Impressions Of
UNC – Chapel Hill

Academic Experience

Male Communications Major C/O 2018

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
It would be a lot of readings and essays for the theory-based classes and then the practical classes had a lot of screenings, discussion, and reproduction where we would actually make films.

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
I don’t think they gave us enough of a background in film theory and film history. But I think they gave us a lot of freedom to do our own group projects. Another thing they did well was they gave us a general understanding of everything, so it’s not only just a normal narrative television, but I took a lot of documentary classes and experimental classes and also screenwriting classes. They really covered it all, which gave me the opportunity to figure out what I want to do in the long run. The production equipment was lacking and old and we could really use some studio space.

Male Economics and Management and Society Double Major C/O 2020

How accessible are your professors?
The Economics professors are particularly accessible and they offer a ridiculous amount of help for the classes. The classes are really tough, but there is consistent help and resources that you can access.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
Management and Society is much more collaborative and inclusive. Everybody is trying to succeed together. Economics is more competitive.

Male Interdisciplinary Studies Major C/O 2019

Is there anything you feel either of your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
Interdisciplinary Studies allows students to make their own major with an advisor, but it’s very independently led by the student. There’s no department that I typically seek guidance from beside my advisor. It’s more of a solo adventure where I’m supported by the gentleman who runs the program and my advisor. In terms of more established majors, there is no higher up department, which I don’t think is either good or bad. I haven’t gone to my advisor much because I’ve been on top of my classes and have been doing well in these courses. The advisor has certainly been there when I need to change courses or anything along those lines.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I’d say that it’s fairly competitive. I transferred here after my sophomore year from a small private school and I noticed the whole atmosphere of coming to a top 50 school. I see that not only in the curriculum and in the attitude with the students and faculty.

Social Opportunities

Female Economics and Management and Society Double Major C/O 2020

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I go to bars and frats, or I just hang out. Usually I’ll just go out Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There are certainly students that go out more than me on weeknights. What nights you go out really depends on your schedule.

What have been some of your times at UNC?
My freshman year winning the basketball national championship. That was awesome. We rushed Franklin. Beating Duke is always a good memory. I like the tailgates for football games even though we lose a lot. Events are fun too, like fraternity mountain weekends, formals, and cocktails.

How happy are you with the weekend options at UNC? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I don’t think I’d change anything. I like how we have the bar scene and the frat life. I like having the mix and having the options.

Male Communications Major C/O 2018

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
There are a lot of house parties I went to my first couple of years. Once I turned 21 I started going to bars. The house parties are really fun and the nightlife at UNC is generally really fun. I just went out Fridays and Saturdays mostly. Sometimes I’d go out on a weekday, like Thursday or Tuesday. I didn’t follow the nightly bar thing.

Can you describe a typical night going out freshman year?
We’d party in the dorms and we’d all get on this bus called P2P or you’d take an Uber if you were going to a house. Then we’d get to the party and we’d not really know anyone there but it’d still be really fun. We’d dance and socialize, and then maybe go to another house party and then go home.

What is an alternative to a party or a bar that you like to do on a night out?
You could go to a more relaxed kind of bar, there are a lot of those. You could go to Carrboro [the town next to Chapel Hill] and just socialize with people. You can also just stay at home and watch a movie with friends. There were lots of smaller social gatherings I’d go to if I didn’t want to go out.

Male Economics and Management and Society Double Major C/O 2020

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
My freshman and sophomore year I primarily went to fraternity parties. As I’ve gotten older, it’s strictly a bar scene now. On a rare occasion, I’ll go to the fraternity house. The main thing is I want to hang out with my friends, whether that be at my own house or at a bar, it doesn’t really matter. The primary thing that we’re all trying to do is hang out and have a good time together.

How happy have you been with the nightlife at UNC? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I’m happy with it. I wish the nights started a little earlier, I think going to the bar at 11 PM is a little late. There’s also a culture where Friday is more for Greek life activities, and if you don’t do that, it’s more for low-key evening activities, so I’d love to see Fridays become more of a thing.

Campus Culture

Female Economics and Management and Society Double Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene at UNC?
It’s super social. You’ll realize that you’re lonely when you’re at home during summer and you’ll be like, “Wow, where is everyone?” You’re bound to see people on campus walking to class and out at bars. It’s a very social atmosphere.

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientation mix socially?
Better than other universities, but it’s not perfect. You can still see some racial separation within social groups. People of other sexual orientations, whether they’re out or not, they have meeting groups for you to meet more people of other sexual orientations. It’s a natural mingling I think.

What is the impact of Greek life on social life?
Greek life pretty much is social life. You’ll meet a bunch of people in Greek life whether you’re in Greek life or not. For me, not being in a sorority, I still know a bunch of people in sororities because my friends are in sororities, and I know a bunch of guys in fraternities through my friends. It plays a big part in the social life, but it’s not everything.

