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Chapel Hill, NC
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17,437
Tuition (in-state)
$24,954 ($5,128)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1737 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Student

Transportation: Public transportation is extremely reliable, runs reguarly, and most importantly, is free!

College Student

Campus Dining: The food is okay, but the dining halls are crowded during key eating times. Still, there are lots of options, and most are fairly convenient. Also, Franklin Street, which is home to various restaurants, is only five minutes' walking distance from the main part of campus.

College Junior

Computers: Computer labs are crowded only in the morning and during exam times. The network is great.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most students go to restaurants located on Franklin Street, which is right off campus. The restaurants on Franklin are more high-scale fast food restaurants that range from Chinese or Mexican to pitas or pizza. My favorite is Chipotle. There are some fast food restaurants and real dine-in restaurants not too far from campus, like a Red Lobster or a Burger King. It takes about 5-10 mins to drive there.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene on campus is not big and noticeable. It is done more discreetly or off campus on Franklin Street.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police can be strict or lenient based on how you act when you are caught. Violations are usually caught first through resident advisors since most violations occur in the dorm room. As long as you are truthful and respectful to your RA, you will be OK if it's your first offense.

College Junior

Academics: The teachers expect a lot out of us, and the workload makes that obvious. UNC is known largely for a few programs, especially the Kenan-Flager Business School, the School of Public Health, and the School of Journalism. We're often labeled a "public-ivy" school because of the difficulty level of the work.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Durham and Chapel Hill are pretty much "university" towns and therefore cater largely to college students. There are plenty of apartment complexes and a free bus line that makes commuting easier.

College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. There is an "AlertCarolina" system that's in place. I'm not 100 percent confident in the system, but I don't particularly worry either. There isn't a lot of crime, but there is crime. Just as in other place, things happen from time to time. Campus police can be found pretty often.

College Sophomore

Computers: The computer network is OK; the wireless isn't great in some areas and messes up sometimes. The labs are usually crowded during the school day at rush times like lunch and especially between classes. You should have your own computer

College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are parties at the frat houses a lot, and many people to go to the clubs and bars. Overall, most people like the party life. You start your weekends a day early on Thursdays, and you have fun, drink, and dance, and party.

College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is liberal and diverse in some aspects. Though UNC has some students from various backgrounds and ethnicities, overall the school is predominantly white and compused of middle-upper- to upper-class students.

College Junior

Facilities: The facilities at UNC are very nice. There are multiple rooms and areas for students to study in within the libraries. The student union offers students a place to study, catch up on some sleep, or just watch television with friends. I believe that the University really focused on making the facilities student friendly.

College Junior

Campus Dining: The food on campus is decent. I feel that it is easy to get tired of eating the same food over and over, no matter where you are. The staff at the dining halls is very well constructed, and they offer a variety of options to choose from. Lots of people eat at the dining halls, as well as at a couple of restaurants that are located within the bottom of one of the dining halls. Alpine Bagel, which is located in the Student Union, is also a big spot where a lot of students can go to eat at all times of the day and night.

College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere at UNC-Chapel Hill is fairly quiet, but there are certainly activities that one can engage in as well. The majority of the town is basically the University, but Franklin Street has popular spots for the students and visitors that come to Chapel Hill.

College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town, or surrounding area, shuts down at 9 p.m. every day basically. This is by no means a bustling city or anything close. It's just a nice little po-dunk town that's highly concentrated with students, so house parties are common.

College Junior

Weather: The weather isn't that bad, but when it rains, it is the worst thing ever because whoever constructed this campus didn't think to make it rain-friendly as far as run-off and drainage is concerned.

College Student

Local Atmosphere: For a southern town, it isn't bad, but it isn't metropolitan at all---no comparison. There are places to go, like bars and movies, and there is a small artistic community if you search. Certain streets are shabby and known for drugs and violence.

College Student

Nightlife: House parties are always too loud and get busted, plus the keg line is reminiscent of Disneyland in the summer. Bars are always a blast, and the clubs are usually popping after 10 or so. However, fights have broken at these parts over girls or some other drama, so go with a few friends to make sure people know you are cool.

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College Student

Diversity: There is a wide variety of students, but most are right-wing Christians will little else but Jesus and abstinence on their minds. There is the issue of racism ever since a slur was written on the free expression tunnel regarding our new president. But you can find all types of cliques if you look hard enough. Class is the worst place to label people; I advise going to the bars, clubs, and parties to see what people are really like.

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Academics: Some teachers are great; some are horrible. Just ask the upperclassmen which professors to take and which ones to stay away from. This will make your academic life at UNC so much easier.

Niche User

Academics: I have only run into a couple of bad professors. The good thing about college is that you can drop the class and get out. A lot of the lower-level classes are taught by TAs. Beware of the math department. A lot of those TAs don't speak very good English.

Niche User

Academics: The TAs are surprisingly good. You'll run into some professors, especially in the sciences, that are incredible researchers, but sometimes, you'll feel ignored. Otherwise, I can't believe how much the teachers care; I've visited a few of them at their houses!

Niche User

Academics: Most teachers are great and will work with you. I've only had two bad experiences. Also, if you are taking AP credits or any college-bridge program classes, UNC accepts almost all of them! I came in with 27 credits, so I'm a year ahead in school. It's nice to skip over those intro classes!

Niche User

Academics: The types of professors in each department will affect the classes you take. I have taken several boring history classes, but I did take a really interesting French literature class my freshman year. My friends have recommended professors that are interesting.

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Kavita Gupta
Hometown
Austin, Texas
Major
Biology
Grad Year
2013
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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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