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Winston-Salem, NC
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738
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$20,703 ($7,558)
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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The faculty are literally the best in the business- look up the most famous names of people in theatre design and you're guaranteed to come across numerous members of the faculty. Facilities are some of the best in the country as are the connections you make here. You get a much more detailed education than at a liberal arts school- but it's also a great deal more work. Don't be surprised if you have to pull multiple all nighters a week and work all weekend as well. But the education you get is well worth it.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are actually no sports on campus. I think there might be inter murals for some things, but it's rare. We are a very demanding school academically, and sports would make good grades near impossible. Plus, it's an art school.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There is a live-in high school program associated with School of the Arts which makes on-campus shenanigans more tightly monitored. Parking seems to be fairly lenient so long as you have a pass- if the lot is full, they don't seem to mind you spilling over into visitor spots. The biggest complaint I've heard of from them is not allowing people into the shops and studios (which is where most of the student's homework, not to mention work on shows is done) during breaks or snow days- it can make it difficult to get Thursday's assignment done when the buildings are unexpectedly locked on Tuesday and Wednesday and all of your supplies are inside.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing within walking distance is limited to house rentals and one apartment complex- however, there are a lot of student houses. If you can/don't mind driving, there are plenty of places within 10-15 minutes of campus. Rent varies from about 400-700 for a one bedroom depending on location, amenities, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not a ton of racial diversity, but since it's an art school, views tend to be pretty liberal, which makes for a very accepting environment.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't have a ton of time for partying personally, but there is a great downtown area about 10 minutes away with lots of bars and places to go- plenty with live music, trivia, karaoke, pool, etc. I know that people under 21 have a hard time going to parties without the party getting busted, unless it's a small, exclusive party. For those of us who are legal, the biggest glitch is a lack of bars within walking distance- requiring a DD can definitely make parties trickier, especially if don't live near the people you're going out with.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The only downside to off campus dining here is that there are no/few student discounts, and very few places within a 5 minute drive from campus. If you've got time for a 10-20 minute trek, you can get just about anything, and for very reasonable prices too- assuming you don't choose an extremely swanky restaurant. There are almost all the classic chains found in most regions, along with some great local restaurants and plenty of fast food options. If you wanted to, you could eat out for months without repeating a place.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity? In the South? Just kidding. Honestly, it's not as bad as one might think at a school in NC. The campus is mostly white and black with some hispanic, asian, etc. Everyone is mostly accepting of one another, because the majority of students/faculty did not grow up with a very conservative southern mindset. Politically, I would not say we're conservative or liberal but somewhere in between. The majority of students, faculty probably are atheists but are not outright against religion in any way.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I've been living off campus for the last two years, so my answer will be somewhat biased. My first year was in the dorms and second year @ bailey st. apartments. I definitely had a lot more experiences in dealing with campus police those two years, but once you move off campus-you should be fine.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: TRADE ST. bars, 4th St. bars and restaurants. And that's pretty much it?

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It takes some time, but by your 4th year hopefully you know some good spots to eat outside of campus. There are plenty of ethnic places in the city. You can find great Mexican and Thai food. Sushi's okay. Chinese is okay. Italian-decent. Greek-pretty good. Mediterranean-not bad. Indian-not bad. BBQ-pretty good. A lot of fast food around. Everything is really cheap here and all pretty much within 15 minutes of driving. Student Discounts? I've never heard of any, but that'd be cool. Some places to check out- if you enjoy authentic Mexican-El Rancho. Hands down, my favorite restaurant in town. Eat right. Eat with the locals.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Getting in-state tuition was quite an endeavor, but when I finally got into my 2nd year- it was definitely worth it. Same with financial aid, applying is kind of a pain-but it pays off at the end. I wish I spent more time searching/applying for scholarships because UNCSA is pretty good about them

College Senior

Greek Life: A Greek Life? Sorry, but if this was a 'real' 4-year university then I would be able to answer this question. UNCSA is an art school, no frats, sororities, etc. etc.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Crime on campus? Out of the 2 years living on campus, I've never had any major problems. I have never felt in danger while on campus. The police are usually patrolling or on duty 24/7.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: So far? Well I am a Senior Filmmaking Student at UNCSA and have a few more months to go before I graduate in May. Favorite experiences? Too many to name. But in broad terms, it definitely has to involve fellow students from the school. What makes UNCSA, UNCSA? Our mascot. I would not take back my 4 years if I had the opportunity to. I actually moved out all the way from Bay Area, California to transfer to a community college in order to study here. And after all that- it was still worth all the trouble. Come here, you won't regret it!

