University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Reviews
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I can confidently say that once a Tar Heel, always a Tar Heel. During my four years as a UNC alumnus, every time I reveal my Tar Heel status to unsuspecting Tar Heels, they smile from ear to ear. The most unique aspect of UNC is the school spirit and sense of camaraderie among alumni and students, an ideal academic atmosphere that encourages shared growth. UNC students feel safe on campus because of our unspoken agreement to protect and support each other both inside and outside of class. My classes allowed for lively discussion between students and teaching staff, where ideas were respectfully exchanged and the real learning happened. Outside of the classroom, Tar Heels support each other by watching over each others belongings in our school libraries and dining sites without even having to ask. It is custom for students to leave their laptop and books at a table to go to the bathroom or even a study break, knowing that it will still be there upon their return. If you are on campus late for classes or studying, it is common for not only friends but even unacquainted students to walk with each other to their dormitories. There is even a student organization called Safewalk that provides students with a student-walking partner to accompany them on their late night walks home from campus. I always felt bonded to the students around me because in spite of the schools large size, there was a strong sense of community and care among acquainted and unacquainted students. The support provided by UNC staff and students during school and beyond fosters friendship and networking opportunities virtually everywhere. Through UNCs career services office, I have connected with various Tar Heels that have led to employment and volunteering opportunities. Attending sporting events and alumni events, I have made friends in the many cities that I have lived and visited. The UNC network is so large and active that you can find friendly Tar Heels in most of the US and even in many parts of the world. With its reputation as a top public university, the relatively low cost, high quality of education, and truly friendly classmates and alumni network make UNC a unique educational opportunity.
The only complaint I have about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is that the advising is truly lacking. I had the worst experience with the advisors who failed to inform me of integral aspects of my major. I am not the only student who has experienced this. Many of my peers also noted that the advisors were not helpful, discouraging, or under whelming. Aside from the advising program, UNC-CH is the best school. The academics are rigorous, but worth it. I was taught by professors who were famous and notable in their fields. I feel that I am truly prepared for graduate school because of my experience at UNC-CH. I will be attending graduate school in fall 2017, and I have the knowledge my professors gave to me to thank for that opportunity.
For the quintessential undergrad experience, there is no better place than UNC-CH. The campus is beautiful in all seasons, the school spirit is unparalleled, and the best part is you walk away from the best four years of your life with an impressive education. The liberal-arts structure of the undergrad program, which requires you to fulfill certain types of courses (for example, beyond the North Atlantic, Language, Quantitative Reasoning, Philosophy), pushes students to choose courses that are outside their major or intended major, which increases student exposure to new ideas and possible courses of study. By junior year, everyone has chosen a major, and for the most competitive programs (nursing, public health, business), they will have applied to get in. I was in the business program, and loved it. The curriculum was experiential and project based, so we actually got to practice and DO business, instead of learning theories out of a textbook. We consulted for a number of local and national companies, and as such, had great networking opportunities. In the years since I've graduated, I have moved all over the country, and the UNC connection is strong no matter where I go.
It is hard to compare schools to others since most students only attend the one. At UNC, I always felt welcomed. My success was a priority to professors and the staff. The options to join an organization are endless and the connections you make will last a life time.
This degree is great for students that know they want to pursue graduate school for MD, OT, PT, etc. Otherwise, the only thing you could really do with this degree is work for a gym--and even then you don't get any sort of personal training certificate. You do get CPR certified through one of the classes, so that's a bonus but this program is definitely geared towards students that want to work in healthcare. I am currently a PT student, and feel like UNC's rigor and the class curriculum has prepared me well for PT school. I really do feel like I'm ahead of my classmates, especially in neuromuscular learning because UNC really focuses on that with their EXSS degree. Highly recommend this program if you want to do any health related graduate program!
Succeeding at UNC was a challenge for me. Like many UNC Students, I double majored. This fact shaped my experience into an academic whirlwind of success and failure. Because of this I experienced two different UNCs: one a competitive, weeding out, over stuffed science program and the other a smaller, intellectually stimulating, relational program. A lot of people complain about general education requirements, but the truth is if I wasn't required to take a philosophy course, I never would have and I would have missed out on something that I truly love. The philosophy department at UNC is of the highest caliber. We have access to the renowned Parr Center for Ethics, which enhances the philosophical experience. Further, My philosophy professors were engaging, interesting and interested in their students. I was able to grow as a thinker, expand the philosophical context that my world had previously existed in and meet and collaborate with other brilliant thinkers. I fell in love. Contrastingly, I never felt welcome in the biology department. Perhaps, that is my fault because I really shouldn't have majored in Biology. I felt liked a drowned in all the tests, in the competition and in the lack of mentorship. This is NOT everyone's experience. UNC is a wonderful school. If anything, my experience should tell you the importance of taking advantage of generals education requirements and the importance of seeking advice when determining your major. UNC's liberal arts program allowed me to explore a world of philosophy that I did not know existed and in the process I found something I loved. I thought that learning had to be hard, but the truth is if you seek out that subject matter that excites you, learning is easy and wonderful.
