University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Reviews
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Chapel Hill is an amazing school. At Chapel Hill I had excellent professors who taught me how to ask questions and find answers for myself. The university is one of the best public schools in the nation and it is top notch all across the board, including the sciences and humanities. Tuition is also relatively affordable when compared to similarly ranked schools, while the school offers full financial aid through Carolina Covenant for impoverished students.
This is about Bryant and Stratton College. I have a Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree, and a Ph.D. I have taught at all levels of education. I was Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University for a number of years, and I now own a successful business. But Bryant and Stratton College continues to send these emails to me, touting "earn your degree online, financial aid may be available," in spite of the message I sent to them asking them to desist. I said, among other things, " It seems that you don't care what the academic world thinks of Bryant & Stratton College. I told you, if you continue to send these emails, trying to enroll me in your little school, I will spread the news that Bryant & Stratton College is run by a bunch of nincompoops," and " I'm asking, please don't continue to send your ads to me or to other Ph.Ds. It just makes you look foolish."
I can't comment on the current program, but let me offer this as an alumnus from more than 20 years ago: UNC-CH prepared me well for becoming a practicing clinician. When I read about my fellow students from that period they all seem to have established solid careers as clinicians and academics as well, overall our cohort has been successful. Nowadays when I reminisce about our graduate school experiences with my professional colleagues I often hear horror stories from them about faculty who abused students emotionally or by assigning excessive work loads, affairs between faculty or even faculty-student relationships, or about cutthroat student cultures where students were so competitive that there was little comaraderie. I never felt that way about UNC-CH; it was not perfect, but the Department and my fellow students seemed support of each other. I hope that UNC-CH still had a psychologically healthy culture for its future clinical psychologists and urge applicants to consider that dimension when weighing one school versus another, as 4+ years in one tiny department is a long time to rub elbows with the same people every day. And lastly, name recognition DOES matter, at least at the outset of your career. The general public knows of UNC-CH and most people have positive associations to the name of the school, whether they feel that way because they like Tar Heel sports teams or realize it's one of the eight "public Ivy" undergraduate programs. It's only among clinical psychologists that people will recognize you went to one of the top five clinical programs in the country, and that certainly doesn't hurt when you are trying to get your first job!
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.