Recent Alumnus 2013-07-15T18:49:26Z
I lived in Kenan dorm the entirety of my four years and loved it. It was all girls, but the community was very diverse and the activities held were always fun. In general, on campus housing is very nice and the proximity to classes varies, but on the whole is nothing unmanageable. The application process is simple and offers a variety of options, but if you need help or just want to look at the options, housing fairs and the Housing department are very accessible and informative. On the plus side, living on campus puts you near all the campus activities and Franklin Street. The local transit system is also a great plus for those without transportation
College Sophomore 2013-07-12T15:31:22Z
There are tons of different restaurant options, with all different types of cuisine and price ranges, too.
College Sophomore 2013-07-10T20:51:46Z
There are 2 dining halls and both are good. There is a variety of foods including vegan and vegetarian. Late night meals are even better, unfortunately it's not healthy to eat so late.
College Senior 2013-07-08T20:32:07Z
Not much to do except go to frat parties or if you're of age, go bar hopping. The night clubs are awful.
College Sophomore 2013-07-08T06:32:40Z
UNC is very solid academically. Professors are very knowledgeable, and research opportunities are numerous.
College Senior 2013-07-08T00:01:41Z
Overall the parking is good, but the parking regulators and consequences a too severe. You can have academic consequences from parking violations.
College Senior 2013-07-07T23:59:43Z
Health & Safety:
It is very clear that the university cares about its students with their constant communication to the students. They also run mock scenarios with security folks to play out potential situations and for training purposes.
College Senior 2013-07-07T23:55:01Z
There are many options for on campus dining and all options are well offered. There are also many name brand options.
College Sophomore 2013-07-06T19:23:06Z
UNC has a program called Carolina Computing Initiative, or CCI, which provides Lenovo PCs or Apple Macs with a great insurance plan! It's even possible to get a grant towards a laptop. There are computer labs in the libraries but everyone has their own. Print allowance is $40.00/semester (included in tuition) and no one runs out of it. Printers are in all the dorms and libraries and some academic buildings. Some people complain about network speed but I've never had a problem. Wifi existed everywhere except in my dorm room.
College Sophomore 2013-07-06T19:19:24Z
Franklin Street is THE nightlife street. If you're of age, you have a plethora of bars to choose from. Pulse, a popular 18+ club, is between Franklin and Rosemary Streets. Near Franklin Street is Frat Court. Some people have off-campus parties. Point is, there are a lot of options for the partier. UNC also has a P2P shuttle that runs from 7pm-3am. If the bus is full or it's after 3am, taxis to anywhere on or around campus are only $5! If you live off campus, Chapel Hill Transit provides Safe Rides, which run until around 2 am.
College Senior 2013-07-05T05:12:33Z
I'm from Miami, so I am not accustomed to cold weather of any kind, nor do I enjoy it. For me, winter is way too long and depressing (lasting from November to early April), but not unbearable. It snowed significantly one night (my first time seeing snow!) and it was really lovely. After that, we just got sleet. Temperatures dropped to around 50 degrees in the day, and lower 30s at night. Fall and Spring are absolutely beautiful, but the Summer is pretty hot. Maybe for Northerners or anyone not from Florida, the weather is great. I didn't particularly care for it, though.
College Senior 2013-07-05T05:05:55Z
On campus housing is convenient because it's only a five minute walk to main campus. If you live in Ram Village apartments, it's a short (albeit, crowded) bus ride. I've only lived in Ram, and I have no complaints. However, the freshmen dorms like Hinton James or Parker are not nice and some don't even have air conditioning. Also, Odum Village is gross (there are plans to tear it down because of health code violations). Still, other dorms like Cobb are clean and aesthetically pleasing. Overall, housing is okay if you know where to look.
College Senior 2013-07-05T04:56:36Z
I'm not sure how to grade "drug safety," since it depends on who you ask, but overall drugs aren't too prevalent on campus. Alcohol is really the drug of choice at UNC, and on the weekends binge drinking is common. You'll usually hear the occasional drunken banter at 3 AM outside your dorm, but other than that it's not a problem. Some students do weed, but it's not too common. I've never seen anyone do hardcore drugs, but I hear cocaine is sometimes done at frat parties. If you don't drink or smoke, there's really no pressure to do it.
College Senior 2013-07-05T04:46:20Z
School rules and policies are pretty reasonable. No one I know of has gotten kicked out, but I think that's mostly because students behave and are there to get an education. The RA's can be strict when it comes to partying and drinking and they will bust parties that get out of hand. If you're underage and caught drinking in your dorm, you'll probably just get a slap on the wrist. However, the second time you're caught there's usually consequences.
College Senior 2013-07-05T04:41:22Z
There is some ethnic and racial diversity, but the majority of students are wealthy or upper middle-class white. As a Hispanic who was born and raised in Miami, I sometimes felt out of place in my classes. I found that white southern culture is very different from what I'm used to, but eventually I was able to make friends with people from all backgrounds. There are plenty of student organizations that cater to minorites, so it's easy to find your own niche.
College Sophomore 2013-07-02T17:48:21Z
The weather in Chapell Hill is most like any other rural City in the south. Hot in the summer, and cool in the winter. However, unlike in the west here at Chapell Hill it tends not to snow as much as in places like Boone and Asheville.
College Sophomore 2013-07-02T17:46:47Z
I received more than I had expected to receive. However, I do warn everyone to apply early. Funds run out early. Make appointments with Fiancial Aid officer to ensure a smooth going application process.
College Junior 2013-07-01T17:40:51Z
Tarheels come from many different religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations and family types. Nearly everyone is liberal, however.
College Junior 2013-07-01T17:39:00Z
There is virtually no public parking, and receiving a parking ticket or being booted is fairly common. If you are a pedestrian or biker however, this town is very friendly to you. There are also three bus lines that go through campus, so having a car is not a necessity.
College Senior 2013-06-29T23:37:25Z
Great campus, tons of student activities and clubs.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-27T20:04:47Z
There's a strip right next to campus that is bustling at night. There are a few go-to bars, but there's also a variety, whether you're looking for a dance club or a quit drink. If you're not 21, there are even a few options, for a pricier cover fee.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-27T20:03:01Z
Extremely difficult to get a campus parking pass. Parking is very limited. You essentially must be a commuter student to do so. However, if you live on campus, you really don't need a car.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-27T19:59:47Z
Besides the occasional large class size, everything about the academics is top-notch. The work load is tough, but professors are readily available to help you if you'll just ask. The registration process is extremely frustrating, and it is difficult to get into classes you want, but once you do, they're excellent.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-27T19:55:28Z
In my experience, Carolina is extremely accepting of all backgrounds and religions. I had a more diverse friend group at UNC than ever before, and probably ever again. The only place I did not experience an overwhelming acceptance of diversity was within the Greek system. That's not to say campus sororities or fraternities were unfriendly to non-white folk, but there was a much less diverse demographic.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-27T19:48:12Z
The broadcast journalism experience at UNC is about as close to the real world of broadcast journalism as you can get -- and I would know, I have now experienced both. At "Carolina Week" you are part of a team that produces a live news show once a week. The professors are also excellent, providing support and connections that are crucial to securing internships and eventually, jobs.
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