University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Top Questions

Describe the students at your school.

julia

UNC is WONDERFUL on this aspect. i think the campus is liberal, lots of people are accepted and no one would feel out of place. There is def. a fratty scene you cant get away from. im in a sorority and even i feel frustrated with the influence that frats have. i think guys feel like they have to be in a frat or be an athlete here. but you can seperate your self to some extent.

Whitney

It is a very diverse campus and everyone seems to get along great!

Emily

The student body is very diverse, there is a place for every type of person. I love that about UNC because regardless of where you live, on campus or off, there are different groups of people everywhere you look. The student body does a great job of making sure new students find their place on campus.

Meg

A student who likes to be by themselves in a dark room 24/7 would feel out of place at UNC. We have fun, social, happy people here. Most students wear jeans & a t-shirt to class. Other people dress up more. Lots of people wear workout clothes. Most UNC students are from UNC & the south. Most students are pretty well off.

Louise

UNC's student body is extremely diverse, which is apparent when walking around campus. Everyone is open and wanting to meet new people, and you can feel this openness when walking around campus.

Tristan

your student body is driven by open minded and politically active people, working to make the university better for everyone.

Tiffany

It is diverse here, but the groups don't come together as well as they should.

Andy

I rarely meet anyone who isn't extremely friendly.

Robin

Super laid back and just happy to be here!

Chelsea

it is interesting how many of the students here are from out of state which i think says a lot about how well-known UNC really is. people from all over want to come here for an education that is valued well above many of the nation's best.

Devin

There is a plethora of clubs and organizations students can get involved in here. The students are arrogantly wealthy (generally speaking) and not afraid to show it. Most students are rather opinionated politically and otherwise but this seems typical for a college campus.

Jarvis

Fun group who love to hang out with one another. Lots of fraternities and soroities.

Natalie

The student body at UNC is.... 1) divided - black and white students don't mix for the most part. If you stand outside of the Union, you'll quickly notice the clumps of black people and the clumps of white people. I don't necessarily think that you can force integration, but I do think it's important to realize that this lack of inclusiveness and intermingling is in large part due to a failure on both sides to reach out and extend themselves outside of their comfort zone. 2) liberal! Look at the size of UNC College Democrats compared to UNC College Republicans. It's amazing how many Obama signs I've seen across campus. 3) Diverse! We have people of all races, all majors, and all income levels at UNC.

Heather

The student body is VERY liberal. The average family income of a UNC student is over $100,000.

Jessica

There are all kinds of students here from every background imaginable. It is very diverse and thats what makes this university so great. There are some students who are very firm in their beliefs and argue with the pit preacher in the quad and there are some students who just like to relax and lay on a blanket reading a book soaking up the sun. No matter what type of student you are you can find your niche here in chapel hill.

Nicole

Carolina's student population is very diverse. You can meet people from so many different backgrounds, ethnicities, and parts of the world. I have become more tolerant of diversity since starting school and have come to love hearing people's stories and learning about where they are from and the kinds of things they've done in their lives. There aren't any cliques that I've seen; everyone gets along with just about everyone else. A very large part of the student body is involved in a sorority or fraternity, and before rushing this spring, I definately felt a little left out of the Greek life since almost everyone I'd met was part of it.

Brandt

I don't know anything about the student body.

Andrew

very diverse in most things, however largely white population

John

Really diverse- love walking through the quad and pit and seeing all the different student causes

Jessica

The student body at UNC has so much variety. At my high school, there may have been 15 African American students and even fewer Asian students. Here there are so many people from every racial background! Coming to UNC has introduced me to such diversity and so many different cultures. Every week there is some kind of event to educate students about other countries and cultures.

Karen

I don't think any student could feel out of place at UNC. There are so many types of organizations and people in general that everyone is almost sure to find their niche.

Mike

UNC is a very diverse group.

Rachel

Most students are from within NC. If they're not, then they are SMART.

