College Junior 2011-12-30T16:31:18Z
Personal Choice – Drugs and alcohol are fairly common depending on what circles a student runs in and long as things don't get out of hand or dangerous, authorities generally look the other way. Drinking is certainly the most common while a smaller though still significant percentage of the student body partake in other substances. However, I believe that this atmosphere is the most beneficial to a develpoing adults decision making and willpower. Real life is rife with opportunities to make decisions for good or ill and its important to learn how to strike a balance that allows for recreation without compromising one's priorities or goals.Ive found myself capable of doing that at Carolina.
College Junior 2011-12-30T16:08:48Z
Carolina Basketball – Those two words say it all. I have never seen a more universally supported sports team. Almost every student is an avid Carolina Basketball fan. The stadium is packed at every home game with students making up a huge percentage of the crowd. Personally, I dont much care for spectator sports (I almost never watch sports on TV) but its hard to not join in the fandom at school as it eclipses most of the other varsity sports. IM leagues and club sports are also very well participated in as most students have at least cursory interest in staying in shape. All in all the athletic atmosphere at UNC is a social, friendly and enthusiastic one.
College Junior 2011-12-30T15:53:26Z
Carolina Computing Initiative – UNC enacted the Carolina Computing initiative about a decade ago to ensure that every student has a computer that conforms to university standards that enables access to a myriad of online tasks and opportunities. Thus, with UNC's reliable and fast wireless campus network, every student has internet access at any time and place on campus. In a way this has rendered university computer labs obsolete because any campus bench or desk can be your own personal computer lab. Printing is slightly more onerous as there are fees for every page printed but that burden is understandable and the effect is that students are more conscientious about how many pages they print.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T06:35:28Z
UNC is probably the best public institution when it comes to financial aid. They usually try to give you mostly grants so that you have minimal loans (as much as is reasonable and feasible for a public university). Helpful website and online applications through ConnectCarolina. Make sure to submit FAFSA and all other required documents before the deadline for priority!
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T06:33:17Z
Good Dorms and Apartments Around Campus – Dorms are pretty good, especially the newer ones. Great way to meet people and have cool amenities and basements. In some of the new or renovated dorms they have study rooms in the basement, along with top of the line washers/dryers, large tv and game rooms, and full kitchens. South campus is usually occupied by underclassmen, while north campus is usually filled with upperclassmen. Apartments around campus are also pretty good quality, with the biggest drawback being parking.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T06:29:45Z
Buses and Walking – If you live on south campus, you have to take the bus unless you like walking for 15-20 minutes. North campus, everything is in very short walking distance. Buses on campus come to their stops very frequently.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T06:28:39Z
Atrocious parking situation. Spots on campus always filled, constantly congested and full, expensive, and time consuming. Parking situation downtown is horrible as well.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T06:25:48Z
Best College – Greatest place. Top-tier academics, great social life, superb athletics. Amazing people and gorgeous campus. Never seen so many people who are so busy with extracurriculars and excelling at academics at such a high level and still going out, partying hard, and having a good time. Would recommend UNC to anyone!
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T06:23:25Z
Great Southern Climate – Mild winters and hot summers. Stays warm till late December/early January. Coldest months are Jan-beginning March, then warms up quickly.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T06:21:23Z
Club and varsity sports are huge. Obviously basketball, but also baseball, soccer, football, etc. Can find people playing all the time. Varsity players often practice and play around with non-Varsity players for fun. One of the best fan clubs; spacious and well-used workout facilities, etc. For club sports, a long list of sports to choose from for both girls and guys.
College Junior 2011-12-29T06:19:11Z
Great Aid, Hope It Stays – Carolina has a large amount of scholarships and is well-known for its great tuition and aid. I was very pleased with my aid package. The Carolina Covenant program continues to help many students reach their goal of graduating from college debt-free. The process was relatively easy, I didn't have too wait too long to find out about my aid. Over the months, the office made several changes to my aid that consisted of redistributing where the money came from but it didn't affect the total amount. Not sure if this has anything to do with the state's budget cuts, but hopefully UNC can continue to help its students financially in the years to come.
College Junior 2011-12-29T06:10:45Z
Good Options – Housing is all up to your preference. Most freshman stay on south campus, which is about a 15-20 minute walk from classes, depending on how fast you walk. There is a mixture of hall style and suite style dorms. North campus is where most upperclassmen live, very convenient to classes and everything else on the main quad. I stayed on north campus my freshman year and enjoyed it. It's all about the experience you want. Some people prefer convenience, others prefer to live with their classmates. The bus system is great, so if you don't want to walk it won't take you more than 5 or 10 minutes to get from one place to the other. Some dorms are older, but in good shape. 12 living-learning communities which provide nice housing options as well.
