University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate Program Reviews

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98%
of students recommend
(4.18 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 242 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACEND
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 29,468 (18,522 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 34% part-time, 66% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $11,929 in-state; $29,140 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

The people of this area are what really sets this program apart! They are all so positively passionate.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2018

I love my program. I know it will help me get to where I want to be professionally and graduates of the program work to help each other find work. I appreciate that I am considered part of the team and my work and opinions are valued.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019

The audiology program at Chapel Hill is excellent. The community of faculty and professionals support the students and provide many opportunities for learning and gaining experience. As with any doctoral level program, students need to work hard, be focused and dedicated to learning. At UNC Chapel Hill I have only ever experienced a positive environment, with high quality education and clinical placements.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2019

UNC Applied Math is a good time, a very good time.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2019

Overall, the Sociology program at UNC-Chapel Hill is strong due to its focus on professionalization of graduate students through emphases on research, publications and teaching. The program is funded for the academic year, and while it is not funded as highly as some other programs (several comparable top programs offer higher stipends and summer funding), it is still great to be able to attend a program offering funding. The level of competition among students is healthy, although the extent to which students are available for peer support seems variable and highly segmented by cohort, partially because the workloads and stress levels among students are typically very high. While the program seems to recruit a diverse group of applicants, it seems that those who have accepted in recent years are less diverse - not only in terms of race, ethnicity and nationality, but also in terms of age - many of the graduate students currently are white, from the U.S., and have continued into graduate school directly out of undergraduate, so there are fewer mature students having had professional (or life) experience prior to the program. This is not to say that there is no diversity, but compared to what could be found at similar top programs, it does seem more homogeneous than one would expect in this field. Faculty are accessible and supportive, though teaching quality is also highly variable. I imagine this program is similar to others at top research universities when it comes to having its own strengths, challenges and flaws, and as with any program, students will get out of it what they put into it. Students who are prepared and invest their time and effort will be well-trained and have good professional prospects.
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: prepares for a career Cons: classes could be more integrated
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2018

Pros: Best faculty in the country, a light teaching load, great campus environment, program speaks to a wide range of interests Cons: 2.5 years of coursework, required social events, some other graduate students of lower quality
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

UNC is an excellent research University. There isn't a ton of institutional financial support for graduate students outside of TAships, however. If you're lucky enough to be in a well funded lab, you're in good shape, though. There is beginning to be some efforts to support students seeking non-academic career paths, but much more should be done here.
2.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2016

Great experience, friendly environment and accessible professors
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

Small college town feel, good quality of education and student life. Only negative I would say is the Career Management Center - but it has improved somewhat for the Class of 2017.
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