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Carolina is an incredible institution.Communications
Carolina is an incredible institution. Academically, professors will challenge you and expect you to spend time learning the material outside of class. This is not a campus where you will be spoon feed the material - your lectures will be different than the readings which will be supplemental. Many will view the social seen as elitist or greek dominated - that is only if you allow it. There is a group for everyone at Carolina and by senior year all of the campus seems to know everyone. You have to step outside of your comfort shell and get involved. In-state students seem to have an advantage from Charlotte and Raleigh since they know so many coming in; however, they often can let this hinder them by only ever getting to know the same people. Loved my experience and will recommend it to everyone.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I transferred into UNC after two years atBrightCommunications
I transferred into UNC after two years at my other universities honors college because I wanted more prestige, greater challenge, and admittedly fell for the hype machine of UNC being the most wonderful place on the planet. It's not. The town is an absolute dumpster fire, as far as quality of living. Unless drinking and going out is your exclusive idea of a good time, you're gonna have to go out to Durham and Raleigh to find anything resembling a fun time. The food and quality of stores on and around Franklin Street also contributes to this, whereas groceries will generally be fine for you the restaurants are complete garbage if you have any standard of health. As far as the school itself goes, for a "public ivy league" as students like to so frequently reinforce the myth of, it's a bit of a joke. Granted, my primary major is Communications which is not traditionally hard, but even courses I've taken in Economics, Computer Science, and Math have not been particularly difficult in terms of their content. There is a lot of grade deflation in the way that courses weigh their grades however, but they are still generally easy enough to pass as long as you show up. Professors are incredibly disengaged from my experience, mostly consisting of burn-out tenures just cashing it in for the check. The campus life itself varies. Students tend to be small town North Carolina kids or Charlotte/Raleigh suburban types, but the general impression is they let going to a decently ranked school get to their heads. You will deal with a lot of self-absorbed, entitled people here that may not be the entirety, but are absolutely a majority. Greek life is obnoxious as with most schools but you can ignore it. Other campus organizations though don't fair much better, with most clubs being light on actually doing anything if you're trying to build up a resume. For creative students, you're also kinda doomed. If you're into singing you could deal with one of the many terrible acapella groups, but two of them may as well be Greek life organizations with their exclusivity and snobbery. Theatre is very limited, as well as visual and film arts, so you don't have many options. The best I can say is sometimes, when the campus isn't under ridiculously unnecessary construction, it can look pretty. Overall, I'm gonna graduate soon and get a perfectly average degree from a throwaway school, and that's fine with me. It's just a shame I had to spend so much money and go through the trouble of transferring and got no benefit whatsoever.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2017
Campus Aesthetics: B-, Useful Schoolwork: F
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Do not come here for technical fields.Bright
Do not come here for technical fields. Most students graduate in 4.5-5 years with low GPAs in technical departments. There are 150-200 people in a class unless you are in the smaller departments. Faculty for the most part tends to be focused more on research than student success. Faculty in smaller departments care more about students, Academic Advising is horrible.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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