also quite a few places on campus that don't have printers but should. The network is decently fast, and usually reliable, but screws up every now and then. Wireless is great accept in a few basements. Definitely have your own computer, and if you're the type to print out your syllabus for every class, or you anticipate doing a lot of printing, bring your own printer. Otherwise, it isn't really necessary.

5 College Junior

Academics: Psychology at Chapel Hill – Great research opportunities, excellent professors with tons of experience and helpful advice, classes that are both interesting and informative, not a ton of homework. Most classes have a decent amount of reading, and most of the evaluations are done through papers and exams. I have not had a bad psych professor yet. The program is consistently ranked very high nationally.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Chapel Hill is amazing. It only snows rarely and when it does it is amazingly beautiful. Everything about it is awesome.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Life's Good – Being a pretty liberal campus, UNC is pretty good about things like drugs. The more extreme illegal drugs can cost you your on-campus housing, but only after an administrative meeting.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Variety – I came to UNC because I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to study yet but I knew that UNC had a very wide variety of academic pathways available. Since coming here I've loved taking courses, in everything from ancient Roman and Greek courtroom speeches to the sounds of war.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Access and Use Satisfactory – Having a computer at UNC is a must, there are some classes that require you to have them out in order to work on certain assignments. However, if you are at the library, it is easy to find the computer lab in order to use one. The printer lines can get pretty long, especially during noon when people have the most classes. The internet connection can be slow, depending where you are at on campus but for the most part it is very fast.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: A School That Cares – I just finished my freshman year at UNC and have known from the very beginning that I was going to be a journalism major. However, because I was a freshman, I was not admitted into the journalism school that is reserved for upperclassmen. But I still wanted to enroll in some journalism classes so I went to some of the professors of the school and they were very eager to help me out. Even though I wasn't officially part of the school they seemed please to see that I was very sure that I was going to be a journalism major. The careers director allowed me to sign up for a journalism class so I could get an internship. I have also met upperclassmen who have had nothing but good things to say about the journalism school. They have also helped me out by recommending which professors and classes I should take to ensure I learn the most I can for my major. After experiencing all of the positive things in the Journalism school I look forward to being officially enrolled in the coming fall.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Fairly Diverse Population – Diversity seems to be a priority for UNC-Chapel Hill, and progress has been made, but the legislative mandate to have 89% in-state students makes it hard to attract many international students, and there do seem to be a lot of southern white people around.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Carolina has wonderful facilities, from the gyms to the libraries and campus activity centers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Carolina's campus is very safe and the University has been conscientious about making it so. Dorms are kept locked and only residents with pass-keys are able to enter. Campus police are responsive and visible. Students are reminded about good safety behaviors; it's up to the individual not to do anything stupid. There is crime in the area (particularly Durham), but nothing alarming generally.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Couldn't ask for better weather in Chapel Hill, it epitomizes the weather of North Carolina. We get all four seasons: warm summers and snow in the winter with a beautiful Autumn season as well.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Chapel Hill offers an excellent transit system with up-to-the-minute information on bus locations and times.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Very difficult to park anywhere on campus; limited spots for a large number of people. For the most part, however, most students do not need a car. Those who live in dorms must park off-campus and take a bus to and from their parking spot.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Hard Times – I am having a horrible experience with financial aid.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall, Carolina is a great school. The students are friendly, caring, and there is an immense sense of school pride. Academics are challenging, but it is worth it because you know you're being prepared for real life.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Prevalent – Greek life at UNC Chapel Hill is very noticeable. They are highly involved in day-to-day campus activities, as well as the nightlife. It is not necessary to be a Greek in order to feel a part of the campus, but it also has its pros.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Its All About Perspective – Some people hate living on south campus as freshman because of the long walk; some people love it because it has a great social scene. Its true the dorms on north campus are quieter, and the're much more convenient to classes, but you also spend less time on campus and more time in your dorm because its so close. The choices you make in how to live in the dorms are 100% reflective of the experience you have. Applying for housing is a headache, but so is signing up for classes. Pay attention to what dorms have working AC. Some are central air, some are only window boxes and some are only box fans.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Spend Money Wisely – It is fact that the dining system is a rip-off, but you pay for the convenience of having lots of options right at your fingertips. With so many other options in bottom of lenior and right on franklin street, it's easy to forget your meal plan all together. Don't. Eat out on occasion but remember that meals not used is money wasted.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Find Your Place – There's so much to do that it's frequently overwhelming. The town of Chapel Hill itself doesn't offer much but there's always tons of stuff going on on campus. Keep your ears open and try to look in the paper or in the union for events going on around campus. You really have to know someone to get in on parties, and the good ones are frequently at frats. Don't expect to easily get around with a car, parking and parking tickets are the biggest headaches here. Expect to use a bicycle, or your feet, and keep in mind that the bus system here is one of the best.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is more popular and visible on the weekends. While drug use does exist it isn't as out in the open as at other universities. However policy enforcement is handled well by not only the local law enforcement but campus officials as well.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: While nightlife is normally just for students 21 and up, UNC offers plenty of late night options. From the newest club, Pulse to popular "Country Night" at East End Bar there is plenty to do. Also, Greek life keep weekends lively and great restaurants on Franklin Street such as Qdoba and Bskis stay open until 2am or later.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Great Off Campus Living – The Chapel Hill area has plenty of nice, affordable apartments that many students live in beginning their junior year of college. Some apartments such as The Verge have shuttle buses that drop off at various locations across campus for easy access. For apartments that do not have their own shuttle buses, each apartment complex is located on a free public transit route.

5 College Senior

Athletics: You're a tar heel born, you're a tar heel bred and when you die, you're a tar heel dead. The passion we have for our teams is unique! Basketball and football games are the most popular. It's great to be a tar heel!

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Awesome Food If You're Used to Chains – There is a lot of variety of GOOD food on Franklin St. which is very close to campus. The quality of the food is great! I can't eat at chains anymore without finding it bland because Chapel Hill has spoiled me!(I'm from FL). Durham and Raleigh is a great area for foodies! The price is average. It's around 7 or 8 bucks a meal.


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Kavita Gupta
Austin, Texas
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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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