Ask a transfer student anything

<p>jhanago: if you want a single room, don't live in the dorms. Since you're not a freshman anyway, why not hit up craigslist and find a room in a house or apartment, maybe in Carrboro?</p>

<p>It'll be cheaper, you'll be able to cook, and you won't have to sleep in the same room as anyone you're not screwing.</p>

<p>how do i apply for housing as a incoming junior? i cant find the app anywhere</p>

<p>And my family is Sikh and my religion has a good base of astronomy and thatkind of stuff. The priest said that it is required that I must live alone or he wont recognize me as sikh anymore.. just what he read in the stars and in my palm</p>

<p>Hello! I found this thread extremely useful since I am currently a freshman (now sophomore) hoping to transfer to UNC at during my junior year. I have a few questions to ask you:</p>

<p>1) Do I have a chance to transfer into UNC as a junior? As a math major, I currently have a 3.3 Overall GPA with a 4.0 Math GPA (if that matters). Although it's not required, as a junior applicant, I'm probably going to send my SAT scores (1270 CR/M; 770 Math I, 790 Math II, 700 Chemistry). I am the Valedictorian of my class with an unweighted average of 95.8 (consisted of 7 APs). I've done many HS extracurricular activities including Varsity Tennis, National Honor Society, USAMTS Bronze Winner (two times), participated in many nationally recognized math contests like the HMMT, PuMAC, and AIME, participated in NYSSMA Area All State Chorus, ESYO Chorale, etc. As for college ECs, I am a hired math tutor, working about 5 hours a week, and I took the Putnam Exam (which I didn't do so well my first year), but earned honorable mention on the University of Rochester Math Olympiad.</p>

<p>2) How is the mathematics program at UNC? How is the STOR department? I am aware that you are a chemistry major but any advice you can give me will be appreciated.</p>

<p>3) How many credits successfully transferred from your previous institution? Does this usually stand as an issue to many transfer students (especially OOS)?</p>

<p>4) Are all transfer students required to complete their Foundations, Approaches, and Connections requirements before junior year, or can you take a major-required course and one of these requirements simultaneously in one semester?</p>

<p>Thank you for reading this. I know I'm asking a lot and I'm sorry for that. Thanks again!</p>

<p>Hi Ken! Thanks a lot for the helpful thread! I'm transferring as a junior this fall 2010, but up to this point I still havent submitted my housing app :/</p>

<p>I'm still torn between living in a residence hall or an apartment. Did you choose an apartment because it REALLY saved you money or because you wanted more comfort/privacy/etc? </p>

<p>And also, where can I find the prices for the rooms and the apartments so that I can compare? And do the residence halls differ in prices?</p>

<p>I'm all about saving money really, I mean, I'd like something nice of course. I'm a Covenant scholar so I get everything paid (I guess, based on what I was told so far), but I suppose the money not used will be refunded to me.</p>

<p>jhango, I suppose it's worth trying then, certainly can't hurt to tell them, but you may be out of luck just based on numbers at this point.. If it's that serious, as another person suggested you should probably look into off campus housing to ensure you get a single room</p>

<p>I thought they moved all the housing stuff into Connect Carolina? try <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Ah, yeah, there's a link to the "My Housing" there: <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Hi iironiic,</p>

<p>I think you have a good shot! Again I think it's going to come down to the essays and finding a sure reason for why Carolina is <em>the</em> place for you. What can you do at Carolina that you can't do elsewhere? What makes it a good fit for you? What are you going to be able to give back to the University in terms of involvement.. any specific clubs, or programs, research opportunities, etc, that you know about should help make the point!</p>

<p>All but maybe 2 classes I think transferred for me, and those two were computer programming classes that just didn't really match up entirely with a course they offered.. I didn't care enough about the credits because I didn't need them as a chem major ( I was previously a computer science major ).. and you can contest anything they don't give you credit for initially by going to the department with a copy of your syllabus and saying "I think this class should count for ____ because we covered a similar amount of material" or whatever, and so long as it's reasonable you probably shouldn't have much trouble.</p>

