University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

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University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
Chapel Hill, NC 19,897 10% 6% 96% 91% 4.0 30 1370 100

University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill is a public institution that was founded in 1789. UNC sits on a 729-acre campus in the suburban city of Chapel Hill, which is often considered one of the best college towns in the country, offering music, restaurants and shopping. On campus there are a wide range of student activities including The Daily Tarheel, UNC’s student newspaper, and WXYC, the student-run radio station. Our unique school spirit has been forged through more than two centuries of academic excellence, public service, and athletic, professional, and personal achievement.


UNC is divided into a number of schools and colleges, the largest of which is the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences. During the first two years, students complete general education courses that comprise the foundation of undergraduate education, beginning their studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. These two years offer freedom to explore interests and learn about the University, and find an area of focus. UNC offers more than 70 majors and minors within 60 departments. UNC’s student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and the school has 38% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include Communications, Biology, and Psychology.

Special Highlights

Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Students learn the skills they need to succeed in the new media environment, whether they pursue careers in journalism, advertising, public relations or other communications fields. The school is located in Carroll Hall on the historic Polk Place quad, just a short walk from Chapel Hill’s iconic Old Well. Carroll Hall features state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and media production facilities. It is also home to the extensive Park Library; the Charles Kuralt Learning Center; the NC Media and Journalism Hall of Fame; and the Freedom Forum Conference Center.

Innovate Carolina. Innovate Carolina is a cross-campus alliance of people and programs that helps UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and alumni turn their ideas into innovations that improve how people work and live. Take a course in innovation and entrepreneurship; Get funding to advance a novel idea; Start a venture, whether commercial or non-profit in nature; Find a workspace, such as an incubator, makerspace or lab; Explore competitions and gain recognition for your innovation; and Commercialize research and bring inventions, discoveries and technologies to market.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

Established as the nation’s first public university in 1789, UNC is also known as a “Public Ivy” and has produced more Rhodes Scholars than other public universities during the last 25 years. UNC features Innovative programs not found anywhere else, such as Honors Carolina, and opportunities to contribute to research and study abroad in more than 70 countries. UNC perennially earns “Best value” among public universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Student Reviews…

“I have loved my time at UNC so far. My first year was difficult because of the college adjustment, but now that I am in a major I enjoy and am taking classes that interest me, everything is fine. One of my favorite things about UNC is the study abroad department.”