University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, USA

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
3.88 Average Rating

Caitlin from Broadway, NC

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I love to learn and this is definitely the place to do a lot of that. I have learned much more in just the first semester here than I did in any one year of high school.
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy the college atmosphere because I extremely enjoy independence and there is a lot to be had here.
Bang for the buck
The campus here at UNC Charlotte is very large and is very exciting, and there is always something going on and something to do.
Tips for prospective students
When entering college, go with an open mind. Nothing is going to be the same as home and this could actually, whether you believe it or not, do you some good. To get away from the everyday and to be out on your own is a feeling like no other in the world.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for any type of students. There is a great amount of diversity here so anyone from any culture or background will fit in just fine.
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Lauren from Crown Point, IN

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
So fun and vibrant! There is always so much to do. The atmosphere of the university makes you feel at home!
Tips for prospective students
Plan out your scheduele, get a planner, join a sorority/fraternity, try new things, push yourself out of your comfort zone, go to every event you can go to.
Academic Rigor
Some classes are tough; like my chem class. And some are pretty easy; like my lbst class. Many of my classes have everything online, so it is easy to go at your own pace. Physics classes are hard and most people struggle with them.
Dorm Life
I lived in Laurel freshman year and loved it. I live in Belk now and I still love it. I love the hall activities the RA's plan. Just be involved as much as you can!!! You can make lots of new friends too.
Food and Dining
The dining halls have gotten better since my freshman year. Sovi has improved a lot. I love to go their for breakfast on the weekends. I love when the dining halls have themed nights!!
What to do for fun
I go to as many events as I can. I go to sports events, CAB events, RA planned events, etc. I always am out and about. I also joined a sorority which I highly recommend. There is always something to do on campus. There's the gym, which isn't too far from south village, to go play sports or even just go to the pool. My friends and I always go to the pool to just de-stress ourselves. There is pool/ping pong at the union and in most halls. You can chillax in courtyards and hang with friends. I def hit up the movie theater every weekend! It's my fav. There is so much to do and so much that is offered on campus, so take advantage of it!!!!
Bang for the buck
I come from out of state (Indiana), so I am definitely enjoying every bit as I can. At CAB events they always have free food and free stuff to pass out. During the first week of school I got 10 free t-shirts just from going to these events. The tailgates also have free food. Plus I go to the gym all the time, go to SI sessions etc. I make sure that I am getting the most bang for my buck! I also go to the movie theater a lot since it is free for students and they place awesome movies.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The pond by south village is called 'the beach'. Even though it is a gross swamp that always smells. It is like an inside joke for all the south villagers. There are so many cool woodsy paths on campus that you can take anywhere. There is a spot where you can hang in hammocks and sleep or do whatever you want. There is a lot of cats on campus too; especially in North Village. There is a guy that always feeds the stray cats and occasionally raccoons.
Great for these types of students
If you are outgoing definitely join a sorority or fraternity because it opens the door to more opportunities. I made so many friends when I rushed. Joining a sorority or frat can also give you a boost in the job field too because now you have connections.
Clubs and Activities
There are so many clubs on campus I can't even keep track. At the beginning of the school year they have an event where all the clubs fill the streets so I recommend going to that. They also give away a lot of free stuff when they table. There are so many activities to do on campus whether if its workout classes or going to a paint party.
Greek Life
I just joined a sorority and so far I love it. I love the bonds and that I have a family here since I am away from home. I have made so many friends. They also do really cool events as well. Like lip sync and airband!
Campus Safety
The campus is pretty much always on the safe side, but there are times when things happen. I feel safe with all the blue lights around. In some spots on campus I wish there was more. I just suggest that if you have a night class, walk home with someone that you trust or face-time while walking home just in case. Even though the campus is pretty safe, you never know what could happen.
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Joshua from Harrisburg, NC

