UNC-Chapel Hill

By Alec, Contributor (Class of 2015)

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School Name: UNC Chapel Hill

Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Enrollment: 29,127

Tuition: In-state: $8,340 Out-of-state: $30,122

What are the academics like at your school?

Very challenging. The students take their work very seriously and are committed to their studies. However, they do not take themselves too seriously and know that life is more than grades.

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University of Florida

By Ria Sanghvi, Contributor (Class of 2017)

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School Name: University of Florida

Location: Gainesville, FL

Enrollment: 51,725

Tuition: In-state: $20,550 Out-of-state: $37,944

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics are very vigorous especially for those with science majors. As a research university the science department has a standard of it’s own, not to take away from the other departments which are also very challenging.

What is the Greek scene/nightlife like?

Greek life is a very big part of UF, I’m not Greek and don’t feel left out whatsoever but there are quite a few students who are actively involved in Greek life. They definitely seem to dominate high ranking positions in student government and other such organizations.

Describe the housing options at your school?

There are traditional dorms, two to a room with a communal bathroom. There are apartment style options or suites which are two to a room, with a shared bathroom with another room. There also traditional single double and triple rooms. Most students tend to go off campus after freshman year though.

What do students complain about most?

How difficult some courses are or the limited number of chances to do well. How Greek dominated some organizations are. Parking!

Describe the students at your school.

The diversity at UF is so vast there are everything from religious organizations to acrobatics clubs. There really is a place for everyone.

What are dining options on campus and off campus?

There are two main dining halls and a food court on campus. There are also subways, Starbucks and mini convenient stores throughout campus. Not even five minutes from campus in any direction there are tons of restaurants to choose from everything from fast food to five stars.

What is your overall opinion of your school?

I love UF and everything it stands for, I truly believe that there is a place for everyone and something for everyone to be part of. It’s a great place to grow and figure out who you are and what you want to do in life.

Southern Methodist University

By Caroline Hicks, Contributor (Class of 2015)

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School Name: Southern Methodist University

Location: Dallas, TX

Enrollment: 10,893

Tuition: $40,770

What are the academics like at your school?

SMU offers 7 different schools in Business, Arts, Science and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Theology and Education. Small class sizes and outside help offered at the Learning Resource Center make it a manageable academic experience.

What is the Greek scene/nightlife like?

Greek life is very popular at SMU, consisting of 18 IFC and Panhellenic fraternities and sororities. Due to SMU’s close proximity to downtown Dallas, nightlife includes both nearby campus bars and houses as well as clubs and bars downtown that are rented out by fraternities.

Describe the housing options at your school?

Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. A brand new dorm commons just finished construction and will house its’ first students this coming fall 2014. Sophomore boys in fraternities can live in their fraternity house sophomore year. Sophomore girls in sororities can live in a dorm or in a panhellenic house which houses girls in all sororities. Junior and senior year girls live in their sorority houses (depending on the sorority.)

What do students complain about most?

Parking is lacking on-campus so it’s hard to find a spot if you commute to class.

Describe the students at your school.

Students come from ALL over the U.S. Texas, California, Illinois, Tennessee, New York … You will meet someone from every state. It’s a fun environment because you learn things about people from other places you never knew before.

What are dining options on campus and off campus?

Two on-campus dining halls as well as on-campus restaurants like Subway, Pizza Hut and Einstein Bagels give lots of flexibility for eating on-campus. Off-campus there is Hillcrest Ave right across from campus filled with a variety of options. Then of course the Dallas area has more restaurants and Tex-Mex then you could imagine!

What is your overall opinion of your school?

SMU is the perfect mix of urban and suburban settings, students from all over the country, and a wide variety of on-campus opportunities. It is the perfect size where it is not too big that you feel overwhelmed, but not too small where you know every face you see. Dallas is an exciting place to be and gives students the opportunity to have both a college and city experience!

University of South Carolina

By Katie Clapp, Contributor (Class of 2016)

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Location: Columbia, SC

Enrollment: 24,180 Undergrad

Tuition: In-state: $10,816 Out-of-state: $28,528

What are the academics like at your school?

They are average. USC isn’t known for it’s education program, but the program itself is very good. The College of Education is filled with some of the most benevolent people I’ve ever met and the professors will bend over backwards for you.

What is the Greek scene/nightlife like?

Huge. You can find a party every weekend whether on- or off-campus. Sporting events dominate the weekends.

Describe the housing options at your school.

The dorms are alright from what I know. I’ve lived off campus since I’ve been in attendance. That being said, off-campus housing is usually great and safe.

What do students complain about most?

Safety of Columbia. It’s vital to stay in large groups and never go anywhere alone at night. We’ve had some tragedies happen to some innocent students, especially this past year, and it has shaken the school.

Describe the students at your school.

The school is so large that it is hard to put the student body into specific categories. I’d say anyone can find their niche.

What are the dining options on campus and off campus?

Multiple dining halls on campus, food in the student center, and many food places in walking distance of campus.

What is your overall opinion of your school?

Amazing. Go ‘Cocks.