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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Reviews

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  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    74 out of 78 people found this review useful. 1 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Because of its diversity, UNC is appropriate for ANY type of student. No matter what type of person you are, you will fit right in because everyone is so different. Campus is like a melting pot of people of different race, gender, orientation, income level, and so on; and since the student population is so large, you are almost guaranteed to find a friend or a group that shares your same interests!

    Tips for prospective students

    Upon applying, make sure your essays are well written and revised! There isn't an exact GPA or SAT/ACT score that will guarantee you admission at this University, so you shouldn't get too consumed with that. A well rounded student is preferred so an amazing GPA and no extracurriculars will not get you very far. Be prepared for the transition from high school to college, academically and socially. As cliche as this sounds, do this by staying level headed and remembering why you are in school. Determination and hard work are exactly what you should have to get accepted and do well at UNC!

    Bang for the buck

    This University is renowned as having top tier academic programs; some have even referred to it as a southern ivy league school. With this revered quality in education, it is astonishing that the tuition is less than $17,000 dollars a year, whereas other institutions that rival the prestige of UNC are over $35,000 a year. At Carolina you are definitely getting more than what you are paying for, I would consider it the steal of the century!

    Am enjoying being here

    The great academics are one major plus, but the social scene makes this the ideal college environment! Located in a safe community, this University has everything an undergraduate could ask for. Local places to eat, entertaining attractions, and a world renowned area (Franklin st.) that is home to some of the university's biggest celebrations (i.e: the celebrations of the 2009 NCAA Basketball championship & the 2008 presidential election). It is also a short distance from Durham, home of the famous Minor League Durham Bulls and Raleigh, the states capital! No matter the day of the week, the University of North Carolina is very enjoyable for its students!

    Am learning a lot

    Although some of the classes are large, students have the opportunity for some one on one time with professors and teaching assistants through office hours and smaller versions of lectures called recitations. So no matter the class size, you are given the individual attention of an instructor. This is VERY beneficial during exam time!

  • 08/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 out of 33 people found this review useful. 2 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UNC Chapel Hill is a larger university, and as mentioned, is a diverse place. If you love meeting new and different types of people, this school is perfect for you. In regard to academics, there are fewer better options out there for the price and excellence of the education you can obtain at UNC. This college was my first choice, and I have been blessed to be able to attend it, because it is now my only choice. Excellent school, excellent, environment, and an excellent education. Five stars all around. (and let's not forget UNC Basketball!)

    Tips for prospective students

    You application should reflect YOU in the purest form. Be honest, and be yourself. UNC is a place that prides itself on diversity, so there is nothing too 'weird' for any of us! Take the time to revise and think through your essays as best as you can; these for me were what really made my application stand out because I LOVE to write. But even if you do not share that sentiment, hope is not lost! Chapel Hill looks for well-rounded individuals, people who've invested themselves in multiple areas, but have also committed to certain things and have followed through with them. For me, this was marching band, which I did all four years of high school. For you, it might be something different. But be sure to share all of your interests and accomplishments, so that UNC will see the fullest picture of you possible - students who are motivated, accomplished, and true to themselves, cliche as it may sound, are the types of folks Chapel Hill looks for.

    Bang for the buck

    While I have not attended other universities in addition to this one, I am confident in saying that a UNC education is an excellent deal for minimal amount of financial difficulties I have had. The financial aid office is always helpful and has worked with me to find options for paying for school. I am an RA in the Upper Quad community, and this has really helped me as a source of income during the year in addition to the excellent leadership skills I have built. If you do not decide that an RA position is your cup of tea, there are plenty of on-campus options for jobs during school, especially on Franklin street in downtown Chapel Hill and with the university (Undergrad Library, Honor Court, Teaching Assistants). Whatever you choose, UNC is affordable enough to where you can find a way to pay for school!

    Am enjoying being here

    I have enjoyed every minute of it. I was intimidated by the size of the school at first, but I found quickly that in such a diverse campus, you can always find someone just like you and someone completely unlike you that you still get along with just as well! Being in the UNC Marching Tar Heels, I've made some awesome friends already, and involvement in this organization has helped me get in touch with my 'school spirit' side - football and basketball games, Fallfest, parades...it makes the experience so much more personal, and lays testament to the fact that Tarheels are all a big family, and always will be.

    Am learning a lot

    I have personally learned a great deal in all of my classes taken thus far. Difficult courses like Chemistry 101 and Latin (the hardest in the Classics dept.) have not been a walk in the park, but I've found that I tend to come out of those classes knowing more because they required more out of me! Yet all the courses I have taken have been enriching in their own way, and I have not had a single bad professor yet; everyone is different and gets along differently with others, but I feel that each of the staff at UNC Chapel Hill is easy to get along with when you show an interest in their subject and a willingness to succeed. This, for me, creates the ideal learning environment.

  • 08/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 18 people found this review useful. 3 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UNC is a great place for all students as it is a great value, has excellent academics, and diverse extracurriculars. Because of the size of the university, many diverse student organizations exist where students can find like-minded individuals. The area around Chapel Hill is suitable for those who like cities or rural areas because of its close proximity to bigger cities like Raleigh and Durham and smaller farm communities in rural Orange and Chatham counties.

    Tips for prospective students

    A well-rounded student is among the most-desired by admissions at UNC. Make sure to include extracurriculars like athletics, student politics, and/or volunteering in addition to good grades and a decent SAT. Spend time on the essay as this is a integral part of the application and your chance to shine!

    Bang for the buck

    UNC is an excellent value college. Kiplinger consistently rates UNC among the best values in the nation! Compared to nearby Duke University, UNC students can receive a similar degree for less than half the price. Not bad for a public university. The cost of living in the surrounding community is rather cheap and finding a job isn't hard considering the growing economy of the region and the wealth of businesses surrounding Chapel Hill.

    Am enjoying being here

    Set in a small town not far from just about everything, there isn't much not to love about UNC. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of classes and academic life, just relax on the beautiful and historic campus of the nation's oldest public institution, head to Franklin street for the typical college town experience, or catch a free bus ride to nearby Carrboro and relax in the Bohemian city center. There's also never a shortage of things to do on campus, as students can watch the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball champions for free in the Dean Dome, meet like-minded people in student organizations, or watch a movie in the student union.

    Am learning a lot

    UNC Chapel Hill is a great place to learn a lot about just about everything. There are a great variety of courses and majors and UNC Chapel Hill is known nationally for its expert professors and excellent instruction. Like many students, you may come looking to major in one area of expertise and find that the motivated and exceptional professors convince you to major in a different area. That's okay though, considering that UNC has a large variety of majors available and a degree in any offered major is sure to leave you an expert in your concentration.

  • 01/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 17 people found this review useful. 4 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those students who are academically motivated. It is not at all for the slacker. It also wouldn't do for those students who like the city scene, because, while Raleigh is right next door, it is hard to get there without a car, and it's not a city like New York or Boston that you could just wander aimlessly about; you need a destination. This school has an extremely large student body, so it's great for those who want a large and diverse population. It's great for students who like to get involved because there are so many student organizations. Despite it's liberal arts status, I would not recommend this school for students who have no idea whatsoever of what they want to do. With the way the school is set up, a student only has two years to get their core requirements done as well as their pre-requisites for the major they intend to do. For example, a student who come in and intends to major in history, but if midway through his sophomore year he decides to do nursing there is no way that he'll have enough time to get all of his pre-requisites done in time to apply to the nursing school for his junior year. This school is wonderful for those who want a nationally recognized school both for sports and academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    While GPA is very important, focus on being well-rounded and the essays. Everyone student and applicant had a great GPA in high school, but the admissions committee want to make sure that intelligent pool is well rounded. Do as much community service as you can; it is becoming more and more important in any college admissions process. Also, try to stress the leadership activities and those activities in which you were dedicated to for more than one year.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a great value school, especially for in-state students. The tuition is only about $15,000 for one of the best educations in the country. Unfortunately there is not much by way of on-campus jobs. The majority of on-campus jobs are offered through work study, which can only be received by the federal government. The Rec center, the libraries and the Union do hire non-work study students, but those jobs go quick, so be sure to grab them as soon as possible. Other than that, students would have to resort to Franklin Street which can be a 20-30 minute walk from some dorms. Also, Franklin only provides food and retail jobs, so people who don't work well in those situations are out of luck. Also, many of the food services on Franklin do not close on the weekends until after the P2P stops running so a walk home in the middle of the night would be necessary if you don't have a car (which you most likely won't if you are a first-year). There are a lot of jobs advertised in the Daily Tar Heel everyday, so those in dire need of a job can surely find something.

    Am enjoying being here

    While UNC is a great school, it is not for everyone. The campus is very suburban and confining if you do not have a car, so getting around for first-years can be very difficult. It is a gorgeous campus with plenty of fields to play soccer on, but it is not for people who like to get out and explore, as there is not much town to explore. There are hundreds of clubs on campus so every personality, from type-A to hippies, can find some place that feeds their interests. Franklin Street does have tons of places to eat and shop, but the shopping is expensive. The best place on Franklin is the Varsity Theater which has classic movies and new movies playing for only $3! The sports are obviously wonderful, but those students who do not care for a great sports team, may find it hard to fit in because sports are everything. Greek life is very predominant on this campus and it is easy to avoid if you don't like it. This school does have a place for everyone, but if you can't find that place it's not the most enjoyable atmosphere.

    Am learning a lot

    With this being a grade-A institution, the academics are wonderful. There are huge lecture classes balanced out with small classes having only about 20 people. In the lecture classes there are usually one to two Teacher's Assistants in addition to the professor's office house so one-on-one help is always available despite the large class setting. One thing I would recommend, Do NOT bring your laptop to lecture classes unless it is required. It is a lot easier to take notes on a piece of paper rather than type them because Facebook is ALWAYS a distraction. Some professors don't even allow computers in their lecture classes. There are numerous places to study (and sleep) on campus whether it be one of the three undergraduate libraries, an empty classroom, Starbucks, the Student Union, or even the quad. There are also numerous help centers on campus, from the Math Help center to the Writing Help center, to tutoring groups throughout the semester, especially come exam time. As long as you put in a decent amount of effort into your school work, you are guaranteed to learn a lot.

  • 06/05/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 5 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students from small towns will enjoy all of the attractions and Students from larger cities with enjoy the quite serene community with still lots of fun places to go and see. Great to enjoy country life without being in the country. Transportation (bus) will take you just about anywhere for $1.00 per trip.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a great unique college town setting. Access to many great things without being in a big city. Close to Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina. Lots of accommodations for learning and fun.

  • 07/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 11 people found this review useful. 6 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Its a great place for students that have a whole bunch of school spirit. If you don't like crowds, you can escape the hustle and bustle in the gardens.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are lots of things to do when you get bored. Franklin Street has a whole bunch of vintage stores and restaurants. Athletic events are great and its really easy to get in to men's basketball games all you have to do is apply through the student lottery.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 7 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who study well, but not necessarily study a lot, will get the most out of their years at Chapel Hill. UNC has an amazing social network, but having time to go out after homework is critical to enjoying all the events and activities offered. Students have to study extremely efficiently to maintain good grades and still have extra time to party like a Tar Heel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chapel Hill isn't all butterflies and basketball. It is a very prestigious university that is nationally ranked in superior academics as well as sports. That said, keep in mind that if you attend this school, you will be taking classes and competing with some of the top students in the nation. The classes are seriously difficult and if you plan on doing well in college, make sure you can put forth at least as much energy into you school work as you do cheering against Duke!

  • 03/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 8 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like research, enjoy tons of exposure to many different cultures, artsy people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as much credit out of the way even if they are random APs - there are a LOT of gen ed requirements so the more you don't have to worry about, the better. Also, do not underestimate how much you are going to need to study - there are plenty of times when the teacher will not go over or review things that you need to know for an exam, and especially not homework - be prepared to do a lot of outside work.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes the tuition is a bargain for in-state students, but there are tons of extra fees - for pretty much every class you have to pay another $20 - $35 to buy some sort of online supplement.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the school spirit and enthusiasm for the sports (and the fact that we have good sports in the first place) but sometimes its annoying that life needs to be put on hold just because we have a basketball game (don't get me wrong though, I love my Heels!!). Not being able to have a car on campus is really old, as any grocery shopping on campus is extremely limited in selection and jacked up in price. Not that having a car will be much better since parking is also extremely limited and expensive. There is not a whole lot to do even on Franklin Street unless you can and want to pay an arm and a leg to shop or eat. You can start feeling a little cut off from reality when you can't leave campus for 9 months. Also, multiple people have agreed that it is a lot harder to make friends than you'd think, as in-staters tend to hang out with people from high school and not branch out. However, the school and clubs do their best to put on as many events as possible, so there is always something going on on campus (now whether they interest you or not is the question). All in all I have had fun here and know I'm getting a good degree, but it hasn't exactly turned out to be the learning experience I expected.

    Am learning a lot

    You do a lot of studying for the test, meaning you cram as much information as possible into your head for exams and to get homework done, but it's so much information in a short period of time that you don't remember much of it in the long run. I personally don't feel like I will graduate a well-rounded person with knowledge of many subjects, because the constant onslaught of new info makes it impossible to remember any past info. Plus you don't get a whole ton of real-world experience unless you're wanting to go into science or a research-heavy field (e.g. history). My biggest issue is that the there are so many gen ed credits you have to take. I know all colleges have them, but UNC's are ridiculous (2 Englishes, 2 Maths, 2 Sciences plus 1 Lab, up to level 4 in Foreign Language, 1 Lifetime Fitness 1 Experiential Education, 1 US Diversity, 3 Social Sciences, 1 Literary Arts, 1 Visual and Performing Arts, 1 Philosophical and Moral Reasoning, 1 Word Before 1790, 1 Beyond the North Atlantic, 1 Global Issues) so if you have no interest whatsoever in a class it makes it difficult to stay motivated. By the time you get to college, you know what your general strengths and weaknesses are, so (for example) having to take 2 sciences when you know you struggle with science is miserable. Moreover, some labs like chemistry or biology are about 4 hours long but you only receive one credit hour for it and have a separate exam for it - how does that make sense? This is especially frustrating in light of the fact that you're being forced to spend all that time in lab if you may not want to take it in the first place. However, if you want to learn skills like how to succeed in an interview or to build a resume, their career services is VERY helpful and work with you a lot. All these things considered, I am still only a freshman and so can't really know if you start learning more/learning more practical skills when you start taking upper-level courses. Also, the teachers tend to be very caring and want to help you as much as they can, even if it's a huge lecture class and their only exposure to you is through office hours. Many classes are taught by TAs though, and I've only heard of maybe 2 or 3 good TAs - most people hate theirs and say they are awful teachers.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never felt like I was in a dangerous situation once on campus. And if you're the paranoid type, there are these large pillars with a pretty blue light located every few blocks on campus where, if you press the button, an official person comes as soon as possible.

    Greek Life

    I've never been too interested in Greek Life, but there are many houses that you could choose from if that's your area of interest.

    Clubs and Activities

    Attending Fall Fest is a must! It's right at the beginning of the year and basically all official clubs at UNC have a little stand with lots of information about their club. There are lots of free things, but be prepared to give a little shove because thousands of other students want that free object too! There are so many clubs with different interests that it'd be hard not to find what you're looking for, but even if that's the case, you can get a group together and easily start your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One should definitely take walks in the arboretum every few weeks or so; it's very relaxing! Also, if you ever get the chance, contact someone in the Astrophysics department at UNC and see if you can get a group to look through the telescope at Morehead Observatory. Just watching and hearing the observatory spin open is awesome!

    What to do for fun

    I would recommend getting out and exploring the areas around Chapel Hill. I personally think that Chapel Hill is too small of a city, but there's also Carrboro nearby, which is an artsy, interesting town. You could also take a $2 bus to South Point mall, which has quite a bit to do. Finally, if you have a car, I'd take a trip to Raleigh or Durham a couple of times during the semester; basically, don't keep your boundaries frozen on campus/Chapel Hill city lines!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is convenient, to say the least. The food seems pretty good at first (side note: I'm not a very picky person), but it gets to be a little bit monotonous after a while. It's not gourmet, but it's also not horrible either. I could always rely on the salad bar and a slice of pizza, and I was fine with that. So, if you're a very picky eater, you probably won't be very happy with it. However, if you aren't, you can be content with the dining hall food.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm experience was great, but I was able to reside in one of the most ideally located dorms on UNC's campus. Although my room was small, all of my friend's rooms in other dorms on UNC's campus were a bit bigger. There were always fliers up for different activities at the dorm (movies, free pizza parties, TV shows), which even if you don't go to, it's nice to know that the students in charge are being proactive about your dormitory experience!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are much different than in high school! I didn't really understand how to effectively study until second semester of my first year, and this knowledge bumped up my GPA by 0.25 points. If your experience is similar to mine, studying in high school wasn't too necessary all the time. But, if you want the same grades at UNC as you had in high school, be prepared to put in a lot more time.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must see the Pit Preacher. He is a riot; argue if you dare. You also need to get involved with clubs, if only so you can paint important events on the Pit cube--it's very competitive! Finally, don't try to do everything; find two or three clubs that you love and put a lot of time and effort into them. It's not high school--you should be in a club because you agree with their ideals, not because it's yet another club you can add to an application.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus, to me, is a great metaphor for the university as a whole; first off, it's full of color and zest, with all the beautiful trees everywhere. In addition, many of its buildings have very strange architecture, which relates to UNC's uniqueness as a whole. But finally, all the students you pass are enthusiastic, happy and content, which exemplifies all of the university's attributes.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 10 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student looking for a school with great professors, endless activities, and a wonderful campus atmosphere will fall in love with UNC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether your school offers 2 AP classes or 10, take advantage of them. That's what UNC likes to see in prospective students, that they try their hardest and use every opportunity to excel.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC offers the best education for a great price, compared to colleges that share is caliber. I have many friends from out-of-state, and they say UNC was a great choice for them, both for education and costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a place for EVERYONE at UNC. There are so many opportunities, whether you're into athletics, music, politics, the environment, or just having fun. With any activity, the school spirit behind it is incredible! I absolutely love UNC.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are so helpful and willing to spend extra time with you after class if you still need help. Also, there is the learning center and many other tutoring options if you need lots of one-on-one time. The courses are challenging, but they can be conquered. You feel very accomplished after receiving good grades.

  • 11/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Balanced students. If you thoroughly enjoy learning, would like to get painted and crazy for a basketball game, think music is a way of life, love to eat, appreciate beautiful architecture, believe that bar hopping would be fun in the future, and can be creative enough to design the best costume for Halloween, than UNC-Chapel Hill is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    UNC has some of the worlds best programs in areas such as business, journalism, information sciences, history, public health, and nursing--just to name a few. Most of these programs are demanding but manageable; however, If you are interested in biology or chemistry, you need to realize just how rigorous the coursework will be. Understand that your college experience is what you make of it, and if you can't live without a full nights rest, and don't absolutely love biology or chemistry, you may have to consider either choosing another major or attending an easier school.

    Bang for the buck

    Kiplinger recently rated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #1 best value university in the nation. Tuition is low for in-state students, and much more affordable for out-of-state students than comparable institutions.

    Am enjoying being here

    Where better than UNC to get the full college experience. With top notch academics, incredible athletic teams often ranked among the top in the nation, and a town attached to the university that caters to a students every need, Carolina is the place to be for any student who wishes to have it all in college. In my opinion, there are very few places that can compare to what UNC and Chapel Hill can offer students.

    Am learning a lot

    UNC has one of the nations most renowned faculty, but your education here will extend far beyond that. Students are, for the most part, extremely intelligent, friendly, and ambitious. Much of your learning experience in classrooms at any college will consist of your peers pushing you to think more critically and acquire greater knowledge. Students at Carolina are searching for answers, and not trying to just outshine you, and the result is a great learning environment. As far as public universities are concerned, you won't find another with better academics.

  • 12/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 12 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that enjoy being on a large campus and having a huge student body will really like it here. The school is great for those that are looking for a liberal arts education, but still want the experience of attending a huge school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to go ask for help. Whether it be the professor, a t.a., or even a upperclassmen. They'll more than likely be extremely enthusiastic to help you and guide you along. Also stay in close touch with you academic advisor, as they will help you a lot in choosing which classes to take,

    Bang for the buck

    It's not named the best value school for nothing. Having the reputation of a public ivy it is cheap compared to, say Harvard or Yale, but the quality of the education is just as high. Plus you get access to one of the best basketball teams in the nation.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is no shortage of fun here, you will almost NEVER be bored here. Franklin street, sports, and just plain fun. From basketball games at the Dean Dome to flash raves in the Undergraduate Library, there is always activities to get yourself involved in.

    Am learning a lot

    While some of the classes are huge, you can still find lots of one on one time with professors and other ta's that are more than willing to help you out and help you succeed. The classes are also really condensed, and the professors will throw a lot of information at you in a short amount of time, so be prepared for a lot of homework and studying. Especially if you're a math or science major.

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 13 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you worked your butt off in high school, this is the place for you. If you are passionate about school pride, this is the place for you. If you want to be a pharmacist, this is the place for you. The bio,chemistry, and nursing programs are also amazing at UNC.

    Tips for prospective students

    UNC is a lot of fun but expect to work hard. All the hard work is worth it in the end. However, if you're looking for a free ride for four years look for another college.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC is worth all the money. It isn't as expensive as other schools that have this great of a reputation. It was affordable for me and my father makes around 40 grand.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love UNC's campus. The campus is beautiful and their buildings are great. There are more libraries than you know what to do with. We have two gyms and they have several machines and weights. The dorms for freshmen are social dorms. The dining halls have anything you could ever want to eat. There are events held on every holiday and movies are shown every Friday. Franklin Street is awesome! Everything you could ever want is on Franklin: food, movies, and shopping. Oh and of course the SPORTS! We have wonderful teams. GO TARHEELS!

    Am learning a lot

    Overall, the teachers at UNC are wonderful. They provide outside help when needed and they will make sure you are able to meet with them. These teachers make subjects apply to life. Academics are tough at UNC but if you get accepted you are able to do well. I have learned more in my freshman year at UNC then I have throughout my four years in high school.

  • 12/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Basically everyone. There are so many groups and classes that anyone can find their niche here, it just may take a while to find it.

    Tips for prospective students

    TALK TO PEOPLE. Make as many friends as you can. Friends lead to more friends. The more friends you have, the better time you will have in college.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an in-state student so the tuition for me is very low. If I were an out of state student, the rating would probably be a one star. Nevertheless, in-state students cannot beat the affordability plus prestige of the degree.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social and academic life is great. There is a perfect balance IF you know how to manage it. The Greek scene is very strong at UNC (only if you want it to be as it is entirely possible to completely avoid the Greek scene). Carolina is a huge place, and it is possible to get lost in the masses if you refuse to be outgoing and find a group of friends. It isn't difficult, but it does take some effort. Manage your time well (don't go out every night) and you will love it too. Quick side note: UNC athletics are a blast. Go to them.

    Am learning a lot

    The courses are challenging. The professors are challenging. The work can be overwhelming. You will learn more at North Carolina than you ever have before, and you will love it. The professors are knowledgeable and really want to see you excel. If you are willing to learn they will ensure that it happens. Even introductory courses are very interesting. Take courses that you think may interest you, even if they don't gel with your major. Majors will change. An interesting class may change your life.

  • 10/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chapel Hill is great for students who are independent, good at disciplining themselves, hard working, and open to fun, new experiences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Let's see, for incoming freshman, I would suggest that you get involved. There is so much offered at UNC but you won't get anything out of it if you don't go out and try new things and meet new people. Try not to go home too often in the beginning because that just makes getting into college life harder. Most importantly, try and find a balance between fun and studying. By all means go out and have fun, just make sure you leave some time for academics and preferably not all crammed in at the same time.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any college, it costs quite a bit to go to UNC but it's definitely money well spent. You will get every penny's worth and if you feel like something you are paying for is lacking in any way, they are good about listening to you and trying to solve the problem.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! It was quite an adjustment, and it still is in some areas, but I couldn't ask for more from a college. There are so many different resources if you need help with anything and there's such an energetic, welcoming student body that it's hard not to get swept up in the Carolina fever. There's always something to do, you just need to look.

    Am learning a lot

    You will definitely learn a whole lot at Chapel Hill, be it in class or out. There's so much information to learn that it can sometimes seem a tad overwhelming, but if you make the effort and talk to your professors it's nothing you won't be able to handle.

