College Junior 2012-05-14T03:08:34Z
Tar Heels! Sports at UNC are pretty big. We have one of the top overall athletic programs in the country and there is a ton of school spirit
College Junior 2012-05-11T23:12:06Z
Many Locations – There is no shortage of apartments. You are sure to find one if you're looking for one, although I find that most people choose to stay on campus. Depending on how far you stay, a car may be necessary.
College Junior 2012-05-11T23:10:06Z
Laptop Required – There are many computer labs on campus, including the libraries. As a student though, you are required to have your own laptop which makes life a lot easier. There's WiFi pretty much every where on campus so you don't have to worry about limited access. There are many printers where you can use your printing money (given $40 each semester, but can add more if needed) which is nice so you don't have to bring your own printer. Network speed is pretty fast; I've never had a problem.
College Junior 2012-05-11T22:58:04Z
Pain in the Butt – Besides FAFSA, you have to fill out the CSS/PROFILE ID form. It's a lot of paperwork, but make sure to send all your stuff in by the priority deadline in order to maximize the funds you will receive. They're really good about helping out and meeting most, if not all, of your financial need. In-state student I feel have more opportunities to get financial aid with all the NC programs, but there is a way for everyone if you search hard enough.
College Junior 2012-05-11T22:45:18Z
Good Enough for Most – There are 2 dining halls where you can use your meal swipes, and they're both located on different parts of the campus, so you're never too far from one. There is a basic menu that is always the same so you can be sure that some of these items will always be there. For example, you can always count on the salad bar, pizza, burgers, fruits, grilled cheeses, cereal, etc. It's nice to have these stock items, so if the other dishes being served are not to your liking, you can opt for one of these options. There is variety where many unique dishes are prepared; I tried many things for the first time ever at the dining halls. As for taste, the dining hall has its days where nothing really seems to be too good, but for the most part, I would say it's above average. It's better than what I had expected first going into college. There is a strong effort to use locally grown food to support farmers, or to provide organic/gluten-free options in order to satisfy everyone on campus. There is essentially no limit to how many times you can go up and get more helpings which is nice, but can lead to the dreaded Freshman 15. There is no shortage in places to use flex dollars: Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Mediterranean Deli, 1.5.0., Sushinara, Jamba Juice, and the list goes on...
College Sophomore 2012-05-09T18:10:37Z
Guys & Girls:
Boys Are Cute – Both girls and boys are either super country or hipster, but in a cute way.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-08T18:26:46Z
Professors Are There to Teach – The professors really want the students to learn so they make their exams really challenging.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-08T18:14:38Z
Research Based Help – The professors are very helpful in finding research opportunities for students.
College Senior 2012-05-06T19:36:23Z
The academics of UNC are extremely diverse because the general education requirements for graduation are interdisciplinary. Every student is required to take math, language, history, global studies, philosophy, and laboratory science courses (among others). There are courses that fulfill more than one of these requirements, but the point is that every student is expected to graduate with exposure to as many subjects and patterns of thought as possible. Even with recent budget cuts, UNC works hard to provide a long list of courses to choose from. For instance, I'm a Global Studies and Biology double major with a minor in Medical Anthropology. Surprisingly, even with such different majors, I will graduate on time and still fit in a semester of study abroad next fall. =] UNC is excellent!
College Senior 2012-05-06T19:25:38Z
Health & Safety:
Chapel Hill: a University Town and a Unviersity Environment – Chapel Hill is a town that lives in tandem with its academic community; as a result, a good portion of the town's population is bound by the University Honor Code and subject to the Honor Court's ruling. The campus is also a very safe environment overall because the community is supportive and works to keep ITSELF safe. The universtiy supports a program called Safe Walk that ensures students have escorts home after midnight every weeknight, and the Alert System sends out information about weather and crime to students through email and text. That being said, every town has its problems; There have been thefts, muggings, rapes, and even murders. These events, however, are not commonplace. A few incidents happen in any given year, and murders are especially rare.
