Recent Alumnus 2011-06-07T16:01:07Z
Hard Times – I am having a horrible experience with financial aid.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-07T15:57:46Z
Overall, Carolina is a great school. The students are friendly, caring, and there is an immense sense of school pride. Academics are challenging, but it is worth it because you know you're being prepared for real life.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-07T15:53:30Z
Greeks Are Prevalent – Greek life at UNC Chapel Hill is very noticeable. They are highly involved in day-to-day campus activities, as well as the nightlife. It is not necessary to be a Greek in order to feel a part of the campus, but it also has its pros.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-04T15:27:08Z
Its All About Perspective – Some people hate living on south campus as freshman because of the long walk; some people love it because it has a great social scene. Its true the dorms on north campus are quieter, and the're much more convenient to classes, but you also spend less time on campus and more time in your dorm because its so close. The choices you make in how to live in the dorms are 100% reflective of the experience you have. Applying for housing is a headache, but so is signing up for classes. Pay attention to what dorms have working AC. Some are central air, some are only window boxes and some are only box fans.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-04T15:20:19Z
Spend Money Wisely – It is fact that the dining system is a rip-off, but you pay for the convenience of having lots of options right at your fingertips. With so many other options in bottom of lenior and right on franklin street, it's easy to forget your meal plan all together. Don't. Eat out on occasion but remember that meals not used is money wasted.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-04T15:15:34Z
Find Your Place – There's so much to do that it's frequently overwhelming. The town of Chapel Hill itself doesn't offer much but there's always tons of stuff going on on campus. Keep your ears open and try to look in the paper or in the union for events going on around campus. You really have to know someone to get in on parties, and the good ones are frequently at frats. Don't expect to easily get around with a car, parking and parking tickets are the biggest headaches here. Expect to use a bicycle, or your feet, and keep in mind that the bus system here is one of the best.
College Senior 2011-06-01T04:31:13Z
Drinking is more popular and visible on the weekends. While drug use does exist it isn't as out in the open as at other universities. However policy enforcement is handled well by not only the local law enforcement but campus officials as well.
College Senior 2011-06-01T04:29:24Z
While nightlife is normally just for students 21 and up, UNC offers plenty of late night options. From the newest club, Pulse to popular "Country Night" at East End Bar there is plenty to do. Also, Greek life keep weekends lively and great restaurants on Franklin Street such as Qdoba and Bskis stay open until 2am or later.
College Senior 2011-06-01T04:27:41Z
Great Off Campus Living – The Chapel Hill area has plenty of nice, affordable apartments that many students live in beginning their junior year of college. Some apartments such as The Verge have shuttle buses that drop off at various locations across campus for easy access. For apartments that do not have their own shuttle buses, each apartment complex is located on a free public transit route.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-31T02:29:48Z
You're a tar heel born, you're a tar heel bred and when you die, you're a tar heel dead. The passion we have for our teams is unique! Basketball and football games are the most popular. It's great to be a tar heel!
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-31T02:24:54Z
Awesome Food If You're Used to Chains – There is a lot of variety of GOOD food on Franklin St. which is very close to campus. The quality of the food is great! I can't eat at chains anymore without finding it bland because Chapel Hill has spoiled me!(I'm from FL). Durham and Raleigh is a great area for foodies! The price is average. It's around 7 or 8 bucks a meal.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-30T23:51:25Z
Diversity and Acceptance – UNC is known and upholds its reputation for diversity and acceptance of those different from the norm. There are all kinds of organizations on campus and all of the organizations are accepting of one another.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-30T23:48:54Z
Drugs Policy Strictly Enforced – The drinking on campus is average as is other drug use. However, at UNC the drug policies are strictly enforced which give those of us who do not frequent that scene feel more comfortable on cmapus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-30T23:44:59Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone Is Great! Everyone at UNC is very nice, but the boys are especially nice. They give you a hug everytime they see you. They offer you advice and friendship in the non-creepy way. The girls can be a little caddy at times but in general everyone has a big smile and is very open to all kinds of people
College Senior 2011-05-25T16:14:26Z
As a state school financial aid is really great for in-state students, but there are still a lot of great opportunities for out of state students. Tips: apply early, research scholarships (Moorehead-McCain)
College Senior 2011-05-25T16:08:51Z
Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill is a quintessential college town. Franklin Street has a ton of great restaurants (both chain/franchise and independent) and shops. Everything is affordable and within walking distance.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-23T19:20:22Z
I live in a house farther away so this does not necessarily apply to me but from what I've seen if you are looking, then you will find somewhere. The only thing is that it gets a little pricy. There are buses though however on campus parking is not the best.
College Senior 2011-05-09T13:49:08Z
Tar Heel Forever – Carolina is the best place in the world. My school is perfect because of its beautiful campus and it's prestigious academic quality. Here, you can have a great balance between social life and academic life, but you have to be able to balance it. At Carolina, you can have the time of your life while getting a quality education. My favorite experience would have to be meeting all of the great people that I met, and being able to lay out out the beautiful campus and study.
College Senior 2011-05-09T13:44:56Z
You Will Get Punished – The Resident Advisors in housing are strict on students who are publicly drunk in the dorms. If you are really drunk, the cops will be called. You will be punished by housing, the university (for breaking the honor code), and the police. If an authority figure sees drug paraphernalia, the cops will be called. Also, loud dorm parties will be raided. You are able to have a lot of fun here, but if you ever get caught, there is a price to pay.
College Senior 2011-05-09T13:32:26Z
Health & Safety:
I feel safe on campus, but our campus has a delay in notifying students of criminal events that happen on our campus sometimes. They like to analyze everything first before notifying the public. Although I know they are just trying to investigate the situation, I would like to know exactly when it happens.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-07T16:32:38Z
There is very little space to park on campus, most parking during the week is meter parking which can get expensive. It is hard to get a parking pass for most places on campus, but if you are living on campus and must have your car, you can always get a pass for the PR lot which is a mile off campus. It's kind of a pain to have your car there but at least you have it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-07T16:29:35Z
Night Life Is Fun but Not Too Crazy – There is so much to do bar scene wise almost any day of the week. Some of the best places include topo, bobs, la res, the library, pts, and many more. There is dancing at most bars on the weekends but if you are looking to go clubbing Chapel Hill is not the place to go. There is a club called Pulse but I am unsure if people actually go there. Most housing on North campus is a quick walk to Franklin and Rosemary but is not there are many taxis, and the P2P runs to South campus. If you aren't 21 you can either go to frat parties or Players,and Pulse are 18+ and East End and the Library are usually 18+ on Thursdays.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-07T16:18:00Z
Beautiful Campus – The campus at UNC is so pretty in almost all seasons. The landscaping is always nice and neat with lots of beautiful flowers and plant life. Everywhere you go you see many squirrels, chipmunks, birds and other wild life. Also a very pretty spot on campus, especially in the spring, is the arboretum. It's a great place to lay in a hammock, read a book, or have a relaxing picnic.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-01T15:06:32Z
I have so much pride about being a part of UNC. We boast national championships in every sport except for football (but the football games are tons of fun anyway). From the playing of Lux Aeterna when the football team exits the tunnel to the playing of Jump Around before tip off, there is so much school spirit that goes into UNC's athletics.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-01T15:00:50Z
Extremely Diverse – It is amazing how many different kinds of people you will see at Carolina. We have a ton of students studying abroad too, so you can meet people from all over the world. My only complaint is that the majority of students are very liberal, but at college, I expect nothing less.
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