Recent Alumnus 2011-05-01T14:57:49Z
I Absolutely Love Carolina – Being a student at UNC is amazing. There are so many opportunities to get involved and meet people on campus. The academics, are fantastic, as I feel like I'm getting great training for the real world. Professors actually get to know you, too, if you make an effort to talk to them. Athletics are my favorite part, be it basketball or football. Students at smaller schools really miss out.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-01T14:54:14Z
Comp Labs Get Crowded – The computer labs have always worked when I needed them to, and the wireless printing makes life a lot easier. My only complaint is that sometimes when you need to print out something or use the computer in the middle of the day, you can find pretty long lines.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-01T14:48:21Z
Pretty Stuck up – It seems like there is a constant standoff between Greeks and non-Greeks. The Greeks have a reputation of being snobby, preppy, and living off of Daddy's Amex...platinum. However, this doesn't apply to all, as there are tons of exceptions.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-01T14:44:28Z
Good, If You Have a Car – There are a fair number of places within walking distance, but it seems that more than half of them are Mexican. Having a car expands your choices tenfold, as there are tons of places to eat around Chapel Hill.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-01T14:42:23Z
Okay, but Not Great – I have had a meal plan for three years, and I come back every time just because it is easier that way. There really are a lack of choices (we only have two dining halls), they can be expensive, and the food is often repetitive. You can always fall back on a cheeseburger, though.
College Senior 2011-04-19T23:24:41Z
Guys & Girls:
Carolina is about 60% female. Sometimes you wonder where all the boys are at. The students at Carolina are mostly caucasian, but there are some from diverse backgrounds. Most guys and girls here are from the state and have southern hospitality.
College Senior 2011-04-19T23:19:22Z
Living on campus has a lot of perks. If you forget something in your room or want to take a nap before your next class, it's only a 5-10 minute walk from the heart of campus. Most freshmen live on south campus and while it is further away from classes and libraries, there are some good things about it. You're close to the Dean Dome, SASB (Student Academic Services Building) and Rams Head (Dining Hall, Recreation Center and Market). North campus is really close to most classes.
College Senior 2011-04-19T23:11:09Z
Registration Process – The Registration Process at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is probably one of the few bad things on the entire campus. Of course seniority rules and that makes life rough for underclassmen. Most classes are closed or waitlisted when first years get to register, but you have time to try to fix your schedule before classes start in the fall or spring.
College Sophomore 2011-04-15T19:18:27Z
Off Campus Cute Houses Are Expensive – a lot of cute houses are int he area surrounding unc but they are super expensive
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-14T00:16:47Z
I think UNC is big enough to have something for everyone. Whatever you're interested in, you can find your niche!
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-14T00:13:51Z
Dining Is Not Too Shabby – There are two dining halls on campus, one for north and one for south campus. The food changes with some standbys that you can always get (pizza, burgers, etc) as well as a salad bar and vegetarian/vegan options.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-13T21:17:32Z
I'm not involved with Greek life at UNC, so I don't have any insight on what being in a fraternity or a sorority is like here. Occasionally there's a little bit of tension between the super liberal community, and the Greek community (usually not very liberal...) via outlets like the student newspaper, but I haven't personally paid much attention.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-13T21:12:50Z
Chapel Thrill! Franklin Street is definitely the hub of Chapel Hill night life. There's several bars available for the 21+ crowd, but not as many options for those under 21. A new club has recently opened up though, for people 18 and up, so the scene may be changing a little bit. UNC also has a P2P bus (point to point) that runs from about 7pm til about 3am on weekends, so that's a safe way to students to get back to dorms or apartments on or near campus after a night of drinking.
Note for underage students: cops are ALWAYS on patrol in Chapel Hill. Don't take risks.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-13T21:09:44Z
UNC has done a lot in the past couple of years to keep technology in student facilities up-to-date. The facilities are always very clean and well kept up. I think that this is partly due to staff, but also partly due to the fact that UNC students are proud of our campus and like to keep it looking clean.
