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

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Very Effective – I think the education I am receiving at UNC is excellent. Since I am focusing on Music and Math Education, the connections between the two subject is not always evident. However, UNC advisors and professors assist me in forming these connections and preparing me to teach both subjects in the future.

College Senior

Drug Safety: Fair Amount – Not sure about the grading scale here. I'm not into the drug scene so I would consider a larger drug scene worse. A fair amount of people smoke. Occasionally reports will be in the paper about people doing hard drugs and getting busted. There is a lot of money in Chapel Hill, hence you get a underground of people doing "rich kid" drugs.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The Only Real Weakness of the University – The food at the main dining hall is alright. It's not horrible, but some nights you wish you hadn't come. A newer dining hall just opened up on south campus a few years ago. It is better than the main dining hall. I have eaten on campus pretty frequently for four years. It's just average, but not bad enough to make me stop coming.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The gyms/student recreation centers are pretty nice. The newest gym, Ram's Head, has mostly cardio and light weight machines, although it has some free weights and cages. This gym is pretty new and nice. The student recreation center, SRC, is the older workout facility and has a lot more equipment for serious lifting. It still has a sizable amount of cardio machines like treadmills, elliptical, and rowing machines though. Although older it is still clean and nice. The weight machines were also recently upgraded here. There are also many libraries here. The main library, Davis library, has every book that the average student will ever need. It is a bit run down though and not all that clean.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's Available and Decent – Compared to many places Chapel Hill has a "good" public transportation system. However, its not always very convenient. Parking is awful on campus. It's hard to get a spot and they are very expensive. You can park on campus on nights (after 5pm) and weekends but sometimes UNC will have events they won't advertise and then tow those cars after putting up one or two signs. LOOK FOR THOSE SIGNS. They aren't always obvious. UNC tickets like crazy because its an easy way to make money. There are many buses to off campus apartments and a few to the surrounding triangle area but it can be confusing and time consuming and most people just catch rides with people who have cars.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always Available – It's rare that on a weekend there isn't something to do. People are usually throwing weekend parties and at the beginning of the year the frats are packed. Off campus, Player's, the club, is always an option. There are many bars open on Franklin Street, walking distance from the doors and many apartments as well as a bus. If you miss the bus there are taxis. Usually there is a DD at the parties, too. But you might want to check in advance.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Always Something Going on – Even though Chapel Hill isn't a huge city, Franklin Street has many attractions. Only a short walk from campus there are multiple places to eat, shop, drink and relax. UNC is a pretty big party school on the weekends. It's rare that there isn't a party to go to. During the week and during exams it cools down a bit. In the surrounding area there are places like Target and fast foods but they are difficult to get to without a car. The campus is usually hosting some sort of event also. On any given weekend there is usually some sort of dramatic art, music event, art show, etc...

4 College Junior

Facilities: Carolina has a real sense of community that I feel like can't be seen anywhere else. Everyone is there to learn from one another and help each other out in their college careers.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pretty Nice Experience – I love Carolina and there is honestly no other place i'd rather be. Hard work is rewarded and there are plenty of places to release stress.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – We are allowed to organize on campus, put up displays, etc. There are many underage drinking parties where no one has ever gotten caught. Although if you do something in the public eye, you do get severely punished.

1 College Freshman

Parking: UNC prides itself on its scenery and beauty, therefore parking is incredibly hard to find and costs a fortune on top of that. Parking is in the 400 dollar range per semester. You don't necessarily need a car on campus, but in reality, upperclassmen are going to want to have a car and at UNC parking is a nightmare.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: UNC is all about diversity. They drilled that into my head upon arrival at orientation. As one of the most liberal schools in the nation, UNC teaches acceptance of all ideas, religions, races, sexual orientations, genders, etc. Although it is predominately white, the school does make diversity and acceptance priority.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Franklin Street! Franklin street is where the off campus restaurants are. There are so many options from Asian food to pizza or chicken and burgers. Any craving can be filled, that is if the price is right. Franklin Street can be a little pricey, but it is student friendly for the most part with its deals and late night deliveries.

3 College Junior

Weather: Weather is hardly ever a problem at UNC. Even if it snows, the most the students ever experience is a two-hour delay. Other days, the weather is nice, though it tends to frequently change between warm and cold.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Fair – Every year the Student Union sponsors a housing fair so that students can find information about popular off-campus apartment complexes without the inconvenience of visiting every single complex (plus free stuff!). However, this fair takes place near the end of the spring semester, so most students have to search for apartments without information from the fair. So it is best to go during your freshman year if you want to live off campus by junior year.

2 College Junior

Academics: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gives you the best possible curriculum for your money's worth, but most professors there ensure that by assigning you sleep-depriving homework assignments. Most students do learn the material through this method, however, not as well as they could have on a good night's sleep.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Plenty of students. Occasional dorm fights and parties.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus Security for Alchol. This subject is reviewed in the brochure that is sent to prospective students. All doors are locked 24/7 and students must use the key fob for entrance. The campus is policed 24/7 and there are emergency phones for people to call for help.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is a minor event at UNCG. Perhaps that is due to the very diverse group of students. It is not advertised in the brochure that I recieved.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great Place to Be – You can find something to do any night of the week. Tons of clubs with tons of things, tons of presentations, free movies, guest speakers, the list goes on, there's something fun for everyone.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Great Sports – Every sport has competitive athletes. I haven't been to any sporting event in which we just got trashed on.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Available Housing – I don't really know that much about it, since I am a freshman, but I know there are plenty of off-campus housing options, with bus transportation available to campus.

3 College Student

Transportation: University Buses Are the Way to Go! Having a car is a hassle, don't do it. Buses run regularly and will take you close to anywhere you want to go. You get used to walking too, which isn't a bad thing.

2 College Student

Diversity: There is a niche for everyone at Carolina, but I would say that the college is dominated by white students. There is a fairly large gay-lesbian community, which adds for diversity. For the most part though, there's a lot of preppy guys and girls that are typically associated with Greek life.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Locally Owned Restaurants With Variety – There are lots of small, affordable restaurants. Many places offer sandwiches, wraps, or pitas that are easy to eat on the go. Several more expensive options are available for a nice night out, giving a good variety of restaurant to choose from.


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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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