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My Dad was transferred to NC, so INot so brightComputer Science
My Dad was transferred to NC, so I transferred to UNCC solely to be near my family. It was a huge mistake. I lost nearly 2/3 of my credits from my home university because UNCC did not recognize the courses as valid.(My former home university is actually a LOT better than UNCC). I was an above-average student in high school as well as in my freshman year before transferring to UNCC. I made good grades at UNCC, but I found my curriculum to be inadequate for competing in the real world. Worse, the university cranks out so many graduates with my degree that the pay is ridiculously low. One would think that with a degree in computer science that I'd have a much better paycheck than I do. $29,000 per year for doing data entry at a major bank was not what I envisioned for my life. I have applied for positions outside of Charlotte only to be ignored. I can't compete in the Charlotte market nor can I compete outside the Charlotte market because (I believe) my degree isn't valued too highly.

I live on-campus even though my family lives in Belmont. I transferred out of one dorm because it was an absolute nightmare with noise and bugs.

The campus isn't as safe the school would like you to believe. I read a UNCC report that there were 35 on-campus rapes last year.

The surrounding apartments are rife with crime. Car break-ins are frequent on-campus as well as off- campus. Though I have a bicycle, I do know that parking fees are astronomical ($450-500 per year or close to that)and parking spaces are difficult to find.

The surrounding area is ghetto-like, and though it is believed that the rail line will spare students the problem of dealing with the thugs on the bus, the thugs will ride the rail as well. I'm not sure how many students the rail line will serve. There's not much to do downtown. There are a lot of bars, but the drinking age is 21, so what's the point? There's no shopping to speak of either. Worse, there is almost nothing to do on campus on weekends because UNCC is a commuter college. The school continues to speak of the many dozens of clubs on campus, but when most members live with mommy and daddy, how many activities do you expect to find on campus on a Saturday night? Not many.

It isn't too difficult to guess that the faculty isn't too happy about teaching at UNCC. Many are graduate students who would rather be anywhere but in a class room teaching freshmen, and even more are part-time professors who are probably sweeping floors at night.

Crime in the surrounding area is bad. You can count on 50-70 crimes within walking distance of campus every day.

I am no genius, but I wondered how most of my class mates were allowed entry into college and WHY they attended college. The campus is attractive and the class buildings are new, but there is nothing special about UNCC. It seems to be like a huge high school.

4th Year Female -- Class 2015
Scholastic Success: A+, Innovation: F
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I'm in the elementary education department and I feel that it isn't that great! The teachers are terrible, the advisors are very unhelpful, and you don't learn anything! If you are planning on becoming a teacher, don't go to UNCC......I wish Iwould of never came here!
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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I'm a spanish major who enlisted in theNot so brightLanguage - French/Spanish/etc.
I'm a spanish major who enlisted in the army to transition into becoming an officer in the ROTC program in this campus. I was very motivated once I transferred to UNCC from CPCC because I enjoyed my last year there and I had just finished basic training and wanted to grow as a person in 2010 coming to UNCC in the fall of 2011.

After being in this school for one semester I had never hated education so much in my life thanks to this school, parking was complete hell from the first day to the last if you're trying to get to COED or near there any time of the day. If you have a life and a job be prepared to always be late to class and be late to work or anything you have to do after because the parking/traffic is horrible. The spanish department is full of condescending teachers and staff members, there are only a few good teachers in the spanish department. I'm a native spanish speaker who came to the US when I was very young so I wanted to get my spanish grammar, reading and comprehension to a better level. That was not the case here, the teachers expect you to do their job and teach yourself because they are very bad at teaching most of the time, they are very smart but refuse to make things easy for students who don't get things immediately. When I complained about a specific teacher to the head of the department, she cursed me out and told me to stop bitching back in the fall of 2013. The ROTC program is very competitive and the clown that are contracted make you feel like you're an outsider if you don't fit in their smart ass circle, so I got kicked out because I wasn't recommend by the MS4s there, just because I didn't hang with them. So the teacher told me to not come back next semester.To finish here I'm just the type of student who wants to learn but I need to be taught by my teachers, if you want that don't come to this school, this school is for the people who want to get a $20,000 loan a semester and not work so they can spend 10 hours studying because the teachers don't teach anything and want to get ahead because they want straight As.

1st Year Male -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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