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3 College Senior

Weather: We're in the south, remember that! Fall is probably my favorite, followed by spring, winter, and summer. If you ever get a chance-I highly recommend a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway during autumn. Spring is pleasant here, but it seems to quickly transfer into summer after school is over. Winter is nice, not too cold like the north. If it snows-forget it. The whole town will shut down. In the summer it can get pretty nasty, hot & humid-almost like a rainforest.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls? In the last four years here, I have not been in many 'relationships'. Most of the time people are focusing on their art/craft to dedicate any serious time into maintaing a boyfriend/girlfriend experience. Since you're in the south, it's mostly white & black people. Not much diversity here. It's not LA or NY obviously. People are mainly interested in their art/craft whether it's Drama, Dance, Film, D&P, Music, or Visual Arts. Everyone dresses differently, but you can usually tell what department someone is in just by the way they act and dress. Social life? Relationships? haha good luck!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: For what you pay, it really is some of the best you will get for the rest of your life. Unless you move to a third-world country. I lived in the dorms my first year (the worst living experience in my last 4 years). My second year was at the Bailey St. Apartments (a lot better) with four people to a small apartment (bathroom, living room, kitchen). My third year and fourth year have been a house shared between four other UNCSA film students. Our rent is a little under $300/month + utilities= ~$350-$400/month. We also have a front and back porch, 3 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, and 2 kitchens. It doesn't get much better than this. Our landlord is a nice guy, but our house has been broken into! Parking is great and easy like the rest of the city. The school does not specifically help students search for off-campus housing other than their Center Stage Apartments, which are not worth the $$ IMO.

2 College Senior

Athletics: UNCSA not have a sports team. However, the school does have a mascot- "The Fighting Pickle" which has been on a list for some of the cheesiest college mascots across America. We have a pretty good school gym that is within walking distance from the dorms and Bailey Apartments. The field that we used to play ultimate frisbee, football, and soccer is now under construction...

5 College Senior

Academics: My specific major, filmmaking (cinematography) is some of the best in the country. Our faculty and facility is most likely the two strongest factors at this school. We have industry professionals who have worked for many years and some are still working today. We have 3 large sound stages. One of which, an independent feature used for their film. The school has a numerous amount of cameras, grip, and lighting equipment. More than you will probably have access to when you first leave the school. The workload is tough but good for you. The school productions lets you practice your craft so it does not become a film studies school but one that specializes in film production. The school has a staff member dedicated solely to helping students find internships and jobs. All in all, it's really the best bang for the buck school one could ask for. It's slowly becoming more popular, so come study here asap!

4 College Senior

Computers: The film school has a production office and 1st year editing suites for your computing needs. Also, the Student Commons is open to both high school and college students. Printing is basically free in the beginning until you go over your limit (~25 pages). You can print in color and B&W in the student commons computer lab. The network is quick and has never failed me in all 4 years here. You can access the wireless network at just about any location on campus. Definitely try to have a personal computer, it's much more convenient than having to visit the computer labs everyday. Plus, they shut down when the Student Commons Hall closes.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: there are shuttles I just dont know when they leave

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: For studying music, I can't imagine a place I would be receiving a better education. The professor are an eclectic mix of traditionalist and progressive minds, and classes are both challenging and encouraging. The professors are always willing to spend extra time with a student to help them improve, as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is relatively far away from the rest of campus. However, campus is fairly small, so that doesn't mean too much. It's still quite the hike The temperatures also always seem far more extreme in the parking lot, and finding a spot can be incredibly frustrating.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of nearby places, with a wide variety of food. The cost can sometimes get a little out of hand, but for the most part it's worth the taste.

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