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    curious and hard-working

    Tips for prospective students

    great academics!

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 162

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a challenging atomosphere and willing to learn alot.

  • 11/03/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 162

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    Great for these types of students

    If you’re intelligent, driven, politically informed, and at least somewhat of a humanitarian, you’ll fit right in. The student body is pretty liberal, so be prepared to get some backlash if you’re conservative. However, as a whole, the students are very diverse and accepting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many AP or IB classes as you can, stick with a few extracurriculars throughout high school to show dedication, and try to be a leader in some capacity (e.g. student government, president of a club, yearbook editor, etc). Believe it or not, grades aren’t everything, even to get into UNC. If you’re accepted, -Take a freshman seminar class! The class size is small and everyone is new to the school, so it's a great place to find friends. -Consider a Living & Learning Community, especially if you want to be a part of a close-knit group. I was in the RELIC LLC and it was like having a family at school. -Set a good study routine from the start; my first semester, I got distracted doing so many different activities that I had a hard time catching up. -Study the Undergrad Bulletin! It explains gen. ed. requirements well, but there are a lot of them, so make sure you know what you need. There are so many classes offered that it's easy to get lost and make poor choices for your major. An hour or two of research on requirements can pay off big time, since some classes can meet 2 or 3 requirements.

    Bang for the buck

    Great value; worth every penny.

    Did enjoy being here

    You would have to stay in your dorm all day to be bored here; there's no way to avoid the tons of activities going on all the time! It's easy to find a group, club, or activity that fits your interests. (I recommend playing Humans vs. Zombies!) The campus is absolutely gorgeous. I loved living in the Upper Quad on the older part of campus, and being so close to the Arboretum and Franklin Street was a definite plus. Though I adored my time at UNC, I didn't finish my undergrad degree there because I personally need a smaller, more connected academic environment to do my best. Though UNC is fantastic, it's not for everyone.

    Did learn a lot

    As everyone has said, UNC has top-notch academics and you are guaranteed to learn a lot, even on subjects you thought you knew well... IF you go to class, that is. A lot of classes are big enough that it's easy to unnoticed. That being said, none of my classes were above 70 people, even as a freshman.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 162

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    Great for these types of students

    there is not one specific type of student that is perfect for chapel hill. unc is one of the most diverse campuses that i have ever heard of and there are infinite opportunities for students to get plugged in, find their niche, and contribute to furthering their specific passions or interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    unc is full of tradition, some of which are evident by the physical campus itself. with the old well, belltower, dean smith center, kenan stadium, and many more, carolina's traditions are an essential part of what being a tarheel is all about. while visiting, be sure to pick up a copy of the daily tarheel on a friday and check out the weekly kvetching board, a component of our campus' newsletter that is unique to unc!

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls at unc are great but there are a few other dining options on campus that are convenient too.

    Dorm Life

    i lived in a dorm through my junior year and loved it! it's a great way to meet new people and being close the hustle and bustle of campus is reason enough to live in a dorm as long as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    while the courses at unc are typically challenging, it definitely depends on the course and degree you are pursuing. i have learned more than i could imagine and have had very few classes here that i did not absolutely love.

    Tips for prospective students

    when you arrive at carolina, do not be afraid to jump right in! with so many opportunities, clubs, student organizations, sports, and classes to choose from, it's so easy to get plugged into the campus and the community that is chapel hill.

    In three sentences

    carolina is a place unlike any other. the campus, the community of both students and faculty, academics, athletics, and the surrounding area of chapel hill absolutely cannot be beat. once you become a tarheel, you are a tarheel for life.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 162

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    Campus Safety

    there are police all over campus and there is a campus safety program that keeps students notified via email and/or text message of any threats on or near campus.

    Greek Life

    there is a very strong greek community on campus and if any student wants to get involved there are many wonderful options. rush week is really big on campus and can be a lot of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    if you like something there is a club for it and on the off chance that there isn't, you can make one! there are always activities and celebrations going on around campus and within each dorm community there are special events to get you acquainted and involved with other students. there is also always a lot of free food!

    Great for these types of students

    carolina has such a diverse student body so there is a place for every type of student on campus. if you get excepted, you can find a place here to call your temporary home. :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ah, the carolina bucket list...okay, so if you are fortunate enough to go to school here, you have to take the p2p bus and go hang out on franklin street at least a dozen times -and you must experience the wonder of biskis after a night of partying (after finals are over of course). other things: drink from the old well, and hang out in the pit. the pit is the spot for most of the crazy-fun things that go on and the place we always refer to when telling people where we are at in location to something. also, sit on the steps of the wilson library and do your homework and/or lay in the quad at least once on a pretty day-our campus is so beautiful. there are so many more, but that should get anyone on a great start :)

    Bang for the buck

    i am pretty sure we rank top 5 in the country for what you get here for your money. everything really is included in the tuition, down to money you need to print things. every professor you have has done and is doing amazing things. one of my professors this semester just got back from building schools in another country and one from last semester is the director of the research facility in the galapagos islands! you really do learn from the best here at carolina.

    What to do for fun

    there are always fun events on campus and of course our teams always provide great entertainment (especially when the beat duke. there is a huge mall really close by with some great restaurants but when in doubt anyone can wander to franklin street and have a great time.

    Food and Dining

    campus could use another dining hall but we do have two already and they make everything you can imagine. there are even vegetarian mondays! aside from the dining hall there are tons of places that deliver to campus through tarheel takeout but it is relatively expensive to use that service. if you are tired of the dining hall and can't go off campus there is a subway, a chick fil-a, a chinese place, a few markets throughout campus and a place that makes pizza and burgers. there are definitely a lot of options!

    Dorm Life

    all dorms are what you would expect but it is the people that makes living on campus great. living on campus allows you to meet great people and get involved in your community. we also get pretty cool t-shirts!

    Academic Rigor

    carolina is difficult to get into for a reason. don't come here if you don't expect to work for your degree and learn a lot along the way. there are so many amazing classes you get to take here!

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready to be challenged and experience a campus life like no other! we have a strong, intelligent, determined student body and everyone is involved in something great. we have many clubs so come to campus prepared to join in, meet some great people and have the time of your life here at carolina. when you get to campus go to everything you can during the week of welcome and no matter what you do go to fall fest!!! however, don't forget to come prepared to learn though- classes are tough but well worth every dollar spent.

    In three sentences

    the university of north carolina at chapel hill is absolutely one of the best places to study in the world. the campus is beautiful, the student body is amazing and when you come to carolina you learn from the best, most dedicated professors that can be found. look no further, unc chapel hill is the place to be!

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 162

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    Campus Safety

    even walking alone at night as a female, i feel safe on the unc campus. between the campus safety officers, and programs like safe walk that walk students back to their dorms at night, i have never felt unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are countless clubs to join at unc in virtually any field imaginable. and if by chance a club doesn't already exist, you can start one! unc definitely encourages student involvement, and therefore there are always activities going on and an organization that suits everyone's interests.

    Bang for the buck

    even as an out-of-state student with a higher tuition, i truly feel that unc gives you the best possible bang for your buck. college is all about the entire experience, and unc definitely does not disappoint.

    What to do for fun

    there is always something going on at carolina, it is really only a matter of how involved you want to be! between supporting our fabulous sports teams, attending lectures and performances at memorial hall, meeting up with friends in the pit or volunteering with the campus y, there is always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    when i first came to carolina i was so surprised to find so many dining options! if you have time to sit down and eat your fill, there are two all-you-can-eat dining halls. if you're pressed for time between classes there are several other quick options that are still tasty and inexpensive! dining services offers several different programs to fit everyone's needs.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life really gives you a chance to meet fellow tarheels and get to know the campus. so many students live on campus that the residence life organization is really strong and well developed.

    Academic Rigor

    you will definitely not be disappointed by the rigor of academic life at unc: there are so many course options that you will be able to find classes that are both interesting and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would definitely suggest visiting campus before making your final decision: i knew for sure that i would love carolina once i stepped foot on the quad. also, i would encourage you to do some research about all the clubs that are offered at unc, finding your niche makes such a big school seem almost small and familiar!

    In three sentences

    my decision to go to unc chapel hill was without a doubt the best one of my life. despite that fact that i transferred to carolina, i have still been given so many opportunities like studying abroad, writing an honors thesis and playing club sports. the sense of camaraderie and pride that comes with being a tarheel is irreplaceable, and the quality of education is priceless.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 162

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    Campus Safety

    There is a dedicated police force on campus as well as security poles everywhere. At night, there is a student-run service that will walk you back to your dorm (from the library or other buildings) or you can call the local public transport and they will pick you up. I am a small woman and I have never felt threatened on campus.

    What to do for fun

    The Chapel Hill area is buzzing with 20-somethings looking for both fun and a way to make a difference. If you want to volunteer or would rather go play paintball or just chill on campus, there is a lot to do.

    Food and Dining

    The selection of food in the dining halls is marvelous. Some students tire of eating in the dining halls, but then there are plenty of other choices both in and around campus. Personally, I was generally happy with my meal choices.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are comfortable and I was never uncomfortable there. I don't see myself moving off-campus in the upcoming years.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at Carolina require a lot more work than I was accustomed to from high school. And while they are difficult, there are plenty of places you can get help if you need it (tutors, TAs, office hours).

    Tips for prospective students

    Join several clubs but don't overload yourself. This is a time to have enjoy life and explore options you've never considered.

    In three sentences

    This is a great place to learn, work, and live. The campus is pretty, the teachers are brilliant, and the students are engaged. No matter what you want to study, there is a place for you at Chapel Hill.

  • 10/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 162

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    Great for these types of students

    Carolina is a great fit for any type of student. I have met students from other coutnries who love it here, and out of state students who don't want to leave. As an instate student I adore it. There are so many different organizations and groups, it is nearly impossible to not find multiple things that interest you. The hardest thing is choosing what activity or group you want to try next.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to deomonstrate in your essays that you are a well-rounded person who is mature and ready to be a student in college. Show that you are ready to be a contributing member of a college community and ready to get involved in the many things that interest you.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally was looking at many out of state schools but decided on Carolina for many reasons, inclulding its afforadbility. I am extremely happy I chose UNC. UNC has professors top in their field, fellow students who were at the top of the class, all striving to reach another level of learning for one of the most do-able prices you can find when looking at a prestigious University.

    Am enjoying being here

    I thoroughly enjoy my time here at UNC. People in general are very welcoming and open. I have a very active dorm and dorm community; it is great to come back to your dorm after a day of classes and enjoy a taco night with the people on your floor. I have enjoyed the overwhelming sense of community in the University as a whole and though it may not be the most important aspect of choosing a college, I love walking through such an aesthetically pleasing campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a freshman here and have already noticed how my education is definitely on the next level. I learn relevant interesting things in all my classes, despite having some that I am taking to merely complete general education requirements. I easily find practical applications for what I learn in the classroom and enjoy being able to apply them in the real world as that is something I have always considered important. The wealth of knowledge of the professors seem bottomless and they are beyond ready to share it with eager students.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 162

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    Bang for the buck

    With it being considered an equivalent to a public Ivy-League school, it is an extremely good education for very low tuition for in-state students. It is definitely worth the investment.

    Will enjoy being here

    After being in Chapel Hill many a time, the environment is exceptional. Ideal for learning and being social. It is a beautiful campus and there is a TON of stuff to do.

    Will learn a lot

    The classes are difficult, but totally worth taking. Friends of mine have expressed that the time commitment to school work may be higher than some other colleges, but for a good education, it is worth the effort and you will leave having learned much more than most.

  • 11/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 162

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    Great for these types of students

    UNC loves students who are: Eager to learn. Not afraid to try new things. Tarheel fanatics! Not afraid to get knocked down, but will get right back up. Independent. Competitive. Unique.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your essays are well-written and thought out, as they hold most of the weight of your application. Be well-rounded! I know everyone says that, but it's the truth. Volunteer A LOT, experiment with leadership roles, play some sports, or join a band. There are endless ways to ensure well-roundedness for success on your college application.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely worth it. Out of state tuition is kind of pricey though.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chapel Hill is Heaven on Earth. 'Nuff said. Seriously though, it is fantastic. The campus is gorgeous, the people are wonderful, and the environment is all-around dream-like. I couldn't ask for a better college and I am so glad I chose this college over every other one. It was the best decision I ever made. There are always things going on around campus. In fact, this entire weekend is Potter Palooza in celebration of the last Harry Potter movie coming out on DVD so there is a huge party in the Student Union every night, starting Thursday. There is something here for everyone and thousands of different ways to get involved. The best part is this: if you CAN'T find something that interests you (which seems almost impossible) then you can create your own club, group, organization, or whatever you want!

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are very challenging, but I am learning more than I ever though I would and I am loving it! The professors are fantastic. They're all eager to help kids who are trying to help themselves. Although the class sizes are larger for things like chemistry, biology, business, etcetera, I feel that it is better because you grow to learn from the people around you and not just your professor. It is an excellent place to come if you want a challenging and rewarding education.

  • 12/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 26 of 162

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off when you get here. While the professors may help, it is a lot different from high school. Just because some classes do not take attendance, doesn't mean you should skip that class.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely worth the money that you would spend to attend this school. The tuition is not that high. It is a lot less than the other schools I received acceptance to.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. Everyone is nice. Complete strangers that you pass say hi to you as you pass and if you need help trying to locate a certain building, ask anyone and they will tell you.

    Am learning a lot

    It is wonderful here. I am learning many new things that I didn't know before. I am also exploring different classes from what I originally planned and I am enjoying it. I may even end up changing my major from what I really expected.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 162

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who love to learn and have a passion for something. Carolina wants you to pursue the things you are passionate about and will help you in any way it can. It is also great for people who like a social environment, since the social scene is so diverse and alive you will be sure to find somewhere you love to be! Perfect for students who want to have pride and spirit for their school! It's an amazing experience walking to Kenan Stadium and seeing students painted blue and showing the Carolina spirit early on a Saturday morning!

    Tips for prospective students

    While a good GPA and SAT scores are important, Carolina doesn't just look at how you do in the classroom. They look at who you are as a person and what you do in life outside of school. Be yourself as much as possible on your application! They are looking for bright minds and well rounded personalities that will go far in the Carolina community. Get involved in community service and try out some leadership activities and other extracurricular's that you enjoy. One of the most important sections of the application, however, is the essays. Make sure they express who you are as a person and are well written. Revise them several times before submitting them and let someone else revise them for you as well.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC has a private school education at a public school cost, but you get so much more than an ivy league-worthy education for your money. Tuition covers student tickets to athletic events, use of the 2 on-campus gyms, the many soccer fields, tennis courts, and basketball courts, and access to the 2 pools. Campus shuttles and the local bus system are also free to students for getting around campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    While the suburban setting is not for everyone, Carolina's gorgeous campus offers a quite college environment free of outside distractions. Keep in mind though, the famous Franklin Street is less than a mile walk or bus shuttle from any point on campus. The bus system caters to the needs of students by having routes to local shopping malls, grocery stores, movie theaters, and other destinations in the surrounding cities of Raleigh and Durham since first years are not allowed cars on campus. Living in a community as diverse as Carolina, there is always something for you to get involved in like Athletic clubs or charity events on campus. Its hard not to get involved in leaving your Heel Print in some way in your years at Carolina!

    Am learning a lot

    UNC is prestigious for its academic environment. While many lecture classes may easily contain 300+ students, there are plenty of one-on-one opportunities with professors and teaching assistants outside of class. There are also a wide selection of smaller sized classes if the lecture hall setting is not for you. UNC has many options for students who need a little extra help in the writing center and tutoring centers on campus. Most teachers also hold study sessions before exams where you can go to ask questions and get extra help. The professors here at Carolina are eager and willing to help students who seek assistance.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 162

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    Campus Safety

    the number one crime on campus is larceny, so never leave your laptop and belongings unattended. try not to walk alone or in isolated areas when it is dark outside too. walk in well-lit areas where others are nearby. there is a public safety building on south campus right by the dorm buildings. campus police is always circulating campus. there is also the p2p, a bus that runs between 7pm and 7am. there is a program called safe-walk that allows students studying late at the library to be walked to their room by two trained people. always lock your dorm room as well when you're outside. campus is generally safe, but take precautions just as your would anywhere and in any city.

    Greek Life

    there are many different fraternities and sororities on campus for those interested. just see frat court--a road near campus with a bunch of greek houses next to each other.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 600 campus organizations, undergraduate research, and many nearby internship opportunities. there is also a medical school, public health school, and pharmacy school for those pre-med students. for those interested in community service, check out pss and apples!

    Great for these types of students

    hardworking students that are looking to get a great education but also get involved in activities on campus and cheer for their school sports teams!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    whenever unc wins a basketball game, students living in craige dorm and hojo dorm, go on the balcony. people in one dorm yell tar! and the people in the other dorm yell heels!. there is also a game on campus called humans vs. zombies that happens twice a year. students wear a bandana on either their arm or around their head to designate which team they represent and also carry nerf-guns.

    Bang for the buck

    it is a great school overall, with a lot of high ranking programs, such as business, chemistry, public health, medicine, journalism, and more! there are so many great opportunities on campus as well. class registration, however, can be a little tough and stressful. they really want students to graduate in four years, so graduation rate is really high (80+). dorms and food can be pricey but the cost of this can definitely be reduced by living off campus, choosing certain dorm styles, and eating out less/cooking in your dorm. smart textbook shopping can also reduce the cost of books. buy or rent used books and sell back old ones. compared to other high ranking public universities, tuition is also lower. it has been voted the number one best value university in the united states for the past 11 years. that says something!!!

    What to do for fun

    you can catch a bus to southpointe mall. there is also franklin street, which has an old movie theater, tons of restaurants, museums, and more. there are always events happening on-campus. there are some cool speakers that have come, movie-screenings, and definitely sports games! football, tailgating, and basketball are awesome. there is also intramural sports.

    Food and Dining

    there are two on campus dining halls-lenoir and rams head. lenoir is on north campus and is across from student stores and the student union. it is also near the undergraduate library. the lower level has several food-stops and fast-food, such as sub-way, chick-fil-a, jamba juice, and more local favorites like med deli. the upper level in the dining hall, which is all you can eat buffet style. you can get a meal plan or pay cash/credit. rams head is on south campus. on the first floor is starbucks and the dining hall. it is also buffet style. the basement level has a mini-mart and sub-way restaurant. there are sometimes events and special theme days in the dining halls which can be fun. it is always best to go at opening time to beat the crowds and get the freshest food!

    Dorm Life

    there are over 32 residence halls on campus. north campus dorms are beautiful! they are also within a 5 minute walk to most academic buildings and the undergraduate library, dining hall, and student union. they are hall style, meaning all the rooms on one hall share a community bathroom. south campus dorms are where most first-year students live. they are suite-style, meaning there 2 to 4 rooms that share one bathroom. they these are called high rise dorms, meaning they are 5+ stories high. each floor of any dorm building has 1 to 2 resident advisors. hese are fellow students who help you with any resident life related issues. south campus dorms are close to another dining hall that has a mini mart and sub-way restaurant on the lower level, as well as a two story gym and starbucks nearby. it is also close to unc hospital, basketball stadium, and the business school. there are several bus lines here, so you can take a bus or walk about 15 minutes to get to class.

    Academic Rigor

    academics are tough at carolina! you're in the company of students who were also at the top of their class in high school. a lot of people are hard workers. however, it is definitely possible to thrive and do well. there are so many great learning resources on campus, such as free peer tutoring, one-on-one tutoring at resource centers, the learning center, study groups, and office hours appointments with your professors and their teaching assistants. keep up with reading and assignments. procrastination is your enemy in college!

    Tips for prospective students

    focus solely on academics your first semester because it is an adjustment. even if you came from a rigorous high school curriculum (ib diploma, competitive academy, etc.), it is an adjustment. keep a list going of activities you're interested in joining your second semester. never fall behind in reading and homework!!! it is just too much material to cram in before exams. once you're adjusted to academics, find activities that interest you. there are over 600 campus organizations, undergraduate research, and intramural sports. plus, chapel hill is located in a great area of the state--the research triangle! if you're ever looking for some interesting, paid, and challenging internships, just look in the area--or even on campus! there are a lot of opportunities in science, health, technology, engineering, business, and more! if you can't find something that fits you, create your own organization!

    In three sentences

    unc is an awesome school! it is well-balanced in strong academics, interesting & diverse extracurricular opportunities, school spirit, sports, and affordability. although it is a large campus with a high student population, there are so many opportunities and friendly people that everybody will find their own home on campus.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 162

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    Campus Safety

    campus in general is very safe; they have a program where people can walk you back to your dorm late at night if you don't feel safe. there is also a bus that can transport people to and from various locations on campus, and this runs until about 3 a.m. there have been incidences of crime, but it is rare to hear much about it. as long as you are cautious especially late at night, you will be okay.

    What to do for fun

    go out and have fun! there are a lot of amazing events on campus happening pretty much every single night, so it's hard to get bored on campus. there are even dorm-wide events, so you don't even have to travel that far to go meet new people. you can also take a bus to go to the nearby mall, or take a walk in general. there's so many ways that you can enjoy yourself on a beautiful campus like this, and if you feel like you're about to run out of things to do, just go to a concert nearby at the cat's cradle in the nearby town of carrboro.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall food is okay. some days are good, some days are horrible, but usually it is average. there is a first floor on one of the dining halls where you can get various types of food such as sandwiches, fast food, sushi, chinese food, indian food, salads, etc. easily. there are also various locations around campus to grab a cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat. there are also great restaurants right on franklin street, which is a little off of the northernmost section of campus. there are lots of places and types of cuisine to choose from, so it's easy to find something that satisfies your cravings.

    Dorm Life

    being able to socialize with other people from around the area is eye-opening. you are able to talk about different issues and topics to people with various perspectives, making it easier for you to understand how others think and rationalize. there are a lot of people constantly around, so it's easy to socialize especially in your first year. if you move up to north campus, you should make sure to reach out to people on your own because it is less social on the northern part of campus in comparison to south. either way, you always will be able to find a way to enjoy your dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    as a science major, i constantly have something to do. i always have an assignment due every week in every class, but i don't really mind as much. the tests have a lot of material on them, as expected in every college class, so it is hard to keep everything under control. the course load should be expected before you take the class. as long as you study and make sure you don't fall behind, it is rewarding to realize how much you've learned in the semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    as a possible future student of unc-chapel hill, be expecting the work that you'll have to do. you should also join as many clubs as you can during the fall fest event they have every year at the beginning of the school year in order to figure out your true niche and work from there to build up your own unique college experience. make sure you reach out to everyone you can especially in the first few months, and you can figure out what kinds of things will work for your schedule. if you are great at waking up in the morning, then go ahead and take early morning classes. if not, then make sure you don't take them because missing classes can affect your grades tremendously, especially if you don't study for it on your own.

    In three sentences

    unc has a lively campus, is full of wonderful people, and is an inspiring place for all. i love attending this school for all the experiences it has given me, for all of the friends i've met and gotten close to, and all the memories that have been created and are also yet to come. even if it is situated in a suburban area, it's easy to find an event to go to or hang out with people every single day, and you can still get a world-class education while enjoying life.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I am involved in the Association of Nursing Students. It is a great way to connect to other nursing students and learn more about the profession.

    What to do for fun

    UNC-CH is centered in the heart of Chapel Hill, NC. This area provides lots of cultured activities. We are surrounded by Raleigh & Durham which both offer additional fun outings. Of course, there is always excitement in town during football & basketball season!

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining offers a lot of variety. Also, within walking distance are numerous restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    As a graduate student, I live off campus. But I heard from peers and other students that on campus housing is comfortable, affordable and convenient access to bus system.

    Academic Rigor

    The University has high standards for excellence. Faculty expect students to participate in class and set the bar high!

    Tips for prospective students

    UNC-CH offers many competitive academic programs. It is important to take the time to come and explore the campus in person.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a diverse community of learners. The University focuses on service, leadership and innovation. The faculty are caring and supportive!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    you can even be Safe-Walked home from the library, picked up for free by taxis at 2 am, everything is within walking distance and there are no drug crimes

    Greek Life

    FIVE STARS Very upscale, very sociable, people to look up to, and oh yeah they are the most committed people I have ever met when it comes to raising money for their philanthropies. Every week there's something going on to benefit others

    Great for these types of students

    Extroverted, artsy, liberal, sports finatics, people who really commit to things especially studying, people who enjoy the company of others

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Holy Moly, you better mark this date on your calendar because if you walk through the central quad, you will surely be covered in paint. A lot of people like to play Humans vs Zombies, not my glass of wine. Senior year you get to climb the bell tower. there's always the preacher who comes solely to argue with outlandish students

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, volunteer organizations, go to football and basketball games, there is an amazing party scene and greek life, movies at the varsity theatre on Franklin Street, shopping...

