Chapel Hill, NC
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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!

3 College Junior

Facilities: "Fratty" Fashion and Diversity – Most of the student population dresses in a way that people would consider "preppy" or "fratty" or "southern." The stereotype is that guys wear khaki shorts with polos or button-downs and Sperrys or Wallabees, girls wear sundresses, pearls, and cowboy boots, and everyone wears sunglasses with croakies (retainers for sunglasses). UNC prides itself on its diversity, but many student groups form cliques - Koreans hang out with Koreans, Indians hang out with Indians, Hispanics with Hispanics, people from large NC high schools all still hang out with each other, etc. However, it's not too hard to branch out and meet diverse people from all parts of the world and from different backgrounds.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life at UNC is unique in that it is similar to Greek Life at many other schools in the south, but the influence of the school's progressive nature can definitely be felt. Involvement in a fraternity or sorority is a great social outlet on the weekends when one isn't studying, and the philanthropy events on campus are very prominent and promote great causes. IFC always has a block party every fall semester that draws many freshmen. A great majority of students who live in Granville their freshman year go Greek due to its proximity to many fraternity houses. It is still possible to have a social life outside of the fraternity and sorority scene, but Greek Life's influence is pretty strong on campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol use is prevalent among all students. Marijuana is widespread but is not as big as alcohol. Cocaine use is also pretty common.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Chapel Hill Is Perfect – When looking at colleges, I considered UNC, along with Wake Forest and Duke. I chose UNC for the price, and today I feel that I made the best choice. Although many people from my North Carolina high school/country traditionally come to UNC, it is large and diverse enough for one to be able to branch out as a freshman. The schoolwork is challenging, the academics are excellent, Greek life is a prominent part of campus life, and Chapel Hill is a neat little college town with its own history and tradition. I have connected with some great teachers, met people from every corner of the country/world, and had some great times out on the town and at Greek social events. Chapel Hill is a little slice of heaven, and I'll be sad to leave when I graduate.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is terrible on campus. A lack of parking spaces near the university, along with construction that is always present on campus, makes finding a parking space a nightmare. Residents at Granville Towers don't have much of a problem, though, so if you want to bring you car, make sure to live in Granville.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I was awarded a merit-based scholarship at UNC as a senior in high school, which was great because I didn't qualify for any need-based financial aid. The Morehead-Cain scholarship program gets a lot of attention, but there are a variety of other merit-based scholarships that are available to incoming students. The staff at the scholarship office are very easy to talk to in person, and the help that UNC has given my family has helped a lot in paying for college.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There is usually something going on at night in Chapel Hill. Fraternity parties always provide something to do, but those who aren't big in the Greek scene usually go to Players, the local nightclub. There is a wide selection of bars, and it is pretty easy to get in underage. Off-campus house parties are also very frequent.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics is definitely central to the UNC experience. Schoolwork is pretty important in student life, and although some people will seem to not care about their studies, the vast majority of UNC students are dedicated students. Many start out their freshman year as Biology majors, but about half usually end up switching majors. The libraries are open late, and there are some great teachers, along with some mediocre teachers. Honors program classes are discussion-based and are great for networking. All of this comes as no surprise, since UNC constantly recruits top in-state and out of state kids.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Great – Public transportation is pretty good at UNC. There are plenty of buses around town and then buses to bigger locales outside of the city.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is good, but generally really expensive. Students with meal plans, even the smallest 120 block, often have leftover meals at the end of the semester, and it's a lot to pay for every day. On the other hand, Flex money can disappear so quickly and you can lose money that way too.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a ton of diversity at UNC. I think that makes us a better school as a whole, because we have people from everywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I've Had Lots of Success – Getting financial aid, especially need-based, is very accessible at Chapel Hill. People are there to help you if you need it, and they try to make sure that money is not an issue for not attending the college.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Awesome Athletes – I love Carolina athletics. Every game I've been to has been really fun and high-energy. We also have great intramural sports teams as well, and it's easy 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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