University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (37)
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.
UNC Chapel Hill was ranked #1 among 100 public schools for most affordable, high quality education by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. UNC Chapel Hill provides a strong, diverse community in which students thrive in both academically and personally. The opportunities to get involved are endless and the professors whom teach rigorous courses are known world-wide for their academic credibility. Without UNC Chapel Hill, I wouldn't be the person who I am today.
It actively prepared me to think critically about the world and how I engage with it. By learning about military history, the structure and function of global organizations, and the purpose of human rights enforcement, I plan to use this degree to prepare for a career in development and humanitarianism within the United Nations.
Amazing campus, driven and intelligent students, brilliant faculty members. There are so many organizations to choose from and if there isn't something you like, you can create your own. Standards are high, but so many resources are available to you. It is a liberal arts school, so you get the opportunity to take a wide range of classes in subjects you may not get to otherwise. Sports are huge and it's an amazing environment if that is something you enjoy. I highly recommend it. I had so much fun, but you definitely need to work hard.
My time at UNC Chapel Hill was extremely stimulating and overall rewarding. As a post grad I feel both prepared and excited for what I can achieve in my career as a graduate from UNC Chapel Hill. Overall, having this degree has opened many doors from me and set me apart from other applicants.
UNC is an amazing place to receive your undergrad education. With it's balance of rigorous coursework, lots of extracurricular activities, and a strong emphasis on social justice, it's an extremely enriching experience - both academically and personally.
I love UNC! The one word that describes everyone there --no matter their major-- is "passion." Tarheels are passionate about everything that they do, and the school provides an environment for us to development that passion and put it into action. Another thing I love about UNC is that they excel in so many programs. Even if you're not quite sure what you want to major in, UNC has events and services to help you decide. Go Tarheels!
I learned a lot and got to do a lot of very interesting research. There are so many resources, nice facilities, lots of state-of-the-art scientific instruments, people open to collaboration. Your experience as a grad student in a science depends mostly on your advisor and your lab group. Some advisors (including my own) are extremely demanding and unreasonable and have zero management/leadership skills. They can be a nightmare to work for, and a lot of students find it difficult to cope; it is like this at any top university though.
UNC is a great value school with a fantastic climate and lots of intramural and cultural activities. I'd highly recommend this school for anyone looking for a well rounded liberal arts education.
A great school with many opportunities, but no one will hold your hand. It is up to you to choose classes that are challenging, engage with professors, find opportunities on and off campus that will enrich your life and your resume. Great community feeling and school pride!