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The Cost and Value of a UNC Education

by Charly Mann


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Karen Clark      2:45 PM Fri 4/9/2010

General education courses are requirements at UNC and most other colleges. Most of these classes were useless and poorly taught when I went to Carolina (2002-2007). On the other hand most were very easy, and my grades in them really brought up my GPA.

Peter West      4:11 PM Thu 4/8/2010

Here are the facts - a degree in liberal arts or social sciences from UNC is a crapshoot in terms of a financial payback for the cost, but if you get a professional degree the return is huge?<br \>

Bill Baggett      11:06 PM Wed 4/7/2010

Maybe I see a trend that confirms what Charly is saying. Those that graduated in the past are satisfied with their degree and it has proven worthwhile for them. Those in recent years not so much.<br \><br \>

Brad Class of 2011      7:37 PM Wed 4/7/2010

I am a junior at Carolina . The best thing about UNC are my friends. Also great are the parties and alcohol. The worst part of life as a UNC student is the homework, tests, essays, finals, and all nighters needed to do the work you have put off in order to enjoy life in Chapel Hill.

Maria Sullivan      11:20 AM Wed 4/7/2010

I got my money&#39;s worth and more at UNC. An undergraduate degree in 76 and an MBA in 1983. My advice stick with a major that you have a good chance of finding a job in.

Jason B.      2:26 PM Tue 4/6/2010

I graduated from Carolina in 2004. I went to work for the state of Georgia in Atlanta, and my take home pay is about $2400 a month. My rent is $ 250 a month, and I have $325 a month in student loans. On top of that I have $260 a month in car payments, and $390 for health insurance. That leaves me less than $200 a month for food, clothing, vacation, furniture, internet and cable. So far I feel like I mortgaged my future on an education that has not paid off that well. I know I would have less opportunities if I had not gotten some post high school education, but I am beginning to think I may have gotten more bang for the buck with a technical degree from a community college.

Martha Gibson      11:32 AM Tue 4/6/2010

My mother told me in 1972 that the reason to go to UNC was to learn how to talk in front of a group, to read and to summarize, to reason on demand, and to be able push yourself. I learned all these things in my four years in Chapel Hill.

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Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.



What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

-- Charles Kuralt



Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".



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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.



The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.





William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.



Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.



The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.



Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.



Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.



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