University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate Program Reviews

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACEND
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 17 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 29,084 (18,415 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 40% part-time, 60% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $11,074 in-state; $28,285 out-of-state
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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.
4.07 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018

I have really enjoyed my time at UNC thus far. I feel that I will be well prepared when I enter the academic job market.
4.14 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2020

The Sociology PhD program at UNC-Chapel Hill provides intensive training and resources for students to explore their interests and pursue their academic goals. Also, the learning environment is perfect! Chapel hill is a rural town with quiet surroundings. Therefore, students can study without distractions. However, as one of the top programs in the country, the workload and the competition are tough here. Students also need to work hard to fulfill the requirement.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2017

PROS: Great funding, collaborative environment CONS: faculty can be too overburdened and affects their ability to work with grad students
4.57 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2019

I greatly enjoy UNC's sociology program. Professors are accessible and the curriculum focuses on skills necessary to success in a research oriented career.
4.04 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2019

Overall, the sociology department at UNC can be described as an ideal place for one to conduct his/her graduate studies. The faculty and staff in this department are extremely friendly, helpful, and supportive. Chapel Hill is a lovely college town and surrounding areas such as the cities of Durham and Raleigh have really good restaurants and cool events that enhance my social scene. There is a healthy level of competitiveness among the graduate students in my program. Most students are very enthusiastic about their work and do not hesitate to collaborate with one another to complete papers and homework assignments. The financial aid package, although it could be slightly more generous, is solid, as it provides a guaranteed 5 years of funding for doctoral students. The workload for first and second year students is rigorous, as expected from a doctoral program. My only critique of my graduate program, as is my critique of most graduate programs, is its lack of diversity (and I use the term in a broad sense). Although the program has made recent efforts to diversify the faculty and student bodies, I see sufficient room for further improvement.
4.04 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2020

Pros: Excellent faculty Collaborative atmosphere Excellent training Cons: Stipend is lower than average for ranking
3.96 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018

I really enjoy studying at UNC. I would especially recommend it to those interested in quantitative sociology and demography. The Carolina Population Center offers access to preeminent demographers as well as excellent inter-departmental collaborations.
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