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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-02T16:38:45Z
Our Athletics program is pretty amazing. We're ranked 2nd in the nation as a program, school spirit is high and we win National Championships. We have great athletic facilities, with a number of places to workout across campus.
College Senior 2011-04-01T05:19:46Z
BEST UNIVERSITY – The students and staff at UNC make you feel like your in a family. Everyone is very kind and polite and respects each other's values.
College Senior 2011-04-01T05:15:30Z
Health & Safety:
Best Safety Ever – Excellent public safety service for the students and staff. I feel extremely safe walking back from the library at night.
College Senior 2011-03-30T02:42:06Z
A Personal Choice – Well yes - there is drinking. And possibilities to get VERY drunk. It's college. I'm not sure about drugs though, because it's a lot less prevalent than drinking, although I'm sure it's still there to some extent.
However, drinking is not an inevitable part of your college experience. I have never had a drink, and I haven't been pressured to have one. I have friends that drink, but they respect my decision. Ultimately, this is a personal choice. I'm actually moving into a Substance Free dorm next year (This decision was made after I woke up one Saturday morning to find some random stranger puking in the toilet I share with eight people.) Why choose to drink if it leads to that?
College Senior 2011-03-30T02:38:10Z
Franklin & FOOD - All About the Eats – For off-campus dining, walk no further than Franklin Street - right near campus, only about a five to ten minute walk from classes. On the main drag of Franklin are your main good ol' college-student eats - an Asian place, a Subway, a Starbucks, as well as awesome local places like Biski's (a wrap shop what will put virtually ANYTHING into a wrap for you) and I <3 NY Pizza (one stromboli can feed about three people, I kid you not.) There's also dessert, like Ben & Jerry's, Coldstone, and Sugarland (an awesome cupcake shop.) All this is pretty affordable, but there are also ritzier places down further on Franklin if you feel like a classier night out.
College Senior 2011-03-30T02:32:49Z
Guys & Girls:
Standing Out in the Typical Carolina Crowd – At Carolina, a lot of the students dress "nice" - a lot of guys wear the preppy khakis and polos, and a lot of the girls wear dresses to class. However, not everyone fits into the blend - you see a lot of interesting fashion choices at any college campus, especially Carolina. I personally don't go for all the dressy stuff either - I'm a girl, and I just wear jeans and a T-shirt all the time. My favorite thing about how people dress...On game days, the campus is just a sea of the Carolina blue we bleed around here.
You'll find all kinds of people of all different ethnicities with all different interests and activities. What I really like about college is that you lose a lot of the lame labels that were present in high school. So I'm not going to tell you that we have "jocks" or "nerds" - we have all different students all involved in a huge multitude of activities. You really just need to come to Carolina to find out the scene for yourself!
College Senior 2011-03-04T00:17:03Z
In the spring and summer Chapel Hill is beautiful and breathtaking. The winter in Chapel Hill is cold, and sometimes piercing cold because of the wind so everyone is trying to take the bus. It also snows a fair amount which is fun because thats the time where everyone takes a break and play outside like children. The fall is nice also because it isn't too cold yet and the numerous trees in Chapel Hill start to change colors.
College Senior 2011-03-04T00:08:37Z
Health & Safety:
Chapel Hill, NC – The campus has several security measures which keep us safe and which the students are aware of so they know the right safety precautions. Dorms have electronic locks, there are emergency posts every hundred feet, and policemen to keep tabs on students to make sure they are having safe fun. We have top security at Chapel Hill!
College Senior 2011-03-04T00:05:52Z
Chapel Hill, NC – Chapel Hill is a great place for students because of the cultural atmosphere in which so much is going on. There is always at least one activity for a student to participate in. Franklin Street (the most popular place at night) has great restaurants to dine in and shops to browse. The students generally have a great attitude since the campus is calming and several people to get to know.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-01T05:49:06Z
Budget Cuts – I had good financial aid until they started to continually raise tuition and make budget cuts, which consequently lower the amount of aid I receive.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-01T05:48:19Z
Love Chapel Hill – basketball, diversity, liberal, open-minded, intelligence, tons of opportunities to get involved!
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T17:43:18Z
"Fratty" Fashion and Diversity – Most of the student population dresses in a way that people would consider "preppy" or "fratty" or "southern." The stereotype is that guys wear khaki shorts with polos or button-downs and Sperrys or Wallabees, girls wear sundresses, pearls, and cowboy boots, and everyone wears sunglasses with croakies (retainers for sunglasses). UNC prides itself on its diversity, but many student groups form cliques - Koreans hang out with Koreans, Indians hang out with Indians, Hispanics with Hispanics, people from large NC high schools all still hang out with each other, etc. However, it's not too hard to branch out and meet diverse people from all parts of the world and from different backgrounds.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T17:30:01Z
Greek Life at UNC is unique in that it is similar to Greek Life at many other schools in the south, but the influence of the school's progressive nature can definitely be felt. Involvement in a fraternity or sorority is a great social outlet on the weekends when one isn't studying, and the philanthropy events on campus are very prominent and promote great causes. IFC always has a block party every fall semester that draws many freshmen. A great majority of students who live in Granville their freshman year go Greek due to its proximity to many fraternity houses. It is still possible to have a social life outside of the fraternity and sorority scene, but Greek Life's influence is pretty strong on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T17:25:35Z
Alcohol use is prevalent among all students. Marijuana is widespread but is not as big as alcohol. Cocaine use is also pretty common.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T17:23:42Z
Chapel Hill Is Perfect – When looking at colleges, I considered UNC, along with Wake Forest and Duke. I chose UNC for the price, and today I feel that I made the best choice. Although many people from my North Carolina high school/country traditionally come to UNC, it is large and diverse enough for one to be able to branch out as a freshman. The schoolwork is challenging, the academics are excellent, Greek life is a prominent part of campus life, and Chapel Hill is a neat little college town with its own history and tradition. I have connected with some great teachers, met people from every corner of the country/world, and had some great times out on the town and at Greek social events. Chapel Hill is a little slice of heaven, and I'll be sad to leave when I graduate.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T17:19:04Z
Parking is terrible on campus. A lack of parking spaces near the university, along with construction that is always present on campus, makes finding a parking space a nightmare. Residents at Granville Towers don't have much of a problem, though, so if you want to bring you car, make sure to live in Granville.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T17:15:32Z
I was awarded a merit-based scholarship at UNC as a senior in high school, which was great because I didn't qualify for any need-based financial aid. The Morehead-Cain scholarship program gets a lot of attention, but there are a variety of other merit-based scholarships that are available to incoming students. The staff at the scholarship office are very easy to talk to in person, and the help that UNC has given my family has helped a lot in paying for college.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T17:11:08Z
There is usually something going on at night in Chapel Hill. Fraternity parties always provide something to do, but those who aren't big in the Greek scene usually go to Players, the local nightclub. There is a wide selection of bars, and it is pretty easy to get in underage. Off-campus house parties are also very frequent.
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