Chapel Hill, NC
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Reviews 1736 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Separate but Equal – Mostly Greeks and non-Greeks stay separate. Of course, there are crossovers, and everyone has a few Greek friends, but in the long run Greeks stay with the friends they've made in their houses. Sorority girls especially are known for being ditzy and stupid and frat boys are known for being cliché and obnoxious but for the most part that's just a bad stereotype. Plus, it's nice to be friends with a few Greeks because there are always frat parties going on, and if you can't find anything better to do, there's always that.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive, Competitive, and Luck-Of-The-Draw – I haven't really looked into off-campus housing yet, but my roommate is really excited, so I know a little. Houses seem to be the norm, not apartments, and they're usually in Carrboro. The few we've looked into seem expensive and I know it's usually pretty competitive. I'm really nervous about it as I don't want to end up with a bad house my junior year. I do know that UNC doesn't give you any help at all, unless you want to live in their sponsored apartments (Ram village, etc).

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Unlimited Meal Plan Unstressful but Expensive – I bought the unlimited plan for my freshman year and definitely did not get my money's worth. A lot of my friends bought limited plans and so we often went to restaurants instead of the dining hall. It WAS nice to always have it as a backup, and to not have to worry about what I could eat, but the food got old after a few months. I was eating salad and grilled sandwiches every day -- while, admittedly, they were very good, I just got tired of them. Next year I am buying flex dollars for various locations on campus and not getting a full meal plan. I already worked out the money, and I should spend way less than I did on my unlimited plan.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Chapel Thrill – If you're over 21 and want to go to bars, there are bars very close to the campus (walking distance!) If you are looking for a frat party, there are frat parties. If you're looking for a house party, there are house parties going on any time. It's a good thing about a big school. There are always stuff to do if you want to.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen Dorms.. Freshmen dorms at UNC-CH aren't great. But there are a lot of options for upperclassmen. Very pretty and right on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Some Robbery – The campus and the local townspeople are free to intermingle, so it's not too safe at night when you're by yourself (as always, it's better to be safe than be sorry!). There is a school group trained to walk home with for students walking home at night by themselves, which is useful. There are signs posted on campus about not leaving your things by itself because there are incidents of robbery. But so far, I have never gotten robbed by anyone. But overall, your life is very safe here. It's a beautiful, friendly atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Even a student that has never been interested in sports before can fall in love with one of the many sport programs at UNC. The spirit is so evident at games! You will see quilts of blue and white covering the stands. Not to mention the blue flags raving on cars around the entire area. The facilities, training areas,and support for the athletes are amazing. Not just anyone can make it onto the basketball team at UNC. However, there is always the option of a class or intramural.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A Melting Pot University. No matter what kind of person one looks for, UNC definitely has it! Every race, size, religion, color, social status, background, and sexual preference can be found running around the campus. The only thing that there seems to be a lack of is self-supporting students. I would definitely say that the ratio would probably be around 30/70. A good portion of the students there depend on their parents to put them through school, most of the time, one can see this in clothing and academic activities. For the students that do have to work, there is a definite disadvantage.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The area around UNC Chapel Hill is very interesting. There is a lot to do on the Franklin Street area. However, you need to be aware of the others around you. From the people living in the streets, the crazy amount of cars and pedestrians running all over the road, and lower economic status of many of the surrounding areas... UNC can be a lot of fun to explore, but stepping outside of the campus can be very dangerous as well.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Blue Skies – There's tons of rain, some snow, & beautiful days with a Carolina blue sky to look forward to.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UNC manages to be very diverse, with different cultures coming together in the same place. However, the campus is large and one would really need to be involved to be totally immersed in diversity.

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.


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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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