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls give a fresh taste to dining everyday. I hardly ever see the same things twice and I have tried more new food here than I have in my whole life.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is trustworthy, friendly and it feels like a home away from home

    Academic Rigor

    Even the most basic classes are demanding in the course work, studying and rigor of the tests. However, paying attention and taking notes and the time to really study will get you an A

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep yourself at your own limits. Never allow excuses for procrastination, getting behind, or doing something on a whim instead of getting your work done. Remember you came to college for a degree and that's what you will walk away with when you leave. The social status will not come with you to your future career.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere here is like no other. I am surrounded by competitive, unique, go-getter students every day and it keeps me motivated to push myself to limits I never knew I had. I will forever be a tarheel at heart.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe walking at night. Also, there are bus lines running at basically all hours of the night, so you can hitch a ride on one of those if you have a long walk to make and you don't want to go it alone.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea. I know that, supposedly, we have a very prominent Greek Life society, but. I'm not a part of it, so I couldn't really give any details.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs you can join, as well as school-sponsored activities to attend. I know that at least once, they offered massages and a free session of acupuncture. I missed it, but. That sounds pretty awesome. There are lots of sports, and academic, and just-for-funzies clubs you can join as well, like the Ultimate Frisbee, Debate, and Anime clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great if you're an academically gifted student, or if you're a student who likes to work hard and be rewarded for his efforts. Such things are respected here. I, personally, am not a sports fan of any kind, but, the Tar Heels are pretty big into their sports. If you're a sports lover, this is probably a school to consider.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well. I'm still learning about all of these traditions, but, supposedly, if you drink from the Old Well on the first day of classes, you'll do very well that year. There's also an old tree called Davy Poplar. I guess, if it falls, then some curse will be unleashed upon us all or something. I dunno. I just hope it doesn't fall. I don't want to be cursed.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a world-renowned university at the price of a public education. if I'm not mistaken, it's been ranked as the Best Value University in some magazine or other. It's a pretty good deal...

    What to do for fun

    There is an abundance of groups you can join if you're looking for something to do. Personally, I joined the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble, and I'm having a blast. But there are also lots of other things, such as all types of theatre, a capella groups, martial arts clubs, sports clubs, ultimate frisbee, fraternities, sororities, activist clubs, an anime club, and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    People say that you get tired of the food. I suppose that will probably be true, but it's not yet happened to me. There are two great dining halls with pretty good hours, one of them staying open until midnight on weekdays. There are also lots of other places you can go to grab a bite to eat if you don't have a meal plan, or you're just not feeling the dining hall that day. My favorite is the 24/7 Wendy's.

    Dorm Life

    I am very satisfied with my dorm life. I got a great roommate, and my hall-mates all seem friendly and warm. And, most fortunate of all, the RA is not too strict about things. We live our lives respectably, and in return, we're given the freedom to do so without interruption.

    Academic Rigor

    All through High School, I was one of the kids who coasted by without having to study and still somehow being the one people looked up to as the smart kid. Well. Things changed when I got here, because, as it turns out, there are a heck of a lot of those kids here. But it's satisfying. You really have an opportunity to have intellectually stimulating conversations that might have been a bit too geeky for your old school. They're not afraid of smart people here; they embrace them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chapel Hill has a pretty big name, and some people are intimidated to apply to such a school. I say go for it. If you get in, it really has a lot to offer. It's a great education and a great atmosphere at a public, affordable rate.

    In three sentences

    The people are all very nice and supportive of creativity. You'll be challenged intellectually, and you'll really get a new perspective on how you view yourself, intellectually. There is an incredible amount of various groups that you can join, so you can rest assured that you'll find something you'll live to do (I, personally, joined the Ukulele Ensemble).

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've always felt safe and secure on campus, and help is always nearby if you need it.

    Greek Life

    Frats and sororities start rushing the first few weeks into school - and once you're in the life is pretty baller!

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything imaginable. If what you have in mind doesn't exist - you can start a club yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    Leaders, Academically motivated, Initiators, and anyone looking for a good time

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drinking from the the Old Well on the first day of classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Depends - did you get a scholarship and financial aid? If not, you're paying about $15 per lecture, so you can figure it our from there.

    What to do for fun

    The sports games here are fill the entire campus with school pride and spirit - there are various games every weekend. Clubs hold mixers and the music department has a long list of interesting concerts for anyone.

    Food and Dining

    Lenoir and Ram's Head have a lot of great food, if you get a meal plan. Franklin Street is also lined with restaurants with delicious food just waiting for university students to get hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is alright; rooms are normally quite small, but the the RAs and people are amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    This can vary, depending on the course load. As a chemistry major with the maximum hours this semester, I have a fairly rigorous schedule, with chemistry at the top of my difficulty level. The courses can vary from easy to challenging, but each class and its professor is what you make of it - should you choose to go the extra mile, nothing can stop you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, so that you can be eligible for scholarships. Try to get involved in clubs of your interest early, but don't overwhelm yourself.

    In three sentences

    UNC Chapel Hill is serves as the crossroads for students with a wide variety of interests across the nation, including the physical sciences, business, humanities, leadership, public health, and much more. The cultural diversity of its clubs is incredible, and there is always an opportunity for students to dip their toes into fresh waters, no matter what their interests. Community involvement and career development are prioritized by the students as well as the faculty, and together we are able to offer every student the chance to shine as much as possible.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Stay away from Franklin late at night. Crazy stuff happens there.

    Greek Life

    All of my friends who are entering fraternities love it so far.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty good variety of clubs and activities. Boxing is super intense!

    Great for these types of students

    People who are highly ranked in class, but also like to take the time to enjoy life. Sports fans will love it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We protect the old well from NC state students trying to mess with it before football games. Everyone rushes Franklin on Halloween, and at the beginning of the year when the clubs are being advertised. LDOC-Last day of classes means there will be so many parties. Also we rave in Davis Library in huge numbers on Dec 9th.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for such a low tuition!!

    What to do for fun

    I recommend clubs, but there is much more. Franklin street has many good restaurants and shops. There is a cinema on Franklin that my friends and I go to on occasion. The sporting events are frequent and entertaining.

    Food and Dining

    The dining experience at Ram's and at Lenoir vary from day to day. You can find really good food there, but perhaps a little too often, you will be disappointed.

    Dorm Life

    I really like my suite-mates, and my fellow dorm-mates. At any institution it really is up to chance whether or not you like the people living with you. My dorm is well maintained, but it is rather old so there are some problems, but nothing major. Community government organizes events, however, there are not many and not too many people attend.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are difficult, especially those in the sciences. This is a good thing however, because it trains you to be more successful in the future. The GPA can be unbalanced for science majors because of this, so that is something to consider.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is what you make of it. There are plenty of clubs and other opportunities, but it is entirely up to you to take advantage of these resources. Don't expect to achieve greatness if you don't actively pursue it.

    In three sentences

    The academics at UNC are very good especially for pre-med students, with the exception of some math courses, specifically Calculus 2. The teachers know what they are talking about, and the large majority of the T.A's are very well informed and very helpful too. The students here are nice creating a pleasant atmosphere. Overall, this is a pretty good university.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's great. There is a bus system that runs every night from 7PM to 3AM called the P2P (Point-to-Point). The bus route includes Franklin St. and all the major dorms and landmarks on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join UNC women's rugby team. It's a club sport so it's open to any girl of any athletic ability and body type. Best group of girls on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love sex. UNC was rated #1 for the best sex life for Playboy in 2012.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Storming Franklin St. after a win against Dook (Duke). Drinking from the Old Well the first day of class. Climbing the Bell Tower senior year. Star gazing in Kenan Stadium.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is very affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a basketball game. Watch the basketball game with friends if you don't get a ticket Eat out with friends on Franklin. Go to football games.

    Food and Dining

    There are two dining halls: Rams Head on south campus and Lenoir on north campus. Rams Head dining hall is the only dining hall open on the weekends and the food is considerably worse on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    Live in a freshmen dorm your first year. Traditional freshmen dorms are Hinton James, Craige, and Ehringhaus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't buy books until you have gone to class for the first week. Meet as many people as you can the first two weeks. Afterwards, cliques start to form. Don't feel the need to rush in the fall semester. There is a spring rush. Get involved in something. Try something new.

    In three sentences

    Go Heels. Go America. I'm a sucker for the Tarheels. - U.S. President Barack Obama If God is not a Tarheel, why is the sky CAROLINA BLUE?

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe. Compact campus with lots of lights and safety features. I've never felt unsafe, even when walking home at 3AM.

    Greek Life

    Has a presence on campus, but does not dominate campus life at all. Many people are involved but you don't feel like you need to be involved to have something to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons! Over 700.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic, academically motivated, social, dreamers, opportunists, hard workers, spirited, all people really!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rushing Franklin Street for Halloween or a Championship win or a win versus Duke. Drinking from the Old Well on the first day of classes. Protecting the Old Well prior to the NC State game.

    Bang for the buck

    Voted best value public school year after year. Best value for me as an out of state student. Also provides decent sized grants.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events. Explore Franklin Street. Check out programs your community is hosting or the school is hosting. Head to the mall or catch a movie. Just hang with friends. Check out Greek life.

    Food and Dining

    Good food. A nice variety. Lots of options including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very friendly. Relatively nice dorms. Most undergrad dorms are social. Vast majority of dorms very close to main campus areas.

    Academic Rigor

    Highly rigorous. Classes aren't too hard, but there is a lot of independent work and work outside the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take chances and try new things. Don't be afraid to break out of your comfort zone. It's the best time to learn more about yourself and expand beyond your typical boundaries.

    In three sentences

    Great school with incredible opportunities. Serious about academics, sports, and social life. Provides a wonderful balance and a gorgeous home away from home.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 162

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There isn't enough room to explain.

    Food and Dining

    Food gets old, but it is good quality.

    Dorm Life

    Best dorm life around.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Set a schedule and always make sure you know when exams are coming up.

    In three sentences

    It is a great institution. It has so many resources available to you. Professors are amazing.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I can't say that I've ever felt unsafe here at UNC. It could be 2 in the morning and I would feel comfortable walking all the way across campus alone. Now I'm not saying I would actually do that, but that's how safe I feel here.

    Greek Life

    Alive! Greek is a big factor for most people on campus mainly because they have a sorority or fraternity for just about an religion, race, or idea.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's literally a club for everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drinking from the old well. This is the tradition on the first day of classes to bring good luck in your grades for the semester, but beware, if you're gonna do it, get there early due to how long the line can get! (Also, Duke now and will forever suck)

    Bang for the buck

    UNC is definitely about the best bang for your buck. They're known for their gracious amounts of financial aid, as well as low cost (for in state students mainly.) I'm out of state, but it was cheaper for me to come to UNC than the even stay in state! If price is a main problem on deciding whether to come to UNC, then that's the least of your worries :)

    What to do for fun

    Franklin St. This is kind of the center part of the night life. For the most part, all the clubs are off this street, as well as fraternity row and most of the house party locations. Then in the daytime it's full of most of the stores you'll need. Also can't forget the clubs and gatherings UNC has. For example, screen on the green. With a school as big as UNC, there's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. They have really good days, and then they have bad days. As for the dining halls though, I do have to say they're extremely nice and the workers are even nicer.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love living on campus. If you're looking to make a lot of friends and get to know your classmates, south campus is for you. Specifically Ehringhaus and Craige since those just got remodeled. UNC has pretty nice dorms compared to most schools. I've seen some pretty bad ones at other schools where the rooms basically feel like cells, but thankfully UNC isn't like that. Even the worst dorms are decent.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're looking for a school who works hard and plays hard, UNC is the place. Its not only hard to get into UNC, but to stay here as well, so make sure youre prepared to work even harder in college than you did in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do good on your test scores! Also, just because you have average numbers (I.e. grades and test scores), essays can make or break you! So make sure your application shines in ALL places, and if it doesn't in some, make up for it in the Rest of the application.

    In three sentences

    UNC was probably one of the best decisions I've made. It's amazing how open and friendly and just plain happy the campus is. It's easy to make UNC your home!

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Franklin Street can by sketchy.

    Greek Life

    Amazing networking and friendship opportunities through Greek Life.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, different, creative, happy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drink from the Old Well before the first day of class for good luck! Streakers in the Davis Library on the Last day of Class!

    What to do for fun

    Franklin Street!

    Food and Dining

    There is food all over campus. The two major dining halls offer great variety and accommodate health requests.

    Dorm Life

    There are social dorms and their are quiet dorms, it depends on your preference. Most buildings are very old.

    Academic Rigor

    I was valedictorian at my high school and have to work very hard to make higher than a C in my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that prospective students take a tour. You fall in love once you see the campus buzzing with happy students.

    In three sentences

    UNC has great school spirit and community feel. The classes are extremely rigorous yet rewarding. You learn more than just academics here.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Student that are open to diversity and interacting with people from all over. There is no such thing as one flavor up in here!

    Tips for prospective students

    For your application, be yourself! I wrote an ode to pizza for my essay and got in, they love creativity and all that good stuff!

    In three sentences

    I will be a first year student at UNC in few months and I already feel like an integral part of this school's community. The people are so welcoming and accepting of everyone and I am so proud to be apart of this new quirky family. Carolina has a spot for everyone.

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are two dining halls on campus, Lenoir and Rams Head. Both of these places have a new menu everyday and the food is usually pretty good. In addition, UNC is right next to Franklin Street which has a variety of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are scattered throughout campus with most freshman on south campus. Older students settle in mid and north campus for their better locations. Dorms are a great way to meet people and for the most part all the dorms are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are really challenging, especially math and science classes here. However, if you put in the time and effort you will succeed. Professors are very helpful in terms of teaching ability and accessibility via office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go outside your comfort zone and meet new people. Make sure to keep up and don't slack in your classes.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school that has a balance between academics and enjoying college. The classes are tough and really make you think and work for your grades. UNC has a beautiful campus and is one of the top public schools in the nation.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Move to North Carolina!

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina is required by state law to admit North Carolina residents as 82% of their prospective feshman class (a fact you wont find on their admissions website). They only accepted 800 out-of-state students in their freshman class of 2013 (from over 20,000 out-of-state applicants). So, unless you're a North Carolina resident, getting in to this school is more competitive than most Ivy League schools!

  • 11/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are a hard worker, and you want to go to a school that has high standards then this is the school for you. If you want to be challenged academically, this is definitely the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Well, let's see, what advice would I give? I think the most important thing is to make sure you take advantage of all of the resources offered to you. If you don't understand something, get help from the tutoring centers. Also, if you have a question, talk to your professor. Don't be afraid to talk to them. They want you to be concerned about your education. Make sure you get involved. Studying is the most important thing, but if you don't get involved in some sort of club so you have an outlet for your stress you won't be able to focus as well on your studies. Also, clubs are a great way to build new relationships. Lastly, be prepared for the difficulty of the classes. This is not going to be easy. You're going to have to study a lot and probably sacrifice some of your social life in order to do well. Just remember, you're not in high school anymore.

    Bang for the buck

    This is definitely a great school for the money that you pay. They have so many programs to help you succeed such as the tutoring center or chemistry and math help centers. The programs they offer for study abroad are also amazing. All of the advisors in both the study abroad office and academic advising office are extremely knowledgeable so they can help you with any questions you have. The professors are also really good and know what they are talking about.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really like it here. The people are all really nice. There are so many activities that there's never really a time when you will feel bored. All you have to do is walk down Franklin Street or around campus and you will most likely find something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Ok, so the classes are pretty tough, but you learn a lot. The teachers are very informative and most of them are willing to talk to you and help in any way they can. Just remember that college and high school are on a whole different level so UNC Chapel Hill is going to be a lot harder than any high school you may have attended.

  • 05/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, straight A making, diligent students

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a summer enrichment course prepare yourself for hard work. That is what I am trying to do.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't know yet

    Will enjoy being here

    It is a beautiful campus and we all know the sports teams don't suck. But your college experience is what you make it

    Will learn a lot

    Definitely. It is a research 1 school.

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 3 people found this review useful. 45 of 162

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UNC has a very diverse community and is very accepting. The work is challenging, but the faculty is accommodating and wants to be involved in your academic career. UNC is great for any student who is curious about the world that we live in.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Sit in The Pit during a visit to the school. You will most likely see a majority of the student body and get a great feel for the college. 2. Talk to current students - either through Facebook, tour guides, or friends. 3. Do not be discouraged if you are an out-of-state student. Apply anyway!

    Bang for the buck

    UNC has a great tradition of being one of the most affordable schools in the nation - especially for in-state students.

    Am enjoying being here

    The Carolina community is unbelievably welcoming. Campus is always active - no matter the time of day. There is definitely a place for everyone, no matter your interests. And the night life is great, too!

    Am learning a lot

    Many students are wary of the large class sizes, but the beauty of the Carolina Way is that even in large lecture classes you can still experience the small classroom feel.

  • 05/14/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great diversity and everyone seems really welcoming.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone I have met at UNC is incredibly outgoing, friendly and driven. Students here were the presidents and founders of school clubs, and volunteered immensely while in high school. It is a generally philanthropic student body with a fevent passio for the greater good.

    Bang for the buck

    Though not cheap for a public school, UNC offers an education comparable to that of prestigious private schools in the area for a much lower price.

    Will enjoy being here

    The town of Chapel Hill is so quaint and truly has a Southern charm to it that I love.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Is tuition affordable

    Will enjoy being here

    what on campus activities are available

    Will learn a lot

    Hi I am looking for a potential university is there any info someone can give about the biology apartment

  • 06/24/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    It is one of the most beautiful campuses that I have ever seen.

  • 08/03/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is about $7,000 and out of state is about $27,000. What more is there to say?!

    Will enjoy being here

    From what i have researched, the community and activities are great!

    Will learn a lot

    From what I have researched and heard, this is one great school when it comes to academics and a diverse community. UNC Chapel Hill is definately one school that I am considering to apply to

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Social, outgoing, but studious students. Also very involved and ambitious.

    Tips for prospective students

    I was at first nervous about the size of the campus and the student body, but it's not at all uncomfortable or too overwhelming. True, I did get lost a few times but you get the feel of the campus quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is comparatively cheap, but still pretty financially daunting. Just... get scholarships. Lots of them.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are super nice and super fun. There's always things to do and plenty of things to sign up for. There are several a cappella groups and dance teams who take on inexperienced people who just want to have fun. Not to mention cultural groups and religious groups. Most people already know each other, so if you're out of state or come from a small place and don't know anyone, the social events and groups help you meet tons of people and you make friends fast (as long as you can get out of your comfort zone, that is).

    Am learning a lot

    Definitely do not underestimate the difficulty of the academics. The professors stuff you with an overflow of information, even with subjects you would think are mostly common sense or subjective knowledge. It's challenging, but not impossibly difficult.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the streakers during finals. that's always weird.

    What to do for fun

    franklin street. parties (all around and off-campus). hanging out in the pit. organizations. there's a lot of stuff to do here.

    Food and Dining

    the food is tolerable. sometimes the food selection is depressing though.

    Dorm Life

    some dorms are gross-looking initially, but honestly the dorms here aren't bad at all. hojo, craige, and ehaus kind of suck because they're kind of exterior style, but almost every freshman lives in them, so you make friends there.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't slack off, period. you might have slid by in high school, but things are different in college. chapel hill is hard, but it's fun. don't forget to enjoy your time here. it goes by quickly. get immersed in unc culture. it is truly amazing here. the sports, the people, the campus, the traditions, and the history are all things that make chapel hill a one-of-a-kind place.

    In three sentences

    unc is a challenging school. it isn't perfect and some days are hard, but the overall experience makes those few dreary days seem okay. oh, and don't get caught up with the basketball team, or you will be considered a groupie and shunned.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    i'm a part of unc dance marathon. it benefits the nc children's hospital. it has been a life-altering experience meeting the children and making their lives a tiny bit easier.

    Great for these types of students

    hardworking, intelligent, dedicated, driven.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i don't know of many, only being a first-year.

    Bang for the buck

    it is an amazing experience to attend school here, and for a public university, the cost isn't so bad for the wonderful education you receive.

    What to do for fun

    there are always clubs and activities to partake in.

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls here are wonderful!

    Dorm Life

    i definitely miss having my own space, but i get along well with people in my suite.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are very difficult. i was blind-sided by the amount of intelligent people that attend school here, and i was shocked by the amount of coursework each class contains.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't expect it to be easy.

    In three sentences

    attending carolina was the best choice i have ever made. i love every day that i am here. the classes are always a challenge.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    unc offers over 600 student clubs/associations that you can join. for most organizations, it is easy to join by simply signing up for their listserv, but we also have organizations such as student government and acapella groups which require auditions, elections, etc. however, there is a wide variety of clubs for all different kinds of interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i wouldn't call our traditions unusual, but we have a few special rituals here at unc. there's the old well which is pretty much the 'icon' of unc; there's a myth that if you drink from the old well on your first day of class, you will receive a 4.0 gpa for the semester. also, after our basketball team beats duke, everyone rushes to franklin street and there's a huge celebration party with bonfires, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    as a in-state student, the cost of unc is definitely worth it. it's a great academic environment and i've learned so much in the little time i've been here. unc offers so many opportunities--socially and academically. you definitely get what you are paying for here.

    What to do for fun

    there is plenty at chapel hill to do for fun. you can simply join organizations, attend unc events, etc. however, unc also has a great nightlife. every weekend, franklin street is full of people wanting to go out to eat, or dance. you will most likely always find something to do at unc.

    Food and Dining

    personally, i am not a big fan of the dining halls at unc. although they are pretty much buffet-style, you will see a lot of the same options being served over and over again and your taste for the food quickly diminishes. however, there are plenty of other options such as alpine bagel, chick-fil-a, subway, etc. if you get sick of dining hall food. plus, if you ever have the time, franklin street is always there.

    Dorm Life

    dorms at unc are not lavish, but they are not awful either. although the rooms are small, it is easy to decorate and make them more comfortable. as a freshman, dorms are a great social tool; you will be able to easily meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    unc is highly rigorous. it is a huge transition from high school; unc requires a lot more focus and dedication. if you are looking to attend unc, it's a good idea to sharpen up your study skills.

    In three sentences

    unc-chapel hill is a great environment for students who are both academically and socially inclined. and of course, for any huge tar heel basketball fans.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    for in-state applicants, choosing this college is a no-brainer. tuition is a mere $8,000 a year. compared to private universities, that is a huge deal! it is the nation's top public university, and it is consistently named a top value school.

    Food and Dining

    plenty of options in the cafeteria, and there are always restaurants in chapel hill to choose from as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard in high school, starting with your freshman year, so that you can be accepted to this school.

    In three sentences

    unc chapel hill is an amazing school with a beautiful campus, located in the research capitol of the united states. there are amazing study abroad opportunities and the professors are great. it really is one of the best universities in the nation!

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    overall great. many signalling devices on campus and within the college community. many cops patrolling area.

    Great for these types of students

    serious students who want to have research opportunities

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the burning fires on franklin street after the games.

    Bang for the buck

    exceptional education for the money

    What to do for fun

    work out.

    Food and Dining

    great. there are organic options

    Dorm Life

    not ideal for my age group, although i make sacrifices and i will have a remodeled dorm for next year.

    Academic Rigor

    very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    use resources. find a professor to ask your questions. get involved in research.

    In three sentences

    i have found the resources very helpful. it pays to be proactive at such a large school, people are eager to help. there are many opportunities to guide you in the right direction.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Usually very safe, but we have been having some problems with the Campus Alert system. They didn't alert us when there was a rape, but alerted us three times for a possible tornado; we can clearly see the tornado, but a rapist is something we should be on the lookout for. However, the school newspaper has been attacking them for it, and they are currently trying to better tweak the system.

