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“Wonderful School”
September 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

The people, professors, and the atmosphere are unlike i have experienced. Big school feel in an amazing city

Downers

Although the people are great, they are sometimes overly liberal and tend to cannibalize any opposing viewpoints. Conservatives are not really accepted

Comments

Overall UNC-Chapel Hill is a great place to go to school. You get the big school feel, at a top tier institution along with amazing sports and there aren't many other places where you can get that. Coming to UNC was the best decision i ever made.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

It depends on your major, but I am definitely earning my chemistry degree (not just paying for it). The general requirements can be tough to navigate at first, but after your first semester you learn how to make it fun and use the system for your benefit. However, academic advising expects you to learn the system yourself - if you come into your meeting and are unprepared or don't know information accessible on the website or aren't that familiar with the structure of your major's requirements, you are going to have a bad experience. Also, they are not that helpful with undecided students. However, there are lots of programs through the career center that are way more helpful. Class size is good after freshman year and professors are really accessible through office hours/willing to make special time for you. Most are really welcoming too; there are exceptions to this, of course, but I've never had a bad office hours experience. Research opportunities are outrageously accessible. Grading can be tough - like I said, some degrees are harder than others, but it is usually really tough to get out of the B-zone in a chemistry class without at least 2 or 3 hours of daily studying for just that class. Studying abroad is really accessible too - there are tons of grants and scholarships floating around. Also, the Honors Program is really great. Basically, it just allows you access to 70+ really small, unique courses taught by world-class profs. You have to take at least 2 each year though, so if you aren't careful you can get stuck your senior year with not enough room in your schedule.

Quality of Life

This is notoriously an extremely friendly school. People smile at one another, wear UNC gear ALL THE TIME, and are really dedicated to both school and extracurrics or a specific organization, which gives things a really well-balanced vibe (and generally just makes people more interesting). Also, Campus Wellness Services are super approachable and really helpful - my friends and I go there all the time to vent.

Admissions

The "short answer" questions were rather unique; we had ~1 sentence to answer something like "What is your favorite joke?" or "Where would you go if you had a free round-way ticket?" or "What animal fits your personality?" - things like that. We also meet 100% of academic need, which is really great for a lot of people.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Liberal arts education - general requirements in many subject areas

Majors vary in time commitment and rigor

Study abroad is highly encouraged

Quality of Life

Very good - low crime, easy to get involved in the community, easy access to facilities, people seem generally overall happy

Food options could use a little work - on campus its open at weird hours, and very expensive

Admissions

Does not offer the Common App

Offers early action

Requires two essays: one short, one long

Does not require interviews

No separate application for most scholarships

Has an interesting trivia section to the application

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

excellent dorm quality, affordable, safe. Dining halls have lots of options, healthy and fresh foods

Admissions

general application plus one short essay, one long essay and unique short answer questions

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Gen ed requirements but no actual required classes except for English 101 and 102 and Intro Math Classes (however, you can place out of these with AP/IB scores or SAT or SAT II scores)

Very Accessible Professors, lots of research opportunities, some large classes both those are intro classes for the most part; 40% of student body studies abroad, grading varies by department

Quality of Life

Cost of living not astronomical, lots to do,

Admissions

You can apply early action or regular decision; 2 essays, SAT or ACT, 2 recomendations

2 separate processes for Merit Based or Need-Based Aid

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

variety of classes and requirements

lots of study abroad

many research opportunities

Quality of Life

great

Admissions

application, essay questions (creative), sat scores, letters of recommendation

Level

4

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Academics were fine, classes were at times too large and it was difficult to get into some courses, even as a senior. Major requirements were generally okay, but more fleixibility on some would have been appreciated. Class was competitive and grading not easy. Study abroad opportunities excellent, a notable part of the school.

Quality of Life

Housing - totally fine, campus facilities on the whole good, libraries excellent, dining good.

Neighborhood great, living off campus safe and easy, overall people are very happy

Admissions

Unique essays, non-binding early decision

Level

4

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There are quite a few general requirements, and they can sometimes be difficult for science majors to fulfill. Majors generally have 8-13 required classes, with some options built in. Most students take 1/3 general requirements, 1/3 major/minor, and 1/3 elective. However, many students choose to double major, which reduces the number of electives possible. The university sets a strict 8-semester limit on the length of undergraduate study, and thus many students choose to take classes over the summer in order to graduate on time. Research opportunities on campus are ample for undergraduates who take the initiative to seek them out. Introductory and science classes tend to be quite large (200-300+ students) and are graded on a curve so that most students receive Cs. These classes are very difficult and competitive, and the professors are not the most approachable. However, smaller upper-level and non-science classes allow for closer interaction between students and professors and provide more opportunities for discussion-based learning. Academic advising is not the greatest - professors and peers are generally more helpful in this area. In the humanities, most students receive As and Bs, but grade distributions in the science classes are more harsh, and GPAs tend to be much lower in those departments, particularly Chemistry and Math. The workload can feel overwhelming at times, especially for science majors, but professors generally do not exceed reasonable limits in terms of assignments. A great deal of students study abroad, and there are ample opportunities to do so virtually anywhere in the world.

P.S. The majors listed in the question below are far from exhaustive. How can you have reatil/luxury goods but not biology, chemistry, or math????

Quality of Life

Weather is fabulous. Dorms are very reasonable in terms of size, location, and cleanliness. The libraries, dining options, exercise facilities, etc. are great. Community relations are excellent, and campus is very safe. Most students at Carolina have a very high quality of life, and this is on of the school's greatest assets. Carolina produces well-rounded individuals - healthy, physically fit, intelligent, passionate, compassionate, driven, cooperative, and influential young people.

Admissions

The admissions committee at UNC is seeking to get to know the student in a way beyond strict numbers and statistics. The application questions are diverse, and there are many options of essay topics from which students can choose. They truly want to get to know students as best they can despite the limited media of paper or website. I would highly recommend applying early action, as the decision regarding your application will be made sooner, and the chances of acceptance are higher. Decisions regarding merit scholarships and admissions to the Honors Program are made based on the standard application and do not require additional applications.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Unique questions for essays, some short answers. The rest of the application was similar to other schools.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

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