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
UNCC is a great campus filled with a diverse population of cultures from around America and world. It is a medium size, with the full college experience, but not so big as to overwhelm an incoming student. UNCC is a young school that is growing fast, inviting the all to receive a quality education without breaking the bank.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure to attend class when ever you can. You will see a definite positive difference in your GPA if you do. Do all of your homework. In College, you teach yourself most of the time through the text books and home works. Doing the home work will help to master the material in preparation for exams. Finally, practice time management skills. Work loads can get big fast. Be sure to be responsible and stay on top of your course load. These tips can and will help you to succeed in your first semester of college.
Academic Rigor
Courses can range from incredibly easy to stupid hard. It all depends on your major and the professor you take. Research your professors before you sign up for courses. If you have an awesome professor, even if the course material is hard to grasp, they will help you to succeed the best they can. I found myself overwhelmed at times by the amount of work present, but I had good professors who were willing to hep me excel in the course. Remember to pace yourself, and you should be able to tackle whatever work a class throws at you.
Dorm Life
I commuted off campus my first semester, but my friends tell me that living on campus is a blast, so I'll take their word for it.
Food and Dining
I ate well at UNCC. There are 5 or 6 dining areas on campus I believe, all of which serve quality food. Besides the official dining halls, there are a wide variety of third party restaurants on campus like Wendy's, Chick-fil-a, Salsarita's, Subway, and Bojangles. There is a wide variety of cultural food options also, like Japanese or Middle Eastern. You won't go hungry on campus. There are also plenty of options for the all important coffee to help us grind through the day.
What to do for fun
UNCC has some 350 clubs and organizations on campus. There are plenty of events happening on campus at all times, from charity events, to games, intramural sports, and parties. Sports are big part of campus as well. Recently, the university has acquired a football team, helping to put it on the map. Game days are always fun and sociable occasions. There is also a large presence of the arts, with exhibitions of art and music constantly rotating in from the greater Charlotte area. Orchestral concerts and dance recitals are fun to experience, as well as plays and musicals that show in the art halls. Outside of campus, there is tons to do. East down 49 is the town of Harrisburg, with lots of places to eat and hang out. Heading west down west on North Tryon Street will take you directly into Charlotte, where many fun activities wait to be explored. All that is required is a little digging to find what you might be interested in.
Bang for the buck
Tuition, both instate and out of state, is relatively low when compared to universities of its caliber. It is ranked third in the top colleges in the UNC system, only behind NC State and Chapel Hill. It is an ever expanding college, expected to enroll 35000 students by 2020, while Chapel Hill is projected to enroll 33000 by the same time. My major is engineering, and upon discussing preferred majors from different engineering firms around North Carolina, the only engineering degrees most consider come from UNCC or NC State. All others get thrown out. The education at Charlotte is of high quality and a low cost and low hype.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Visit the tenth floor of the library some time. That is where the antique writings are kept, so it would be neat to explore those. The ladies up there will gladly give a tour of their collection. It is also a nice, peaceful location with an incredible view. Perfect place to study.
Great for these types of students
This college is great for all types of students. Most commonly I meet transfer students or foreign exchange students. The distribution of students is high, I never feel like there is an abnormally large amount of one race or gender.
Clubs and Activities
See the above What to do for fun section.
Greek Life
I am not part of Greek Life, but from all the tables and signs set up, there are plenty of options for joining one of these communities.
Campus Safety
I feel very safe on campus. The campus has its own police force and emergency alarms along isolated paths if someone feels threatened. I very rarely get reports about violent acts on campus. Those in the campus community are generally friendly as well. We are all family here and look out for each other. I cannot think of an instance where I have been harassed on campus. I feel right at home on campus. I feel safe.
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Dontre from Charlotte, NC

