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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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I failed UNC PhDEconomics
I failed UNC PhD program and got transferred to UNCG. I got a job as a Professor at UNCG teaching microeconomics. I got a research project for a PhD degree at UNCG. I highly recommend come to UNCG the students are low average and here you will succeed.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Great school.Chemistry
Great school. Came in as a transfer student from Maryland. In terms of academics, you will be challenged. There are limitless research opportunities (whether it's with just UNC or joint programs with NC State or Duke) and people overall really find UNC to be a prestigious public school. School pride really bleeds here, and every place I have been seems to have tar heel fans or graduates. There is a DEFINITE bubble that may lead to some awkwardness if you haven't grown up a certain way (especially as a minority), and minorities can be kind of clique-y, but you will find your niche here no matter what/who you are (and you will meet people outside of that too, which is awesome!). There is absolutely something for everyone here, and the overall culture is VERY accepting, from students to faculty (also pretty liberal overall, if that matters to you). When I first applied to UNC, I was worried about the racial tension and athletic scandals occuring, however for the most part these things didn't effect my experience too much as a student. You will create memories at any school you go to, but few schools will match the spirit, alumni network, athletics, academics, and overall aura of UNC. I'm very glad I came here. There's a reason a lot of faculty and graduate students here chose UNC twice. As far as advice, UNC has a holistic application process that will take everything into account. If you can emphasize helping people, a certain passion, or just an overall curiosity for knowledge, you will be fine. Last I checked, the in-state acceptance rate is like 50%. The out of state acceptance rate is below 10% or so (but don't get discouraged if you don't get in as an OOS student, as the transfer application doesn't take into account in-state/OOS status). I'm jealous of all of you who get to enjoy this experience for 4 years. Go Heels.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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