Lauren

Chapel Hill is known for being a super-liberal town, however as a transplant conservative I don't feel like my views are looked down upon or stifled as a result of being in the minority. The UNC community is very tolerant when it comes to gay/lesbian and/or racial issues. Students are goal oriented and talk about how much they want to make/what they want to do after graduation, however most cringe at the thought of graduating because this means they will have to leave UNC. There is a strong Greek presence which is sort of separated from the rest of the students- they have their own bars, hang out with each other, etc. But for the most part, although it is a large and very diverse school it is a close community and everyone is tolerant of each other.

Jill

Students are extremely politically active. Students are predominantly left, but there are some right wing people here. We're really into environmental protection so we're all about saving energy, recycling, and anything involving tree happiness! I came here as an uphappy, devout Christian, conservative, in the "closet", anti-choice student, and I'm leaving as an openly LGBT, left wing, Atheist, working on issues involving Women of Color and LGBTQ advocacy. Basically, here at UNC I talked about how I really felt, read books, and realized who I was. I have never felt more like myself than before. I have friends who support me and love me for who I am here rather than hiding myself like I did in high school. I also question authority, analyze, and think for myself more than I ever have.

Robert

I think anyone can find a niche here, but I've had some pretty negative experiences as a minority. A roommate tried to attack me for walking in on my boyfriend and I making out (fully clothed, mind you). I've been sexually harassed and called a "fag" or "queer" numerous times. Racism is also subtly rampant on campus as students tend to self segregate. It's probably better than any other southern university, but we still have a long, long way to go.

Jerry

I don't think many students feel out of place here because there is such diversity that you can always find a group you fit in with. However, I do think some students feel more social pressure to conform than others. For instance, I do not like it that the University allows evangelical preachers on campus who are not associated with the University and who represent a fringe of religious beliefs. These preachers stand right outside of our main campus library/dining hall/bus stop/student stores in an area known as the pit. They hold up large signs and tell gays, jews, women, etc. that they are evil horrible sinful people and will be going to hell. I just think this isn't well justified under "free speech" protection. If you're a fellow student and you want to go do that, fine, but otherwise it should stop.

Torry

My experiences have been diverse with racial groups. I'm part of a mainly white fraternity, but I also live with Asian roommates. I also like doing music with my black friends who are into hiphop and R&B. There is something for everyone so only an introvert would feel out of place at UNC. A lot of students wear different types of clothing to class. I can't put my finger on one typical style.

Dale

I am an indian. Lots of different races at UNC. Hispanic Yes Round, Square, Yellow, and White From North Carolina - Chapel Hill and Charlotte Rich Yes Don't Know Yes

Gene

UNC is a big and diverse school. It was a bit "whiter" than I had hoped, but I did meet people from many different backgrounds. In the undergraduate school, the vast majority of the students are from North Carolina (as guaranteed by law).

tom

There is a good mix of different people here. Lower-class individuals might find it hard to fit in.

Luke

The UNC student body is diverse, intelligent, and down to earth. That being said, there is no "stereotypical" Carolina student. Its a large enough school that you will find someone that shares your interests. Obviously, most students are from North Carolina and that can be difficult at first for out-of-state students. The campus is pretty liberal, but welcomes new ideas and disagreement.

Andy

UNC has a very diverse student body, and everyone has the opportunity to find their place. There are groups for every type of person, and I don't feel like anyone would feel out of place unless they were wearing a Duke shirt. Most UNC students are from NC, because it is a public university. It is definitely a liberal university, politically speaking.

Abby

UNC's students are very diverse, but your interaction depends on what groups you choose to involve yourself in. The Greek community is very much white, preppy, affluent, and socializes within itself for the most part. There are also an abundance of religious and ethnic heritage organizations that allow everyone to feel apart of a group. The LGBT community is known for being large in consideration for being in the South and has a strong organization and social network within itself. The majority of students though fit into the generic "college" look with jeans, tshirts, flip flops/tennis shoes for class. They are mostly middle class from suburban backgrounds. But many students break out of their cookie-cutter mold backgrounds through their years here and really change in terms of finding themselves and their passions. Some student stereotypes that one might see are the athlete, sorority/frat-star, generic "college" student, hippy do-gooder, etc. Most students are liberal and are involved in some group of their interest.

