Recent Alumnus 2010-08-03T03:10:23Z
I have had 8 tickets in one year at UNC. Parking is a nightmare and is catered to UNC Hospital Employees and Alumni for sporting games, rather than students. As a sophomore, there were only 50 available on campus parking spots open, and they were gone within seconds. If you are lucky enough to receive a parking pass, it will cost you an arm and a leg.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-03T03:06:21Z
Student Resources Are Amazing – The availability of resources to students are endless. From the gym to the access to tutors and academic help to the convenience of dining and recreational facilities, UNC Chapel Hill focuses on providing its student's with whatever they may need to make them feel right at home.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-01T04:37:50Z
I love UNC. I bleed Carolina blue! I sing along with every "Hark the Sound" and every Clef Hanger's Old Well Sing. There's no place on earth I'd rather be than Chapel Hill, NC.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-01T04:36:29Z
The Carolina Way – Students at Carolina are expected to act in a manner to represent such a prestigious university. Any other actions will be dealt with and are not looked upon lightly. Honor and integrity are at the utmost importance at UNC.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-01T04:34:13Z
True Blue; Carolina! Home of National Champs! Every sport is a big deal at Carolina! School spirit turns the campus blue every day and everyone is proud to say they're a Carolina _____ (insert sport here) fan!
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-09T14:44:43Z
Free Buses – They don't want you to have cars. That's why parking sucks!
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-09T14:37:44Z
Only a Few Places – Eating off campus is usually very inconvenient and not worth it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-24T12:10:45Z
Separate but Equal – Mostly Greeks and non-Greeks stay separate. Of course, there are crossovers, and everyone has a few Greek friends, but in the long run Greeks stay with the friends they've made in their houses. Sorority girls especially are known for being ditzy and stupid and frat boys are known for being cliché and obnoxious but for the most part that's just a bad stereotype. Plus, it's nice to be friends with a few Greeks because there are always frat parties going on, and if you can't find anything better to do, there's always that.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-24T12:04:14Z
Expensive, Competitive, and Luck-Of-The-Draw – I haven't really looked into off-campus housing yet, but my roommate is really excited, so I know a little. Houses seem to be the norm, not apartments, and they're usually in Carrboro. The few we've looked into seem expensive and I know it's usually pretty competitive. I'm really nervous about it as I don't want to end up with a bad house my junior year. I do know that UNC doesn't give you any help at all, unless you want to live in their sponsored apartments (Ram village, etc).
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-24T12:01:01Z
Unlimited Meal Plan Unstressful but Expensive – I bought the unlimited plan for my freshman year and definitely did not get my money's worth. A lot of my friends bought limited plans and so we often went to restaurants instead of the dining hall. It WAS nice to always have it as a backup, and to not have to worry about what I could eat, but the food got old after a few months. I was eating salad and grilled sandwiches every day -- while, admittedly, they were very good, I just got tired of them. Next year I am buying flex dollars for various locations on campus and not getting a full meal plan. I already worked out the money, and I should spend way less than I did on my unlimited plan.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-23T22:26:57Z
Chapel Thrill – If you're over 21 and want to go to bars, there are bars very close to the campus (walking distance!) If you are looking for a frat party, there are frat parties. If you're looking for a house party, there are house parties going on any time. It's a good thing about a big school. There are always stuff to do if you want to.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-23T22:24:21Z
Freshmen Dorms.. Freshmen dorms at UNC-CH aren't great. But there are a lot of options for upperclassmen. Very pretty and right on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-23T22:11:49Z
Health & Safety:
Some Robbery – The campus and the local townspeople are free to intermingle, so it's not too safe at night when you're by yourself (as always, it's better to be safe than be sorry!). There is a school group trained to walk home with for students walking home at night by themselves, which is useful. There are signs posted on campus about not leaving your things by itself because there are incidents of robbery. But so far, I have never gotten robbed by anyone. But overall, your life is very safe here. It's a beautiful, friendly atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-19T18:13:16Z
Even a student that has never been interested in sports before can fall in love with one of the many sport programs at UNC. The spirit is so evident at games! You will see quilts of blue and white covering the stands. Not to mention the blue flags raving on cars around the entire area. The facilities, training areas,and support for the athletes are amazing. Not just anyone can make it onto the basketball team at UNC. However, there is always the option of a class or intramural.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-19T18:09:15Z