The gyms, specifically Rams Head Rec Center on South campus are awesome. Rams has an indoor track that I love to run on (I hate treadmills) and it's great that students have somewhere to run during the colder months.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-12T21:42:19Z
Work Hard, Play Hard – Academically Carolina can be very demanding and breaking the honor code for academics has very serious consequences. The university tries to cater to all students and their life styles, offering living and learning communities based on common interests such as honors, substance free, and cultural based dorms. There is tons to explore on campus and the campus police are pretty relaxed, giving warnings more so than strict punishments.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-12T21:37:51Z
At Carolina each student is required to have their own laptop and if purchased from the university it comes with free updates until you graduate. The computers in the libraries and labs are always available. There has never been a problem with trying to get on a computer.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-12T21:36:02Z
Small Town, Big Heart – Chapel Hill is a small college town, with everything easily accessible to students whether it be by bus or walking. There are tons of volunteer opportunities in fields such as medicine, education and public service. A short distance away is Jordan Lake where you can relax and unwind, or hit up some of the local bars on Franklin Street for a night out on the "town".
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-10T06:17:16Z
Expensive, Dirty, Noisy, but Not the Dorms. Off campus housing is expensive or dirty (or both). You can live closer to classes off campus than in the freshman dorms. Parking isn't really an issue- most landlords/complexes give you a parking pass and have a lot or on the street parking. Some neighborhoods are safer than others, but the safer/quieter you want, the more you pay.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-10T06:11:55Z
Health & Safety:
Safe for a Huge Campus – Crime is low on campus, campus police are present and available. Campus is well-lit at night and there are free shuttles to major places on campus and night time walking "buddies" to accompany you to/from places on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-10T06:07:53Z
Personal Computer a Must. While there are labs around campus-- in all libraries and most dormitories, as well as in the student union and other campus buildings, a laptop is a must. All dorm labs, the student union, and the two major libraries (Undergrad and Davis) allow printing from your one card. Not all library labs, however, allow printing from your one card account, for some you have to have money on a flex account, which sounds like less of a hassle than it usually ends up being. Libraries and the student union are located in the middle of campus and are the major printing facilities for students, so there is usually a (long) line to print before class and at lunch. The undergrad lab is often crowded and overheated, but is open 24 hours a day. Davis is much quieter, but closes at midnight. Wifi is available throughout most of the campus, making studying outside a computer lab a lot easier.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-06T16:23:35Z
Take the Bus – Parking at UNC is less than ideal. It is expensive to buy a permit which is why I've always just taken the bus from my off-campus apartment that is 2-3 miles away from campus. Also, it's still a hike from some of the student parking lots to class so it really doesn't make sense. There are metered spots scattered around campus but these are pretty expensive too. It's nice that parking in any lot is free on weekends (unless there's a football or basketball game).
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-06T16:20:07Z
Dorms Vary Greatly – It's hard to talk about the dorms in general because there are so many differences from one dorm to the next. The older dorms on south campus have an awesome social atmosphere but the amenities are probably the worst (I was stuck without air conditioning in the North Carolina August heat my freshman year). Sophomore year I moved into a newly renovated dorm which was a lot nicer, but not as social. It is definitely very convenient to live on campus at least for your first year because of the proximity to classes and opportunity to meet people.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-06T16:17:02Z
No Complaints – UNC has a great biology department with enthusiastic professors and a variety of courses offered. All of my professors and TAs made themselves extremely available for office hours and extra help. I never did any undergraduate research, but I know the opportunities were there for the people who were interested.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-02T16:45:29Z
Tar Heel Aid – The financial aid process wasn't terribly difficult, they handle the information well and are good about notifying when things are missing.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-02T16:43:05Z
Public transportation is good at UNC. Buses run most of the time minus weekend restrictions. You can get just about anywhere you want to go using the bus including between UNC and Duke.
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