UNC Chapel Hill is a phenomenal university. It has provided me opportunities to succeed outside of my major and has even allowed me to continue working at the University. I am now going to pursue the online masters degree, which I am thoroughly excited about. It will allow me to continue working and receiving the education I need to pursue my career goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant. It is a tough road, but certainly a great achievement to have a degree from the first University in the United States.
I loved my experience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I had one of the most unusual paths to graduation; but after all was said and done--it was well worth it. More than anything, I grew as a person and as an adult. While that seems to be a cop-out, as an actor, it is what I needed most. Other degree programs offer how to code perfectly or flawless business acumen. The UNCCH program at the CDA gave me a small and needed taste of real world situations related to everything theater. It instilled the strength to get over rejection, and I learned how to mine the depths of experience to connect with characters. I learned what exactly constitutes for professionalism on and around the stage and why it is just as important as trying to be a great actor. I made friends that I will have for a lifetime. My only regret from this university is that I did not try harder; I can only imagine what I could have learned and experienced if I pushed myself even more.
UNC at Chapel Hill was one of the most life changing places of my life. It offered an amazing atmosphere filled with successful people, specially in the athletic department. As an athlete I believe that I was given the absolute best preparation in order to be successful in my sport.
I am currently a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, where I am completing my degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Neuroscience. Just to provide a background of my perspective as a student, I am going to be attending a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) Program beginning in the summer of 2017. The requirements for this graduate level program have given me the opportunity to delve into many fields of study and coursework here at UNC. Now that a background has been established and my perspective stems from the pursuit of a career in the allied health field, my review of my college experience and degree can be well understood. To begin, my degree in exercise and sports science touches on a variety of aspects within the field of athletics and rehabilitation. Many of the classes that were required for my major included but were not limited to anatomy and physiology, emergency care, biomechanics, neuromuscular control, strength training theory, sports management, and research in exercise science. The culmination of all of these classes created a great foundation of knowledge that has readily prepared me to continue my education in physical therapy. Additionally, if physical therapy was not what I would be pursuing this major would have prepared me for other careers related to sport, fitness or emergency care. Such pathways include being an EMT, personal trainer, sport manager, or athletic trainer. This major was great due to the fact that a student had a variety of careers to pursue after graduation. Also, I loved how this major in particular was always based around practical information that could be easily transposed to real world situations. What I mean by this is that many of the faculty were or are clinician or trainers out in the world and have first hand experience on what information is truly relevant and up to date. While in lectures professors would always apply the information directly to clinical examples that were common. Continuing on with the practicality of this major, many of the classes allow students to get various certifications that are required by a variety of career paths. This includes a CPR/AED certification as well as a personal trainer certification through NASM. These just name a couple but through these classes you were able to get these certifications for an extremely discounted rate and that also allowed students to start their occupation immediately after graduation. Other courses that I have been required to take through my minor or just to fill prerequisites for my graduate program include, biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and statistics. Knowledgeable individuals within their respective fields taught these classes where they were able to apply the subject material to a vast array of areas. Again, this allowed me to see how these courses could be used in a variety of practical settings within my career path. I believe that one of the best opportunities that has readily prepared me for my graduate program and future career in physical therapy was a cadaver lab that was offer to undergraduate seniors within my major. This allowed me to grasp anatomical structures and their relation to others first hand rather than just seeing these structures on slides in a lecture room. I have spoken with many other friends who attend other colleges within the state of North Carolina and none of them have many of these opportunities, like attaining certifications or access to a full cadaver for dissection. Overall, I believe my major of exercise and sport science at UNC along with the variety of other courses that I have taken have greatly developed my knowledge of my career pursuit of physical therapy. I have noticed the importance of professors emphasizing practicality in everything that they teach. I found this to be very motivating due to the fact that I could see myself using this knowledge from the classroom and applying it to real life scenarios. This help me maintain a motivation as a student and to always strive for the very best in my coursework throughout my undergraduate career.