Male Economics and Management and Society Double Major C/O 2020

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
UNC is definitely diverse, and that diversity makes it so different communities form. For my teammates who are Black, there’s “Black UNC” where there are bars where primarily Black people go and there are bars where primarily White people go. My teammates will say, “Yeah, that’s not really my speed it’s too White,” and my [White friends will say the same for the places they hang out], and I don’t think you can blame them for feeling that way. I absolutely think we have a diverse campus, but it’s also quite separated. That’s a deeper issue. People like to associate with people that are like them, so it’s tough to break down those barriers and really mix. [The undergraduate population at UNC is 61% White, 14% Asian, 9% Hispanic, and 8% Black.]

Do you think people are generally happy with their choice of UNC by senior year? Do you think people leave loving UNC?
Absolutely. I’m very, very happy and I rarely hear people complain.

Male Interdisciplinary Studies Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the student body?
I think the students that I’ve met are, for the most part, pretty friendly. Especially during finals season when we’re preparing for exams, I haven’t run across somebody who doesn’t want to collaborate on notes or run through topics. They’re at the very least willing to carve out time to meet or share notes in whatever medium.

How do you like the size of UNC in terms of undergraduate enrollment? How has it influenced your social experience? [UNC has 19,117 undergraduate students.]
I think the size of the school has helped my social life. Coming from a small school where I hanging around the close 10-20 friends that I had. Now, I live with all of my close friends and still have the same number of close friends, but I also have many more friends that I’ve made through classes or being a transfer student. It’s expanded the normal friends I might have, but I’ve also been able to keep the close ones I like.

Chapel Hill, NC

Pros of

  • “It’s part of the Research Triangle Park, which is perfect for people interested in those areas.”
  • “Safety. I never feel uncomfortable being on campus.”
  • “How accessible the town is. Franklin Street has everything you need within walking distance.”
  • “It’s the quintessential college town. You get that true American Experience.”

Cons of

  • “It’s a college town, so there isn’t much to do outside of Chapel Hill.”
  • “If you’re looking for big concerts and stuff, the big artists will go to Raleigh or Charlotte.”
  • “There are no mountains around or other natural landmarks.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Economics and Management and Society Double Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about UNC before you entered as a freshman?
Everything in your life is going to change, like the people you talk to every day and your future plans. I also wish I knew not to take it too seriously because before you know it your four years are up.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
They’ll miss the nightlife because they’re just touring the campus. They’ll miss how cool it is to be in the Smith Center with the stands fully packed and everyone screaming. They’ll miss taking in the beautiful walk on campus. Also, realize that there are tons of people available that can help you and want to help you.

Male Communications Major C/O 2018

What is something you wish you knew about UNC before entering as a freshman?
I wish I had known more about the different programs at UNC. Just because it’s such a big school, there are so many different programs that you don’t hear about. Like I wish I had learned more about the journalism school for instance.

What is something that a student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
Carrboro. It’s Chapel Hill’s sister city and I think it’s pretty interesting.

Male Interdisciplinary Studies Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about UNC before entering as a transfer?
One thing I wish I had learned is I did not know about the Interdisciplinary Studies major before coming to UNC, and I think that’s the case for most students. I assumed I had to pursue a major that was in the catalog. But, after learning that that’s not necessarily the case and I can pursue a major that is of my own interests, I chose it. I wish I knew about that earlier because it would have saved a lot of headache and unnecessary frustration.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
I don’t really know. I just thing that once someone is enrolled here and as time passes I hope they can be more comfortable in their skin as a student and take advantage of the necessary resources that the school has to offer. I suggest checking out resources that might apply to what you want to learn about.

Reasons to attend and not to attend UNC – Chapel Hill

To Attend

  • “It’s the essential American college experience, the kind you see in movies almost.”
  • “It has an edge too. there is an arts scene and interesting music venues you can go to.”
  • “Sports are a big part of the school, so if you are in any way athletically inclined it’s a great place to be because there are so many club sports and other opportunities that are awesome and well-funded. Also, cheering for teams here is massive, everybody’s all in for that.”
  • “The academics are unreal. You’re going to have a great education.”
  • “The community at UNC. Everyone is super friendly. It’s great to have Franklin Street to go, meet a bunch of people, and hang out.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you are the kind of person who needs to see more people like you doing what you do to succeed. For instance, if you wanted to see more minority professors or leaders, don’t come to UNC because you won’t see that.” [About 5% of professors are Black and 73% are White.]
  • “School is very hard at UNC. You have to be ready to commit your time to school.”
  • “I’m from the Midwest, but the school can be a lot more Southern than I’m used to. I think anybody from the North is taken back by that. It’s more Southern than I anticipated.” [About 82% of students come from North Carolina. 40% of the in-state students in the Class of 2022 are from rural North Carolina counties.]
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