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

Weather: I dont have a problem with weather. I wish the a/c and heat systems would catch up a bit quicker with the weather changes.

1 College Junior

Parking: The student parking is incredibly limited and gives students very few choices. The park and ride options are not helpful if you need to get to a job off campus after classes. It leaves you calculating travel time and takes away from time available to work which in this economy is not okay.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Dorms – The options for upperclassmen dorms are much better than for sophomores and juniors. I decided to live off campus sophomore and junior year because I would not get a good slot in the housing process. Also parking for students needs to be more convenient. For example I work off campus and need my car to be close so I can get to work on time and so I end up parking in Rams Head deck and have to pay just so I can get to work on time

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus is friendly and light system is perfect if you are ever lost.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Pit Is the Place to Be – At UNC Chapel Hill, the Pit--or the center of student life in the middle of campus--is definitely the place to be at UNC. On warm March afternoons, clubs, groups, performances, and pit preachers gather round to give everyone a little taste of what college life is all about.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chapel Hill Is Quaint and Comfortable, and There Are a Lot of Opportunities to Get Out and Do Things. Although Chapel Hill may be too small for some, there are plenty of opportunities to get out here. There are clubs and a variety of affordable restaurants to eat at. If you get bored of Chapel Hill, you can take a bus for $4 round trip to Raleigh or Durham.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Religious Studies Major – I'm a religious studies major. Although I have only taken two classes that contribute to this major so far, I have liked both of them. They have required me to think analytically and write concisely. Both of my professors had multiple books published and are accomplished people in their field.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: What Drug Scene???!!! The awareness and prevention of drugs on this campus is amazing

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There Is an Extreme Diversity Between the Two Sexes. At Carolina, you are not going to find more of one type of sex or even ethinicity. There is a wide range of people and the guys and girls are about the same amount. they are also very intelligent and very good lokking people.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Life – UNC has a lot of student organizations with lots of opportunities to reach out to the community, win tickets to games, mentor, etc. The PIT is probably what sets us apart from other schools. Its where everyone hangs out and organizations grab your attention. Several shows occur there and also where the preacher give students insight to the bible and God.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Two Cafeterias! UNC has two places to dine. One is on north campus and the other is on south campus. Both places serves variety of food. Even have international dishes and theme days. Sometimes you may see the same food at dinner that you saw at lunch.

4 College Freshman

Computers: UNC gives a student a grant to cover for a laptop from the university.Also, they provide technology services in case of viruses, cleaning, and install software, etc. Thinkpads are not very fast and in some dorms you have to hook up the cable to have access to internet-even though it suppose to be wireless. Very easy to carry around.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Out of Sight, Out of Mind – I hear of people doing weed, but really this isn't NC State and people who do that a lot don't make it here, so there's no potheads. I've never felt pressured to do it. Drinking is definitely more popular, and there's more pressure to do that. There isn't enforcement on either of these, though.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Welcome to Liberals on the Hill – As a conservative Christian, let's just say it's been a struggle. Don't get me wrong - I fit in with Chapel Hill and at church and other like-minded students, but the majority of campus are a bunch of radical liberals who hate religious people with different ideas. Racially, we mix pretty well except blacks stick to themselves. The BSA is really annoying and they're always whining about something, even though they get more events and facilities than anyone else. There is your typical Carolina girl with over-sized sunglasses, Northface jacket, and light blue scarf, but they're all in sororities, so avoid those like the plague and you'll never see them or their mini-dresses out partying. Most kids are middle-class, but pay so little for in-state tuition that it's really the out-of-staters who feel the penny pinching. The whole Southern thing gets kind of old after a while. I hate sports, and if you hate sports and really hate being asked to go to games all the time and hearing about it and having buses you need rerouted because of it and your campus flooded with blue people as I call them every few weeks and the dining halls closing - don't come here. If you love the Heels, then join the masses, this is the place for you and you'll wonder why you ever called that other place home. We're very tolerant of gays, to the point that there's open disgust with people who don't support the gay agenda. Women's studies and social justice classes are very biased and liberal. If you don't agree with the radical socialist professors, you won't get an A.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Typical College Town, Bustling and With Variety – Franklin Street borders campus and is the go-to spot for great eats for any price range and any palette. You name it, Franklin Street has it. Even the neighboring Dukies come over because they can't resist it. There's just nothing like it. My favorite place is Kurama for some quick Japanese cuisine, and Yogurt Pump or "YoPo" has the cheapest and best soft-serve there is. Top of the Hill is great for when parents visit, overlooking all of Franklin Street, and the brightly-colored Cluck-U will satisfy burger cravings any time of night.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: there are a ton of bus routes, only two of which I've ever used because I don't know which one's go where.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of spirit and support even in rough times. Attendance at the lesser-known sports events could be better. Athletic facilites are super nice and team performance is excellent overall.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chapel Hill – The town is really a college town for the most part; Chapel Hill is safe and pretty low key.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The Best. Carolina = the "college experience."

Amazing sports teams, an enthusiastic student population, a FANTSTIC college town, great professors, prestige. Could you want more in a university? UNC has everything. I loved my four years there.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Not the Worst. Not the Best. There are some great options for campus living and a lot of diversity of choices. That being said, you'll want to get off campus your junior and senior year. It's a public school, so they are very strict about drinking in dorms etc.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing isn't always close enough to walk, but there is FREE public transportation at all of the nearby apts. Reasonable prices, pool parties, and a large student population make off campus housing THE way to go!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Good School Spirit and Big School Feel – This university is a large school with big school spirit. The popular sports venues have high attendance on average and students are always wearing the school colors. The big school aspect allows for exciting research going on here and interesting guest speakers brought in from around the world. It seems as though there is not enough time to explore all the opportunities here on campus.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Warm Climate With a Short Winter – The area is nice and warm during the school year. There is only a short winter compared to the Northern United States with only a few snowfalls this year. It can get pretty hot just before and just after the summer break, but it is not unbearable. It has rained a good amount this school year, but I assume that is just random from year to year and not much different than other places.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Is Very Safe – I have never felt in danger on campus. I always ask people to watch my things in the library and I have never had a problem with that. I know friends who leave there things unguarded in the library and they have been fine. Public safety has a good presence on campus, not overbearing, but they are here.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Plan on Having a Car – Parking at Carolina is less than desirable to say the least. I wouldn't plan on having a car until you're an upperclassman or move to off campus housing. Also, parking at popular spots, mainly around Franklin Street, is hard to come by and can often be pricey. You can however apply for "hardship," meaning you can appeal to the university for extenuating circumstances (i.e. work site off campus, clinical hours for nursing majors, etc.). However, hardships are typically only available for sophomores, juniors or seniors. Freshmen are out of luck when it comes to parking.


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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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