Chapel Hill, NC
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Reviews 1737 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.


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.

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.


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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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