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Old 05-13-2014, 05:27 PM
Location: SF, CA
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I was accepted to UNCC. I grew up in LA but I live in Frisco where things are pretty mellow. I checked out a website about UNCC called Thinking of Attending UNCC? Think Again!: For Those Who Are Considering Attending UNCC

I'm not too impressed with Charlotte now, and I am thinking of changing to another university. (My SAT scores are like 2200 or so). The crime in University City seems to be extraordinarily high. Was UNCC built in the middle of a ghetto or what?

Also, I am a bisexual woman. Will that be a problem in Charlotte? Is Charlotte really the redneck city that it is portraid as being, or is it forward-thinking? I dont want to be bashed just because i like waking up to both a man's face as well as a woman's face in the morning.

In addition, I don't want to be raped in the dormitory or be robbed when I walk to the store. What's the score with UNCC anyway?
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:50 PM
Location: Hickory, NC
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Went to school there for 4 years, never had anything happen to me personally. I did see someone's car with a broken window at Campus Edge apartments, but that was it. Sounds like this person has a vendetta against the school for some reason. Yes, parking is expensive. It's Charlotte, there are a lot of students, and there's really not a ton of space on campus. Same reason why parking is expensive at Appalachian. They have a lot fewer students than Charlotte, but space is at a premium, so they can charge more.

You probably won't be walking to any stores off campus, it's quite a walk and that area of town doesn't lend itself to walking/crossing streets. It'd be damn hard to live there without a car. If you want to avoid a car altogether (and are still wanting to be in NC), you may want to look at a school like Appalachian. You can hit up any place on King St. and part of 321 with a very short walk. Any university is going to have more forward-thinking and tolerant people. I'd say App's probably a little more "liberal" though, you should give it a visit sometime. You'll just have to get used to the cold weather in winter.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:54 PM
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I have two houses, one in San Fran and one in Charlotte. Charlotte is a beautiful city, there are many things I like more about Charlotte and some things I love about San Francisco. Asking is Charlotte as redneck as everyone says is like saying is San Fran as gay as it sounds. Charlotte has voted for Obama the past two elections with an overwhelming majority. The city is very progressive, the rest of NC may not be but Charlotte is.

I am going to start off with something you may not want to hear, if you have a 2200 on your SAT and think UNCC is the school for you, you need to reevaluate yourself. I am going to assume you are lying because you should be applying to Stanford, Harvard, Duke, Cornell, Penn, any of these schools would have an interest in you if you are truthful about your score.

UNCC is located in an area that is changing quickly. It used to be way worse and is turning a new page. I just want to warn you though, there are black people in the University Area. I say this not to be racist but to inform you because I know how sheltered children in San Francisco are, my kids attended a very white school in San Fran until I had to go to events at the school and hear the kind of hateful and completely racist things that were being said by the parents, yes the parents. Now my kids attend a private school in Charlotte and I have had no problems since.

Your sexuality will not be a problem unless you go around flaunting and telling everyone about it, it is like that in just about every city. The school is very secluded and beautiful, even nicer than my alma mater Cornell. If you are going to judge a school off of a blog post written by someone that clearly has beef with the University, than maybe you should stay in Cali.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by jakekansas123 View Post
I am going to assume you are lying because you should be applying to Stanford, Harvard, Duke, Cornell, Penn, any of these schools would have an interest in you if you are truthful about your score.
Then again I doubt anyone at those schools would say 'portraid'...
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:35 PM
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The area around UNCC is still pretty crappy/hoodish. Fear for your life going to the Walmart...if you make it out, the bums in the parking might still get ya.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Megax View Post
Then again I doubt anyone at those schools would say 'portraid'...

That's for sure.
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:35 AM
Location: NC
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UNCC is a post apocalyptic haven and mad max can be seen roaming the streets in his interceptor special.

All kidding aside, the area isn't bad and is quickly improving. University City is quite diverse, but that is one of its strengths!
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:00 AM
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With the light rail coming in a few years, it will only help the area. I got my MACC at UNCC and never felt unsafe. The campus is beautiful and everyone is friendly. I believe this person's "portraial" of UNCC is inaccurate. But what do I know, I'm just some dumb Charlotte redneck hick!

Last edited by tksuther; 05-14-2014 at 06:01 AM.. Reason: Really?
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:28 AM
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UNC Charlotte is a growing school with a lovely campus. We have been there many times for events, I have audited a course there, and our daughter is applying in the Fall. The Student Union, several dorms, and other buildings are brand new and just beautiful. The academic reputation is on the rise, and they just added a football team. In regard to crime, it is not intimidating at all. I am a middle aged Mom, and have always felt comfortable there. We are from a rural area of NJ but have spent a lot of time in NYC and are well traveled. If you are comfortable in San Fran, you will find Charlotte to be very manageable. Just use your common sense as you would in any other city.

As for your sexuality, I agree with a previous poster. It's a college campus - it's pretty liberal. My DD has female friends at UNCC who are gay and also a few who are bisexual. I have never heard of a problem.

2200 won't get you into Stanford, Duke, Harvard, Cornell, etc. The competition is stiffer than that. You could probably aim higher than UNC Charlotte, but then again you are coming from out of state which makes it more difficult to secure a spot.

My DD is also considering App State. I think the 2 campuses are different, but both are nice. You just have to find what fits for you. But, I would not have any fear of UNC Charlotte. Good Luck!
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:41 AM
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I attend grad school at UNCC, have evening classes and had no problem with crime. Your sexuality shouldn't be a problem at least not on campus. The school is not going to be mistaken for Ivy League or even close but many of the programs are rigorous. I had to pick a school for its location (Charlotte) but if you have other options then I say explore all of them.
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