    Greek Life

    Less familiar with the Greek Life; I know that it is popular, and people will often go to a frat party on the weekend. I have one friend who is in a fraternity, and he talks about the introductions that he gets because of it - a lot of people who are big in the business industry.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm in some fairly nerdy clubs myself - a group for conlanging, and i'm also part of a living-learning community (LLC). I do recommend LLC's, especially for your first year. It has really helped me to gain a circle of friends with similar interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Old Well, which if you get a drink of water on the first day, you can ace all of your classes; it doesn't actually produce water anymore though, so they give out bottled waters. During finals, there is a tradition of students streaking through all or most of the libraries (there are at least 10 libraries). there is always a big blowout when Duke goes up against UNC in basketball.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC is one of the more expensive public schools in NC, but it has a great campus life, and a great many campus affiliations; I'm planning on studying abroad in China next summer, and I'm considering a school which is exclusively connected with UNC Chapel Hill

    What to do for fun

    Go to Franklin street! There 21+ and underrage clubs, restaurants, coffee shops, even these really cute cupcake restaurant. It's great to go to a bar and watch a UNC-Duke game - Go Tarheels!

    Food and Dining

    For a college cafeteria, the food is usually pretty good! I do get tired of it from time to time, but there is always the smoothie shop, Subway, or any of the other restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is often something going on in the dorms, whether it's a barbecue or a recycling drive. The dorm I'm in is suite-style, so I really get to know the people in my suite, but not as much for the rest of the people in my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    As previously stated, it is hard, but worth it. You end up learning a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your professor's office hours! It helps to get to know them, especially if you need an excuse, help with a paper, anything.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus with plenty of activities - there is always something going on in The Pit. Academics are hard, but worth it - we work hard but we play hard. In the smaller classes, the professors are for the most part very willing to help.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is always a presence on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many clubs, everyone is sure to find their way.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, smart, studious, adventurous, fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Among others, the Old Well is said to bring good luck on the first day of classes.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC is a very good value.

    What to do for fun

    There's always a party to go to or something interesting going on around campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are two on-campus dining halls in addition to fast food options like Subway and Chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    There are different zones of campus that accommodate anything you're looking for.

    Academic Rigor

    UNC is a very difficult school but is doable if you try your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to stay on top of assignments. College is no time for procrastination.

    In three sentences

    UNC is a great place to be. It is the best school around for many majors and accommodates all types of people. UNC is beautiful and is a great environment to learn.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a late night bus that takes students from anywhere on campus to Franklin Street and the Fraternity Court. On days when the late night bus doesn't run there is a walking team who will escort you back to your dorm/car whatever. There are multiple emergency stations and severe weather sirens.

    Greek Life

    One of the most impressive aspects of Carolina's greek life is the vast number of minority organizations. Carolina is home to multiple African American sororities and fraternities as well as Asian, South Asian, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, Multicultural and Native American sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    A club for every passion, interest, ethnicity.

    Great for these types of students

    Preppy, southern, artsy, intellectuals, minorities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Dean Dome; home of the Carolina Tar Heels basketball team. The Old Well is the historic landmark on campus- rumor is if you drink from it the first day of classes you'll make straight A's.

    Bang for the buck

    Carolina has consistently been one of the best values in the United States.

    What to do for fun

    Franklin Street is just a 20 minute walk away from even south campus. There are great places to eat, bars and clubs. With another half mile walk you can get to Carrboro, the artsy cousin of Franklin street. Be sure to check out the live bands that play at the Cat's Cradle and Local 506. My favorite band came to both venues 2x in my freshman year alone. If you tire of Chapel Hill you can take the bus to Raleigh or Durham relatively cheaply and safely.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't your parent's home cooking but it isn't bad either. There are always vegetarian options and a great salad bar. There is seasonal fruit but sometimes the fruit options are a bit sad. If you have a scholarship just get the unlimited meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live dorm life is great. As a freshman, you NEED to be on south campus. South campus is a 10-20 minute walk from where your classes will be, but the atmosphere is awesome and not something you should miss out on your freshman year. North campus dorms are for people who study, A LOT. There's nothing wrong with living on North Campus, but expect to see less people wandering the halls of your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Carolina is no joke; it is one of the top universities in the nation. That being said, it is possible to get by with less studying than a super nerd and still pass (and even excel) in your classes. Don't come here expecting to make an A on every assignment unless you put that much effort into everything, otherwise it won't happen.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do well on your SAT's. The average high school GPA of incoming Carolia freshmen is 4.7. At my school, there was no way you could even get a 4.7 so test scores became important in really comparing you to the competition. If you have a unique experience in life be sure to write about it in your application essay. UNC is looking for students who have unique experiences and can bring those to the campus. Carolina students are concerned about the world surrounding them so make sure to get plenty of community service.

    In three sentences

    Tons of fields to study with top notch professors in each. Every student on campus is friendly. A niche for every student attending.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    In my opinion UNC would not have been the same without joining my fraternity. Some people will disagree but the contacts and relationships are superior to any other organization

    Clubs and Activities

    Fraternity/Sorority, Residence Hall Association. There is somewhere for everyone to fit in at UNC

    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent and independent. Professors are sometimes hard to reach and you must be able to handle the course work on your own

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The old well, the bell tower, too many to list. There really is a carolina way which every student finds in their own way.

    What to do for fun

    Franklin street, intramural sports, fraternity/sorority

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are pretty good but after a couple weeks will get old

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice and a requirement for freshmen. North campus is closer to classes but living on the south part of campus is an experience worth having because you will meet more new students this way

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from a small town in NC the courses were harder than any I had come close to seeing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many AP/IB courses as possible in high school. Focus on classes you can do well in rather than trying to fulfill requirements because those can be worked out when you are an upperclassman and more prepared for the classes therefore doing better

    In three sentences

    Great university with a small town feel. Education is very cost efficient but UNC Chapel Hill is the hardest school in North Carolina. Gaining a degree from UNC is definitely worth the work put in

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus, even if I am walking alone at night time. There are safe-walkers outside of each library to walk you back at night time if you feel unsafe. There is a bus that circles campus from 7pm to 3am. If it is after 3am, you can call the shuttle bus and they will take you from one point to another for free.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek life, but several of my friends are. They enjoy and it has changed their outlook on the meaning of work and service.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and organizations to join, and you can create your own.

    Bang for the buck

    Rated number one best valued public school in the country.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Franklin Street, socialize with friends, attend parties, attend social gatherings, and Greek Life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to visit the campus, or talk to current UNC students.

    In three sentences

    The University is excellent with a variety of students and professors. The campus is beautiful and large, with many different places to go for new places to study or socialize. UNC is a safe campus.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on campus. There is no where near the violence that I hear happening at other schools. Campus police drive around at night, there is a bus line that runs until 3AM every night, and programs such as SafeWalk to walk you home from a library or some other place at night.

    Great for these types of students

    everybody. UNC has so many different types of people, that no matter who you are, you can find friends like you.

    Bang for the buck

    I know it has been one of the top rated for best value, because of the high quality education for the price of a public university.

    What to do for fun

    Franklin street, basketball games(or any other sporting events), hang out on the quads, join clubs, go to local performances at Cat's Cradle, enjoy cultural events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The two dining halls on campus do a very good job of offering a wide variety of meal choices. There are always several vegetarian options, and a full service salad bar that is excellent compared to other schools i have eaten at.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kept well maintained, and employ friendly, knowledgable staff that can help you with just about anything. I recommend living on South Campus as a freshman, especially in Horton!! (Best dorm everrr)

    Academic Rigor

    The classes range from very hard, to pretty easy. I have heard of some science classes where there has been 2 people out of 400 to get above a C. There are also classes where the grad distribution shows that 95% of people made an A. Everything really varies by class and department. If you have good work ethic, then you will be able to handle the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join everything. People say to just take it easy your first semester, but if you join and participate in everything. You will get a huge support system and enjoy your first year much more than if you just hang around watching others have fun.

    In three sentences

    UNC is the best place on earth. I could have never picked a better school to attend. Go Heels, Go America!

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of North Carolina takes much pride in the safety of its students. Most notably, we have a system that will send emails out to all students alerting them if anything strange or suspicious happens on campus. Nonetheless, it is important to remember that UNC is an open campus, so it is quite difficult to protect students form all dangers that can occur. Therefore, before attending, students are required to take a short course informing them of the dangers of alcohol and drugs, which can be found on any college campus. Also, Chapel Hill offers self-defense classes and special programs that aid in teaching students safety precautions.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big at Chapel Hill, like many other large universities. Although some of the organizations are fairly private, they add a special dynamic to the nature of the campus. Besides the parties that greek organizations are typically known for, they host many volunteer events and allow for members to become active in the community, while encouraging others to do so as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is very well known the there is a historical rivalry between UNC and Duke. For that reason, during basketball season and after we win against our rivals, nearly every student on campus leaves their dorm rooms and runs across campus to Franklin Street. Franklin Street is a popular location on campus located in downtown Chapel Hill that has all of our major restaurants, boutiques, convenient stores, and night clubs. After the game, all of the students meet here and turn the street into a big festival. There are people that jump over fires and engage in various other activities during this time. Aside from this, Chapel Hill has many other school traditions that are all outlined in a book that first year students receive at orientation.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening on campus. With over 400 clubs and groups on campus, someone is always having an event. I cannot count how many concerts and plays that were put on throughout my first year. I would have never expected to have big-name pop stars and rap artists come to my school and perform exclusively for our enjoyment. In addition to this, we have movie nights, a rock climbing wall in the gym, and club sports for those students who are not student athletes.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls is not that great after the first few weeks on campus. It gets very repetitive and less appealing as time goes on. However, there are numerous restaurants spread throughout the campus and nearby that students are welcomed to eat at, like Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle.

    Dorm Life

    The first-year students at UNC most likely will not be staying in the best dorms on campus. Majority of them are co-ed and suite-style. It is important to be able to live with one or more individuals even if they are not the ideal roommates. I can honestly say that living in a dorm on campus, which is mandatory for first year students, allowed me to meet a lot more people than I would have otherwise. Dorm communities are extremely interactive at UNC in order to assist with building social bonds between students. There are many events throughout the year ranging from super bowl parties to informational meeting about life on campus. Essentially, it is as fun as you allow it to be.

    Academic Rigor

    Even the most competent scholars in high school have come to Chapel Hill and found it quite different from what they're used to. I graduated third in my high school senior class with an abundance of college credit hours under my belt. With this previous experience, I really did not expect to be challenged too much by college courses. Nonetheless, even I found myself readjusting my study habits drastically throughout my first semester in order to receive grades that satisfied my standards. My biggest piece of advice to prospective students, even if you do not plan on attending UNC, is to read EVERYTHING and never catch yourself falling behind on assignments. If you keep this in mind and report to class regularly, then a lot of stress will be alleviated in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking for the most well rounded students. Many people are discouraged from applying because they think that the university is strictly academics. However, after coming to Carolina, I have discovered that there are students on this campus in all types of positions. Although, grades are important, one must remember that college is more than a place to come and take courses. It is an instrument to be used to advance one's position in the world through social encounters, extracurricular activities, and many other mediums.

    In three sentences

    Carolina provides an incredible experience for all types of students. Our alma mater perfectly describes the pride that is instilled in the students enrolled here. We are all Tarheel born, Tarheel bred, and when [we] die [we] will be a Tarheel dead.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Great!

    Great for these types of students

    ALL!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The pit, the quad, UNC Basketball!!!

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals, campus ministries, greek life, hiking, just being a tar heel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find something you're passionate about and run with it-stop trying to do 1,000 things for your resume.

    In three sentences

    Incredible school I've wanted to attend since I was little. It has lived up to my high expectations in so many ways, and it's almost impossible for someone to not find their niche at UNC.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe even walking at night. They have a lot of programs like safe walk to help you if you feel scared, but I've never needed it.

    Greek Life

    Definitely has a strong presence on campus, but also easy to avoid if that's not your style. They have a lot of parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am always super busy- there a billion clubs to fit anyone's interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Almost anyone- you have to be prepared to work for what you want. It's super competitive and can be intimidating to meet people. But since it's such a big school you will find almost any type of person as long as you try.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Stripping through the library during finals, flash mobs, Halloween on Franklin St., dropping everything to sing Sweet Caroline or In My Mind I'm going to Carolina -- there's no shortage of UNC traditions! As for locations the arboretum is a super cool place to unfold a hammock and a lot of the buildings were the birth place of huge scientific break throughs and historic events. Also nowhere beats the Dean Dome during a Duke game.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC is rated number one in value every year and it shows. I've taken classes at other colleges and they can't touch what UNC has to offer for the price.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs for every interest imaginable, but outside of campus Chapel Hill is a great city with lots of museums, clubs, concerts etc. Also Raleigh and Durham are just a short bus ride away!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria gets old quickly, but organizations FLO really push to get healthy fair, local and organic food on campus. There are occasional on-campus farmer's markets to buy groceries at, but I would love to see a permeant place to buy good fresh food, especially vegetables.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small and not ideal. It's hard to cook. It is also expensive to live on-campus which makes it hard for students on a budget. But it is fun to live so close to some awesome people, and to be on such a bustling campus 24-7.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like I am learning all that I need to know, and that I am challenged to push my boundaries. But I am not stressed to the point that school work limits my ability to explore during my time outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find the joy in your classes. Treat them like a fantastic show or a puzzle and you will get so much more than if you see them as boring classes.

    In three sentences

    UNC is a great value and I feel like I am getting a quality education that will prepare me for whatever I want to do in life without throwing myself into debt. UNC challenges me academically and increases my intellectual curiosity. The student body is diverse and full of great people are amazing - I have made some of my closets friends in my one year there.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Chapel Hill is a vibrant town with lots to do.

    Food and Dining

    I am not qualified to say.

    Dorm Life

    Great athletic facilities for students.

    Academic Rigor

    It offers plenty of academic rigor and is very impressive for a public school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you research outside scholarships if you are not in state.

    In three sentences

    North Carolina has a beautiful campus. It offers fantastic athletics and academics. However, it is not very affordable for out of state students.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any driven, motivated, intelligent, and open minded student will flourish. Carolina seeks to be cutting edge, liberal, and progressive so anyone hard set on traditions or resistant to change will struggle here. Also, Carolina is a demanding, competitive school and it can be hard not to get a negative attitude about competition. You must be mature and keep a cool head, be there for the right reasons.

    Bang for the buck

    Providing gratuitous financial aid, laptop grants, a reasonable public school sticker price AND a top class education that will guarantee you a great job or grad school, along with countless opportunities in travel and research are truly what make Chapel Hill the best value school in the nation. You will guaranteed get the most for your money here, plain and simple.

    What to do for fun

    Those used to a big city lifestyle may be hard pressed to have fun in Chapel Hill's suburban setting. Personally, I enjoy the campus and all there is to do there but it is certainly not for everyone, especially if you do not have a car. There's always parties at the fraternities although I would not advise that as a mode of fun, but the sports events are stellar and a great joy to be a part of as a spectator. The planetarium, art museum, and various concerts and shows through out the year are wonderful and great fun for anyone who enjoys the arts. You can have fun at Carolina if you look for it with an open mind,

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are utterly hit and miss, hardly worth getting a really expensive meal plan. Some days the selection and quality are good but others are just miserable. Lenoir and Rams dining halls are okay but every once and a while you simply have to go to one of the local restaurants to remember what a real piece of pizza tastes like. I do rather enjoy all the health conscious options offered though, mostly in Lenoir.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on what dorm style you get and who you room with. Chapel Hill's residence style halls with a single bathroom for the floor can be fun but are only advised to the most social of people. Many social activities and group building activities are offered but some residence halls do have a reputation for being cold and private. The super suite, although hard to obtain, is an amazing rooming accommodation at Chapel Hill and provides just the right amount of privacy and exposure. Facilities vary greatly as some buildings are lackluster while others are gorgeous and spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    You shall get your bang for your buck. I have not started my first semester yet but the courses offered are definitely intriguing, bountiful, and challenging even from an outside view. Friends I have talked to say they feel challenged but not overwhelmed. Good study habits and self-motivation are essential to achieving at this school. You can not party all weekend and make straight A's by any means.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not stress if you do not have the highest GPA and/or test scores. Chapel Hill values diversity and originality in thought, so really put all of yourself into your essays. UNC stresses the search for well-rounded students so be sure to emphasize any extracurricular, leadership activities, or community service you may have done over the years. Study hard for your SAT and be sure to take challenging courses. Chapel Hill considers course rigor and weighted GPA rather than unweighted GPA. Best of luck, it's a tough school and it's only getting more competitive to get into.

    In three sentences

    This is the school you want to go to if you want a world class education for a small town, manageable price. Chapel Hill provides the ultimate college experience, being set in a gorgeous town with a rich culture. I am confidant this is a place where I can be pushed to do my best and have the best opportunities.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    JUST GET INVOLVED. JOIN CLUBS. JOIN THE BAND.

    Food and Dining

    THE FOOD IS GREAT. UNC IS A MULTICULTURAL UNIVERSITY AND THEREFORE CATERS TO ALL CULTURES.

    Dorm Life

    FRESHMEN DORMS ARE A LITTLE SMALTHEL BUT LIVABLE.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY HARD BUT HAVE FUN. OH AND BRING A BIKE. ITS A HUGE CAMPUS

    In three sentences

    UNC has an outstanding academic program. Unc is rated as one of north Carolinas top schools. Unc ROCKS

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    There are tons of Greek Fraternities and Sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically driven students would fit in well here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The pit is the cultural center of the University.

    Bang for the buck

    Very great bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    There are popular music venues and athletic parks in the Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill area.

    Food and Dining

    There are various options on campus, including Subway and Chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    I have not experienced dorm life at this institution.

    Academic Rigor

    The University seems to have rigorous curricula.

    Tips for prospective students

    It seems to be more competitive to enter as a freshman. It may be wise to try to transfer to UNC with an Associate's Degree.

    In three sentences

    Carolina has a beautiful campus in a great college town near RTP. It is a prestigious school for a decent price. They have great NCAA Division 1 athletic teams.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Get off the computer and xbox.lol

    Food and Dining

    Typical.

    Dorm Life

    Make new friends in the dorm because it makes life much happier!

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard and you will be fine. There will still be time to make new friends and have fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan everything.

    In three sentences

    Love the campus and the spirit! Great sense of community and the location is beautiful.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are a lot of sororities and fraternities. It has a very active greek lifestyle.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of organizations in the school form horseback riding and scuba diving to social justice organizations. There are also a lot of awesome places to visit close to campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to study the hardest you have ever study but also to have a lot fun and meet awesome people.

    In three sentences

    UNC is an amazing school. It is full of great opportunities in all different majors.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Enjoy the night life!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know faculty & staff. Don't wait until exam time to start using office hours.

    In three sentences

    UNC-Chapel Hill provides a multicultural environment. UNC-Chapel Hill encourages students to branch out & think outside of the box. UNC-Chapel Hill is the best of the best!

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The Exercise Science Masters program requires teaching assistantship while here, however in return they pay for your tuition, all $40,000 worth.

    What to do for fun

    Attend all of the school sporting events. Even if you are not a lacrosse or baseball fan, it is free and is quite an experience regardless. Hanging at the Pit gives you a chance to meet some interesting people. Franklin Street during a big win for the basketball team is a Must-See event. You won't be sorry. Carrboro, very nearby, offers a different pace of life and has excellent dining opportunities as well as many outdoor events throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    The food courts may not be something to write home about, but Franklin St is close by and has more variety than you can ask for.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know, I did not live in the dorms, but I assume at least average.

    Academic Rigor

    The graduate program I am currently enrolled in, requires out of the box thinking, comprehensive knowledge of your study and the ability to apply what you know in a cohesive culmination.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard and play hard. Chapel Hill and the University offer a lot of exciting and stimulating experiences for the engaged student. Come with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Take advantage of every opportunity you are given, because it goes by quickly and when you look back, you do not want any regrets.

    In three sentences

    A gorgeous campus employing leading edge professors with a commitment to excellence. Abundant opportunities for growth in your respective field due to the large networking capacity made possible by UNC-Chapel Hill's central position in the Triangle. Top notch Exercise Science program with some of the top professors in the world at your fingertips.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    At any school you look at, keep an eye out for how many students are wearing clothing with their school name on it. It gives you a sense of the student body's unity and school spirit.

    In three sentences

    The school embraces the Carolina way to such a full extent that it becomes embedded in each member of the student body. Students uphold the honor code, support the school's teams, and strive to do their personal best because of this. This makes Carolina what it is, and it's why so many alumni keep coming back to be a part of the university in some way.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UNC has all kinds of clubs and is conveniently located next to Franklin Street which has all kinds of great restaurants and stores.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls serve a number of different and delicious types of food. If you are going to live in a dorm, then a meal plan is required so check out the cafeterias before you decide to live in a dorm and see if they are really what is best for you.

    Dorm Life

    Be wise in choosing a roommate if you have a choice. Strongly consider whether or not dorm life is for you before signing on to live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major, there will most likely be much reading, or math problem sets. From everyone I have spoken to, UNC Chapel Hill requires a lot of dedication in order to make good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure not to wait until the last minute in order to apply. Also, it would highly benefit you and the women and men who work in offices if you are polite to them. They do a lot of really hard work sorting through tons of paperwork and they deserve respect.

    In three sentences

    One of the best things that I can say about the University of North Carolina is the greenery. Out of all of the colleges I have visited aside from Elon University, UNC Chapel Hill has one of the best organized outlines for plants I have seen. The education is intense and requires lots of reading or problem sets depending on major.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The best valued education, hands down!

    Food and Dining

    I think this is general for most dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    The RA's are so friendly and they really go above and beyond to provide events and resources for residents.

    Academic Rigor

    You can make your experience as challenging as you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy every aspect of Carolina. While the academics is a large portion of the experience, do not limit yourself to your studies. You can learn in so many different ways so take advantage of all the opportunities Carolina has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The academic environment is unparalleled. The students are motivating, extremely bright and are full of high aspirations. Professors and advisers offer so many opportunities for enrichment and growth and support the students 100%.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safewalks back at night are great. Though I find the campus cops annoying as can be, they do make it a safer place

    Greek Life

    AWESOME! The sororities and fraternities are amazing. The private chefs, the wild parties, and the test files are all a hugeeee way to get ahead. Plus all Greeks help each other. Like this year I was offered 4 different internships just for being in a sorority. It is the best.

    Clubs and Activities

    Way more to do than time. There is a club and organization for seriously everything. So easy to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Really any. Just find your place on campus and go with that crowd.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The graveyard is actually very beautiful and cool (and no I'm not morbid). The history is amazing. The Old Well and defending it from Duke is a tradition. The finals libraries raves or the Holy Moli festival all draw a diverse crowd.

    Bang for the buck

    The cheap price with the tradition are unmatched.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a basketball game. Tailgate and go to a football game. Join a club. Walk around campus or Franklin street. Go to the gym. Go to a fraternity party. Anything is great and the sports and nightlife are amazing

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is meh okay. Then again I am a food snob who wasn't raised on mass quantity meals. The other options like Chick-fil-a are awesome and if you live in Granville the Agora is pretty good with only a small number of students and more options. If you go Greek (aka join a fraternity or sorority) you get a private chef to prepare your meals and skip the campus food plan. The food in sororities and fraternities is unmatched and better than most restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Granville is the best deal. For $70 more a year you get the chance to bring a car, a swimming pool, your own cafeteria and gym that other dorm kids don't get. It is Greek oriented so if you are going to join a sorority or fraternity it is a must. The other dorms are okay and you get the freshmen experience, but the convenience of Granville and the proximity makes it a must

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard. Big classes, professors who don't give leeway and strict grading criteria are part of the game. Work hard and it pays off though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Volunteer. Make sure you do activities related to your future studies, Job shadow, get involved in research. Make yourself stand out!

    In three sentences

    UNC is a tradition. It gives you an amazing feeling knowing you are part of something so big. The basketball games, world renowned professors, architecture, and overall beauty are unmatched by any college in the world.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am a huge proponent and user of the Safe Walk Program. After 10.30 or 11.00 PM, safe walkers hang around outside of the libraries and ask you if you would like a safe walk home. I always say yes, because you never want to walk more than a half mile back to your dorm at night. Plus, you get to talk to someone and its free!

    Greek Life

    There are many many fraternities and sororities. Some party alot, some host benefit runs, some don't drink, some just study and some make music. If you want a close knit group of people, this is the place to come. Watch out though, because the greek fees do add up on top of tuition.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO many clubs to choose from. Fall Fest is a big festival where all the clubs and groups set up their posterboards and try to recruit you. It's really helpful, but somewhat overwhelming. All of the clubs I've participated in have been perfect for me. You just have to find where you best fit.