<p>You aren't required to complete them prior to your junior year, you can take them whenever you want, though most people who start their undergrad at UNC have finished most by then.. and I'm sure some of the credits you transfer will count for some things.</p>

<p>It's not really hard to find classes that satisfy multiple requirements, there's a poli class (280 I believe) that satisfies like 3 of them. You'll definitely want to take major courses with these kinds of courses.. and especially as a science major, they can help pad out your # of credit hours to get you to full time and beyond so you aren't taking nothing but science (which can be really difficult).</p>

<p>The hardest part is finding the stuff for the 3 you have to take above 200 in Humanities/Social Science/Fine Arts.. so many have pre-req's or are restricted by major (especially the ART! It's ridiculous how they restrict so many ART classes to ART majors until the class is full, then the rest of us trying to fulfill requirements get screwed)..</p>

<p>As far as the math department, I have to admit I haven't heard too much positive about them. Of course, a lot of that is from people who are having to take Calc II (the most failed course at Carolina) who hate it and don't really want to be there, so I kind of take it with a grain of salt. </p>

<p>One of my suitemates was originally a double math/chem major, but ended up switching to a minor so he could do the UNC Best program, where you get your teaching certificate at the same time as your undergrad.. He took Combinatorics (Math 533) last semester and thought the professor was pretty chill. Think he got an A.</p>

<p>Well, I chose an on campus apartment because I wanted to live on campus so I could meet people, but also have the privacy I wanted. </p>

<p>I think the people who live in the apartments are also a little more mature, and as someone who's a science major, I didn't want to have to deal with some of the stuff that goes on in a traditional dorm (especially like HoJo/Ehaus which always seem to be incredibly noisy..), like a bunch of freshmen/sophomores who were just getting away from their parents for the first time.</p>

<p>That said, if your primary concern is meeting people and social life, I'd probably recommend a dorm, just because it's way easier to meet people that way and you'll probably spend more time socializing with the people you live with than I did.</p>

<p>Also, the on campus apartments, especially in Ram Village, are REALLY expensive compared to the dorms. You can look at the housing website, Transfer</a> Students | UNC Chapel Hill Housing and Residential Education and there should be prices somewhere.. though I think you've missed the priority deadline?</p>

<p>I think the price is based first on community type ($Ram > $Odum > $Dorm), and then room size ($Single > $Double > $Triple), etc..</p>

<p>Hey Ken! Thanks a lot for the info on housing, very useful. And yeah, I think I did miss the priority deadline, but well, better late than never lol and in any case better than June 15 I think.</p>

<p>Hey I know you said you are a Chem major, but maybe you've taken Biology at some point?
If that's the case, have you ever had (or heard of) either Prof. KELLY HOGAN or Prof. LUJEAN DESAIX?</p>

<p>I have to take BIO101 with one of them and I dont know whom to choose, they both have equally less-than-comforting reviews in, so between both evils which to choose? lol</p>

<p>I had the same question as I decided to wait and take as many science courses after I transferred as possible. I'm doing pre-med, and after talking and reading they suggested that as much of the pre-med coursework should be done at the same institution for continuity in grading.. so I had the same question about Bio 101.</p>

<p>I ended up deciding to take Dr. Hogan.. Why? Well, all of the information you see is pretty much accurate. Dr. Hogan is an amazing lecturer, she's probably the best I've ever had anywhere in any course. She's extremely well organized, you get a skeleton note outline for the entire course, which 95% of the exam questions come from (other 5% are from powerpoints she goes over in class/provides you with), and she really makes it interesting. She will come in and know exactly what she wants to talk about, so she'll lecture on a subject, switch to powerpoints, watch videos, and then fill out the outlines with you, and then move to the next topic.</p>

<p>She really cares about how her students learn, and her office hours are extremely useful!</p>

