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

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I'm not involved with Greek life at UNC, so I don't have any insight on what being in a fraternity or a sorority is like here. Occasionally there's a little bit of tension between the super liberal community, and the Greek community (usually not very liberal...) via outlets like the student newspaper, but I haven't personally paid much attention.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Chapel Thrill! Franklin Street is definitely the hub of Chapel Hill night life. There's several bars available for the 21+ crowd, but not as many options for those under 21. A new club has recently opened up though, for people 18 and up, so the scene may be changing a little bit. UNC also has a P2P bus (point to point) that runs from about 7pm til about 3am on weekends, so that's a safe way to students to get back to dorms or apartments on or near campus after a night of drinking.

Note for underage students: cops are ALWAYS on patrol in Chapel Hill. Don't take risks.

4 College Senior

Facilities: UNC has done a lot in the past couple of years to keep technology in student facilities up-to-date. The facilities are always very clean and well kept up. I think that this is partly due to staff, but also partly due to the fact that UNC students are proud of our campus and like to keep it looking clean.

The gyms, specifically Rams Head Rec Center on South campus are awesome. Rams has an indoor track that I love to run on (I hate treadmills) and it's great that students have somewhere to run during the colder months.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Work Hard, Play Hard – Academically Carolina can be very demanding and breaking the honor code for academics has very serious consequences. The university tries to cater to all students and their life styles, offering living and learning communities based on common interests such as honors, substance free, and cultural based dorms. There is tons to explore on campus and the campus police are pretty relaxed, giving warnings more so than strict punishments.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: At Carolina each student is required to have their own laptop and if purchased from the university it comes with free updates until you graduate. The computers in the libraries and labs are always available. There has never been a problem with trying to get on a computer.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small Town, Big Heart – Chapel Hill is a small college town, with everything easily accessible to students whether it be by bus or walking. There are tons of volunteer opportunities in fields such as medicine, education and public service. A short distance away is Jordan Lake where you can relax and unwind, or hit up some of the local bars on Franklin Street for a night out on the "town".

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive, Dirty, Noisy, but Not the Dorms. Off campus housing is expensive or dirty (or both). You can live closer to classes off campus than in the freshman dorms. Parking isn't really an issue- most landlords/complexes give you a parking pass and have a lot or on the street parking. Some neighborhoods are safer than others, but the safer/quieter you want, the more you pay.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safe for a Huge Campus – Crime is low on campus, campus police are present and available. Campus is well-lit at night and there are free shuttles to major places on campus and night time walking "buddies" to accompany you to/from places on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Personal Computer a Must. While there are labs around campus-- in all libraries and most dormitories, as well as in the student union and other campus buildings, a laptop is a must. All dorm labs, the student union, and the two major libraries (Undergrad and Davis) allow printing from your one card. Not all library labs, however, allow printing from your one card account, for some you have to have money on a flex account, which sounds like less of a hassle than it usually ends up being. Libraries and the student union are located in the middle of campus and are the major printing facilities for students, so there is usually a (long) line to print before class and at lunch. The undergrad lab is often crowded and overheated, but is open 24 hours a day. Davis is much quieter, but closes at midnight. Wifi is available throughout most of the campus, making studying outside a computer lab a lot easier.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Take the Bus – Parking at UNC is less than ideal. It is expensive to buy a permit which is why I've always just taken the bus from my off-campus apartment that is 2-3 miles away from campus. Also, it's still a hike from some of the student parking lots to class so it really doesn't make sense. There are metered spots scattered around campus but these are pretty expensive too. It's nice that parking in any lot is free on weekends (unless there's a football or basketball game).

