The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill(UNC / UNC Chapel Hill) was established in 1789 and welcomed its first students in 1795. It has been offering excellent education ever since. The public research university is based in Chapel Hill, which is located in North Carolina, in the United States. The University of North Carolina has 17 campuses, and UNC Chapel Hill is one of them. Because of its origins, the school is proud to be able to call itself one of the oldest public schools in the United States. The university offers a wide range of academic programmes, in more than 70 different disciplines and areas of study. It has fourteen colleges. The schools prides itself in in being an equal opportunity education provider. Diversity and internationalization are an important part of life at the college. The schools teaching methodology is based a liberal arts education, that all undergraduates receive with the option of pursuing a major within the professional schools within the university (or the College of Arts and Sciences). The campus is home to state-of-the-art facilities and modern technologies. It covers 729 acres, which equals 3km² of downtown Chapel Hill. The campus is comprised of many stores and shops that are located on Franklin Street. Extracurricular activities are valued by the university- students can take part in more than 550 officially recognized student organisations; especially the student-run newspapers is a popular choice. It is called “The Daily Tar Heel” and has even won national awards for collegiate media. The student radio station is also a great option- it was the pioneer in the field of internet radio broadcasting. Of course students can also take part in numerous sports. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tries to as “green” as possible- sustainability is very important, proven by the fact that the university makes sure that all new projects meet the requirements for LEED Silver certification. Its award-winning co-generation facility actually produces one-fourth of the electricity and the steam used on campus! The school offers 71 Bachelor degree programmes, as well as 107 Mastre’s and 74 doctoral degree programmes.
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As a STEM major at UNC, I had access to great professors doing exciting research. The downside is that most of the core classes I was required to take were massive lectures, and it was easy to get lost in the crowd. If in STEM, be sure to reach out to professors, and if possible get involved in a lab, as that’s where you’ll get the personal attention you need to make your experience really special. UNC students are a great group of people, and there are tons of extracurriculars to get involved in if you’re into that sort of thing. Overall, great school, and a great choice for me.
Coming from Michigan I didn’t know anyone at UNC, but I found everyone very welcoming. I loved the food, the weather, the scene on Franklin street. I loved the atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration that accompanies good sports. UNC is a beautiful campus filled with diverse, smart, and passionate people. There is so much opportunity if you know where to look. I took advantage of the study abroad programs (which are not great, but again, you have to know where to look). I think my time there made me a better human being. Highly recommend.
A Tar Heel Bred
UNC is a place of opportunities and challenges, and students that put in the most will get back the most. There is much to be said to the high degree of resources offered to UNC students, and as long as you are willing to seek it out, there is pretty much any way you can think of to get involved. As with any university, there are both the good and the bad, but by the end of your time here what sticks with you are really just the highlights (and there are certainly a lot of them). UNC offers the chance for students to develop themselves both personally and professionally. What makes this place stand out the most is the quality of their faculty and the expanse of the network and connectivity students can create by the time they finish.
Unlike Charles Dickens’ “a tale of 2 cities” Unc was truly the best of times. As with any university/college, college is what you make of it. UNC has done an excellent job in bringing in some truly good-hearted. From the moment I set foot on its beautiful campus, I felt like I was in a place that I belong. Each year I was there, I felt closer to the Carolina community.
I looked back the other day at some photos I had taken with friends throughout my time and I was overcome with emotion. The people that I saw in some pictures, some that I had only interacted with freshman year, had left such a strong impact on me that even now, reminiscing at work, I am filled with nostalgia and a longing to return to Carolina.
The education at Carolina is typical of most universities- you have professors that are great and those that…aren’t. I think it’s a part of life to get at least one poor professor to see how you can overcome adversity and to help make you a stronger student. That said, if you’re constantly getting poor professors or overwhelmed with the amount of work, it is important that you have a good network to fall back upon. For me, this was my friends.
When I think of UNC, I don’t think about a chem class that I struggled in or a Spanish professor that made my semester miserable; I think of the amazing people that I’ve met and the great memories we’ve created. I think about blowing off studying for a Busi 101 exam to go out on a cookout run and talking until 3 am with friends. I think of the random dance parties my roommate and I would recreate. I think of the utter joy and euphoria I experienced after UNC won the national title.
While UNC is a great college, it is truly the students (past, present, and future) that made it the best of times.
Carolina was the best thing to ever happen to me. It was my dream since I was young and to this day, and for all days, it will be my proudest accomplishment. I got a top-notch education, learned who my friends were, and witnessed things most could only dream of. It taught me who I am and sometimes I miss it so much it hurts. But of course, it has egregious pitfalls (no pun intended) given the lack of genuine acknowledgement regarding the university’s past and present, in all honesty. There are Confederate statues on campus and a general unwillingness on behalf of the administration to see how that, among other things, intersects with the experiences students of color have. Similarly, a woman was raped by someone on the football team. That exact same someone can be found on the roster for the upcoming season. Carolina has done things that I will never defend, such as those listed above, and it has broken my heart in more ways than one. But I cannot deny the opportunities it has given me, along with sheer joy and pride, and I cannot deny the love I have for Chapel Hill. I stand in a place of privilege when I say that, and I recognize it. UNC has a lot of work to do moving forward, but it’s a good place to start.
Carolina has something to do with just about anyone. With its wide selection of majors and extracurriculars, they really let you create your own undergraduate experience. If you want to get into research, there’s plenty of opportunities to do that by just talking to professors and searching lab websites. If you want to just have a chill weekend night, the Union usually plays recently released movies every Friday and Saturday night for free. If you want to make something with your own hands, Carolina has a few Makerspace locations to 3-D print or laser cut anything you want. In terms of course load, it can be difficult at times but it’s manageable with time management and use of resources. I personally enjoyed going to talk to professors with any questions I had during office hours and studying with friends at Starbucks or the UL. Finally, the athletic programs at UNC are some of the best in the country. Most notable is the men’s basketball program that recently won the national championship in 2017. Overall, I had a pretty great experience during my time at Carolina and would recommend it to anyone who’s considering going to UNC.
The most important aspect of UNC for me was that it swiftly became my home. The classes were well-taught and challenging, the options when you wanted a night out were excellent, ranging from cheap to fancy, and there were myriad ways to spend your free time. But the most important part was that because of the people I met and also the systems in place at the university, it became my home faster than I thought it ever would, and will remain that way. I could not have picked a better place to spend my time in college than Chapel Hill.
As an In-State student, attending UNC was one of the best decisions I could have made. UNC offers top-notch education at reasonable costs for a university. Also, the people I met at UNC have become my closest friends – ones that are down to earth, intelligent, and ambitious all at once.
My individual experience at this university was excellent. I received a great deal of curricular and extracurricular experience which totally prepared me for postgrad life. However, throughout I noticed both that my friends in different fields (I am in technical theatre) had harder times pursuing viable experience and that regardless of the opportunities offered, the administration was rarely very helpful. It is a matter of finding the one or two people in a department who know how to get you what you need. On an individual level I loved my classmates and professors, but when it came to the university (and Board of Governers) as a whole, I found a sudden lack of empathy or consideration for students, particularly those with marginalized identities. This was emphasized by the “For All Kind” campaign which was extremely tone-deaf in light of all the student groups which had been saying “Carolina isn’t very welcoming to people like me.” All that being said, there was tremendous support from other students, and there is a place on campus for nearly everybody to feel at home.