The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill or "Carolina") is just one of 16 public universities in North Carolina. It is located in the charming college town of Chapel Hill. One of the most highly regarded institutions of higher education in the United States, "Carolina" ranks high for its academic quality, affordability, diversity, social engagement and international presence.
Consistently ranking among the top five or six U.S. universities for the quality of its research programs, research faculty at "Carolina" consistently attract strong funding for their work. Faculty garnered more than $800 million in research contracts and grant funding in 2010.
Many undergraduate and graduate programs at UNC-Chapel Hill receive high marks. Receiving particularly high marks are the school's city and regional planning programs, MBA, healthcare management and nursing programs, and its School of Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Education and School of Law. UNC-Chapel Hill is also noted for its excellent creative arts programs, producing many great visual artists, actors, dancers, musicians and writers over the years.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chartered the same year that George Washington was inaugurated as president (1789), and first opened its doors to students in 1795. It was the nation's first public university, and also the only one to award degrees in the 18th century.
The UNC-Chapel Hill's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a summer session.
Colleges, Schools and Centers
- College of Arts & Sciences
- School of Dentistry
- School of Education
- Eshelman School of Pharmacy
- Friday Center for Continuing Education
- General College
- Gillings School of Global Public Health
- Graduate School
- Kenan-Flagler Business School
- School of Government
- School of Information & Library Science
- School of Journalism & Mass Communication
- School of Law
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Social Work
- Summer School
Students at Carolina can get involved in the more than 600 student groups, clubs and organizations available that focus on politics, the arts, public service, recreation, academics, research, and much more. The university magazine and online blog, Blue & White, is one of many ways for Carolina students to connect. There are also numerous journals and other media outlets available on campus to help students keep up with the news or become involved. Many cultural events and performances are available on campus year round. Campus recreation includes fitness classes, intramural sports and many adventure trips.
Campus housing is available, along with numerous on-campus dining options. Student health services are available, as are academic services, and many other resources that are accessible via MyUNC.
The mascot of Carolina's "Tar Heels" is the ram. The white ram's antlers are traditionally painted light blue to represent the university's colors of white and light blue.
UNC-Chapel Hill's athletic program produces some of the top college athletes in the country, and the Carolina "Tar Heels" men and women's teams compete in 28 sports.
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
Chapel Hill is situated in the rolling, wooded hills of North Carolina. It is located three hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains and equidistance from the Atlantic coast. Chapel Hill is one of three points in The Research Triangle, an area that is noteworthy for being a top location to live, do business and conduct scientific research. The other two "points" in the "triangle" are the cities of Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina. The area is considered by many publications to be one of the best places to live in America.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the applicants University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is about 29,000, with undergraduate students making up about 63% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $80 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- In-State Tuition: $6,600-$8,000
- Nonresident Student Tuition: $32,000-$38,080
- Charges for part-time students are:
- In-State: $280-$330 per unit
- Out-of-State: $1,300-$1,600 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||66%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||44%||$16,925|
|Receiving Student Loans||31%||$6,546|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may provide student services like those listed below:
- Distance learning
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Academic counseling for students
- Student employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care
With a high graduation rate of around 90%, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||81%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||8%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: University of North Carolina Hospitals
- Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program
- Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Supervisory CPE Program
- Medical Dosimetry Program
- Radiation Therapist Program
Campus: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Dental Assistant Program
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Coordinated Dietetics Program
- Endodontics Program
- Health Services Administration Program
- Law Program
- Medical (M.D.) Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
- Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
- Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Program
- Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Program
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
- Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
- Pediatric Dentistry Program
- Periodontics Program
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
- Prosthodontics Program
- Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program
- Radiology Technician Program
- School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Basketball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Track and Field (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Field Hockey
- Football (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Public Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC (10 miles away)
- North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, NC (42 miles away)
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, NC (44 miles away)
- Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC (59 miles away)
- Winston - Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC (67 miles away)
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