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As an out-of-state student, I had a difficult time adjusting to UNC my first year, but even so, I would never discourage students, in our out of state, from coming here. This is a big school, and the problems I've seen here are the ones that apply to any big school- big, impersonal lectures, bureaucracy, etc. I haven't liked every class I've taken here, but overall, the quality of education here is excellent. I can't really speak for the science department, but I spent my first three semesters at Carolina taking a variety of courses in different liberal arts departments and have learned a lot. My one piece of advice? Avoid 101 courses at all costs unless you have to take them. It feels as if information is being thrown at you, but you have no idea how it is all connected. Socially UNC is very dynamic. Past posts have complained about and praised the presence of Greek life on campus, but unless you join a fraternity or sorority, it will have little to no impact on your life here at Carolina. Most frat parties will let in any girl, so if you're a girl, that's always a weekend option, though I honestly burnt out on frat parties after freshman year. It took me almost two semesters to find people at Carolina that I really connected with, but in my opinion, finding those core friendships can make or break your view on the social scene here. There are plenty of non-Greek options and social subcultures at Carolina, plenty of house parties and different types of bars that I find to be all superior options to frat parties. It is only a matter of finding them. That being said, you can find out pretty quickly whether or not Greek life is your thing, or whether you should look towards other social options. I would also like to comment on the perceived liberalness of Carolina. Being from North, I don't think this school is overwhelmingly liberal. I have met and lived with people here that were far more religious and conservative than me, and they have all been able to find their niche here at Carolina. They are a substantial contingency at this school, although the majority of students are more liberal, or something in between. But as far as college campuses go, I don't see how this school could be labeled radically liberal. Most college campuses are pretty liberal, and Carolina is no exception, nor is it somehow more liberal than the rest.
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