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Reviews 446 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is a great school. I enjoy it greatly. The mountains, the people, the city are all excellent and I love my school.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: For the guys it seems like there are a lot more connections to be made. The girls, I am not sure.

It's nice that you can be in Greek life but still feel completely integrated into all other aspects of campus, and vice versa. Both Greek-life and non-Greek life is equally inclusive.

Only downside: "Free shots for freshman girls." (Though the men's basketball team will always take the lead in being the nastiest people on campus in terms of how they treat girls... very, VERY bad!!!!!!)

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You can find it if you need it...

The Grove is very unsafe, though. I received a few emails about students getting seriously injured there from crimes.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want it, it's there. Not really my cup of tea though, so my input won't be too helpful. The last time I was in Mills, I encountered a shirtless dude and several boxes of boxed wine that smelled like cat piss, so I left pretty soon after that.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: SO MUCH GOOD FOOD :)

3 College Freshman

Administration: It just depends... if you're cautious, the police won't knock on your door. But there are still plenty of drinkers and drug users that get caught.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: No merit aid whatsoever. Many of the departments don't have adequate funding, either, for scholarships.

Also, way more loans were offered to me than grants. What's up with that?

Lastly, and please, please, please look into doing something about this. Fix the IRS Data Retrieval tool!

Due to multiple problems that rose while processing my financial aid, I wasn't able to receive any aid until my mom used the IRS data retrieval tool (which we didn't need last year). By using that tool, my mom lost all of her pension funding because that money was instead put in towards our expected family contribution, when in reality, that money was NOT available. This took away from receiving the Pell Grant, meaning I lost the ability to apply to all of the scholarships associated with it, too. That really sucked, and it took away several thousand dollars from my family (as my brother is at UNCA, too, and my parents are paying for both of us). Now my brother and I are both working full time and trying to help my parents make up for that lost money so that we can afford to stay in school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Too salty. I'll get something that looks good but it'll be so loaded with sodium that I can't finish it, which wastes food.

The salad bar looks so unappetizing... the hummus especially. I love hummus but I just can't bring myself to eat it.

PLEASE open up the smoothie & salad station on the weekends, even if that means you have to train students to make the salads (can't be that hard).

Also, what oils are being used to cook? Please consider using healthier oils such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, and coconut oil, if these are not already being used.

I know that you are all working hard to make sure that we can eat. I know that it is a huge process to get a lot of people together to put food on the table for thousands of people. If you could start small with simple changes, like the oils used in cooking or the salt intake on items, that could make such a difference. It might make the meal plan go up in price, but I'm willing to pay more if the food will be better (& you can always create more options for people who want to cook for themselves, i.e. have the same money available to them to buy ingredients and then refunding whatever isn't used at the end of the year).

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Easy access to classes and events, which is good. But the space and amenities are not great given the price that is paid each semester. Plus, living on campus REQUIRES that people at my school (UNC Asheville) have to have a meal plan--so that's $3,000-4,000 more that you have to pay, even if you want to buy your own food and cook for yourself. So that sucks.

4 College Senior

Majors: Very attentive admissions counselors

helpful and informative advisers and chairs in each department

3 College Senior

Local Area: Really great for those over 21, known as "beer city"

Great for those who love the outdoors

pretty boring otherwise

3 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity needs a lot of work, but mostly in the area of race and religion

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Student center and cafeteria are very new and nice, all other buildings are kinda old

4 College Senior

Academics: Poli Sci rocks

It's fun and the professors are really knowledgeable

4 College Senior

Academics: Interesting classes

Talented professors

Small Class sizes

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school has a great counseling system, health center, and support systems to meet the different needs of the campus community.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everything on campus is revolved around the basketball team. The other athletic teams' needs are not met. Such as the soccer team. There is no irrigation system so if it rains hard, the games are typically cancelled.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being a member of Greek life, I love it. But it is very cliquey.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Three of the 4 typical off-campus housing options are not the best. Safety and parking is an issue. The rent each month is not reasonable. And the landlords are not the best. The quality of the apartments are very poor. They are typically dirty and have many issues.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many spots close to campus that offer student discounts. Other spots are fairly accessible, and have a large variety of options.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are normally held by athletes. They typically last a few hours, and the hours that they do last are worth it. However, they get busted very easily.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They do what they can to get the job done. They are fair all across the board.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received what I needed, but I know others that did not.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus at UNCA is the equivalent to living in a small community. Everything is within 5 minutes of walking distance, whether that be other residence halls, the cafeteria, educational buildings, or the student union. You meet friends of a life time, since the halls are fairly small. You get to know everyone on campus through different programs such as PlayFair, the freshman orientation, or pre-rendezblue, which is a summer program for UNCA students who would like to meet other students before classes begin. A great feature of UNCA is the substance free dorm. It is the newest of the dorms, and it was built initially to ease those with substance abuse problems back into society, and more importantly, back into school. The resident assistants are awesome, and really form a bond with each of their residents. Freshman are required to live on campus at least for their first year. I think this rule is awesome, because your freshman year is the crucial year you will have. That is the year where you find your niche, and really start to belong. Living on campus introduces you to many different opportunities. More specifically, freshman dorms are the target for on campus organizations. They look to the freshman to recruit new faces into the student organizations, whether that be intramural athletics, Greek life, etc. Living on campus at UNCA has changed my life, not only in the social aspect of making new friends, but it has also increased my level of responsibility.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Asheville is an expensive place to live. Fair variety in housing but not cheap.


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