Guys & Girls:
A Melting Pot University. No matter what kind of person one looks for, UNC definitely has it! Every race, size, religion, color, social status, background, and sexual preference can be found running around the campus. The only thing that there seems to be a lack of is self-supporting students. I would definitely say that the ratio would probably be around 30/70. A good portion of the students there depend on their parents to put them through school, most of the time, one can see this in clothing and academic activities. For the students that do have to work, there is a definite disadvantage.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-19T18:02:42Z
The area around UNC Chapel Hill is very interesting. There is a lot to do on the Franklin Street area. However, you need to be aware of the others around you. From the people living in the streets, the crazy amount of cars and pedestrians running all over the road, and lower economic status of many of the surrounding areas... UNC can be a lot of fun to explore, but stepping outside of the campus can be very dangerous as well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-17T19:26:11Z
Blue Skies – There's tons of rain, some snow, & beautiful days with a Carolina blue sky to look forward to.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-17T19:23:42Z
UNC manages to be very diverse, with different cultures coming together in the same place. However, the campus is large and one would really need to be involved to be totally immersed in diversity.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-09T12:31:47Z
Very Effective – I think the education I am receiving at UNC is excellent. Since I am focusing on Music and Math Education, the connections between the two subject is not always evident. However, UNC advisors and professors assist me in forming these connections and preparing me to teach both subjects in the future.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-29T18:24:18Z
Fair Amount – Not sure about the grading scale here. I'm not into the drug scene so I would consider a larger drug scene worse. A fair amount of people smoke. Occasionally reports will be in the paper about people doing hard drugs and getting busted. There is a lot of money in Chapel Hill, hence you get a underground of people doing "rich kid" drugs.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-29T18:15:27Z
The Only Real Weakness of the University – The food at the main dining hall is alright. It's not horrible, but some nights you wish you hadn't come. A newer dining hall just opened up on south campus a few years ago. It is better than the main dining hall. I have eaten on campus pretty frequently for four years. It's just average, but not bad enough to make me stop coming.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-29T18:10:50Z
The gyms/student recreation centers are pretty nice. The newest gym, Ram's Head, has mostly cardio and light weight machines, although it has some free weights and cages. This gym is pretty new and nice. The student recreation center, SRC, is the older workout facility and has a lot more equipment for serious lifting. It still has a sizable amount of cardio machines like treadmills, elliptical, and rowing machines though. Although older it is still clean and nice. The weight machines were also recently upgraded here. There are also many libraries here. The main library, Davis library, has every book that the average student will ever need. It is a bit run down though and not all that clean.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-24T18:04:27Z
It's Available and Decent – Compared to many places Chapel Hill has a "good" public transportation system. However, its not always very convenient. Parking is awful on campus. It's hard to get a spot and they are very expensive. You can park on campus on nights (after 5pm) and weekends but sometimes UNC will have events they won't advertise and then tow those cars after putting up one or two signs. LOOK FOR THOSE SIGNS. They aren't always obvious. UNC tickets like crazy because its an easy way to make money. There are many buses to off campus apartments and a few to the surrounding triangle area but it can be confusing and time consuming and most people just catch rides with people who have cars.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-24T16:31:06Z
Always Available – It's rare that on a weekend there isn't something to do. People are usually throwing weekend parties and at the beginning of the year the frats are packed. Off campus, Player's, the club, is always an option. There are many bars open on Franklin Street, walking distance from the doors and many apartments as well as a bus. If you miss the bus there are taxis. Usually there is a DD at the parties, too. But you might want to check in advance.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-24T16:25:30Z
Always Something Going on – Even though Chapel Hill isn't a huge city, Franklin Street has many attractions. Only a short walk from campus there are multiple places to eat, shop, drink and relax. UNC is a pretty big party school on the weekends. It's rare that there isn't a party to go to. During the week and during exams it cools down a bit. In the surrounding area there are places like Target and fast foods but they are difficult to get to without a car. The campus is usually hosting some sort of event also. On any given weekend there is usually some sort of dramatic art, music event, art show, etc...
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