    Great for these types of students

    Every student should love this school. (unless you like engineering and then we just don't have that here).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Halloween on Franklin, Rushing Franklin after winning the DOOK game, Dance Marathon, the nude library run.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm out of state, so it is definitely more expensive to go to Carolina, but completely worth it. I won't mind the debt after I graduate, because the education and experience are priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Franklin Street is where the fun is. Halloween is one of the legendary nights at Carolina. Everyone dresses up and it's a huge party. There are some great food joints and cafes along the street. If you're feeling like shopping, there is a bus that takes you to the nearest mall, which is extremely nice. It has a movie theatre, nice restaurants (for expensive dates) and shopping!

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls have just been recently renovated, so they look really nice. The food is good and there are several stations with different styles of food. The only hitch is, apart from the salad and fruit bar, there are not many fresh produce options available.

    Dorm Life

    There is alot going on in the dorms! My freshman year, I was in the furthest dorm away from campus, Hinton James. That walk everyday prevented me from gaining the freshman fifteen, but was also really annoying. The RAs are amazing and extremely friendly and helpful. They are beginning to renovate the South Campus freshman dorms, so once that is finished, Dorm Life will be rated a full 5 stars.

    Academic Rigor

    Carolina only expects the best from their students. If you aren't always tired and exhausted from the work-load and difficulty, you're doing something wrong.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professors are always willing to help, you just have to ask them. Don't be afraid to be a freshman and just do the typical freshman things. You'll regret not doing them once you're a sophomore.

    In three sentences

    Carolina has the most beautiful, well taken care of campus I've ever been to. We have the most spirited sports fans, especially our Tarheel basketball team. It is a large campus, but it has the small campus feel, because you see someone you know everywhere you go.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A few minor crimes or accidents happen now and again but only about 3-4 per year. The reason being mostly because the campus is in the middle of a large city. The only crimes that ever happen are at 3 AM or later, but nothing good ever happens past 3 AM anyway. If you stay in groups during the odd hours of the night you will be safe. During the day, nothing bad happens. Police patrol the campus frequently.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and organizations

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans vs. Zombies is held every semester at Chapel Hill. There is a 10-15 min rave held in the student union and a streaking event at the undergrad House Library every semester during finals week.

    Bang for the buck

    This school has everything.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, activities, and student organizations are always fun ways to fill your extra time. There are tons of ways to get involved. Going to Fall Fest will be the best way to find what is available. Aside from that, there are always plays, concerts, ballets, and movies to watch. The student organization CUAB organizes movies that students can see for free every weekend (though these are payed for by tuition), there are movies to see at the varsity theater on Franklin Street, and there are many things to watch at Memorial Hall. It's also fun to hang out on Franklin Street with your friends when you have nothing else to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to get food, and with all of the restaurants on Franklin Street, it's impossible not to find food that you will like. There is Mediterranean food, Chinese food, Japanese food, Thai food, fast food, frozen yogurt places, ice cream shops, pizza shops, and everything else you can imagine. The dining hall, however, can be hit or miss. Most days it has decent food, but sometimes one or two of the meals it serves that day are pretty bad. On those days, going out to eat at one of the many local restaurants is best. Everything is always edible at the dining hall, and they do have special events quite frequently with food much different from the norm. On the days the food is bad, it is usually undercooked or the meals are just boring and not creative. If you want good/great food everyday, you can always get it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is exceptional. South campus dorms are usually more exciting and friendly because this is were mostly underclassmen stay. North campus is mostly for upperclassmen. Making friends is extremely easy if you live in a dorm. Generally, each floor of every dorm meets each other and most people on that floor are friends, but it is easy to make friends with people that aren't on your floor. It's just easier to befriend the people on your floor because you see them all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is obviously tough. Almost all of your learning is done outside of the classroom through reading, writing, or homework assignments. Most professors will tell you that you will be doing 3 hours of homework for their class each day after lecture. This is generally true. For more difficult classes, this can be closer to 4-5 hours (ei. math,science, or typical weed out classes). For easier classes, this can be closer to 1-2 hours (ei. language classes or non weed out intro level classes that people take to fulfill their general education classes). Either way, it usually averages out to 3 hours of work after each lecture. Plan your schedule accordingly.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to look like and be a student the school wants to represent them. Aside from the stuff everybody knows you need to do to get into school (good grades, extra curriculars, etc), you need to show the school your character through the stuff you do. The activities and extra curricular activities you do should reflect the kind of person you are. Also, you need to write good essays. Again, the essays you write should show what kind of person you are and why the school needs a student/person like you. You need to show that you will build this schools reputation and uphold its values.

    In three sentences

    This is a very accepting school. Anybody can become friends with anyone at this school. This school is extremely fun, but it is definitely academically challenging.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Franklin Street!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food can get bland, but there are plenty of other options! A 24-hour Wendy's is opening up near the student union this year!

    Dorm Life

    I guess it depends what dorm you get, but Morrison is the best freshman dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    The sciences are challenging here, no doubt.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're signing up for housing, south campus is the way to go! It's more social and the dorms are nice.

    In three sentences

    The campus is amazing, just like everyone had told me. If you live on south campus, don't be too bummed about the walk to classes because the scenery is nice and it's also a great workout! Franklin Street also didn't let me down as there are myriads of things to do there.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Lots of places to eat on Franklin Street.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough school but well worth the challenge

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking in a problem. Live close to campus.

    In three sentences

    Amazing School Spirit! Excellent Education! Best School in NC!

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    UNC has their own police force that is on campus 24/7!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally over 100 clubs, so everyone can discover which organization is right for them.

    Great for these types of students

    UNC is great for determined students who value education, yet may not be able to afford private universities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The bell tower will play music on the hour.

    Bang for the buck

    Chapel Hill is so much more affordable than other colleges, and the university provides a lot of financial aid for incoming freshman.

    What to do for fun

    Walking around Frankiln Street is a free and fun way to spend time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing and there are various types of food available, and the dinning plan is simple.

    Dorm Life

    There are numerous dorm options at UNC.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes seem to be very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as possible, and check e-mail regularly.

    In three sentences

    I love UNC Chapel Hill; everyone is so nice and welcoming here. However, the campus is very large so incoming students should be conscience of that. UNC Chapel Hill is providing me an affordable way to complete my bachelors degree.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Franklin street. Enough said.

    In three sentences

    Hands down, the best university. Beautiful campus, extraordinary professors, and great athletics.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore Carrboro, go see a play at Playmakers, participate in Holy Moly, go to a basketball game, eat on Franklin St and in Carrboro

    Tips for prospective students

    It's okay to begin college as an undecided major and to explore classes and topics. But, take classes that will count for a general education requirements in case you don't end up majoring in that subject., and save electives for fun classes in your junior and senior year.

    In three sentences

    UNC-CH is a beautiful island of learning, thinking, and doing. You'll never find yourself without something to do, whether it's going to a footballl game, reading a book in the arboretum, or having dinner at a professor's class. The classes are great, and the professors even better.

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are nightly police on duty. Carolina campus is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs at UNC. Pretty much any club you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are open-minded and who like diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drinking from the Old Well before class on the first day is a tradition that says you will have academic success.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything you need is on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Franklin street is always fun. There are tons of activities on campus almost daily.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of foods. There is even vegan food for students that do not eat meat.

    Dorm Life

    You have a roommate. Cobb dorm is amazing! It is quiet enough to study and close to classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging. Yet, professors challenge students to think and relate their academics to their lives.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ready for hard work. Be ready to participate in activities. Work hard.

    In three sentences

    The classes are very rigorous. The students are very much full of school spirit. Whether in the classroom, dorm, or the field/court Carolina reins.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I consider the campus to be very safe. I feel comfortable walking around campus at night, but there are certain places where you should not go alone or at night in general. There is a large campus police force and many emergency help resources available to students.

    Greek Life

    There is a thriving Greek life community here, but it is not something in which most people are involved. There are over 50 sororities and fraternities, including honors and service fraternities and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    You can find every type of person at UNC. There are stereotypes, as there are at any university, but the student body is extremely diverse. That is part of the reason that I love this school. I have met some of the most amazing and unique people at UNC. One thing that every student here has in common is the drive to succeed. UNC students are all ambitious and hard-working.

    Bang for the buck

    In terms of the quality of education for the price, UNC is the best deal. You get a top-notch education for less than half of the price of private schools, if you are an in-state student. While the cost of a college education is still high, UNC truly offers the best bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there are so many fun clubs to join! If you can think of it, Carolina has it. There are also many intramural sports. My favorite thing to do is attend all of the Tar Heel sporting events! Franklin Street, running along North Campus, has lots of little shops and restaurants to explore. The Varsity Theater is there, too, where they show $4 movies. The Carolina Performing Arts Center is another fantastic venue to see all different types of performances.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are nice and clean, but the food is not always the best. There is a great salad bar and sandwich station, both of which are always available at lunch and dinner. The breakfast options are limited and not the healthiest. Also, the hours that they are open are often frustrating because it is closed from 10-11am, 2:30-5pm, and they close at either 8 or 8:30pm.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is a great way to experience UNC! You are seconds away from your best friends, and you get to meet so many new people. The dorms are all nice, clean, and safe. I would highly recommend living in the dorms for at least two years so you can stay immersed in the campus and community.

    Academic Rigor

    Carolina definitely lives up to its reputation as being the number one public university in the nation and as one of the Public Ivies. The course work is difficult, but I find it to be fairly manageable. However, A's can be hard to earn.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip that I would give prospective students is to come visit Carolina. Seeing the campus in person and meeting students really helps one get a better feel for the school and community. Another tip would be to do your research and ask questions! Make a list of activities or things you love or enjoy and see if you can find it at Carolina. Make sure that it is the right fit for you, and don't be afraid to ask questions. I love when people ask me about Carolina, and I know other students feel the same way!

    In three sentences

    UNC-Chapel Hill, as an institution and community, embodies the qualities of global citizenry and southern hospitality. People are kind and earnest, and the wealth of knowledge here allows for endless learning opportunities! Carolina truly is the Southern Part of Heaven.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, and there are lots of provisions, such as the P2P shuttle and escorts, to allow for safety when traveling at night. Unfortunately, some crimes do occur, but as long as you remain aware of your surroundings and take reasonable precautions, safety is not a huge issue.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is active on campus, but it does not dominate the social scene. Take it or leave it based on your interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs and student organizations to count. There is no doubt that you will find something you like!

    Great for these types of students

    Academically motivated students will be successful here, especially those that are enthusiastic about meeting other individuals that share their interests to form life-long connections.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Franklin street is the center of social life on the weekends. On campus the Pit is the place to be, in the center of campus where all the student organizations meet to recruit and publicize events. There are too many quirks and traditions to list, most of which you only get let in on once you become a student here!

    Bang for the buck

    Great school, great education, for an even better price (especially for in-state students). Carolina is consistently ranked high on the best schools for the dollar lists from various sources.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of good food and clubs on Franklin Street. There are so many student organizations and clubs that you are guaranteed to find something you like to do. The problem will be to decide which ones because its impossible to do everything! Also, nearby Durham and Raleigh have lots of concerts, events, shows, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good on some days, mediocre on others. There's usually a pretty good selection in the dining halls. However, the food in Chapel Hill on Franklin Street is amazing!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to live and meet amazing people. As long as you don't have 5-star hotel expectations, the conditions are reasonable. It's a great environment to socialize and make lasting connections.

    Academic Rigor

    There is no denying that Carolina is a tough school to get into, and the academics here uphold that standard, but expectations are not so high that they are unachievable. Professors are friendly and so glad to help you out during office hours or tutorial sessions. If you want to succeed, there is always a way.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are plenty of opportunities to explore any field or activity you desire, whether you have experience or not. As cliche as it sounds, Carolina is a place where you can be yourself free of judgement and pursue your dreams, whatever they may be. The academics are challenging, but not unreasonable, allowing for a balance between academics and social life.

    In three sentences

    An unbelievable experience in every way! There are so many wonderful people here from all over the world, in every field of study, and who have done such amazing things. Students often turn down prestigious and ivy league schools to come here and never look back!

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety towers all throughout the campus in which you could go to in an emergency. They even have special systems in place to have someone walk you back if you were by yourself late at night. One of the best safety regulations is the student responsibility to look out for others.

    Greek Life

    A good aspect about UNC Chapel Hill is that you do not have to go Greek to meet people. If you choose to it is a great community but if you would rather stay away you will still find others to be with.

    Clubs and Activities

    Whether it is an academic club or a sports related club it will almost always be included in out 600 different clubs on campus. Even if there is no club for it people are probably doing it just for recreation. The trick is to find them before they find you.

    Great for these types of students

    The best aspect about UNC Chapel Hill is its uncanny ability to attract all different types of students. Regardless of who you are, whether you are introverted, extroverted, nerdy, sporty, or just overall normal you will be comfortable in this space. One just have to be prepared for academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During exam week every year people will do some nude streaking to lighten the mood of the stressful time. The bell tower is also very symbolic of the campus and reminds us of our longstanding traditions for excellence. Finally, the basketball court is a place where unforgettable moments are made.

    Bang for the buck

    This state school is often ranked the best bang for your buck in the whole country. The education for the costs is incomparable to other colleges. You get a top tier education with a great sports team and some of the most incredible people you will ever have the honor of encountering.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you like UNC Chapel hill almost always has that for you. Whether it be a club, a sport, a religious group, or a simple interest people will share your viewpoint. And if you don't want to do that you can always go up to Franklin Street.

    Food and Dining

    This depends on where you go! The dining hall on north campus usually has better quality and an overall better atmosphere than south campus dining hall. If you go with friend though it is hard to tell the difference.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is what you make of it! You can build connections with your suite mates and have a great time or complain about the size. Nonetheless it is very comfortable and enables you to meet others

    Academic Rigor

    I wish I could say it, but I would be lying if I said it was easy. You are at a top tier public school and nothing is given to you like in high school. Everyone around you is smart and now you are just like every other fish in the big pond of college

    Tips for prospective students

    Get yourself prepared by reading a lot at home and over summer. College is so much reading and comprehension of the material and people often don't understand the extent of this. Also choose the classes you are interested in and the reading will not be so bad.

    In three sentences

    The problem with UNC Chapel Hill is very bad... There is an inconceivable amount of things that you can do and so little time to try them all. Balance is the key to success here because the fun never ends but work always comes first.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's about 20+ and for out-of-state its about 40+. I would definitely recommend to all North Carolinians, especially with scolarships/financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of clubs to join and there are always events and Franklin to go to on a weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The buffet style that they have at both halls is again, both good and bad. I love that there's always a lot of option(even if they're quite repetitive), but I also hate that there's always a lot of options. Freshman 15 here I come!

    Dorm Life

    It's mandatory for all first-years to live on campus which is both good and bad. I like experiencing dorm life and I get along well with my roommate and suite mates, but at the same time I'm used to having my own space(and bathroom!) that its been a little hard.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes have only just started, but I'm already feeling it, as well as my friends. This is not a school that you can just slack off in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, get involved in your community and at school, and be persistent.

    In three sentences

    It's a good school for in-state people, out-of-state not so much.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Recreational activities, sports, weight room, play video games, chill out with friends, explore and walk around campus. Attend club activities, the pit and its preacher, eat, listen to live music and shows. Chill in your dorm.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good until you eat it every meal and start getting sick of it. But there's restaurants on Franklin Street.

    Dorm Life

    South Campus is social but super far away from classes. Sometimes noisy and the dorms look ugly. I recommend living in middle or north campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely harder than HS. Every one hour of class = 2 hours of studying outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Score above UNC's average standardized tests and get a good gpa. Do a lot of extracurricular activities and leadership positions. Apply for scholarships. Maintain good relationships with your high school teachers to get good recs. Actually try studying and understanding the material you learn high school because you'll be caught off guard like I was. College requires you to study and master the material. Don't just memorize, apply your knowledge. Learn to be independent.

    In three sentences

    UNC feels like home. UNC has so much opportunities. UNC is academically stimulating and challenging.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The department of public safety is very diligent and very helpful. They always watch out for the students and citizens of Chapel Hill.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 600 clubs and organizations at Chapel Hill. They are great for meeting people with whom you have shared interests!

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for the hard working yet fun students. Since there is so much free time during the day, it is hard to continue doing your work. So motivation is key to being successful here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All the students go to the Old Well on the first day of classes to drink from it. It is said that if a student drinks from the Old Well before his or her classes, he or she will have perfect grades.

    Bang for the buck

    Chapel Hill has been ranked #1 best valued school for its education. The education here is incredible and the classes are so much fun. It is well worth the money to go here.

    What to do for fun

    You can always bring your game systems for game night. Watching movies with your dorm or suite mates is also a way to have some fun. Most people dress up to go to Franklin to go to Pulse, which is a club, or any other clubs. There are many theater productions and concerts that students can get in for free or for a cheap ticket ($10!).

    Food and Dining

    The food on Franklin Street is incredible, but a poor college student shouldn't be eating there every day. The dining hall is a nice way to get some home cooked foods while not paying so much for it.

    Dorm Life

    The people around you are incredibly fun and interesting. Meeting new people and friends should be on everyone's bucket list to do at any college. Chapel Hill's dorms are nice and can be called a nice little home.

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive academic standards at Chapel Hill. The classes are hard, but very worth the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is still no easy life. Classes are hard, so prepare yourself with time management skills. But you still want to have fun.

    In three sentences

    This campus is amazing. The atmosphere is very student oriented and it has a sense of freedom. It is a great place to call home.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The cops do not intrude into people's lives, but they are there if you need help and they are very nice. There are always people at the major crosswalks helping to usher people across and control traffic during the busiest times.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is everything here, from horseback riding to animal care to frisbee to Quidditch.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is a good fit for people who are open-minded and willing to try new things. If you like meeting interesting people and being in invigorating classes, this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drinking from the Old Well is supposed to bring you good grades in all your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    The dining halls are really, really expensive unless you eat a ton of food. But the dorms are mostly nice and the classes are awesome.

    What to do for fun

    There are always parties, but the dorm Resident Advisors make an effort to get people involved in fun things like Pajamas and Pancakes or Capture the Flag. The clubs also do a lot of fun activities--there is one club where you just pet puppies and kittens.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to branch out; if there are friends here that you knew in high school, make a real effort to meet new people. Join a club you would never have joined in high school. Take classes that interest you even if the workload is a little more than you might like.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are invested in the students and really available for help should the students need it. The classes are interesting and the teachers make a concerted effort to challenge the students. The campus is gorgeous, with a lot of opportunity for volunteer work and interesting clubs.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like an academic challenge and can manage a social life and school simultaneously.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you drink from the fountain it is said that you will get straight A's for the rest of the semester.

    What to do for fun

    Different sporting events, clubs and organizations are available to your leisure. Many lounges around campus are also available to you.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options to choose from when eating on campus at UNC Chapel Hill. There are about 3 cafeterias and they offer buffet style, restaurant, and vegan option eateries.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all situated pretty nicely. Freshman start off in a freshman dorm and can choose to stay off campus. There are also a few apartment styled dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many majors and minors to choose from and each hold its on course of study.

    In three sentences

    This is such a great school and from what i have seen it is a good academic school as well. The college environment that I have seen at Carolina has been very positive. Also there athletics program is top notch!

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Over 600 organizations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Streakers run through the library on the last day of classes.

    What to do for fun

    Franklin St. is full of places to go out.

    Academic Rigor

    You're not in high school anymore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    In three sentences

    There is a ton to do on campus and plenty of ways to get involved.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We did until this year........

    Greek Life

    The most dominant aspect of the university

    Clubs and Activities

    Frat parties will consume your life. As will Bandidos.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, outgoing Some people: snobbish, arrogant, cliquey, Lily Pulitzer loving rejects Others: Those weirdo liberal people who never shower And the lucky Few: normal down to earth people who are effing brilliant and make Chapel Hill worth while

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Old Well is unusual, as are some of the occultish rituals of the heinous sorority girls!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes! I'm in-state.

    What to do for fun

    Have a good time with friends!!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food in the agora is the best cafeteria food on campus...... and that isn't saying much. Restaurants around Chapel Hill are nice, though! :)

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is nice but I live in a Granville apartment. I've seen some of my friend's dorm rooms.... not the most amazing quality....

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent academics

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn studying techniques BEFORE arrival to college. Otherwise, you'll be swamped.

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing school! I love it here and rarely even want to go home. It has an exquisite campus!

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who are passionate about their studies, innovators- there are so many opportunities to make your own ideas into reality.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Climbing to the top of the stadium's megatron- scary, exciting, and beautiful! Get painted up for a game! (Seriously. I don't even like sports but this was my favorite thing all year)

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent education for public school price!

    What to do for fun

    Many events throughout the year put on by the university, by dorms, by clubs and organizations- there is ALWAYS something to do!

    Food and Dining

    Though the food is pretty good, there is a lot of repetition and you get tired of it pretty quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging but rewarding. Students are encouraged to try a variety of disciplines which may bring about new interests and talents.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on what you love. Chapel Hill is full of passionate, dedicated students.

    In three sentences

    A great environment for learning and exploring what you love! It is much more challenging than I expected but the teachers provide you with the tools necessary to succeed. I was hesitant to come here but I could not have asked for a better, more beautiful school- go tarheels!

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Smart and Social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drinking from the Old Well on the first day of classes is supposed to guarantee you a 4.0 for the semester!

    Bang for the buck

    Great value!

    What to do for fun

    There are always things to do on Franklin Street and many sporting events and parties to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad, but it can sometimes be unexciting or appear inedible. Try to have an open mind whenever you go to the dining halls and you will usually find something that you will end up liking.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what you want out of your freshman dorm experience, there is a dorm for you! If you want to live in a new and nice, but less social dorm, try Koury, Hardin, Craige North, or Horton. If you want to live somewhere more social, but much less luxurious, try Hinton James!

    Academic Rigor

    Professors expect a lot out of students, there are no true easy A courses to take here. Be prepared to be challenged, but also learn a lot, each semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering attending from out-of-state, be sure to apply Early Action!

    In three sentences

    UNC is a place that I am always proud to call my school. It has a wonderful learning environment, with professors and other students always pushing you to reach your full potential. Though learning is the main focus of the university, there are also great opportunities to have fun and meet new people.

  • 12/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    wide variety of food options in dining halls, which was important for me as I have very particular dietary needs due to allergies. Franklin St is also very close, increasing dining options tremendously

    Dorm Life

    excellent! also offer on v\campus apartment housing options as well as living - learning communities

    Academic Rigor

    very challenging, but many resources to ensure students succeed

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At any point in time, at any place on campus, a student should be able to see two bright blue campus security lights. At these security lights, a student simply presses the button, and armed security guards are summoned immediately to that location. In addition, their are police stations and substations spread throughout Chapel Hill. AlertCarolina also keeps the students informed via Text Message and E-Mail about crimes that occur in the area. Not once have I ever felt like my safety was compromised or put in a less than comforting situation.

    Greek Life

    While I, personally, did not go Greek, I do however have numerous friends involved in Greek life and attend many of their socials. They are all friendly and willing to answer any questions that you might have about getting involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    First semester freshman year, I received information about rock-climbing, camping, hiking, backpacking, rugby, water-polo, hockey, football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, weightlifting, snowboarding, skiing, dodge-ball, baseball, ping-pong, and too many others to count on this survey. Ultimately, the opportunities for any activity you can think of is or will be available to you.

    Great for these types of students

    UNC is an excellent school for those who enjoy the challenge of academia. It is a school that offers limitless opportunities, from study abroad (with several of my friends going to countries such as Spain and Egypt) to Division-1, NCAA Titles in Basketball. For those students that want the most out of education, student life, and the benefits of a public university, Chapel Hill should be the first blip on the radar.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chapel Hill, being one of the oldest universities in the USA, is steeped in Tar Heel tradition. Whether it is drinking from the Old Well on the first day of classes or singing the Alma Mater, linked arm-in-arm, with your fellow students after every athletic event, UNC offers countless traditions for its students.

    Bang for the buck

    Chapel Hill has been repeatedly ranked as one of the best value universities (if not THE best value university) in all of the United States. It is considered a Public Ivy-League.