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
UNC Charlotte has a great atmosphere for students who want to achieve great academic progress in their field of study. I loved the campus as soon as I arrived and met plenty of new friends. The professors are also fun to be around they teach you the right information and always are prepared when you have any questions that you want to ask. All in all UNC Charlotte is a really great institution to attend.
Tips for prospective students
The campus is pretty big so walking will be a requirement in order to get to your classes. Also leave early to be on time for class since the campus is big. Most importantly take advantage of all the opportunities and events that go on around the campus, you will really enjoy them!
Academic Rigor
Study at a steady pace and don't force yourself to try to understand something that you don't. On campus there are graduate students who tutor in all subjects. My main issue was writing papers but if you go to the writing resource center located in Fretwell those tutors will help make sure your paper will definitely get an A.
Dorm Life
Dorm life is cool as well you see many people of all backgrounds. Try to make friends with people especially those on your floor. Oh yeah and lets not forget free food from time to time lol
Food and Dining
THE FOOD IS GREAT!!!!!!!!! YOU PLENTY OF CHOICES TO CHOOSE FROM LIKE CHICK FIL A, THE CHINESE PLACE, UNION AND RDH. I FAITHFULLY WAS ALWAYS AT THESE PLACES BECAUSE THEY WERE JUST TOO GOOD!!!!!!!!
What to do for fun
Plenty of events to attend like music produtions, theatre, and step shows. Movies are shown in the union theatre. But the main thing is attending sports events MAKE SURE YOU GO SEE THE 49ER BASKETBALL PLAYERS!!!!!!
Campus Safety
Police are everywhere if you ever need anything just call them they will respond always within 2 minutes no matter where are on campus.
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Anna from Woonsocket, RI

a current student here
32 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The teachers are always available to help and utilize online resources often during class to keep things from getting dull.
The general education classes can be a pain but the more specialized your classes become the better the teachers become.
Am enjoying being here
I've met the nicest people down here, and have rented out an apartment because the atmosphere is so great!
Bang for the buck
In-state tuition is extremely low, and even out-of-state tuition isn't terrible. Apply for residency and you'll definitely be getting your moneys worth.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure that you look at the school before you come! It is a commuter school so on weekends a lot of people go home, but there is always something to do. The advisors are helpful too if the major you want isn't offered or you are undecided.
Great for these types of students
Everyone, all needs are usually met.
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Lauren from Greensboro, NC

a current student here
9 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I transferred in from another institution and it was an okay school. I feel like since I have been at UNCC the professors have been extremely great! I have learned so much more! They are really helpful and nice!
Am enjoying being here
I really enjoy this school. I was a freshman and I am apart of the Learning Communities for Freshman. You receive the best living for dormitories and reserved classes with your peers. It's a wonderful learning experience and you gain so many new friends. Basketball games are the best! There are over 300 student organizations to join which is another plus! Apply Apply Apply!!!
Bang for the buck
It's a wonderful school and there is so much to do! You can get involved in just about anything! Games are the best!!!
Tips for prospective students
SAT and ACT are very important. You need to make sure you have the right requirements for this school because they will send you an letter asking you to take it again.
Great for these types of students
If you enjoy being around people from different places it is a great place. We are very diverse with people coming from all parts of the world. We focus a lot on international students and host a lot of international programs so that our students from other countries feel welcomed in the USA!
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Caira from Harrisburg, NC

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
All the teachers are really great and all the students are really friendly
Am enjoying being here
It is a big campus, but everyone is so helpful and friendly. I love it!
Bang for the buck
The tuition is not that bad at all. Just apply for a lot of scholarships and you'll have no problem. :-)
Tips for prospective students
Don't be afraid to ask for help.
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Oscar from Monroe, NC

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am surprised by how much I have learned this semester. All the information I am learning will benefit me when I graduate. The professors teach you what you need to learn to become successful.
Am enjoying being here
I am really enjoying attending UNC Charlotte. The campus is very nice and close to shopping and restaurants. The students and faculty are very friendly and helpful.
Bang for the buck
The cost of tuition and fees are very reasonable. The housing is decent depending on where you decide to stay. The cost could be lowered some, but it is not that bad. Parking does cost a lot and there are not even enough spots for all the passes they sell.
Tips for prospective students
Visit the campus to get a feel for the environment. Meet with the department that your major is with to find out if that is what you want to do. Do not party a lot because you will get behind in your classes.
Great for these types of students
This college is for students who will work hard and are motivated to learn.
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Heather from Sanford, NC