Elizabeth

We have an extremely diverse student body here. I went to a predominantly white high school and I love UNC's diversity. The real world is diverse and I feel comfortable interacting with people of all backgrounds and places. There is a group of evangelical Christians who come to campus frequently and preach. Although I have a Christian background, I don't agree with most of the things they say. However, the environment is so open here that people stand around and listen to them and argue with them about certain topics. I think that speaks well about our student body that individuals are comfortable enough with their beliefs that they'll confront others in public about theirs and discuss things with them. Most times, the students are more open to hearing what the evangelicals say and then make their arguments although the evangelicals aren't willing to listen to what anyone else has to say. I see students wear all kinds of things to class. Some wear caps, polo shirts and boat shoes. Whereas others wear sweatpants. Most of the time I wear a t-shirt, jeans and flip flops. However, I feel comfortable enough to wear sweats or dress up a little nicer depending on my mood and how much time I have to get ready. I think that different types of students interact. When it comes down to it there will always be cliques, but there are so many individuals with different backgrounds here that it's easy to mingle with people who might be from a completely different background. Out of four tables in the dining hall, one would be athletes, another would be frat guys and sorority girls, and then the other two would just be a mix of people. There are so many different groups that really the only people who stick out are people who are in specific organizations or groups that are labeled, like Greek organizations and athletic teams. However, a lot of times these individuals break these stereotypes. Most UNC students are from NC since it's a state school and has to have a certain amount of in-state students, (I think it's 85%). A lot of them are from the Raleigh and Charlotte areas, since those areas are so populated anyway. I think most students are from the middle class, but there are so many scholarships awarded here that I have several friends who are on scholarships that otherwise wouldn't be able to afford college. Political activity is pretty big here. There are many political groups around campus who go to conventions, protests, and campaign for political candidates. I overhear many conversations over politics. Just a quick flip through the campus newspaper The Daily Tar Heel will prove how politically oriented the student body is. Since UNC has a liberal arts curriculum, it gets a rap for being a congregation of a bunch of liberals. I often hear it called, "Liberal Hill." There are a lot of left-leaning people here, but I think the majority are moderate. There is still a strong presence of right-leaning people on campus though, even though they seem to be overwhelmed by the liberal presence. People definitely joke about how much they'll earn in their future careers, especially since there are business, law, medical, nursing and dental schools here. But I think it's natural for people to talk about that at a university since they are preparing for their careers.

Brian

Most students are quite tolerant, although there are close-minded individuals, as on every campus. It's hard to think of a student that would feel out of place at UNC, since the student body is so diverse. An overwhelming majority of students are from North Carolina, but that doesn't mean that out-of-state students don't belong; rather, they blend in and add to student life with their unique perspectives.

Cindy

Most people here are from NC, and of those, most are from either Charlotte or Raleigh. Although we are generally a fairly liberal campus, some of the conservative and Christian groups are pretty active and gaining a foothold in student life. GLBTSA (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, straight...) is pretty active and puts on a really well-attended drag show twice a year (much to the ire of the aforementioned right-wingers). Our Young Democrats chapter was named the most active chapter in the country during the 2004 election (and we're trying to do it again). Affirmative action and active minority student recruitment and outreach have allowed for a lot of ethnic diversity, but self-segregation is a big issue on campus. In the dining halls people generally cluster according to race. It's not that there's any real tension or animosity so much as people just not willing to leave their comfort zone. Various groups like student government and the campus Y have tried to put on programs to address the self-segregation issue, and to their credit, it doesn't seem as bad as it did when I got here. As for socioeconomic diversity, the university is doing a lot to bring in low-income students in addition to other underrepresented groups. Carolina Covenant allows disadvantaged students to graduate debt free through grants and work study. I have some friends here who spent their childhood in a trailer park and others who's parents own pro sports teams. We've got homeschoolers and kids who went to elite boarding schools like Philips Exeter and Choate. The only people we don't have a whole lot of are older "non-traditional" students coming back to college later in life. There are a few, but in 3 years I've crossed paths with maybe two.