    What to do for fun

    Despite the academic rigor of Chapel Hill, it offers the broadest plethora of extra-curricular activities I have ever had the opportunity to experience. From clubs and intramural sports to nightlife on Franklin Street, every day offers something exciting. One of the hardest parts of Chapel Hill is finding a means to balance all of the opportunities it offers.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining halls are nothing special. They occasionally have fun little events that they throw, but other than that, our food gets the job done. I don't dislike it, but it certainly isn't 5-star quality.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome, I was a little nervous when I found out I was roomed with a complete stranger, in a high-rise dorm farthest south from campus, but as it turns out, I wouldn't change my dorm, my roommates, or my suite-mates for anybody on this campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Chapel Hill is an incredibly challenging university. In high school, I used to pride myself on being intellectually gifted, however, at Chapel Hill, everybody is just as intellectually gifted, if not more-so, as you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is to not only visit the campus, but to spend a night or two with a Chapel Hill student. Don't just see the sights, but experience the classroom settings, the housing climate, and the general atmosphere of the University as a whole.

    In three sentences

    Socially, Chapel Hill is filled with happy, ambitious, driven students who are all keen on accomplishing their goals. Academically, it is the toughest challenge that most students will face in their lifetime, and it is incredibly competitive. The campus is, of course, absolutely gorgeous, and has been for hundreds of years.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UNC is great for all students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many traditions that you will have to experience for yourself. No words could describe the feeling of unity you get from participating in them.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, it is a best value school!

    What to do for fun

    Night life in Chapel Hill varies from on-campus to Franklin Street. Dorms host a variety of activities for students! UNC also has great athletic events and GREAT clubs and interest groups!

    Food and Dining

    So the dining hall food is good when you consider the amount of options for maybe 500+ students at each meal. My first semester consisted of lots of cereal, salads, cookies, and home fries. Lenoir is the best for breakfast. But the dining halls are sanitary and offer variety. Off campus eateries on Franklin Street are AMAZING and they deliver to dorms, which means good eating! Yummm (Dining halls also offer gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options)

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman I lived on South Campus in Hinton James. South Campus' suite style dorms give you the opportunity to bond with other first-years who are experiencing the same things as you. It isn't noisy or obnoxious as some people claim it is...it's amazing. Although it is farther from campus, it is definitely worth it! (and the walk is only 15 minutes, slowly paced and 7-10 at a fast pace, not to mention the shortcuts!). The dorms are clean also! Custodians clean suite styled bathrooms daily!

    Academic Rigor

    Prepare yourself to be challenged academically! UNC is a highly prestigious university known for it's tough academics. It has one of the best chemistry departments, business schools, and journalism schools in the country, as well as being a top ranked public university! Don't expect to come to this school and for it to be a breeze, you will have to study hard and develop good skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school if you want to go here! Get involved in a multitude of activites, not JUST sports or JUST academics! Get ready to have FUN! Learn good study habits and balancing academics with extracurriculars.

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing school! It offers plenty opportunities to current students from Work-study to clubs and sports. The environment of well-rounded individuals is one of the greatest joys of attending UNC!

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at Carolina are nicer than most you would experience at other universities. There is a lot of variety, but the same things are served weekly which can tend to get monotonous.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very communal in that they are rather close to each other. The North Campus dorms are much nicer than the South Campus dorms (where most first years live) and are much closer to campus. Many of the South Campus dorms have recently been renovated (and many more are scheduled for renovations) which has really improved the overall experience of dorm life as an undergraduate at Carolina.

    Academic Rigor

    UNC-Chapel Hill's professors expect the highest level of academic success form their students. It is not enough to simply attend class and expect the same grades you achieved in high school. Carolina is a rigorous competitive environment which requires complete engagement in your academics for success.

    In three sentences

    UNC Chapel Hill is in a league of its own as a university. Found in the quaint town of Chapel Hill, the university combines academic excellence with athletic success to create the greatest college experience for its students. The diverse student body is also a signature of the university.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Emergency Blue Light locations all over campus. Each one is in view of at least one other. If you are in any sort of situation that requires security/police assistance, you hit the button on the Blue Light. If you (think you) are being followed, you can hit the buttons as you pass and campus security will respond to the pattern. There is also an alert system to warn of severe weather and alert to any relevant crime on campus or in the surrounding local area.

    Greek Life

    I have no personal experience with the Greek System at UNC, but I know that there are many sororities and fraternities that have a lot going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs for so many different interests. Any student would be hard-pressed to be unable to find at least one group relevant to them.

    Great for these types of students

    UNC is best suited for those who really take their education seriously and manage their time well. There is no room for slacking off, but if you manage your time well, you can have a lot of fun and still excel academically.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drinking out of the Old Well on the first day of classes is thought to bring either good luck or straight A's for the semester. I'm not superstitious, but I appreciate the tradition. And I did have fairly good luck, as some may call it, my first semester!

    Bang for the buck

    Ranked #1 for value. The academic rigor and reputation of this University coupled with the relatively low cost of attendance is unparalleled.

    What to do for fun

    I commute about 85 miles to attend UNC, so I don't get to spend much time on or off campus outside of classes, but there is always something going on. There are so many student groups and other organizations on campus that sponsor events regularly and the town of Chapel Hill has a lot going on as well.

    Food and Dining

    I find the food in the dining halls to be of less than stellar quality and highly over-priced, and the selection of restaurants on campus is extremely limited. There is, however, a fairly good selection of places on nearby Franklin Street.

    Dorm Life

    This is a required field, but as a transfer student I haven't had to live in the dorms. While I don't have first-hand experience, I have several friends who live in the dorms and enjoy it very much. However, some dorms are better than others, I'm told.

    Academic Rigor

    Whether you are coming straight from high school or transferring from a community college or other four-year institution, be prepared for greater academic rigor than you are used to. Everyone attending UNC was among the top students at their respective school previous to UNC. Not everyone can be at the top here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved. Take advantage of your professors' office hours, interact with your classmates through study groups, join student groups and participate in on-campus and off-campus events. Also don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources available on campus; take advantage of them.

    In three sentences

    UNC is an experience. The campus is beautiful, the community is amazing, and the academics are top-notch. An absolutely fantastic value.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you can not find something fun to do at Carolina I can only imagine that you enjoy not having fun. And even with that like most interests I am sure you can find a group of people at Carolina who would be there with you not having fun.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is campus food but I have really enjoyed the dinning at Carolina.

    Dorm Life

    I could have chosen to live off campus but I am so glad that i decided to live in a dorm. Thankfully I got a great room mate and the whole hall is always up to fun activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard but that is because the teachers expect great things from you. Do not worry if you come to them for help they are great at bringing you up to speed.

    Tips for prospective students

    As soon as you get into UNC start making friends and don't get lost in all the people.

    In three sentences

    I have loved my time at Chapel Hill. The courses are much harder then the last University I attended but the professors will help you if you come to them. The community is awesome.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Lots of it.

    Food and Dining

    Lenoir Dining Hall added a locally-focused, organic restaurant last year. This year, UNC made up for that conscious decision by providing a Wendy's in the neighboring Student Union. Despite this greasy addition, the dining halls have plenty of options-- even for those on restricted diets. The vegetarian and raw foods are never that great, but there is an on-campus Farmer's Market once a week. You often end up overpaying with a meal plan, but there are plenty of off-campus options near by, including a wonderful co-op grocery. Oftentimes student groups will provide discounted lunches to support charitable causes-- always a great and tasty alternative!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are clean and safe. Although not the quietest of places, you can always find a study room in a nearby building. Food is never far away and there is a great bus shuttle that will take you to central campus in no time.

    Academic Rigor

    I transferred to UNC-CH from Appalachian State University and felt much more challenged by UNC's students and staff. Although you can choose to take some easier classes, ultimately the caliber of instruction is very high and professors have great expectations for their students. General education courses, particularly in the sciences, are competitive and can be very challenging. Ultimately, your experience will be what you make of it. If you choose to pick professors based on the difficulty level assigned to them on RateMyProfessor, then you might not be challenged in the way you deserve to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all of the free resources available to you on campus. Schedule a mock interview with someone at Career Services, attend a lecture given by a visiting speaker, get your essay proofread by someone at the Writing Center. All of these services are at your disposal-- so use them!

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. Once you get off it, it gets a little sketchier, but as long as you use your brain and stick with friends, you'll be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have what seems like thousands of clubs. You'll find what you want, and if not, you can create it.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to be challenged academically. Our teaching and research hospital gives ample opportunity to premed students. Anyone who wants the typical college experience, with parties and friends and classes, come to UNC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Any time we beat Duke in basketball, we rush to Franklin Street from the Dean Dome, a mile and half run of screaming and glee. We also have Halloween on Franklin. 20,000 people come and are merry in some of the best Halloween costumes I've seen.

    Bang for the buck

    Being out of state, I'm paying the most buck for the bang. However, the education is one of the best in the country, and the name UNC holds weight in the real world.

    What to do for fun

    Franklin is an awesome place to grab dinner with friends, and go to bars. There are a couple clubs that are ok. Any kind of sporting event is going to be awesome, ESPECIALLY basketball games, when our boys can get it together. The Carolina spirit is in every student on campus, and we'll cheer for our teams forever and always.

    Food and Dining

    The food is definitely edible, especially since they revamped Lenoir Dining Hall two years ago. However, after eating it for 6 months straight, finding something you want to eat becomes a little bit more difficult.

    Dorm Life

    Especially as a freshman, the dorm is a perfect place to meet people and find friends that you'll have for the rest of your life. Not all roommates are perfect but you always can find someone you'll get along with. The dorms are typical college dorms, but not small enough that things are uncomfortable. The walk to north campus can be long sometimes, but never to the point where it's unbearable.

    Academic Rigor

    UNC challenged me in a way I had never encountered in high school. But the teachers know there stuff and want you to learn as much as you can, and love what you know. You have to put your head down and work through it, but it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here with an open mind, and you will find that there are thousands of people you'll want to meet and know. The best is that they are undergoing the same challenges as you are, so use them to help you through the tough times and laugh during the good times.

    In three sentences

    A welcoming environment for all. Challenging classes that push you academically. The most beautiful campus in the US.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Tons

    Great for these types of students

    Any!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tons of acronyms!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many options on campus but there are also a ton of options on Franklin Street, in Carboro, and the surrounding Triangle Area!

    Tips for prospective students

    You can be as successful as you desire to be on Carolina's campus. If you have a need or a desire to learn something, reach out and you will certainly find exactly what you need.

    In three sentences

    Carolina is diverse and intellectually stimulating. You will certainly learn something about yourself you never thought possible if you attend. The community at Carolina is warm, accepting, and intelligent.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It's physically very pretty in the fall. All of the students seem to be intelligent, some on their own level. It's going to be a wonderful 4 years.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Panic stations all over campus. Unfortunately, you don't have to stray far from campus to find some less than desirable activities.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of opportunities for everyone here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many, I don't even know where to start.

    Great for these types of students

    ANY! UNC has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Old well- drink out of the first day of the semester to get straight As for the semester.

    Bang for the buck

    Very reasonable prices for the quality of the education.

    What to do for fun

    FRANKLIN STREET! Join one of the thousands of clubs!

    Food and Dining

    Great food options, some are just costly.

    Dorm Life

    Plenty of places to stay, but things can get expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, but rewarding classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take classes seriously, they are not easy, especially at the start. Don't give up either! Classes for your major are much easier than classes you must take to graduate.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful college to attend and an amazing experience for any student. There are tons of things to do, but the course work is HARD. You absolutely must keep up with your work here to hope to graduate.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UNC has a bus system (P2P) that runs from 8pm-3am so students don't have to walk over campus late at night. There is also Safewalk where students can call and have someone walk them to any point on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drink from the Old Well on the first day of classes to get all As during the semester!

    What to do for fun

    There are different shops and clubs on Franklin St., Southpoint mall in Durham is 10 minutes away (you can catch the bus) and the university also hosts events throughout the week and weekend like concerts or movie screenings that are free or of little cost to students.

    Food and Dining

    There are two cafeterias on campus that serve pretty good food. There are also tons of different restaurants on Franklin St. from Thai to McDonalds. No matter what your taste buds desire there is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at UNC is very inclusive. Each residence hall has a community that plans events for the people staying there to promote bonding and unity within the residences.

    Academic Rigor

    UNC is challenging but with the right balance everyone can be successful here. There are many opportunities for help so no one should have to struggle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus!! Go to office hours for professors and TAs. It will only help and take advantage of everything that is UNC, whether that be sporting events, concerts, clubs, etc. Make friends with suitemates or others that live near you and dive in!

    In three sentences

    UNC Chapel Hill is amazing! The students and professors are wonderful! and the campus is beautiful.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt uncomfortable or unsafe on this campus. There are emergency signals everywhere, a safe-walk program to accompany you if you don't want to walk back home from the library in the dark, and many other programs.

    Greek Life

    There is an active greek life, but there are plenty of things to do for people who aren't involved. There is no great division between Greek and non-Greek, and there are several events that are a collaborative effort.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name. Whether you want to save the world from pollution or work on our favorite politicians campaign.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interested in doing well, looking for ways to make a difference, and care about Carolina Basketball!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Taking a sip from the Old Well on your first day of class is supposed to grant you a 4.0!

    Bang for the buck

    Consistently rated one of the best schools for it's price, also grants a decent amount of aid.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs for any interest, performances every weekend by a dance club or acting troupe, speakers that come here, and several small intimate venues for concerts.

    Food and Dining

    There are two dining halls on campus which offer a variety of options. Though they can get old after a while, there are plenty of restaurants on the main street next to campus.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman, it's recommended that you live on South Campus. These dorms are a far walk from class but they allow you to meet the most people and bond with others in your class.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult here, but there is so much help available. Tutoring, office hours, and professors that care.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in anything and everything that sparks your interest! It's a great way to find out what you like and not just what you thought you liked.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is really the ultimate college experience. It's located in the small town of Chapel Hill which lets you fully immerse yourself in the student culture, but the bigger cities of Raleigh and Durham are only a bus ride away for the more avid explorers!

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UNC's cutting edge programs like AlertCarolina and SafeWalk not only keep students informed and alert, but also increase both safety and the perception of safety throughout campus.

    Greek Life

    While Greek Life only makes up 18% of the student body, Greek students host events and fund-raisers that are both prominent and beneficial to the community as a whole.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or organization out there for everyone at UNC. From honors societies to ballroom dance companies to advertising clubs, UNC has them all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNC's rivalry with a school less than ten miles away is not just a sports rivalry, as seen at most schools, but is a truly passionate rivalry that students and alumni will bond over long after graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable public school tuition compared to the quality of education and clout of the degree a student receives is unparalleled almost anywhere in the nation.

    What to do for fun

    UNC's close proximity to Franklin Street in Chapel Hill provide ample opportunities for students to experience student-oriented nightlife. There are also many on-campus events every weekend for students to participate in such as movie viewings, formal dances, and performances.

    Food and Dining

    With two on-campus dining halls, students can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner on campus with ease.

    Dorm Life

    Unlike many universities, students at UNC often choose to live in on-campus dorms all four years of their undergraduate careers. The Residential and Housing Association goes above and beyond to ensure a positive living experience.

    Academic Rigor

    While classes are challenging to say the least, the professors are superb and courses offered are unique, fascinating, and contribute not only to a degree, but to valuable life experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never be afraid to dive into a group, organization, or club that you are unfamiliar with. From student government to service clubs, there are countless opportunities to meet people around campus and the community and learn from your environment.

    In three sentences

    UNC-Chapel Hill provides experiences for students that is unparalleled at any other university in the state or on the East Coast. UNC emphasizes diversity, independent and community growth, and creative learning. An active student body paired with a passionate faculty make for a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe on the Carolina campus. It is well lit at night and there are almost always other people around.

    Greek Life

    There is a huge Greek life at Chapel Hill. Nearly every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights there are fraternity parties and sorority/fraternity mixers. There are also many events done by the Greek life to raise money for their charities.

    Clubs and Activities

    While there are quite a few clubs and activities, it is difficult to join and find out about them without knowing someone who is in the club or knows someone else in the club.

    Great for these types of students

    Carolina is great for students seeking a typical college experience with a huge Greek life, rigorous and plentiful course work and a whole lot of school pride.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is said that if you drink from the Old Well on the first day of class you will have straight As that semester. Also, there is a statue in north campus, Silent Sam, of a confederate soldier. It is said that when a virgin walks by his gun will fire.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students it is extremely affordable (for an American University) for it's reputation. However with all of the recent scandals involving Chapel Hill this reputation is slipping so it may be less worth the money in years to come.

    What to do for fun

    For fun most students join clubs and participate in their activities, attend fraternity parties off-campus and go to basketball/football games. Apart from this there is not an extreme amount of things to do in Chapel Hill, especially if you are too young to go to a bar. There is not much hiking in the area and there are not all that many good places just to hang out besides in the quad.

    Food and Dining

    Chapel Hill is filled with local restaurants offering a huge variety of ethnic cuisines at reasonable prices. There are many options for vegetarians and vegans and there is a lot of locally grown food sold.

    Dorm Life

    I was lucky enough to live in a dorm (Horton) my freshman year that has huge rooms and only four people to a bathroom. Compared to other colleges, this is a really good deal! The biggest downfall of dorm life is how expensive it is compared to off-campus options.

    Academic Rigor

    Chapel Hill has a reputation to uphold that it is extremely academically rigorous. Because of this reputation, in my experience there is a huge amount of busy work to do for various classes and it seems that teachers give out a certain number of As, Bs and Cs to maintain this reputation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chapel Hill is a good University for students looking for that typical college experience. Expect to do a lot of busy work in your courses, be shamed if you are not bursting with school spirit and expected to rush for a sorority or fraternity. Also expect to eat fabulous local food.

    In three sentences

    With a huge Greek life, an extremely popular basketball team and gallons of school pride, Carolina is ideal for that typical college experience that so many look for. Chapel Hill is the stereotypical college town with not much else to it besides the school and some fantastic local restaurants so it is easy to feel trapped if you don't like the university. The academics include a lot of busy work to keep the difficulty level high and there are many 400 person lecture classes during the first couple years of attendance.

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Both times that I have visited the school, I've enjoyed the food at Rams Head dining hall. There is definitely a wide variety of options from Italian, to Southern style, to Japanese.

    Dorm Life

    The Greenwich Village is a great place to live, although it is not where most underclassmen live. Once again, I have very little knowledge about campus life at this school, but I do know that most freshmen live on South campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not attend the school yet, but I heard that students must learn the true meaning of responsibility in order to be successful in their rigorous courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to be considered for admission to Chapel Hill, you must excel greatly in school and be a leader in your community.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is by far one of the most amazing research universities in the United States. It truly creates a great foundation for future leaders of the world. The campus is also so beautiful and inviting for incoming freshmen.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many different food options. They have sushi, salad bars, subway etc. The options are endless!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. The dorms are nice and dorm mates are always pretty cool. If you plan on living in the hall, plan on having some fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the people I know who attend UNC Chapel Hill enjoy their classes and learn a lot. The professors are top notch. You will always learn something.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely tour the campus and check out the dorms. Interact with the students there because they are super nice!

    In three sentences

    The campus is great and there are a wide variety of people so you will be able to make lots of friends. The surrounding area is beautiful and there are plenty activities when you aren't in class.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety needs to work harder, there have been a lot of crimes resulting in the deaths of 3 students this year.

    Greek Life

    Very big part of social life here. I hated when I was taking a final exam and could hear their music playing from their porches-- so obnoxious.

    Clubs and Activities

    SURJ, FSU, ModernExtension.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for unoriginal frat and sorority people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If we ever win against Duke in basketball, rush Franklin Street!

    Bang for the buck

    Time Out!

    What to do for fun

    Go to Carrboro, Raleigh, or Durham.

    Food and Dining

    The fiber that they sprinkle on the food makes you go!

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed living in an LLC my first year here. Rams Village is the place to be, on South Campus, otherwise.

    Academic Rigor

    I spend a lot of time studying, reviewing, and meeting with professors. It is worth the work but very tiring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not go to Pulse nightclub. It's so unnecessary. Go to the UL.

    In three sentences

    UNC-CH is a great university to get involved and explore your career options. There are plenty of organizations and dedicated professors. Social life is dominated by Greeks though, complete with unoriginal sorority girls in BMWs and picky, racist frat boys.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    EVERYWHERE

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is cheap, but they offset the cost by overcharging out of state students.

    What to do for fun

    Drinking and watching sports. If you don't like either, you're SOL.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but it's cafeteria food. And vegetarian options are terrible. They claim to have good options, but they don't know how to cook vegetarian foods.

    Dorm Life

    Most students live in dorms, so it's NOISY. If you're a lightsleeper, it will be torture for you. And a lot of the dorms are old and ugly.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are difficult, others are easy. Just like any other school.

    Tips for prospective students

    You'll feel left out if you're not athletic, but you can ignore it for the most part. The school is huge, so it can be overwhelming for those from a small school.

    In three sentences

    It's a definite jock school. There is a lot of diversity in most aspects among the students. Although a lot of the students do dress similar.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe, with a ton of programs in place to make sure the students feel safe at all times.

    Greek Life

    25% of students are involved in Greek Life. The cool thing is that it isn't necessary to have a social life. There is a lot of interaction between Greeks and non-greeks; everyone gets along well. If you want to be Greek there are opportunities for you, if you don't that's great too.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 700 clubs, there really is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who have a wide range of passions, are dedicated, kind, and willing to do anything for fellow Tar Heels.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many really awesome traditions that it's impossible to list. The three most popular traditions are drinking from the Old Well, Rushing Franklin, and singing the alma mater. A classic symbol of the university is the Old Well (a water fountain) and every year on the first day of classes students line up to drink from the Old Well because the legend is that if you drink from it, you will get a 4.0. The next tradition is that after every Duke basketball game we win, or every basketball championship, everyone just charges to Franklin Street. Finally, after every athletic event, win or lose, the team will line up in front of the stands and sing the alma mater with their fellow students.

    Bang for the buck

    Even as an out of state student I found UNC to be a great value. Although it was more expensive than my in-state options, I think any penny I pay is worth it for this school.

    What to do for fun

    Fun things are available to students everywhere in Chapel Hill. There is always a fun activity on campus, athletic events are a blast, and Franklin Street boasts a multitude of things to do on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good in the dining hall. There are tons of options, but dining hall can get monotonous no matter how good it is. On the bright side, Franklin Street offers a ton of great options for dining.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm. It was great for getting to know people and having fun things to do in order to relax.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very difficult but if you really work hard it is more than worth it. The school prepares you so well for everything you may encounter.

    Tips for prospective students

    College life is totally different from anything you've ever experienced, be open to trying new things so you can learn more about yourself.

    In three sentences

    The best part about UNC Chapel Hill is the fact that it is the ultimate combination of everything you could ask for in a school. With an incredible combination of student activities, amazing athletics, and impressive professors, the school offers so much to you. There really is something for everyone at UNC and the people are so supportive you can't go wrong at this school.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus alert text messages to alert students when an incident is taking place.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every fall, FallFest is held during which hundreds of organizations have tables for students to sign up. These organizations range from dance to career-orientated to intermural sports to charities.

    Great for these types of students

    UNC is great for students who are driven to succeed. The academics will push students further than they have before.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is drinking from the Old Well. There is a book of a list of unusual traditions, the unofficial UNC bucketlist.

    Bang for the buck

    The Student Store can be fairly pricey with their textbooks. I would recommend Amazon or another website and comparing to get the most bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    Many students go out to eat on Franklin Street which is right by campus. Sports, especially basketball, is another popular choice.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall provides many options for students. Even students with special dietary needs can find a meal at the dining halls. The desserts are the best!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus vary in their quality. Some, such as Hinton James, the infamous Ho-Jo, is known for its age and its long distance from campus. Others, such as Morrison, are fairly new. The room size also varies with dorms such as Parker having larger rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes, while challenging, are not impossible. They do require a lot of analyzing, studying, reading and writing. Expect to put hours, not the night before, into studying for a test. Studying last minute will not result in a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the chance to explore your interests! Take the first year to take a first-year seminar to look into a possible future career field or a passion. This is a great way to get an idea of what major is the best match for you.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides numerous opportunities for students to grow inside and outside of the classroom. Professors like to engage their class and make them analyze the material they are learning. The organizations on campus allow for chances to build up a resume, study abroad, help the community, research interests, and much more.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe on campus with all of the police and call boxes.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many fun clubs, each looking for more joiners.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to challenge themselves to learn and be better,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Well and Bell Tower are two of the most historic and rich places on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Carolina has been #1 in Best Value for Public Colleges several years in a row.

