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

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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.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Better Safe Than Sorry – UNC is more concerned with student safety than punishment for bad behavior. For example, if someone is at a party, drunk, and under 21, there is a transportation service run by the university to call to come pick them up. This service does not report underage drinking to the university, its just a safe way to get home after making bad decisions.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Steer Clear of Clubs If Under 21 – There are many clubs and bars to hit up if you're 21 or older. However, the club scene for those younger than 21 are sketch. Its not unusual for creepers to hang out and try to hit on young girls. Gross.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Tech Is Prett Good on Campus – The labs are occasionally crowded, but most people have laptops so you can find a computer if you need one. Printing is generally very easy. Most of the libraries and all of the dorms have print stations and you can send a print job to the printer from anywhere on campus to then be printed and picked up within the hour. Generally speaking, the internet connection is very good on campus. The wireless is not always reliable in some dorms, but there is always somewhere to plug directly into the network.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We Have Greeks Here? If you are not invloved in a sorority or fraturnity, you hardly ever hear aobut them. There are 5k runs and sometimes charity events, but other then that the only people who get involved with the Greeks are themselves. Frats host parties but only girls can go to them. Non-greek gus are NEVER involved. which is fine becuase there are plenty of other things to do here then be a member of a fraturnity or sosority.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: We Are a Good Looking School! The guys that do go to UNC are mostly really good looking! and the girls dress nicely and are pretty too. There is a wide variety of people of different religeons, races and sexual orientation, which is an aspect i love about the school. There is not as much pressure to look a certain way at UNC as there is at other North Carolina Schools. INdividuality is a valued thing there.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The Gym Is Nice but Crowded – It is sometimes difficult to reserve a machiene to work out on if the gyn is crowded, and for meing such a large university we only have two small gyms. The basketball and raquetball courts are great and abundant but a simple machiene workout is often difficult.

4 College Senior

Weather: Rainy at Times but Sunny Is Fun – Some years it rains quite a bit in the spring and fall so walking on campus becomes unpleasant because puddles accumulate throughout the campus. However, when it's sunny and warm, students take advantage of the opportunity to take in the sun!

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Preppy and Diverse – Many of the students are preppy and dress accordingly. There is a wide variety of students from many different cultures, although minorities are still underrepresented at UNC.

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3 College Senior

Academics: Challenging and Liberal – The workload is heavy here at UNC. Professors expect a lot of reading and writing from students and also tend to be very liberal in their opinions. The campus is beautiful, and the Spanish department is great!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Okay, I Guess – Of the Greek people I know, I like them, and I think they do good work for the community.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I can't go to the bars and I don't want to go to the clubs, but the house parties I've been to have been really good.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The campus is very small, limiting the number of parking options available. As a general rule, freshman cannot have cars on campus, though exceptions are made for hardship reasons. Parking is by permit only on campus, and sophomores typically get the short end of the stick when it comes to parking, as they are most frequently required to park in the park and ride lot, about a mile off campus. But it is better than nothing at all.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's Taken Seriously – Rules and regulations are taken very seriously here. The police enforce underage drinking punishments the majority of the time. Chapel Hill police are more stringent than UNC police. RAs in the dorms are pretty relaxed. As long as you aren't advertising your activities you won't get caught. The honor code is a big deal here though, so be cautious.


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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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