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorms Vary Greatly – It's hard to talk about the dorms in general because there are so many differences from one dorm to the next. The older dorms on south campus have an awesome social atmosphere but the amenities are probably the worst (I was stuck without air conditioning in the North Carolina August heat my freshman year). Sophomore year I moved into a newly renovated dorm which was a lot nicer, but not as social. It is definitely very convenient to live on campus at least for your first year because of the proximity to classes and opportunity to meet people.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: No Complaints – UNC has a great biology department with enthusiastic professors and a variety of courses offered. All of my professors and TAs made themselves extremely available for office hours and extra help. I never did any undergraduate research, but I know the opportunities were there for the people who were interested.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Tar Heel Aid – The financial aid process wasn't terribly difficult, they handle the information well and are good about notifying when things are missing.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is good at UNC. Buses run most of the time minus weekend restrictions. You can get just about anywhere you want to go using the bus including between UNC and Duke.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our Athletics program is pretty amazing. We're ranked 2nd in the nation as a program, school spirit is high and we win National Championships. We have great athletic facilities, with a number of places to workout across campus.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: BEST UNIVERSITY – The students and staff at UNC make you feel like your in a family. Everyone is very kind and polite and respects each other's values.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Best Safety Ever – Excellent public safety service for the students and staff. I feel extremely safe walking back from the library at night.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A Personal Choice – Well yes - there is drinking. And possibilities to get VERY drunk. It's college. I'm not sure about drugs though, because it's a lot less prevalent than drinking, although I'm sure it's still there to some extent.
However, drinking is not an inevitable part of your college experience. I have never had a drink, and I haven't been pressured to have one. I have friends that drink, but they respect my decision. Ultimately, this is a personal choice. I'm actually moving into a Substance Free dorm next year (This decision was made after I woke up one Saturday morning to find some random stranger puking in the toilet I share with eight people.) Why choose to drink if it leads to that?

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Franklin & FOOD - All About the Eats – For off-campus dining, walk no further than Franklin Street - right near campus, only about a five to ten minute walk from classes. On the main drag of Franklin are your main good ol' college-student eats - an Asian place, a Subway, a Starbucks, as well as awesome local places like Biski's (a wrap shop what will put virtually ANYTHING into a wrap for you) and I <3 NY Pizza (one stromboli can feed about three people, I kid you not.) There's also dessert, like Ben & Jerry's, Coldstone, and Sugarland (an awesome cupcake shop.) All this is pretty affordable, but there are also ritzier places down further on Franklin if you feel like a classier night out.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Standing Out in the Typical Carolina Crowd – At Carolina, a lot of the students dress "nice" - a lot of guys wear the preppy khakis and polos, and a lot of the girls wear dresses to class. However, not everyone fits into the blend - you see a lot of interesting fashion choices at any college campus, especially Carolina. I personally don't go for all the dressy stuff either - I'm a girl, and I just wear jeans and a T-shirt all the time. My favorite thing about how people dress...On game days, the campus is just a sea of the Carolina blue we bleed around here.
You'll find all kinds of people of all different ethnicities with all different interests and activities. What I really like about college is that you lose a lot of the lame labels that were present in high school. So I'm not going to tell you that we have "jocks" or "nerds" - we have all different students all involved in a huge multitude of activities. You really just need to come to Carolina to find out the scene for yourself!

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3 College Freshman

Weather: In the spring and summer Chapel Hill is beautiful and breathtaking. The winter in Chapel Hill is cold, and sometimes piercing cold because of the wind so everyone is trying to take the bus. It also snows a fair amount which is fun because thats the time where everyone takes a break and play outside like children. The fall is nice also because it isn't too cold yet and the numerous trees in Chapel Hill start to change colors.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Chapel Hill, NC – The campus has several security measures which keep us safe and which the students are aware of so they know the right safety precautions. Dorms have electronic locks, there are emergency posts every hundred feet, and policemen to keep tabs on students to make sure they are having safe fun. We have top security at Chapel Hill!

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chapel Hill, NC – Chapel Hill is a great place for students because of the cultural atmosphere in which so much is going on. There is always at least one activity for a student to participate in. Franklin Street (the most popular place at night) has great restaurants to dine in and shops to browse. The students generally have a great attitude since the campus is calming and several people to get to know.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Budget Cuts – I had good financial aid until they started to continually raise tuition and make budget cuts, which consequently lower the amount of aid I receive.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Love Chapel Hill – basketball, diversity, liberal, open-minded, intelligence, tons of opportunities to get involved!


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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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