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
UNC Charlotte is a great school with a gorgeous campus. It isn't the most popular NC public school but it has a lot of strong majors. I did not think I would like it at all when I first got here but I love it now and I always find myself missing Charlotte when I am at home.
Tips for prospective students
Buy good shoes and expect to walk a lot because this campus is huge! Stairs and hills will not be your friend for the first couple weeks but the view makes it worth it.
Academic Rigor
I have had to work very hard in all of my classes to get the grade that I wanted but I have definitely learned a lot and I do not feel like I am doing any pointless work.
Dorm Life
The high-rises are known for having a lot of fun. They are a decent size and the community is very close because of the activities in the halls. The suite life is awesome because there is a ton of space and it is pretty quiet.
Food and Dining
There are three different dining halls and tons of fast foot choices such as Wendy's, Subway, Einstein Bagel Bros, Bojangles, Chick-fil-a, Salsaritas etc. Finding food is definitely not a problem here.
What to do for fun
There are over 300 clubs and organizations and many events held every week on campus. Football and Soccer games are popular events as well as the Union Takeovers. There are also tons of off campus things to do such as go to concerts at PNC Pavilion and The Fillmore, the trampoline place, and Uptown Charlotte has a lot to offer including the club scene. There are also two malls within a close distance and plenty of other stores around.
Bang for the buck
For in state students the tuition is very cheap and out of state students from the north have said that it is about the same price as colleges in their state. The room and board is a little pricey but there are a ton of apartments right next to campus so a lot of people choose that route after their first year.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There is a spot on campus where you can yell anything and you can hear it echo back at you and it seems like anyone on campus could hear it but actually only you can.
Clubs and Activities
Tons of clubs and activities.
Greek Life
Greek life is not super popular here but the people that are a part of it seem to enjoy it a lot.
Campus Safety
There are blue light emergency buttons all over campus, there is a lot of police and security around, and the safe ride is there to take you to and from classes and other places on or off campus which is especially useful at for night classes.
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Katherine from Winston-Salem, NC

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
It is a great school that has something for everyone. The teachers make a point to be available as often as possible and to learn the students names in their classes (even if they are large classes). The campus is beautiful and makes you feel at home.
Tips for prospective students
Take the SAT multiple times because the different programs look at that and it can save you from having to take other tests to get into a particular program. Make sure you look at who the teachers are before you register for their classes because some of them do not like what they teach so they make the course impossible. Get involved on campus
Academic Rigor
The classes can be hard but the outcome is tremendous. Plus the teachers do everything in their power to make sure that you pass their course, because they will work with your schedule so that they can meet with you to help. If you work hard you will succeed, but if you slack off and skip class you will have trouble.
Dorm Life
The suite style living is better than highrises because the highrises are constantly loud and have problems almost every night. The suite style also allows you to make closer friends because you aren't in a large hall you are in a smaller community.
Food and Dining
Food is great and there is something for everyone to eat. Lots of fast food places to grab a quick meal and then get on with your day. There is mexican, subs, pasta/pizza, wendy's, chickfila, hot dog place, etc. But if you want something healthier you can go to the two dining halls that have home cooked meals, but they are not very good and it is the same every single day of the week.
What to do for fun
Something is always going on, on campus you just have to be willing to get involved. There are hundreds of clubs to choose from and several sports teams (including club/intramural). Football will be coming fall of 2013
Bang for the buck
you pay a high tuition but it makes things on campus free to students. Library access, doctor visits, sports tickets, and more
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
the student union is the main focus of the campus, there is something always going on there, especially around the holidays.
Great for these types of students
students who want to get involved. students who like a strong academic community but also have time for sports. students who want to experience the city without being in the city.
Clubs and Activities
hundreds of clubs to choose from, something for everyone. lots of club sports for both men and women. intramural sports that are going on year around. concerts. zombies vs humans. never a dull moment on this campus
Greek Life
there are a lot of options if you want to be involved in the greek life. there are also certain groups that all have the same common interest, whether it is major or based on personality. you will always find a place to fit in
Campus Safety
There are campus police that respond within a minute of the call. there are emergency buttons throughout campus that connect you to the campus police. shuttles for students with handicaps and at night they drop you off where ever you need to be. escorts are available if you do not want to walk alone at night
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