    What to do for fun

    Head to any Carolina sporting event; we have many successful teams.

    Food and Dining

    There are many food options in and around campus, so you will never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun, spacious, and they make life easier.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a challenging yet thrilling experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early in order to be eligible for scholarships and admission into the Honors College.

    In three sentences

    It is the absolute best place to obtain a well-rounded and challenging education. I cannot imagine a better place to be. Carolina is the best of the best.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    It's there if you're into it, not too overbearing if you're not. You will have friends both in and out of the Greek system.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from and unlike in most high schools they aren't run by people just putting something on their resume or barely active. They are all lead by driven, passionate students.

    Great for these types of students

    UNC is one of the most diverse places I have ever been. You can find literally anyone here.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're from NC, you can't beat it. The quintessential college experience and is respected across the country.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do. Hanging out with friends on the quad during the day and going out at night on Franklin is amazing. There's no shortage of concerts and events nearby either.

    Food and Dining

    Rams and Lenoir aren't bad, but they're not the best. By the end of the year, you WILL be sick of both. But it's not too hard to find something appetizing, and there's always Franklin and BOL.

    Dorm Life

    The bigger freshman dorms are the most social and fun. Nearly all have been renovated and are more than enough space. Dorm friends become like family.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your classes/major, UNC can be very challenging. But there are plenty of resources to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    It can be a little hard to make friends at first and the size of the school can seem overwhelming. Make it a point to get to know those in your dorm and figure out a study style that works best for you from early on.

    In three sentences

    UNC-CH is great. It wasn't my top choice school but I'm beyond happy I came here. The people, size, academics and athletics are a wonderful combination that is hard to come by.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As a young woman I have walked by myself across campus at three in the morning and felt perfectly safe. There are programs to walk student and there are blue lights.

    Greek Life

    There is a slightly negative stereotype associate with Greek life on campus. Many people still enjoy the involvement though. There are academic fraternities too for those who want a bit of a different experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    Go to fall fest and check it out. There are hundred of clubs and activities some of which are really involved other which require minimal investment. Don't sign up for all of them but pick a few to check out and then stick with a few. It's a great way to meet new people, try new things or just have fun.

    Great for these types of students

    UNC can fit almost any type of student. There is such a diverse community that each student is bound to find their niche.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Holi-Moil festival in the spring is always fun. If we win a basketball game everyone storm downtown. Halloween on Franklin Street is a must.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is under 9K. For the national prestige of the university even if you are out of state it's a good deal comparatively.

    What to do for fun

    Like Carolina Funtimes on facebook. Join a campus club. Explore all the trails around campus. Go to a football game. Go to a concert (there's $10 concerts on campus just about every week). Go out to eat on Franklin Street. Check out the comedy club in Carboro. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to have fun!!

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options on campus and off. Everything is a bit overpriced. The food in the dining halls is usually pretty good. There are always of plenty of options even for vegetarians or gluten free diets.

    Dorm Life

    It's a toss up if you decide to get a random roommate. South Campus dorms are known to be crazy and loud. The RA's don't really care about anything. North Camus is really nice. It's close to everything, much quieter and has mostly upperclassmen.

    Academic Rigor

    Some departments are known for harder classes. The chemistry department especially while the African American Studies Department and Linguistics department are known to be easier. Some teachers are harder and some classes are harder than others. Many students use ratemyprofessor.com or myedu.com to see professors past grades and reviews.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Challenge yourself. Don't work too hard. Remember to have fun.

    In three sentences

    UNC has everything you could want in a college. We have a great atmosphere with tons of school spirit and dedicated students. We also have some of the best academic programs around, including the number one rate public health school in the country.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Carolina is well worth the cost. After finishing one year at Carolina, I definitely wouldn't choose to go anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    Athletics are a huge part of campus life, so sporting events are always fun. Franklin Street offers several bars, restaurants, clubs, and shops to fill the nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    There's something here for everyone. CDS also does a great job with their special events, such as the Carnival Night.

    Dorm Life

    I recommend that every student experience life in the dorms for at least one year. Especially for freshmen, meeting new people in the dorm is the best way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and professors have high expectations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never stop looking for opportunities. Wherever you look there's an organization, club, class, or friend willing to help you reach your dreams.

    In three sentences

    Carolina is a wonderful university- from its academics to its distinguished athletics, Carolina is truly the best. A friendly and warm campus makes you feel at home, while sports give you pride in your school. The class and opportunities here constantly keep you on your toes.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus provides emergency buttons throughout the campus. There is always one in sight. The university also provides safe walks after dark for anyone who wants to be escorted back to their dormitory. There is also a telephone services where you can call and let them know where you are, where you are going, and how long it should take you to get there. If you don't notify them that you have reached your destination, then they will take proper action to ensure your safety.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of opportunities to join fraternities and sororities, but I have not explored this area so I can not comment much on it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a plethora of clubs stemming from interests in religion, academics, co-ed sports, politics, and more. There is always something to do here(if you aren't careful, your grades may show it).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you drink from the Old Well on the first day of the semester, you will supposedly receive all A's for that semester.

    Bang for the buck

    Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges ranks UNC in the number one spot for instate and number 2 for out of state. Enough said.

    What to do for fun

    Along with the rock climbing wall, the Morehead Planetarium, and the various sporting opportunities, there many clubs, shops, and restaurants on historic Franklin Street.

    Food and Dining

    At Granville Towers, the food is pretty great with both buffet style and grill style serving stations. Each day of the week has a different cultural theme to add some variety in the dull study oriented life of the college student.

    Dorm Life

    Granville Towers is the place to be at UNC. Suite style rooms allow a maximum of 4 people to a bathroom and an increase in room size. Choose from a variety of hall themes including; Substance free, Academic, Co-ed, All female, and more. Also, all students get to use gym equipment, pools, courts, fields, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    This school takes the top minds from all over the world, yet still requires a bell curve. The result is that curve is shifted forward, increasing the amount of work required for each grade achieved. Prepare to be pushed to the limit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take and STUDY for the SAT at least three times. If your school provides Advance Placement courses, look at UNC's accepted AP credit transfers and plan your high school schedule accordingly. It can save time when completing your major. Not only participate, but find opportunities to lead in as many extracurriculars as you can.

    In three sentences

    The best education for the best price. The courses are rigorous and push you to your maximum potential. The Carolina Way strives to prepare you for success.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I wouldn't know.

    In three sentences

    I know very little about UNC, but everything that I have heard is very good.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. UNC has an alert system to let students and parents know, via their phone and email, when extreme situations occur on campus. Campus security is visible and accessible, as are Emergency poles. I have never felt threatened or insecure on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities at UNC are top notch. There really is something for everyone, from Ultimate Frisbee to Swing Dancing, to Nerf wars, if you can dream it, you can join it. And if your club doesn't exist, you're always welcome to start one!

    Great for these types of students

    I'd recommend UNC to a student who is out going, curious, and ambitious. UNC is set up to cater to these types of students, and if this fits you, you will thrive at UNC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite finds on campus is Graham Memorial. It's an old building that seems to be out of a movie. There are really comfortable couches, fireplaces, old paintings, and dim lighting. A perfect place to study in the winter.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC is quite expensive for a state school, but well worth the money. The atmosphere is pleasant, the classes are enlightening, and the staff is helpful.

    What to do for fun

    I really love just walking around on campus. I can't walk anywhere without seeing someone I know, and it's nice to be able to just sit down and chat. Franklin Street is always a fun place to go for shopping, food, or entertainment, and it's only ever a 30 minute walk away.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UNC is typical dining hall food. That being said, UNC does make an effort to provide options to students. There are two main dining locations that meal plans work at, each with 3 or 4 main meal options, in addition to a salad bar, sandwich bar, and pizza. It may not always be what you want, but it is possible to eat a healthy meal.

    Dorm Life

    I LOVE living in the UNC dorms. I was able to make so many friends living in my residence community, and feel comfortable and safe there. When I come 'home' from classes, I feel truly relaxed and comfortable in my dorm. It is a safe and fun place.

    Academic Rigor

    UNC is known for its challenging classes. In order to succeed, you have to work hard and be willing to ask for help. The university provides many resources to ensure your success, you just have to use them often!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!! Find a club or group that you're interested in, and be willing to try new things. Joining a club allows you to make friends with people you may not have ordinarily met, and is a great way to relax after a long day of classes.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an incredibly diverse group of students. That's probably the number one thing I love about being there -- every day, I meet people who come from different places and backgrounds than myself. I learn just as much from my fellow students as I do from my classes~

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You'll never walk on UNC's campus with seeing a member of Chapel Hill police or campus police. Safe walk ways light up the main streets of campus. There is also a service that runs after the sun goes down that will escort students back to their dorm/car/home, or where you are going.

    Clubs and Activities

    Carolina has over 700 students organizations, and there is definitely at least something for everyone. Get started early by attending Fall Fest before the first day of classes or go to studentlife.unc.edu to explore the different choices out there. The plus is that there is always an event going on somewhere, and that means there's also a greater chance to score some free food.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you drink from the Old Well on the first day of classes, then it is said you will be granted luck during that semester. But get there early because a line builds up. If you kiss you love sitting on the bench under the Davie poplar you will get married. Ask about the Bell Tower dunce cap.

    What to do for fun

    So much to do, yet so difficult to put into words. My advice, if you are looking for fun, don't do the usual. Get out and enjoy new things, on campus or off. There is so much to do in the area that you could do something different every weekend of you school year, or more. Searching and finding it can be easy, or a challenge depending on your level of interest, but someone knows and all you have to do is continue to pry for information and events. One great thing is that there is usually more than one venue for an interest and you are never limited to only one location or group to have the fun you are looking for.

    Food and Dining

    So many options, don't just stick to the dining halls, but even if you do they are great. Franklin St. is close and there are so many options there.

    Dorm Life

    You get out of it as much as you put in. Don't just sit around your room, get out and hang, start activities, do things as a dorm, compete with other floors or dorms. Those times can be the most fun and you can meet some of the best friends you'll ever meet.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on you. The courses you take, the professor you choose, and how much effort you'll put forth to complete the work. Some classes come with more work and even some sections of the same class vary in the level of work. Get started early, sign up for one-on-one meetings with your professors, go to the writing center/learning center if you need help, get friendly with the library, start study groups within your class. One of the greatest assets to you are the other students in your class, don't be afraid to reach out and start something with them; they're probably waiting for someone to do it anyway. On the flip side, take time for yourself, no one can survive on academics alone. Appropriate breaks can be a great friend in a time of need, emphasis on appropriate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with something. Become apart of a university club or program. Go to sporting events. Relax and have fun. Talk with students in years over than you to get tips and information. Use the free services provided to students.

    In three sentences

    A great place with a lot of open minded people. A blend of cultures and experiences that help to amp the learning experience. A great town built around a university.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it is an open campus, nevertheless is very secure

    Clubs and Activities

    there are plenty of clubs you can join

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if you drink to the fountain water you will have full A's

    What to do for fun

    you can go to the free movies that are available at the student union. in franklin street you can found bars, restaurants, etc.

    Food and Dining

    good variety of food

    Dorm Life

    Cobb is not much sociable, nevertheless is quite and good for study and rest

    Tips for prospective students

    choose the type of dorm that fix with your personality.

    In three sentences

    The environment is friendly. There are plenty of events. Good professors.

  • 10/07/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The Chapel Hill dinning halls are super clean, delicious, and not highly priced. The two dinning halls are easy to get to and always have a great variety of foods available.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Chapel Hill are very nice and comfortable. Their prices are affordable and you are able to make some really great friends and memories in your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Chapel Hill has exactly the classes I am looking for, and their programs are fantastic. I have researched many colleges that offer my intended major but Chapel Hill's program is the best. Their students are also all very motivated and will help you to continue your great work into college as well.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a beautiful and highly praised school. It is my top choice for college for many magnificent reasons. I would very much suggest to anyone looking for their dream college to research and visit Chapel Hill.

  • 10/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Loved the campus. Loved the people. Loved Franklin St.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety lights all around campus, and in general the student body feels comfortable around each other. I never worry about things being stolen or any sort of danger, and I don't really know anyone who does.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many options on campus! And, if you can't find what you are looking for, creating new clubs is encouraged.

    Great for these types of students

    Passionate people who want to get involved will do well at Chapel Hill. Also, if you want to do research, this is a great university for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an art project Chapel Hill participates in with other schools in the area which basically results in painted cow sculptures everywhere on camps. They are quite interesting to look at.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are out of state, this might be a bit different, and it might not. UNC degrees are well respected, there is a good employment rate for students after graduation, and financial packages are fair to generous. You will not feel cheated.

    What to do for fun

    Well, I personally play Quidditch and involve myself with a few other clubs. There are places to hang out with friends on campus, local bands often play at restaurants just outside of campus, and there is alway some event happening.

    Food and Dining

    There are two dining halls on campus, and many restaurant option on and right off campus. If you want something, you can find it nearby. As a tip, get a smaller meal plan than you would expect. All you can eat meals go very far.

    Dorm Life

    The RAs on campus do an excellent job of creating a community atmosphere within each dorm with special events and good conversation. The dorms themselves are fairly nice, and definitely comparable to anything you would see at other universities.

    Academic Rigor

    UNC is not an Ivy League, and it's almost as close as you could come. You will learn, there is no doubt about it. The classes are intense, difficult, and generally enjoyable. There are tons of course options, and many opportunities for education outside of class as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    People told me this over and over again, and it's true: try new things. Go to every meeting you think might vaguely interest you. Allow your new and old friends to drag you to new activities. Be open to the experience and to finding surprising passions. Get involved in your new community. Let it give you the enthusiasm necessary to excel in academics and athletics and every other area of life.

    In three sentences

    Chapel Hill is a place that embraces and accepts passion. The student body is united in its devotion to finding and creating amazing things. UNC is diverse, chaotic at times, and inspiring.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have security guards posted in most academic buildings throughout the day. We offer a Safe Walk program for our 24-hour library. We have quite adequate lighting to see by at night. That not enough for you? Students look out for fellow students. The student body is a family- you mess with one of us, you deal with all 30,000+ of us.

    Clubs and Activities

    Have I not mentioned our 600+ clubs and organizations? Have I not mentioned the near ubiquitous kindness and awesomeness of the student body and affiliates? You'd be hard pressed to have an interest that a club doesn't already exist for. And you do manage not to find one, nothing is stopping you from forming it yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are studious, if you are athletic, if you love music, if you love dancing, if you love hanging out with friends, if you love learning, if you are fond of bricks, THIS UNIVERSITY IS FOR YOU. UNC is for everybody :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Silent Sam, the Davie Poplar, the Arboretum Whistler, Humans vs Zombies, Pit Preacher Bingo, the Brick Monster, The Pit, and more! Sorry folks, but if you want to learn more, it's best you come experience them for yourselves!

    Bang for the buck

    UNC at Chapel Hill is darn cheap when you take into account all the opportunities and free programs offered here. And the academics? The university makes sure you're learning your fill. We've had transfer students surprised at how much more material is covered in our courses compared to their old colleges. By the time you finish a course, you best believe you're going to know much, much more than thing or two.

    What to do for fun

    WHAT ISN'T THERE TO DO FOR FUN?!? Intramural sports, club sports, division I and II teams! Sports not your thing? Check out our list of OVER SIX HUNDRED CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS to find what you like. Can't find anything there? Grab some friends and form your own club! New groups are being formed all the time this way. Not interested in extracurriculars? Then just chill on one of our many quads, visit neighboring Carrboro, or catch a game with some friends. There is so much to do at UNC that there is no way it can all be explained in this review. Seriously, come visit us and see for yourself!

    Food and Dining

    Here at UNC, we having three dining halls that make it super easy for students to grab a meal. Then there are the various cafes and restaurants located within and around campus. Feeling kinda fancy but not looking to spend too much? Head on up to Franklin Street for dinner and a movie, just on the north border of campus. Feeling even fancier than that? Take the bus or drive a few minutes to the Streets at Southpoint for fine dining and an even larger movie theater. Did I mention there's a Cheesecake Factory?

    Dorm Life

    The dorm buildings themselves (they're called residence halls here at UNC) are pretty nice and always being cared for-- no living in disrepair! However, dorm life really depends on the people you live around and how well you get along with them. That being said, the dorms have all sorts of games and sports equipment you can check out to use at the local facilities of each dorm: volleyball, tennis, games for various consoles, movies, air hockey, ping pong, and more! There are all sorts of ways to get along at UNC-- it's EXTREMELY rare that people dislike each other so much that an issue arises. Overall, the Tar Heel life is pretty awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at UNC are top notch. It's hard to find a 4-year university that prepares you this well for graduate degrees and the professional world without searching private universities. And it's all entirely manageable-- stay on top of your studies and you'll stay on top of your GPA!

    Tips for prospective students

    Buckle down and study. UNC has high expectations for you, so if you're a Tar Heel, you're obligated to meet them. However, that's not to say it's all study and no play. Find a major and club/sport/other organization that you care about. When you're enjoying college life and actually following your passions, things come easier.

    In three sentences

    UNC is as fantastic as universities get. With so many student organizations, it's easy to find ways to entertain your passions, and there's always something to do. And the people are nice-- no where else have I met so many people that will run to hold the door for others.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and you can't beat the history behind the school. I also love the sports aspect of the school and that students get into supporting athletics. UNC-Chapel Hill is definitely on the top of my list of colleges.

  • 11/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life only makes up approximately 15% of the student body, so it is by no means an overbearing force. However it is an option for those who wish to seek it out.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 300 student organizations and groups, there is a club, sport, or group for any interest.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We love our university here at UNC and we take every opportunity to express that, most often by singing our alma mater, Hark the Sound. So even when we're down 28 points in the 4th quarter, students stay to link arm in arm with those standing around them, friends or strangers, to unite as a university and sing our hearts out with love.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC is constantly ranked in the top tier of best value colleges. And while there is often concern over the disparity between in-state and out-of-state tuition, UNC prides itself on the belief that if you have the credentials to attend this university, then they will help you find a way to make it happen. Speaking from experience as an out of state student, tuition was definitely a concern, but they work hard to meet all demonstrated financial need through the use of grants, work study, and other forms of scholarship awards.

    What to do for fun

    With over 25,000 students, a thriving downtown, and close proximity to the major cities of Durham and Raleigh, there is always something to do for fun. I personally enjoy exploring the more scenic areas of the state, from venturing to a rock quarry nestled in the middle of the woods, to setting up a hammock on the side of hill to read a book. There's also a wide variety of performance groups, with a strong a capella and dance community.

    Food and Dining

    There is something for everyone in our dining halls and retail dining locations. With two main dining hall locations, there is a wide spread of options ranging from vegan and gluten free to a local meats and fruits. But if you eat the same thing every day, it's bound to get old, so be adventurous and try new things! The menu is always changing so there's always the option to change things up.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms. But for freshman dorms, UNC has some great places to live. With dorm styles to suit every type of living need (Double rooms with 8 person suites or 4 person suites in high rises or low rises) there's a place for everyone. With that said, go into this new living arrangement with an open mind. You'll be living with new people and will have to make adjustments, but you'll also learn a lot about yourself and gain independence.

    Academic Rigor

    This University consistently receives high academic ratings for a reason, and we're not considered a Public Ivy for nothing. But the academics here are more than just essays and exams. They are thought provoking and intellectually stimulating. The professors have a wealth of resources they are eager to share, and which you would be remiss to not take advantage of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't base your college decision on the proximity to home, or the architecture of the campus, or the quality of the food. College is all about the people, and while education is important, it's who you meet and what you learn from them that is even more important. So pick a school where you feel at home with the people, and know you can thrive and grow as an individual. With that said, again, it's not all about the grades. Carolina strives to find students who are well rounded and take a holistic approach towards personal development. So get outside of your house, do something adventurous and make an impact.

    In three sentences

    You come to Carolina for the beauty, and you stay for the people. This University is full of some of the most intellectual, engaging, and compassionate individuals I have ever met. There is something for everyone here, and a network of resources that can help you achieve all of your goals.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It gets pretty dark on campus at night, but there are MANY resources that help you if you feel uncomfortable and tons of buses that run so you do not have to walk alone, EVER.

    Greek Life

    If you want to get involved with Greek Life, live as close to North or Main Campus as possible!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club here for everything one can imagine, and they are so easy to get involved in- and completely up to you how involved you want to be! Fall Fest is a MUST for people wanting to get involved with clubs. Sign up for listservs for clubs you are not even interested in now, you may be interested later!

    Great for these types of students

    Academically striving, friendly, amiable, studious,....EVERYONE :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you are NOT planning on rushing greek life, do not live in Granville your first year. Suffer the walk on South campus your first year like everyone else. Find parking early before it all gets sold out! (Freshmen ARE allowed to have a car, but space for freshmen is VERY limited! Make friends with people with cars!)

    Bang for the buck

    I truly say the experience here is so worth the money I am paying. If you find ways to make your stay even cheaper, it becomes even more worth it!

    What to do for fun

    SO much to do, all the time! Franklin Street, Frat parties, campus activities and movies EVERY weekend! Meet up with some friends at one of the 100+ restaurants on Franklin (and most are reasonably priced for college students!). If you have a car, Southpoint Mall is 3 exits away and Raleigh and NC State are only 16 miles (on I-40) if you have friends or just want to visit!

    Food and Dining

    The food is substantial, but not very flavorful. Do not overdo on your meal plan! You will regret it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms could be a little more spacious and cleaner, but when the school is 200 years old, it is understandably not the most technologically advanced dorm life. Making friends is easy in dorms on campus! Be careful for off-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging courses and workloads: expect 6 hours of homework per class at other universities, expect 8 here (especially for science majors).

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not worry about always doing your homework- you are not alone in the large focus on studies-but make sure to take breaks to go out and have fun! Be friendly! Do not be intimidated here, most people are extremely friendly and just as nerdy as you are on the inside. Get as involved as possible, but do not overdo! Especially not compared to your coursework. Do what makes you happy! :)

    In three sentences

    There are exremely friendly people here-students, faculty, staff, everyone here is very amiable. The workload at this university is a copious and challenging to say the least, but that goes for everyone: Sundays are not Fundays, they are for homework! It is very easy to get involved in clubs and organizations on campus.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is tradition to drink from the Old Well on the first day of classes. The saying goes that it is good luck and will ensure you get a 4.0 GPA.

    What to do for fun

    If you don't have a car, there is still plenty to do near campus. Franklin Street has many attractions, and there is always a performance of some sort happening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls' food is very diverse and there is always something tasty to enjoy. However, if you eventually get sick of eating on campus, Franklin Street (right at the north edge of campus) has numerous restaurants. There is food of all different cuisines and several places that stay open past midnight.

    Dorm Life

    The south campus dorms mainly have first and second year undergraduate students while north campus is mostly upperclassmen. There seems to be more activity in the south campus dorms, but most dorms are extremely comfortable and offer many activities to keep students entertained. All the dorms recently got WiFi, so there's no need for pesky personal routers.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Carolina are no laughing matter. You will be challenged in ways you could not conceive before attending here. However, it is truly rewarding to know that you've pushed your academic limits and come out standing on the other side.

    Tips for prospective students

    When it comes to getting in to Carolina, it helps to round out the good grades on your transcript with some extracurricular activities. Once here, do NOT put off your work for extended periods of time. It will always get backed up and you won't catch up on it, no matter how hardworking you think you are. Study groups are also a big help before exams.

    In three sentences

    This college owns up to its academic prestige and the students here are really serious about their school work. There is a sense of comradery amongst the students to get work done and everyone is really supportive. The courses are rigorous and should not be taken lightly, no matter how easy they might seem on the surface.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is strong but their are robberies every once in a while. Franklin Street, very late at night, can be sketchy.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty good on campus and seems to be strong every year. It provides a brotherhood and sisterhood for those in it. There are also frats and sororities for academics, and not just the party stereotype that people think of.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities that one can participate in. Sports clubs are highly abundant and easy to find, and there are many other clubs that easily fit the liking of the students.

