University of North Carolina
School with great professors
It was small, liberal arts, and in the mountains. I wanted to go to school in the state, away from my home city of Raleigh, and in the mountains. I considered Appalachian State and Western Carolina as well. Western had nothing to do, and App State was too large.
It's pretty rigorous but doable in four years. It's liberal arts so of course, we have to take classes in many disciplines but I enjoy that. The classes have been pretty easy so far (though I'm only taking 100-level right now) so I did well last semester.
SAT, ACT, and Foreign Language Placement Exam but I don't remember the score for it. I got 1180 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT. I don't remember about the placement exam.
The exam structure is alright. They require you to attend the exam period even if there is no exam or the exam is online. The exam periods depend on when the classes are so so some exams are in the evening which is the worst in my opinion. So far though I haven't minded the exam structure.
They are wonderful! They know their stuff and they really seem to care too. I think this comes with the small school setting of course because in schools with 10,000+ students there will be classes with hundreds of students and the professor's don't care as much. So I really enjoy them.
Fees include tuition, room/board, and the meal plan. We're a pretty low-cost school so the tuition is very low compared to some schools. Fees do not include books.
My residence is WONDERFUL. I live in the newest residence hall (if you don't count the new on-campus apartments that opened in the fall) which opened in 2012 so my dorm is very energy efficient and the lights turn off when you're not in the room. My school is well known for being a 'Green School'. My dorm also has a cafe with pizzas and subs on the basement floor open until 2 am!
Monthly Expense : $200 - $500