Recent Alumnus 2013-07-16T20:37:56Z
The journalism school at UNC actually produces and airs a live news broadcast every week. It's one of the most important opportunities you'll have if that's a field of interest. I now work in a real TV news station, and I can tell you it was the perfect preparation. There are no "due dates," only "deadlines." The sets Carolina's J-school apart from many others that keep you sitting at a desk.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-16T20:35:11Z
Many of the academic buildings are old, with limited facilities. However, the majority of campus buildings that aren't just classrooms are either new or newly renovated, with seemingly no expense spared for state-of-the-art technology. There are quiet places for a good campus couch nap, or lively places to eat lunch with your friends. No shortage of niches, in all senses of the word.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-16T20:31:53Z
The surrounding town in lovely. Definitely has a small-town feel, with one strip dedicated to decent restaurants, bars, and a bit of upscale shopping. However, there are convenient buses that will take you just 15 minutes outside of town to excellent shopping and dining, so that's always an option if you're looking for more to do.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-16T20:30:33Z
Health & Safety:
Unfortunately there is a bit of crime on UNC's campus. I have never personally felt unsafe, but with such a large campus there are plenty of nooks that can be overlooked, or just poorly lit. Keep your dorm room door locked, and don't take the forested trail shortcut alone at night, and you'll be just fine.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-15T19:02:03Z
I had a meal plan for two of my years and for the most part, it was highly affordable. Moreover, with a recent renovation to the dining facility at the heart of campus (Lenoir), the food quality has only improved. Additionally, for students hoping to get a meal between class, having options like a Mediterranean deli, Chick Fil A, and Subway on Lenoir Mainstreet and Alpine and Wendy's in the student union, make everything accessible. Ram's Head Dining hall services much of south campus and the campus on weekends and the food is great. Sometimes the menu seems a little bland, but the options are always there for those willing to eat things besides just hamburgers.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-15T18:57:43Z
While the diversity on campus is present, it could be better. One must give the university credit for their efforts to maintain a diverse student body. It's one of the pluses of being at Carolina because students are able to interact with those they may have never done so with had it not been for college. The levels of acceptance is pretty high and rarely is there a case of intolerance that can not be assuaged by the students themselves. I think Carolina could be more diverse, but I also think its getting there.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-15T18:54:57Z
Health & Safety:
There is a feeling of safety on campus, especially after some events in years previous. However, a better job could be done on alerting students of situations on or near campus. Delayed responses through AlertCarolina were not beneficial and only served to heighten student's ire. I think on the whole, we have a very could health and safety programs, but some kinks need to be worked out. On the other side, Campus Health is a really good resource and it's nearby for all sorts of emergencies that could be tasked to UNC Hospital
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.
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