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I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UNC.Quite BrightChemistry
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UNC. There are numerous research opportunities in my department, which was crucial in finding the subfield I'm most interested in; I've been involved with 4 labs, and 3 were excellent experiences. Overall, UNC was a wonderful home during my time here, and I feel that it has helped me develop into a true researcher.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2018
Education Quality: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B
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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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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.
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