    Great for these types of students

    Those that work hard, but also enjoy their extra-curricular activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The day before the first exams, at midnight, a group of streakers makes their way through the libraries on campus and bring a sense of relief to the stressed out students.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is known for its bang for the buck and offers the best education for your money.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I often meet with friends and play pick up soccer games. There are also many gyms to work out in and the facilities here are pretty great.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining halls are great, and when you get tired of that, there are many other venues where you may choose to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great and it is really easy to make friends. The RA's are pretty cool and respect your privacy, and they have a great atmosphere.The sometimes are a little loud to study though.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at this school are very tough, but it drives you to be better at what the subject is. This is most likely the only school that would push me whereas other state schools in NC would not be nearly as challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many AP classes as possible, especially those in the sciences. They will really come in handy when you need hours. This way, you do not have to overload your schedule and can handle extra-curricular activities.

    In three sentences

    I would say that this University is amazing to go to. With as many opportunities that it presents, it really combines the best academics with extra-curricular activities. It is one of the best universities in the US.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UNC works really hard to promote a safe environment, by offering One Act and defense training, sending out campus alerts, and providing late night busing and walking escorts.

    Greek Life

    There is definitely a Greek presence on campus but I have never felt pressured to be a part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There really is something for everyone, from swing dancing and rifle clubs to College Republicans and Rethink Psychiatric Illness. And if there isn't something you're looking for, it's really easy to start it!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are really take their studies seriously and are driven to achieve in college - it sounds cliche, but you really have to be or you probably won't enjoy your time at UNC as much as you could, or take enough advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Old Well is such a historic symbol of the university. If you drink from it the first day of class, you're guaranteed a 4.0! Beat Duke!

    Bang for the buck

    There's a reason UNC has been ranked best value for the past 7 years. The academics are top-notch and there are so many opportunities to get involved with research and service and gain valuable experience for your plans after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Chapel Hill is a great college town and there is always something going on on campus; including the Student Union that plays recently released movies every weekend. Each residential community has a volleyball court and games and movies can be checkout from the community office. Community governments usually host fun events about once per month, and clubs are also always doing something.

    Food and Dining

    I think the food is decent and the service is always excellent. There are a variety of meal plans to chose from, as well as the option to eat at national brands like Subway or local restaurant food right in the bottom of the dining hall. One of the two dining halls is closed on weekends, resulting in huge crowds at the other and sometimes food shortages - this is my only complaint with dining services.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on what dorm you end up in - my dorm is pretty social and involved, but there are some that are not. Community government is very big and helps connect residents to what is actually happening in the residence halls and give them a say in what goes on.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at UNC, especially in the sciences, is very difficult. Many intro courses are designed to weed people out, so don't seem discouraged if they seem too tough. Professors really are looking for you to become invested in the class and seek them out in office hours, and there are plenty of peer tutoring opportunities. If you really work and devote yourself to the classes, you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    When I toured UNC, my guide told us the admissions committee is looking to see that you have a passion, and that you are going to bring that passion here and make a difference. And I think that's essentially true. Do well in school, be really involved in a few extracurriculars you are really passionate about, and write authentic essays. It's ok if you haven't discovered your passion yet, but do something to show that you are driven and really searching for what motivates you and how you can best make a difference.

    In three sentences

    UNC is a great school where most students are really driven to make a difference inside and outside the classroom. There are so many clubs to get involved in that are service, political, or hobby based. And our sports teams can't be beat!

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is interested in the safety of the students. They provide a program called Safe Walk where students walking at night can call upon one male and one female student to walk them back to their dorm or car at night. also, there are safe lights where students who feel that they are at risk can press one of these and wait for someone to come help them.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is present for those that want to get involved, yet, it's not such an oppressive presence that people who aren't Greek will feel left out. Also, the presence of Greek life adds to the night life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and organizations that I want to get involved in. I am excited for the upcoming spring semester so that I can join more clubs that I hadn't heard about during fall semester.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for the type of student that wants to work hard at a respectable university but also wants to have a fun and memorable college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the tradition of drinking from the Old Well on the first day of classes to get a 4.0 for the year. In the morning you'll be able to see a line of students waiting to get a sip (and a picture!) from the Old Well.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is definitely worth the money. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is definitely affordable if you are an in-state student and as an out-of-state student (which I am), it is one of the most affordable out-of-state universities.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do at Chapel Hill. You can dine out on Franklin Street with your friends at one of the many restaurants. If you want to go out after a hard week, there are plenty of bars and an active Greek life that will fulfill that need.

    Food and Dining

    I actually do love the food at both of the main dining halls on campus, Lenoir and Ram's. The salad bar is always full and fresh if you're not feeling like eating the other choices. the other choices, however, are often times delicious and filling.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently in the worst dorm on campus and I absolutely love it. The walk to and from class can get to be tiring on some days but I love how the suite-style has allowed me to quickly have a group of friends I can count on.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here at Carolina is definitely not something to scoff at. You will need to work hard for your grades but it is definitely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise prospective students to make sure to get involved in many clubs and organizations because it can be slightly difficult to find people you feel comfortable befriending while attending such a large school.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is everything I wanted in a school and more. I desired a university with respected academics, large student body, very spirited student section, a great variety of opportunities, and active student organizations. I have found all of my expectations met just during my first semester on campus.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is pretty safe but you have to be smart in what you do. For example, it wouldn't be the smartest thing to walk to your dorm by yourself at 3am. There are also buses running until 3am that you can take instead of walking alone.

    Greek Life

    It is big enough for you to know that it is there and for there to be frat parties on the weekend but not big enough for you to feel left out if you are not part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs available so there is bound to be a couple where you will fit right in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A couple of the traditions are drinking from the old well on the first day of school to get a 4.0. Also, rushing from the dean dome to Franklin street after UNC beat Duke. Going to TimeOut after 2am and getting a chicken and cheddar biscuit is also something that you have to do although you will want to go workout right after eating the last bite. These are only a few of the plethora of traditions and fun things to do at Carolina.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC chapel hill has been chosen as the school that gives you the most for what you pay. The quality of education and opportunities offered are amazing and the price although expensive is manageable, especially for in state students.

    What to do for fun

    Franklin street is full of restaurants, bars, and stores so there is always something to do there. The Greek life there is also pretty good so if you like partying there are always a couple parties going on. The athletic events on campus are also fun to go to because nothing beat Carolina school spirit.

    Food and Dining

    There are a couple dining halls on campus and are all good. The school tries to provide a variety of food options to satisfy all students. They also always have pizza and a salad bar in case none of the food options sounds good to you.

    Dorm Life

    People are very friendly and I have enjoyed living in a residence hall. The RA's aren't very strict and don't come in to your business. The dorms are a fun and friendly environment where you get to meet a lot of people.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are interesting but difficult. The professors expect you to put a lot of work in and deserve your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not stress out if you do not have a major chosen because the general education requirements force you to take many different classes so you are bound to find something you are interested in. Take as many AP classes as you can and pass the AP exams so you don't have to take too many general education requirement classes especially if you want to double major. Also, don't be shy once you get on campus, meet as many people as you can and make the most out of your four years at the best school ever.

    In three sentences

    I have only been here for a semester but so far I love it. The professors have all been knowledgeable and the classes very interesting. There are also a variety of activities to get involved in on campus.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is very rare that I feel unsafe on campus

    Greek Life

    Very typical southern greek life, as far as I can tell

    Clubs and Activities

    This is where our school really shines. There are an abundance of opportunities for extra-curricular clubs and it is very easy to start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, individualistic students who are willing to work hard, but also like to play hard, and love a good basketball game

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Streakers during finals!

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in-state, it is extremely cheap. Out-of-state, it's not nearly as cheap but it is not extraordinarily expensive either.

    What to do for fun

    We have franklin street full of restaurants, bars, and clubs. Carborro is a more hipster town with concert venues and different kinds of restaurants. And of course, there's always the greek scene, where the frat houses throw parties pretty much every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are not great. They're dining halls. Retail dining, however, is good.

    Dorm Life

    This really depends on where you choose to live. As a first year, you will be living in not-so-nice dorms, however you will have a fun time. After your first year, you have the option to live on North Campus or in the apartments, which are much much nicer.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major, really. If you're a science major, or pre-health, it is going to be a difficult four years. If you're a liberal arts major it is really as hard as you make it. There are easy classes and also challenging classes. It is worth it to take the harder classes however, because those are the ones in which you learn the most.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study hard, and have an open mind. Get involved and find your niche, but don't let your academics fall behind!

    In three sentences

    UNC Chapel Hill is a combination of rigorous academics, fantastic volunteer opportunities, and spirit. Our basketball team is the best and so is our cancer research center. UNC is the university that all movies try to depict.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    AWESOME DEFINITELY JOIN!

    Great for these types of students

    Social, outgoing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CarolinaFever

    What to do for fun

    Go to Franklin Street!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up professors on ratemyprofessor.com!

    In three sentences

    UNC is a welcoming place for both in state and out of state students. The Financial Department there is always helpful and pleasant and has truly helped me during my time at UNC. I love everything about this school from the students to the academics to the football games and I will miss it immensely.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    ALL. There's something for everyone. But if you're serious about your education, you need to seriously consider Carolina.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before the first day of exams, a group of students streak through the two main libraries, a sight every student should see before they graduate. For eats, Time Out is the #1 late night place-to-be, with a Cheddar Chicken Biscuit that has been ranked one of the best sandwiches in America by Guy Fieri.

    Bang for the buck

    Carolina has been rated the #1 value for a public education for years now. Enough said.

    What to do for fun

    Franklin Street is the place to be on weekends, with many clubs and late-night food places that usually have lines stretching out the door. Plus, with a vibrant Greek life, there is almost always a party to go to, if that's your thing. If not, it's not hard to find something great to do.

    Food and Dining

    It's cafeteria food. But there is a Wendy's and lots of shops close by, on Franklin Street, so you have a lot of options!

    Dorm Life

    Even the students who are in the older dorms love it. It's just something about the people that makes the environment seem unimportant. Plus, the nicer dorms are beautiful and have many amenities that make dorm-life pretty wonderful.

    Academic Rigor

    Carolina is serious about its academics. Students leave prepared for a rigorous amount of work in a top level job. Students come here because they take take their future 100% seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! The only way to really understand what being a Tar Heel is all about is to come see us; it's hard to explain what the Carolina Way without just showing you. And if you don't love it, it's still a beautiful campus with great people to meet.

    In three sentences

    UNC is a wonderful place to meet people, have a great time and get a wonderful education. I am so glad I chose this school. There aren't many places that offer such a wonderful environment to grow and a top-rate education!

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is so beautiful. I know it is hard to get in, but this school is definitely my number one pick. I can't wait for my letter!

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The meal plans are expensive and the dining hall food is average.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can look a little depressing, but they're better than they look. South campus is a little far from where most classes are.

    Academic Rigor

    UNC is known for their difficult classes, but if you take the time and effort you will be able to do fine in any course.

    Tips for prospective students

    First visit the campus to see if it's right for you. Most UNC students are willing to describe how they like UNC and offer different perspectives.

    In three sentences

    UNC is a really diverse place, it doesn't matter who you are, you will be able to find a group of friends. The campus is also really nice, especially on warm Spring days. The academics are challenging, but not impossible.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the most secure

    Greek Life

    no experience with this

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to name

    Great for these types of students

    home bodies, many activities will draw even the most unsocial butterfly out of shell

    Bang for the buck

    excellent education, public school so priced much less than private, close to home for me

    What to do for fun

    lots of activites planned by RA in dorms, always sports games going on, many clubs active on campus

    Food and Dining

    lots of tasty options throughout the day and late night, unlimited dining plan is probably more than anyone will use

    Dorm Life

    Small but comfortable dorms. freshman dorms are a long hike from classes, wear comfortable shoes.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared for heavy workload in most classes. Very resouceful staff with open office hours to ensure your success.

    Tips for prospective students

    must have an excellent essay, GPA and test scores are only a small part of admissions.

    In three sentences

    hhhhh

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I ate at a couple different dining halls and was very pleased.

    Dorm Life

    I have toured the dorms on campus and they all look like they have a great blend of living and experience.

    Academic Rigor

    While I am not a student, I can imagine this rigor is great, considering it is regarded as one of the top public universities in the nation.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs, intramural, and club sports. You are sure to find something that you enjoy. Varsity sports teams that compete at the top level make attending games a must.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious. Workload can be tough but if you find a major that interests you, it's an amazing time learning new things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drink from the Old Well on the first day of class to ensure good grades that semester. Listen to the Pit Preacher talk about any and everything regarding the end of the world.

    Bang for the buck

    Top ranked academic school for less than $10k a year for In-State Tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Running is awesome, the weather is always nice. Great nightlife on Franklin Street. Basketball games are fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. UNC Chapel Hill is a tough school. You will learn a lot if you put forth the effort. Be friendly, everybody is. Brush up on your basic basketball knowledge.

    In three sentences

    UNC has a beautiful campus and a lot of students. We're crazy about our basketball team. You can't beat a Carolina spring day in the quad.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's something like over 400 clubs at UNC. Pretty much any club you can imagine exists at UNC. If you can't find it, you're encouraged to start it up! In addition, there are intramural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a challenging environment, but one in which collaboration is huge.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before your first class, you're supposed to drink from the Old Well water fountain to ensure straight A's. The Pit is a very popular spot on campus where people usually congregate. It's literally a rectangular pit about two feet into the ground in between the Student Store, the main dining hall, and the Student Union.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC-Chapel Hill is the best public school in the nation. It costs less than private schools for the same education as a private school.

    What to do for fun

    I'm personally not much of a partier, but there are usually parties going on Thursday-Saturday night near the fraternities and sororities. There are also a couple of dance clubs and bars on the street north of campus. If you're like me and not really into partying, every weekend the Union shows two movies. There are also always events going on like poetry slams, residence hall events, club activities, too many things to list. Also, the games are really fun to go to, especially basketball.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good compared to other schools I've eaten at (or my friends have eaten at). The dining halls are set up so that all the food is labeled for food allergies and special diets. So, as a vegetarian, this is perfect! I can always tell if I can eat something or not. Additionally, they have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. They also have gluten free options, but I don't pay as much attention to them so I'm not sure how much of a variety they have of them. If you don't want to get a meal plan or eat in the dining hall (which I really do not recommend as a first year, some of my favorite memories happened over a meal in the dining hall), there are plenty of other places on campus and right off campus. On campus: Chick-fil-a, Subway, a mediterranean deli, an indian restaurant, Starbucks, and a few other little restaurants. If you want to eat off campus, there are a ton of restaurants just one street north of campus. If you want to cook your own food, there's a walmart, whole foods, and a couple of other grocery stores on a bus line from campus.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in Koury and I love it. There are plenty of events, free food, and other things to make residence hall life fun! Additionally, my RA is really encouraging and does his best to answer any questions anyone has. He puts on great programs and encourages everyone to participate. For example, in about an hour I'm off to Nacho Average Olympic Viewing Party. Sometimes it can get a little loud after quiet hours, but that might just be my end of the hall. If you complain once, it will usually quiet down.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect challenging classes. Some classes aren't all that hard, but you will have at least one class that kicks your butt. Don't be discouraged because, by challenging you, you will learn far more than you will otherwise. Work hard, and don't worry as much about the grade you make in the class as the content you're learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to walking! UNC is a fairly big campus and I had sore feet for about the first three weeks. I have never walked so much in my life, but now I'm used to it. Also, take advantage of the First Year Seminars - they are extremely interesting and may inspire a passion in you. Another great thing about UNC - the community and your fellow students encourage you to be your best and follow your passions. You want to do something? We all want you to, too! We encourage one another to be the best we can be because we want Carolina to be the best school. So, if you're looking for a university that's pretty big, but feels small because of how close-knit and supportive it is, Carolina is the place for you!

    In three sentences

    UNC students have the best attitude compared to any other school. They truly care about the community and campus. The students really embody the Carolina Way.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    UNC is really big on greek life but it's easily avoidable if you're not in to that.

    Great for these types of students

    Cool students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People go streaking before finals. LDOC is a huge deal, especially spring semester LDOC.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an in-state student so it's a really fantastic price, even for out of state students this is a great value for the quality of education and experience you're receiving.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of stuff to do all the time.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are pretty much gross, but it's a part of the experience. They're trying to get the food to taste better, not much luck so far. Rams is better than Lenoir. I would definitely recommend getting a meal plan just so you can go with friends if not for the quality of the food.

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm I've lived in has gotten redone after I move out, so bad timing on my part. I love the dorm life though, so easy to meet people and so much free food. Dorms aren't the nicest but that doesn't really matter because you're with great people in a great place.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough, but you're in college so they're going to be more difficult than high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's easier to get in as a transfer student, or that's what a lot of people have told me.

    In three sentences

    This school has great academics. Both the campus and the town itself make UNC a great place to go for an undergraduate degree. The people that go here are great as well...best university in North Carolina without a doubt.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. The Department of Public Safety is literally right next to my dorm. Also, if you are studying or walking back late, you can call Safe-Walkers (they are completely free) to walk you back to your dorm or wherever you are going!

    Greek Life

    It exists. Personally, I am not a part of it, but my roommate is and she loves it. Greeks and non-Greeks definitely hang out and interact.

    Clubs and Activities

    THERE ARE SO MANY! It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but once you know what you want, you can find your niche.

    Great for these types of students

    -Academic -Athletes, sporty -Those with school spirit -Everyone has a place here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Basketball is BIG on campus. If you do not know who Roy Williams is, you better google him now. Also, your hate for d00k (Duke) should have started years ago.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC really does have a lot to offer. My professors graduated from Harvard, Yale, UNC, and some had businesses worth millions. The cool thing about the professors is they aren't just teachers, because the majority of them had other careers before becoming professors.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to Franklin Street (that is the downtown), and you can walk there. Here, there are lots of restaurants and of course, there is shopping. Also, there are constantly events on campus from movies to comedy shows, to talent shows.

    Food and Dining

    To be honest, the food will not blow you away, but students don't come to college to eat now do they? The dining hall hours are pretty accessible, and they generally run from about 7am to midnight, nonstop. Also, there are plenty of meal plan options to choose from whether you want unlimited or only 100 meals the whole semester.

    Dorm Life

    Overall, the dorms are pretty decent, and some can actually be very nice depending on where you live. As a first-year student, you are required to live on campus, and most freshmen are put on South Campus, so that way all the newbies are together. However, if you want to live in a LLC (Living-Learning Community) you might be in a different dorm on North Campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are going to be challenging, and the exams are going to count for a large percentage of your grade. That being said, do not fear, as classes are definitely manageable. Professors have office hours or you can email them, and they are always happy to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I work at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, so let me tell you how we read applications: holistically. This means that one grade in one AP class is not going to make or break you, but rather, the admissions office wants to see that you are taking challenging courses and doing well in them. When you are writing your essay, be sure that it lets us get to know you as an applicant.

    In three sentences

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has given me more opportunities than I thought possible. From the Writing Center, where I can get my papers edited, to Career Services, where I can learn of jobs and internships, I am truly being set up for the future. There are hundreds of organizations to join, and I have so many countless opportunities to be a leader and to perform service.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Legend has it, if you take a drink from the Old Well on the first day of the semester and you will get a 4.0 for the semester. Rushing Franklin Street after beating Duke in basketball.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sports games, see free movies at the student union on the weekends, join clubs, chill with your fellow Tar Heels, and/or join an intramural sports team.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs, sports, and activities during high school and strive to be a leader or agent of change in whatever you do. Take the most rigorous courses offered by your high school; they require guidance counselors to send them a list of available classes at your school and will know if you elected not to engage in the most difficult ones.

    In three sentences

    I have been thrilled with the vast majority of the classes I've taken so far, and the professors and students are generally friendly people. The school spirit is great! My only regrets are those surrounding the academic irregularities/scandals associated with student athletes that have clouded the university's prestige of late.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports

    Food and Dining

    Very good, cafe is great

    Dorm Life

    Alright, dorms can be a bit outdated.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging and rewarding

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good SAT scores

    In three sentences

    Looks cool, a very pretty campus.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I live within 2 minutes of the campus and I can tell anyone who is thinking of applying that it is most definitely a good decision. There are always fun things to do like that are student and school motivated, also, it is right in the down town area. Long story short, you will never be bored.

  • 04/23/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    UNC chapel hill is #1 on my list of colleges to attend, they are diverse, offer great education, medical studies, and a graduate school for after I get my degree.

  • 05/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is effective. There are sirens all over campus with alerts. Students also receive text messages and e-mails with alerts.

    Greek Life

    Pretty solid! About 10% of students go Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some clubs are better than others. Many clubs don't meet as often as I would like.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are motivated to succeed! Beyond that, anyone can fit!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A google search will suffice...because I don't want to be the one to tell these to you.

    Bang for the buck

    UNC has been ranked #1 school for the money by Kiplinger's finance for 13 consecutive years.

    What to do for fun

    Explore UNC traditions, visit Franklin street, attend events at Memorial Hall, check out the undergraduate music program's events, go to a dramatic production at the Paul Green Theatre

    Food and Dining

    Food is supposedly ranked better than most schools, but after a year, it gets old. The menus don't rotate enough, and many employees don't seem to care about their jobs. Many do, however, and that is refreshing.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are in pretty good shape, and many have been recently renovated. They are more expensive than apartments, but are more convenient as well (for the most part).

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are difficult, but rewarding!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, and have realistic expectations. College is a great time, but you can't get sucked in by the environment and forget to focus on your tasks.

    In three sentences

    Many college students feel like their campus is the best place on earth, and UNC students aren't exceptions. UNC has the perfect combination of academic excellence, athletic success, and a warm, welcoming student population. At times, UNC will certainly challenge any student, but in the end, there's just something about Chapel Hill that makes you keep coming back.

  • 05/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe, just be smart.

    Greek Life

    IDK.

    Clubs and Activities

    Computer Science and Recreational Tennis club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shirtless Friday. Everyone runs around screaming that they love Friday.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth the entire tuition (not that I want to pay it if I don't have to).

    What to do for fun

    Sports, spectating sports, academic clubs.

    Food and Dining

    It's okay.

    Dorm Life

    LLC is the way to go.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes will truly challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you actually pay attention. It is hard, but fun.

    In three sentences

    It is amazing. It is accepting. It is artsy.

  • 05/20/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    UNC Chapel Hill has a beautiful campus, tons of activities to be involved in, and a rigorous academic program. People from many different walks of life come together at Chapel Hill and create the diverse, exciting atmosphere found there.

  • 05/29/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Alerts Carolina

    Greek Life

    No idea

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a Boxing club and a Judo club

    Great for these types of students

    White, upper middle class

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus was built by black slaves yet instead of a memorial to honor them and apologize for their suffering, there is a monument to a confederate soldier.

    Bang for the buck

    Commuter Alternatives Program can help you save a ton of money.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Durham.

    Food and Dining

    Sitar India is here so that's good.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Number 9 Physical Therapy program in the nation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply more than once.

    In three sentences

    Number 9 Physical Therapy program in the Nation. Interdisciplinary culture with medical school and public health. Affordable rates for in-state tuition.

  • 06/16/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It's getting more and more unsafe but where isn't it?

    Greek Life

    Unsure

    Great for these types of students

    Dunno what this means

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The well on the first day. Nuff said.

    What to do for fun

    There's always stuff going on. Cookouts, clubs, hanging out with friends or just chilling alone for introverts.

    Food and Dining

    So good. Really, yum. The buffet style dining halls have literally anything and everything you want to eat. They also have chickfila and other mini restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Love it or hate it, there's no in between. I love it, got a great room, roommate, dorm and hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Unsure haven't taken any classes so neutral it is. Ooh but my brother says that the classes taught by grad students are really hard but the quality of education is good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that your intended major is offered here and don't just attend because of the reputation. Don't plan on bringing a car, bring a bike. Follow deadlines!!! Also suite style dorms are the best.

    In three sentences

    Since I haven't taken any classes yet I'll just review from my previous trips to visit my brother who attends and is a junior. The food is great, the campus is beautiful and the campus is large. The dorms can either be great or crappy and bikes are better than cars here.

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Show that you have goals and tenacity as well as being well-rounded. You don't have to be the smartest kid in your class as long as you have determination.

    In three sentences

    You will fall in love with this school almost immediately. From the quaint town to the exhilarating athletics to the range of courses, UNC never fails to live up to its historic reputation. On top of all that, the people you meet will become lifelong friends.

  • 08/17/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Have heard its an amazing place to be. The thing that scares me is how big the classes will be, will the teacher even know my name?

  • 08/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything, from working out to gaming with suite mates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off or underestimate the professors.

    In three sentences

    It is filled with rather very friendly people. The food is very good and healthy. There are many diverse opportunities for people of all types.