<p>The "downside," is that her exams are very tough. While they're all multiple choice and all of the information comes from the materials she's given you, they aren't straight forward questions. She really wants to test your knowledge of the material and how processes work, how deep do you understand the material, and can you apply it to new situations and questions rather than "Can they memorize X/Y fact and regurgitate it?"</p>

<p>Dr. DeSaix is not a bad lecturer, but of the few classes I sat in on, she's way less organized. I also felt like her tests were much, much easier and were pretty much just a typical "Did they memorize that fact?" than Dr. Hogan's.</p>

<p>I would take my friends exams and practice exams as practice for Dr. Hogan's tests and almost always come away only missing a few questions, one or two usually lecture specific rather than course-content specific.. because the answers were pretty obvious if you understood the material. When I showed other people in our class her exams they were like "WHAT?! That's their exam? OMG!" lol</p>

<p>..So, if you're like me and really want to learn the material and are willing to put in the effort, I recommend Dr. Hogan wholeheartedly. You will either get a very deep level of understanding of the content and a good grade, or a good level of understanding of the content and a decent grade. </p>

<p>If you're just taking it because you have to fulfill a requirement and aren't a bio/chem/science major and just want to get through the course, well.. I wont say it's easy to get an A or anything in Dr. DeSaix's class, but I would say it's easier to get a higher grade if you're equally as studious.</p>

<p>One thing interesting is that Dr. Hogan does not curve exams, she curves her grading scale ahead of time and what you get on an exam is what you get. She tells the class that a C isn't a bad grade, it's just average, and that's really what a lot of people end up with.. A lot of people also get F's, including a friend I made who had a really, really hard time adjusting as a transfer student.</p>

<p>Wow you can't imagine how much I appreciate your help! I hope I can be a UNC expert like you after my first year haha</p>

<p>I might take DeSaix. I'm not a science major, and to me a 'C' REALLY is a bad grade! I can't risk that, and if her tests are that challenging (or more than the other) I'd rather not have her. </p>

<p>I need to fulfill 3 of my business prerequisites in order to have a decent chance at the competition for admission to Kenan-Flagler on Spring. </p>

<p>Besides the 3 business prerequisites (Micro and Macro Economics, and Statistics) I still need to fulfill 3 of my Approaches, and I'm doing it with BIO101 + Lab, HIST 151 (Medieval), and ARAB 453 (Arab film studies-haha wow, everything else was closed!). </p>

<p>But there's no way I should take the 6 of them at once, right? I dont know, maybe that'd be madness. My friends say I should take just 4 classes on my first semester, and skip BIO and rather take the History class, since I'm so not-very-promising at science lol and I dont wanna risk the Kenan-Flagler admission process with a low GPA, so let's see what I do, but in any case now I know about the BIO professors so that's good.</p>

<p>Bio 101 is a really rigorous course at Carolina and the lab will take up a lot of your time. The formal lab reports are a nightmare.. A lot of other schools (UNCG, for example) don't even really have formal lab reports (maybe 1 for the entire semester).. they simply fill out a sheet in their lab manual and that's it. </p>

<p>At Carolina they definitely make it a weed out course and you have to put in a lot of effort to get a good grade.. For your first semester I would recommend on getting settled in and used to the school and the workload before you take that class if you don't absolutely need it.. People underestimate the rigor of Carolina I think, at least in the sciences.</p>

<p>I would recommend registering for more than 12 hours (15 or whatever is supposedly "norm") and the moment you feel yourself getting overwhelmed or behind in more than one class (if it happens), drop down to 12 hours and focus on doing well in what you can.</p>

<p>So long as you drop before the drop date, it doesn't even show up on your transcript as a W, which is an amazing opportunity to explore classes you think sound interesting, but you don't want to risk a W over.. I don't think many people know about that before transferring!</p>

<p>ARAB 453 will be interesting! I actually take Arabic as my foreign language and wanted to take that class for the minor I'm trying to get but can't fit it in. I don't actually know the Professor teaching it though.. but we watch a lot of Arabic movies for extracurricular events in he ARAB department and I've learned a lot from them.</p>