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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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Overall Experience: I knew I wanted to come to this school when I was in middle school, and I haven't been deterred from that decision in my two years as a Carolina student. I love it here. The people, professors, atmosphere, and school spirit are simply unparalleled.

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Overall Experience: Overall, I am happy to be here at Carolina. I transferred here from the University of Georgia where people are more laid-back and less stuck up. That is my main complaint about Carolina. However, there are many really cool people here, but you just have to look a bit harder.

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Overall Experience: I couldn't have picked a better, more well-rounded school to go to. Academically, it's really challenging. Socially, there's always something to do. Diversity is something that's really embraced. And we're the Tar Heels-sports are great!

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Overall Experience: I promise, if you come here, you will find yourself buying more Carolina blue clothing than you thought possible, and you can't help but smile every time you hear UNC mentioned in a random conversation. You just grin and think how lucky you were to be able to come here.

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Overall Experience: My overall experience here at UNC is one that I will always remember. There are great people, teachers, and students all around. I have found lifelong, strong friendships here, as well as the one girl who I feel is my true love. Point being, UNC has a lot to offer. I suggest not missing out!

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Overall Experience: I love Chapel Hill. Everyday I wake up knowing I have to bust my butt in class, but I never had a moment that I wished I was somewhere else. I'm positive I will never regret the decision I made to become a Tar Heel!

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Overall Experience: I absolutely love Carolina. It was the best decision I ever made to go here, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. UNC is truly the complete package. It's one of the best public schools in the nation, has a great location, superb athletics, amazing tradition, good weather, and great school colors. Once you enroll, your blood will run Carolina blue forever.

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Overall Experience: I love it here at Carolina. Even though it was not my first choice, it has become my home away from home. No other institution could give me the experiences and opportunities I gained here. Carolina is very close to other diverse institutions as well, which makes the college experience five times more appealing.

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Overall Experience: This school was not my first choice, but I'm glad that I ended up here. It's small enough so that you're not a nameless face in the crowd, but it's big enough that you can never stop meeting people and learning new things about the campus. The teachers, even those who teach classes with more than 400 people, try their best to be available to a student who needs one-on-one attention.

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Overall Experience: Overall, I am glad I attend UNC at Chapel Hill because it's a well-known school throughout the nation. However, I do at times wish I were somewhere else because the social life for blacks is not that great. Academics can also be threatening when you walk into a class and you're the only black person or minority. Your success at Carolina will depend on your goals and how focused you are. My only advice is to not get caught up in the party scene your first year.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is a must by junior year. It is reasonable, easy, and it will give you an idea of what it's like in the real world (bills, laundry, garbage).

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Off-Campus Housing: I wouldn't recommend living off campus your first two years because you don't get to know as many people and it's nearly impossible to find parking freshman year. The bus system in Chapel Hill is free.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is extremely convenient. If you want to live off campus, I say go for it! I live off campus and still find everything quite accessible. There are so many different places to live, and most of the apartments are close to campus. Also, it's not like you won't interact with other students off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is cheaper, and it's worth it if you don't mind getting up early to catch a bus to campus every morning. Although, the buses around here aren't all that reliable.

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Off-Campus Housing: After freshman year, living off campus is convenient, but there are some drawbacks. You have to get parking permits, drive to class, juggle a job, and maintain the same study habits as before. Living off campus comes with a lot more distractions and much more responsibility.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing in Chapel Hill is not only expensive, but definitely not worth it. However, there are a few complexes in nearby Carrboro and Durham that provide nicer facilities, student deals, and more affordable and comfortable housing. But apartment shopping, like anywhere else, is definitely hard.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is relatively convenient as far as walking is concerned. However, having a car makes living off campus an even more enticing option. Some people who have moved off campus say it is great, based on the privacy, space, and the pleasure of having your own personal bathroom. However, others wished they had stayed on campus due to the excess bills and traveling that come with having your own place. On campus versus off campus depends on the person and what they are willing to sacrifice.

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Off-Campus Housing: The biggest benefit to living off campus is being able to have a car and knowing that you'll always have a parking space. I lived on campus for two years and now live off campus, and I have loved it both on and off campus. There are many great apartments within walking distance from campus, but apartment living is definitely more expensive than the dorms.

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Parking: Four invaluable words: don't bring a car. Don't even try to park; it's impossible. You can have it on the weekends, but you'll never get it on campus with a permit unless you are extremely lucky.

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Parking: Parking is a joke on campus. I don't think Carolina students will ever be able to park for a decent price. First of all, it is incredibly hard to park on campus. If you are a lucky junior or senior who lives off campus, you get to pay $300-$400 per year for a parking space. Yippee!

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Parking: Parking is the worst part about UNC! Most students who can't get a permit just park their car at nearby apartment complexes and get friends to drive them to their cars. You can park without a permit at 5 p.m. on Friday until 8 a.m. on Monday.

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Parking: If there's one negative to this campus, it's the parking. Construction is always going on, and they're downsizing the parking availability. So, unless you find an off-campus place to park your car, forget about getting a parking space as a freshman. Getting around without a car isn't bad at all, so don't be too worried.

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Parking: The parking scene is the worst thing that we have going for us. It is hard to park, much less receive a parking pass on campus. This is due to the lack of space and continuous influx of students and people in general.

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Parking: Parking is terrible around here. There is not a lot of on-campus parking, and it's very expensive to get a parking pass. There are plenty of off-campus parking lots, and you can get to them by the buses around here. Most people don't really like that option, but if you park on campus without a permit, you will get a ticket. That is fairly annoying.

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Parking: Parking at UNC is horrible! Honestly, the parking is one of the only things that I don't like about UNC. There's no place to park, and if you do happen to get a spot, you'll probably get a ticket. Campus police have nothing to do other than ticket poor college students trying to go to the library.

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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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