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The social life is nice as are the

Jul 27 2014Biology
The social life is nice as are the students and some teachers. A large majority of them don't care about students in the slightest. We could have a shooting in a class they'd still be uninterested in our well being. A good bit of departments think they are far better than they are and it's pretty sickening.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Faculty Accessibility: F

Don't expect much help from anyone outside professors

Aug 08 2014Language - French/Spanish/etc.
Don't expect much help from anyone outside professors. General faculty such as department heads, financial aid, advising, hate their jobs. I have screenshots of downright rude comments from faculty members when trying to get help navigating the outdated systems that they still have in place. No one answers phone calls. If your professor is a general education professor, expect the same. They are rude and condescending as if they are too good to teach a general education class. Generally the higher the class number, the more helpful and friendly that professor will be.If you are not from a wealthy family, you will have a harder time fitting into the student body. Most student are from a higher socioeconomic class and they know it. But there are so many students it's not difficult to find someone to be friends with.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Scholastic Success: F

Preface: I'm an out-of-state student from the Northeast

Jun 17 2014History/Histories (art history/etc.)
Preface: I'm an out-of-state student from the Northeast who attended UNC-Chapel Hill for two years. This fall, I'm transferring to an Ivy League University to study history. I'll break my experience down into categories, then leave you with a few general observations.

Academics: Overall, I give my academic experience at UNC a "B" grade. With the exception of a few duds, the teaching quality was generally excellent and I had some outstanding mentors. However, I often found myself unimpressed with student participation and the quality of class discussions. Although large lectures present challenges at every school, even small seminars and honors courses frequently failed to facilitate participation. Many students were very involved outside the classroom, which may have detracted from the university's academic focus.

Sports/Student Body: I'll give this one a "B-/B." The student body is generally active, energetic, and pleasant. Like many southern schools, Div. I sports were extremely popular, especially basketball and football. Sports fostered incredible school spirit and represented major opportunities for high-quality recreation. However, they also siphoned millions of dollars away from academic programs and represented a step away from sheer academia. As a casual fan at best, I sometimes felt out of place and alienated by the sports craze.

Nightlife: An easy "A-/A."There were ample opportunities for parties and other small social gatherings. Greek parties are the most active and often do not admit male non-members, and first years may sometimes have a little trouble finding open events. By sophomore year, however, social connections made it extremely easy. For non-partiers,the downtown has quality restaurants, shopping, and a discount movie theater. Study sessions on Saturday night were not "frowned upon."

Conclusions:
1. UNC is a great school for bright, in-state students. As a well-traveled student from New England, I quickly realized that there was "more out there." With tuition on the rise, the niche of high-achieving, yet non-full-scholarship OSS students seems to be getting smaller.

2. The sports craze is pervasive, influencing everything from the student body to university policy. For sports fans, it's heaven. Personally, I found it alienating and, at times, disturbing. The widely-publicized athletic scandals speak for themselves.3. UNC is at a crossroads between "highly prestigious public university" and "non-elite, athletic powerhouse." Unfortunately, it seems to be moving towards the latter. In essence, this is why I left. Please consider my advice!

2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Campus Aesthetics: A, Individual Value: B-
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