College Senior 2012-05-06T18:38:56Z
I'm at UNC Chapel Hill, and when I enrolled, I was looking for a very diverse education. Well, I found it! The Global Studies major was my first choice because the major is very interdisciplinary. So far, I've had anthropology courses, I've studies economics, geopraphy, and political science. My favorite classes in particular turned out to be Global Health (an anthropology course) and Russian 101. These classes led me to the pre-medical track, a second biology major, and a medical anthropology minor. The biology major is very popular at UNC for good reason: The program is very rigorous and the professors are usually very good. I have always had excellent biology and chemistry professors. I have yet to take a medical anthropology course specifically, but my general anthropology professors have also been knowledgeable and highly qualified. The Russian language program is my favorite, and best, subject, so there is very little to complain there. All in all, UNC Chapel Hill is a wonderful university. I even plan on using a university-sponsored program to study abroad in Vladimir, Russia next fall.
College Senior 2012-05-01T20:08:47Z
The diversity here is quite engaging. There are many ethnic groups. Many are Asian related and there is the BSM - Black Student Movement and there's MASALA. This group has its goal set upon uniting all ethnic groups and religions together.
College Senior 2012-05-01T19:58:02Z
A Liddo to Do Here and There – Most of the clubs are 18+ besides The Library. The drinks can be really overpriced but it's fun when you go for a specific mixer; otherwise, you would get stuck with creeps (esp. Players). None of the clubs are as high class as other ones I've been too. However, this is a university-oriented town. Granville Towers have foam parties sometimes and there are free covers in the clubs depending on which night you go (before midnight/11:30). YouTube singers come to sing in the area either at Cat's Cradle or Duke University. The best part is that there is usually parking someway close (most are paid, though). There is a school bus shuttle called the P2P that runs until 3AM. At that point, there is a phone number you can call for a private shuttle van to get around to points in and around UNC. There are a handful of restaurants that stay open until 2AM or 3AM. They get filled up quickly so leave the club early for a good spot if you have a lot of people in your party. However, if there's not a place around Duke or UNC, there should be a mixer or house party in Raleigh so there will always be something to do.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-23T16:01:59Z
Really Bad – Parking on campus is horrible. The lots are very far from campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-23T16:00:22Z
Awesome Classes – Carolina has a lot of different courses that students can take. The curriculum is very rigorous but if you are willing to work hard you'll do well
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-22T02:19:17Z
Athletics are pretty important to the UNC campus and community. Our basketball team is well know across the nation! The student body as a whole, including the faculty and staff all take part in keeping the school spirit alive and vibrant. All of our varsity sports ranging from football, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse,baseball, etc are amazing and contribute greatly to the UNC diversity and pride.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-19T07:58:16Z
Lots of options, it's not necessary to have a car.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-19T07:55:39Z
Journalism Helps If You Are a Top Student – The Journalism School is great for students who are overachievers and go the extra mile. Professors love students who give everything they've got and a little more. I'm not willing to sacrifice as much time as other students, and therefore don't get as much attention from professors or recommendations for jobs.
College Senior 2012-04-18T20:01:21Z
Unless you live in Granville Towers you are not getting a parking spot.
College Senior 2012-04-18T19:57:09Z
Guys & Girls:
The girls are generally very pretty. It is really easy to find all types of girls: hippie, sorority, nerds, etc.
College Senior 2012-04-18T19:55:53Z
Courses are tough with difficult grading, but you will actually learn the information. Most professors are willing to help during office hours.
College Senior 2012-04-18T18:12:26Z
Alcohol Is King – It's hard to find someone at UNC who doesn't drink. Other drugs can be found pretty easily given enough time and patience.
College Senior 2012-04-18T18:07:14Z
Not for Everyone – Frats at UNC are teeming with bunch of obnoxious southern white privilege weirdos. Easy to avoid the type since they clearly mark themselves (pastel pants, boat shoes, croakies, etc) and travel in packs. Not all frats on campus are of this type, so it is possible to find one that fits.
College Senior 2012-04-18T17:59:12Z
Health & Safety:
The Safest – To this date I have never felt unsafe on and around UNC's campus. I've walked throughout Carrboro and Chapel Hill at all hours imaginable, and have not once felt uncomfortable. Bike theft happens often though, so make sure to buy a good lock.
College Senior 2012-04-18T04:45:34Z
The Honor System – The campus has recently put together a task to reevaluate our honor system to figure out how to improve it. While some students complain that our system is too strict or unfair because traditional sanctions for a first time offense, if found guilty, is a semester's suspension, UNC is actively trying to improve the Honor Code and how the system is run to better benefit both students and faculty. The university cares.
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