College Junior 2011-12-29T06:04:25Z
Health & Safety:
Overall Safe – Overall, I feel very safe. UNC does a good job of alerting the students whenever there is an incident in the city of Chapel Hill, and there aren't many. I always feel safe walking on campus. The presence of security and police officers adds to the peace of mind without feeling overwhelming. Systems like Safewalk and showing your onecard to get into the library after midnight are added bonuses. The school is not tolerant of bad behavior, which is very good. If you follow common sense safety (lock doors, don't leave your stuff around) you will be fine. Most people watch out for one another.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-24T05:35:02Z
Good Variety, but No 5 Star Resturant – The dining halls at UNC are very unreliable. One day you can find tons of great food items you love, and the next day there can be nothing and you find yourself in the salad bar line for the majority of your meals. However, UNC does a great job offering many healthy options including vegetarian and vegan options, many fruits and vegetables, and a variety of meats.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-24T05:32:13Z
Libraries Are Great – There are many on campus libraries at UNC. All of them offer something different whether it be a place to study with friends, a quiet area, computer use, books, or complete solitude. There are also many places to study off campus that are close by, like coffee houses and cafe's on Franklin Street
College Junior 2011-12-21T20:13:47Z
Chapel Hill is infamous for its pay lots, towing policies, and crowded parking garages. Parking is expensive, difficult to find, and often very inconvenient. A total nightmare!
College Junior 2011-12-21T20:10:14Z
Not Worth the Price – On-campus housing is approximately $500 per month, not including meal plans. For that price, I was underwhelmed by the facilities, disappointed by the size and cleanliness of the dorm rooms, and Wi-Fi access is spotty at best. Freshman dorms are very social however, and living with other first-years is a fun, exciting experience!
College Junior 2011-12-21T19:53:09Z
Lots to Choose from! Chapel Hill is a typical college town and there are tons of off-campus houses, apartments, and townhouses available to undergraduate and graduate students. Some are more affordable than others, but rest assured there are plenty of places to choose from.
College Junior 2011-12-20T20:00:07Z
Out of state tuition is expensive, but it's still a great buy for students. Some confusion with FAFSA led me to not get any aid from any of my schools, even though I truly needed some support. I created a relationship with a woman in financial aid, and after several tries I left a message explaining my situation for one last plea, and politely saying thank you and that I'd hope to see them as a transfer student the following year. This sparked her to contact admissions and discern that I was an asset that the school wanted to help come to the school. That whole time, though, the two departments had been separate. If there's any way you can inspire them to speak with each other and compare their impressions, do it. Don't be afraid to ask more than three times for help, don't be afraid to be polite, and don't be afraid to be entirely honest.
College Junior 2011-12-20T19:55:46Z
Groups Include Everyone – Groups around campus reach out to everyone and they really unify a variety of types of people, ages, races, and interests.
College Junior 2011-12-20T19:54:20Z
Beer and Hash – A lot of kids smoke pot here, and most kids drink. There's never any unnecessary pressure to do either, though. Parties and hang-outs are always just as fun here without any influences.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-20T17:49:38Z
Class in Clinic – As a dental hygiene major, I will be certified as a dental assistant II coming out of my first year in the program. My responsibilites will including taking xrays of patients and helping the dentist. The program offers me to work in the clinic as a class, which is helpful because I can get a grade from it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-20T17:44:41Z
Carolina Greeks – Greek life does make up a big part of th community around UNC. Housing is available and there are 10 housing areas for sorority where there is a formal rush. Fraternities have informal rush and they too have houses. It adds to the campus social atmosphere and provide a social outlet for students on campus. Greek students tend to be looked at as more classy by non Greeks, because they tend to dress a little nicer on a daily basis than non Greeks. There is also Greek life for minorities.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-20T17:39:17Z
Guys & Girls:
Southern Style Living – Students at Carolina tend to dress up for football games and events around campus, guys wearing bowties and girls wearing nice dresses, even if going to walk on Franklin Street. Greek life is big on campus and the students are active in their extracurricular activities.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-18T02:40:57Z
Integrity Is the Carolina Way – The rules, policies, and procedures are emphasized heavily on UNC's campus. As first-year you are required to attend New Student Orientation, where not only do you register for classes and get your first impression of UNC as an official Tarheel, but our policies are stressed during this process. We have police officers around campus that enforce the law, but the jurisdiction if you break the rules is in the hands of our student-ran Honor Court. After a student has gone against the honor code and against UNC policy (students are required to read both before attending New Student Orientation), they have to meet in front of the Honor Court to have their verdict determined. The campus is as strict as each student makes it. If you follow the rules, and respect the campus, the students, and yourself, you should be fine.
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